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China Analysis Digest #40

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China Analysis Digest #40

  • Date range: November 24 - December 2, 2021
  • Sources scanned: 114
  • Publications: 204 (English), 99 (Chinese)

I. Recommended Reading

As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash

Amy Qin | The New York Times | November 30

Amy Qin spoke to Hu Anming, the scientist that was acquitted of espionage charges after being tailed by the FBI for two years. A reminder of the human impact of the increasing suspicions of people of Chinese heritage: “Some described being humiliated by mandatory training on foreign interference that featured only examples of ethnic Chinese scientists, and unexplained delays for visa renewals. They were all concerned that seemingly anything — a collaboration with another scientist from China, a slip-up on a disclosure form — could provide an opening for federal investigators to come knocking.”

A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father

Joseph Torigian | Foreign Policy | November 25

A feature article on Xi Jinping’s family and his past. Through it, Torigian explains why Xi is so focused on party history: “Chinese President Xi Jinping is the son of a revolutionary whose life was more shaped by the danger of competing narratives about party history than perhaps anyone else in his generation. Xi’s father, Xi Zhongxun, was persecuted for 16 years because of his support for a novel about party history.”

South China Sea should top the list for US-China ‘guardrails’

Mark J. Valencia | South China Morning Post | November 30

Valencia draws our attention to the regulation of South China Sea navy activities carried out by China and the US. He writes: ‘There is a particular need for guardrails for their interactions in the South China Sea, where their military forces come into frequent contact.’ As a solution, he suggests creating a higher-level bilateral Incidents-at-Sea agreement in addition to the current non-binding Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea. The main difficulty when codifying such guardrails is finding common ground on what they should be. This may be further exacerbated by potentially different interpretations of such guardrails by the parties involved.

II. English Sources

China Watching

China Neican

Made in China Journal

China Media Project

China Leadership Monitor

Opinion Pages

New York Times

Australian Financial Review

Sydney Morning Herald


China Story

The Interpreter

China-US Focus

East Asia Forum

Andrew Batson's Blog

Pearls and Irritations

The Strategist

Asialink Insight

News & Magazines

Inside Story

Foreign Affairs

The Atlantic

The Economist

Rest of World

Sixth Tone


China Digital Times

The Conversation



The Diplomat

Foreign Policy

Think Tanks

Congressional Research Service

Institut Montaigne

Brookings Institution

American Enterprise Institute

Australia-China Relations Institute

Atlantic Council

Observer Research Foundation

Australia Strategic Policy Institute


Politico China Direct

Beijing to Britain

Beijing to Canberra and Back


World Game

Eye on China

Beijing Baselines


Takshashila PLA Insight

Tracking People's Daily

Beijing Channel


National People's Congress Observer

Society & Culture

What's on Weibo


Greater China

Hong Kong Free Press

Taiwan Insight

III. Chinese Sources

World Affairs

Chinese Diplomacy

Great Power Relations

International Relations Theory

Politics & Policy

Chinese Politics

Comparative Politics

Public Policy & Governance


Public Sector Economics

Financial Economics


Agricultural & Resource Economics

Development Economics


Modern Chinese History

Ancient Chinese History

World History



Constitutional & Administrative Law

Criminal law


Society & Culture



Chinese Philosophy

Marxist philosophy

Edited by Adam Ni | code by Katharina Ni | Recommended Reading by Yun Jiang and Anastasiia Rudkovska