China Analysis Digest #82
Date range: November 14-21, 2022
Sources scanned: 122
Publications: 192 (English), 45 (Chinese)
“Bad China” makes good news stories — but who benefits and who suffers?
Wanning Sun | ABC - Religion and Ethics | November 14, 2022
Taiwan Shouldn’t Be Used as a Geopolitical Pawn
James Lin | Jacobin | November 2022
University Engagement with China: An MIT Approach
The MIT China Strategy Group | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | November 2022
The myth of the master strategist Part 2: Xi Jinping and getting China wrong
Matthew Sussex and Michael Clarke | Centre for Defence Research, Australian Defence Force | October 2022
邓聿文 | 德国之声 | 2022年11月20日
Reading the China Dream
Comment: David Ownby points out a vexing problem: there are many things Chinese intellectuals simply cannot say under the current political circumstances. How do we find out what they think short of going to China?
Comment: Barmé's long, meandering post features a collection of sources on the theme of youth awakening and rebellion in modern Chinese history. He presents the Sitong Bridge protest as the latest manifestation of a venerable yet tragic tradition. One source that caused me some melancholy is a few passages by John Fitzgerald on Lu Xun's musing about a scene from A Doll's House, a play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen published in 1879. Lu Xun problematises the very idea of "awakening" as part of the revolutionary agenda:
[John Fitzgerald:] "In his  essay “What Happens After Nora Leaves Home?” Lu Xun...is not content to let the question rest with a simple inquiry into Nora’s fate but raises a further question that has no place on any revolutionary agenda. If an awakening offers no “way out,” after all, of what use is awakening?
[In the words of Lu Xun:] "Since Nora has awakened it is hard for her to return to the dream world; hence all she can do is to leave. After leaving, though, she can hardly avoid going to the bad or returning. Otherwise the question arises: What has she taken away with her apart from her awakened heart?"
China Media Project
- The Changing Paradigms of Taiwan’s Grand Strategy
- The Long Shadow of the 1962 War and the China-India Border Dispute
- Managing the PLA’s Military Diplomacy: Key Institutions and Personnel
- “Unity and Struggle”: The Campaign to Study the 20th Party Congress
- China’s Economy: More Debt that Meets the Eye
LGBTQI+ communities are surviving — if not thriving — in the digital space under the current political climate. Queerness is not something that can be suppressed, including by censorship, and resistance inevitably follows control and surveillance. A practice with historical roots when sexual and gender diversity was outlawed, double-speak is an important strategy for self-preservation of LGBTQI+ individuals, and to preserve their digitally connected communities. As one of LGBTQI+ activists and advocates put it in conversation with me, ‘even if lotus seeds are dormant for a hundred years, they will bloom when the conditions improve.’"
- A Necessary Strategic Framework for China-U.S. Relations
- My Story of Chinese Modernization
- The Real China Threat: Treating Beijing as an Enemy Risks Turning it into One
- Chinese President Xi Jinping Meets with U.S. President Joe Biden in Bali
- A Warm Current for China, EU?
- China’s Neighborhood Diplomacy Under Xi’s Third Term
East Asia Forum
- THAAD bad: Seoul–Beijing relations under Moon
- WeChat’s wires are crossed in Australian politics
- The challenge of Chinese media influence
Pearls and Irritations
- Australia’s path forward: 50 years of relations with China
- Anthony Albanese and Xi Jinping? Who started the trade war?
- Flashy donations don’t pave the way to being Solomon Islands’ partner of choice
- Xi–Albanese meeting shows strength of Australia’s resolve
Comment: the idea that Australia should "refus[e] to compromise on any area of Australia’s national interest" in dealing with Beijing is unrealistic. Of course, countries give and take in their dealings with great powers; compromise is unavoidable. When Beijing refused to improve relations, the hawks accused Beijing of trying to grind Australia into submission. But when Beijing took steps to improve relations, the hawks taunted Beijing for "capitulation". One wonders, under what circumstances would these hawks reflect?
News & Magazines
- The Wild and Wooly History of China’s Panda Diplomacy
- The Old Man and the Yellow Sea
- Cyberbullies, a Teacher’s Death, and a Classroom Seeking Answers
- In China, Dementia Cases Are Soaring. The Care System Can’t Cope.
- Is Confucius Really Dead?
the two main institutional foundations that sustained the Confucian tradition, the imperial examination system, known as the keju, and the lineage-based social organization, were destroyed during the transformation of modern China. What is more, the prolonged implementation of the one-child policy has destroyed the culture of large families, undermining a diffuse institution that once sustained Confucian values...
The continuation of Legalism in China is supported by the following institutions: A state with both the strong desire and capacity to adopt rigid control measures when dealing with social complexity, a population that readily accepts the penetration of the state into their private lives, and a culture of managerialism reinforced in child rearing and education."
- For China’s Paralympic Stars, Retirement Brings a Harsh New Reality
- Beijing City Preparing Businesses for Carbon Market Expansion
- Despite Long Odds, Rural Chinese Continue to Bet on Education
- What Is ‘Silkpunk’?
