Date range: August 29 - September 5, 2022
Sources scanned: 122
Publications: 175 (English), 36 (Chinese)
Reading the China Dream
Made in China Journal
I dreamed last night that I was living in the mountains. By day I gathered firewood to cook hotpot and a plum tree bloomed at my front door.
I’d look at ancient paintings by the light of a lamp, and use my mobile phone to count my change.
Suddenly, there was a knock at the door. Two security men confronted me:
‘Hurry up, no excuses now! You’ve gotta go down into town to be tested for covid.’
— trans. G.R. Barmé
China Media Project
It is possible that China’s state media will find the words — furious ones? — in the days to come. But the silence tells its own story, of Xinjiang as a matter so sensitive to China’s leadership that the only voices permitted to speak are the megaphones intended for external audiences."
China Leadership Monitor
- From Strategic Reassurance to Running Over Roadblocks: A Review of Xi Jinping’s Foreign Policy Record
- Enabling “Patriots” to Be Masters of the Island: Evolution of Xi’s Policy on Taiwan Since 2013
- Killing the Different Dreams, Keeping the Same Regime: Xi Jinping’s Ten-Year Struggle to Remake CCP Elite Politics
As long as the fundamental consensus between Xi and his intra-party enemies to maintain the CCP’s monopoly of public power is not broken, the regime will continue to provide the dictator with the institutional advantages to actualize his goals, rather than those of his subordinates...Ultimately, Xi and his intra-CCP enemies share the same dream, that is, to maintain the CCP regime, from which they all can benefit. In other words, the resistance is inevitably weak, fragile, and possibly unfounded, as long as the powerful CCP cadres are reluctant to challenge the entire regime, upon which they all depend."
- Xi Jinping’s Mixed Economic Record
- The Edge of an Abyss: Xi Jinping’s Overall National Security Outlook
Evidence of the CPC’s lasting vicarious trauma is readily visible even today – more than three decades after Gorbachev sealed the fate of the Soviet empire. In late February, the party’s propagandists began to screen “Historical nihilism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union,” a 101-minute documentary that blamed the Soviet Communist Party for failing to enforce strict censorship, particularly regarding history and Western liberal ideas."
Australian Financial Review
War on the Rocks
- The Eagle and the Dragon: U.S.-China Relations Have Hit a Bump in the Road
- Chinese Money in Africa: Treasure or Trap?
According to the World Bank, of the total foreign debt of $696 billion of 49 African countries with available data, three-fourths is owed to multilateral financial institutions and private financial institutions (excluding China). A report released by British charity Debt Justice showed that 35 percent of African countries’ foreign debt came from Western private lenders, nearly triple China’s loans to Africa and with an average interest rate about double that of Chinese loans...
African countries themselves [have] a right to say whether China’s investment and financing cooperation with Africa is a treasure or a trap."
East Asia Forum
- The US–China ‘standard-off’ over technology
- E-commerce cooperation can harmonise China-ASEAN medical standards
- Jakarta gets ‘grey-zoned’ by Beijing