Silkpunk is neither about showcasing diversity and underscoring one’s “origin story,” which could quickly degenerate into an ethnocentric trap where everyone is shoehorned into their own little box of cultural representation, nor is it about appropriating the flashy elements of Asian-Pacific culture and grafting them indiscriminatingly onto fundamentally Euro- or American-centric stories. The result is neither Chinese nor Western, but a kaleidoscope of vibrant, varicolored myths: a reimagination of the past with the potential to rewrite the future of sci-fi and fantasy."
Comment: if we can accept this level of syncretism in the fiction that we read, why not then in the imagining of our identities and the visions for our communities?
China Digital Times
- Under Diplomatic Pressure, China Sends Mixed Signals About Its Support to Russia
- New National Covid Rules Spark Unrest in Guangzhou, Nerves in Shijiazhuang
- Xinjiang Authorities Investigate Three for “Disrupting Public Order” Via “Criminal Comment-Flooding”
- Xi and Biden Show Resolve, Cool Tensions in Bali Meeting
- Why did Xi scold Trudeau? Maybe because Canada spent years helping China erode human rights
- China’s influence in Myanmar could tip the scales towards war in the South China Sea
- Influx of students from India drives US college enrollment up, but the number of students from China is down
The Wire China
- Joseph Torigian on Making Sense of Chinese Politics
- Climate Consensus
- Refocusing U.S.-China Climate Relations
- China’s Under-Used Grid
- We (Mostly) Have Nothing to Fear
The China Project (SupChina)
- China relaxes health guidelines for tourism and entertainment industries, hinting at departure from zero-COVID policy
- Is China losing GDP religion?
- Build first, destroy later: China is slowly replacing dirty coal with clean nuclear heating
- Xi and Li condemn Putin’s nuclear threats
- Posing like American farmers is the latest trend among Chinese influencers
- A Chinese Catholic in Paris
- The U.S.-China tech battle from inside ZTE
- Adidas just can’t do it in China anymore
- China and the Anglosphere mend a few fences at G20
- For locals, a China-funded port in Pakistan brings fears of being erased
- Real smiles, and red lines, as Xi and Biden meet for three hours
- Why Xi thinks Canada's conduct was 'not appropriate'
- A Xi-Biden handshake does not bridge the Sino-US schism, but it's a start
- Will Europe pour more money into China?
- The story of Nadine Hwang: The ‘Chinese Joan of Arc’
- Chinese ambassador Sun Haiyan: Why not think about China in this way?
- China's 'international united front' diplomacy: When staying neutral means a win for China
- The G20 Summit: Who makes the world’s rules?
- Indonesian elites and the general public have different views of China
- What to think about when you think about China under Covid
- Rebirth of China's tech companies possible through regulatory reforms
- China's private sector has continued its rise against all odds
- Easy highway, troubled city: How China wins and loses Cambodians’ hearts
- Taiwan can be key driver of Malaysia’s industrial upgrading
- Why Taiwan's New Southbound Policy has failed to achieve its goals
- Takeaways From China’s Zhuhai Air Show 2022
- The Limits of Kishida’s China Outreach
- Thoughts on Xi Jinping’s Third Term
- The Mending Australia-China Relationship: Powered by Lithium?
- Xi Jinping’s Many G-20 Summits
- Taiwan’s APEC Envoy at the Center of China-US Tech Tensions
- China’s Tech Outreach in the Middle East and North Africa
- Why the Current Stall in US-Vietnam Relations is Necessary for Vietnam’s Security
- Don’t Overlook Xi Jinping’s Meeting With Senegal’s President
- China’s Expanding Health Diplomacy in Indonesia
- Asia’s Development Model Is Now Jeopardizing Its Future Economic Growth
- Xi Jinping’s Vision for Artificial Intelligence in the PLA
- Grassroots Protests Are Frequent in Xi Jinping’s China
- Australian PM Raises Trade ‘Blockages’ in Meeting With China’s Xi
- Biden-Xi Summit Shows an Uneasy Peace Emerging Between China and the US
- India and the Chinese Spy Ship Saga Redux
- Pentagon Blacklists Chinese Drone Maker DJI for PLA Links
- China’s Performative Zero-COVID Policy
- In First Face-to-Face Meeting With Xi, Biden Emphasizes Taiwan
- How the U.S.-Chinese Technology War Is Changing the World
- Will the G-20 Lead to More Engagement With China?
- On a U.S.-China Détente, Don’t Believe the Hype
- U.S.-China Trade War Could Heat Up
- Xi-Biden Meeting May Help End China’s Destructive Isolation
Center for Strategic and International Studies
- U.S.–China Relations in the Tank: A Handbook for an Era of Persistent Confrontation
- A Washingtonian in Beijing
- CCP Inc. in Portugal
- Meet China's new Politburo Standing Committee
- China bows to reality by relaxing Covid restrictions – but ushers in new risks
Council of Foreign Relations
- What the Biden-Xi Meeting Means for U.S.-China Relations
- Germany’s China Policy: Has It Learned From Its Dependency on Russia?
- How Taiwan Is Assessing and Responding to Growing Threats From China
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
- Listen to Xi Jinping About Taiwan
- U.S.-China Relations Remain Fraught, but Xi and Biden Are at Least Willing to Work on Them
- When Albanese met Xi
- What Biden and Xi Can Agree On
- Why China Will Play It Safe
- What China’s New Military Leadership Line-Up Says About Xi’s Plans For Taiwan
Australia-China Relations Institute
Politico China Watcher
Politico China Direct
The India China Newsletter
Beijing to Britain
- G20 Special, China no longer an official threat, Trade Talk, Defence Secretary on Taiwan
- NEW SPEECH: MI5 Director General Ken McCallum on threats and risks from Chinese authorities
Beijing to Canberra and Back
Maple Kingdom (China-Canada)
- Leading scientist calls on China to share gene data
- Central bank report on yuan/RMB internationalization since 2017
- What Kevin Rudd got wrong on China: Taiwan & Great Rejuvenation
Tracking People's Daily
- Xi's Address to APEC CEOs - Xi Meets Leaders of Japan, Singapore & Philippines - China's Evolving COVID Policy - Jan to Oct FDI Data - Graduate Employment
- China-Indonesia Ties - Xi Meets Meloni & UNSG - The Missing Sentence: 'Today’s Era Must Not be of War' - Chinese Analysts on Xi-Biden Talks - 仲音: Dynamic Clearing Most Economical & Effective Strategy
- GDI Pitch at G20 - Xi Meets Leaders in Bali - Economic Data - Wang on Russia's 'Rational and Responsible Attitude' on Nuclear Weapons - Zhong Sheng on US Ties - Chen Wenqing on Political & Legal Work
- Xi-Biden Meeting - Ukraine War: China & US Oppose Nuclear Threats - China's NEV Sector Booming - 仲音 Commentary: COVID Policy Changes Not a Relaxation of Dynamic Clearing
- Li @ East Asia Summit - New Party Chiefs for Beijing & Fujian - Biden-Xi Meeting - Data on China's 'Little Giants' - 仲音 Commentary on COVID Policy - He Lifeng on High-Quality Development
China Law Translate
- Provisions on the Management of Internet Post Comments Services
- “Franken-Law”: Initial thoughts on the Draft Social Credit Law
- Law of the PRC on the Establishment of the Social Credit System (Draft Released for Solicitation of Public Comments)
China Trade Monitor
Society & Culture
What's on Weibo
- Beijing Fighting Record-Breaking Numbers of Covid Cases
- Twitter Is Trending: Elon Musk’s ‘Extremely Hardcore’ Work Schedule Is ‘Soft Version’ of China’s 996 Work Culture
- Two Chinese Women Tied Up after Violating Guangzhou’s Anti-Epidemic Rules
- About That Moment When Xi Jinping and Justin Trudeau Briefly Talked at G20
- Zhengzhou Covid Testing Point Launches Nucleic Acid VIP Service
- All Eyes on Shijiazhuang: Capital City of Hebei Among First To See a Shift in Covid Measures
- Harsh Covid Measures for Local Shop Owners Go Viral on Chinese Social Media
Chaoyang Trap House
Hong Kong Free Press
- A migrant mother’s love knows no borders – and thoughtful Hong Kong bosses can ease the pain of separation
- Hong Kong’s rule of law is not static? You can say that again
- Microchips with everything – an unpalatable taste of the future
- Semiconductor industry: a shield to Taiwan or the source of insecurity?
- Tibetan Diaspora in Taiwan: Who are They and Why They are Invisible (2)
- Tibetan Diaspora in Taiwan: Who are They and Why They are Invisible (1)
- The gulf that separates Taiwan and China is getting wider (2)
- The gulf that separates Taiwan and China is getting wider (1)
Chinese Language Sources
- 在二十届中央政治局常委同中外记者见面时的讲话 / 习近平
- 新征程是充满光荣和梦想的远征 / 本刊编辑部
- 新征程上中国共产党人的郑重宣示 / 本刊评论员
- 新时代十年的伟大变革 / 江金权
- 深刻把握全面建设社会主义现代化国家面临的形势 / 谢伏瞻
- 构建高水平社会主义市场经济体制 / 穆 虹
- 锚定高质量发展之路勇毅前行 / 中共国家统计局党组
- 开辟马克思主义中国化时代化新境界 / 中共中央党史和文献研究院院务会理论学习中心组
- 中国化时代化的马克思主义行 / 新华社记者
- 凝心聚力铸就社会主义文艺新辉煌 / 中共中国文联党组
- 奋力打造具有强大引领力、传播力、影响力的国际一流新型主流媒体 / 慎海雄
- 扎实推动新时代纪检监察工作高质量发展 / 夏红民
- 述录先人的开拓 启迪来者的奋斗 / 金冲及
- 经济社会发展统计图表：2022年1—9月国民经济主要指标 / 国家统计局
- “最美奋斗者”红旗渠建设者（英模人物） / 习近平
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Comment: This is a sensible read on the People's Daily article 《增强实现中华民族伟大复兴的精神力量》by Li Shulei, the new head of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee. Xi is unlikely to repeat a Yan'an-style rectification or repeat the Anti-Rightist Campaign for various reasons.
By Adam Ni