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What Americans don’t understand about China’s power


Chinese leaders stretching back to Deng Xiaoping have often thought in terms of decades. A decade encompasses two of China’s famous five-year plans, and it’s a long-enough period to notice real changes in a country’s trajectory. As it happens, I spent time in China at both ends of the decade that just ended, first in … Continue reading

The moral hazard of dealing with China


Academic institutions must grapple with the question of when engagement becomes complicity. Shortly before its first-ever applications period was due to close, the Schwarzman Scholars program held an admissions seminar at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. The elite China-based graduate program, funded by American businessman Stephen Schwarzman’s personal wealth and fundraising efforts and modeled … Continue reading

Make no mistake: China would destroy U.S. cities in a nuclear war


When one reads enough Chinese naval literature, diagrams of multi-axial cruise missile saturation attacks against aircraft carrier groups may begin to seem normal. However, one particular graphic from the October 2015 issue (p. 32) of the naval journal Naval & Merchant Ships [舰船知识] stands out as both unusual and singularly disturbing. It purports to map … Continue reading

U.S.-North Korea tension looms as leaders from China, Japan, South Korea meet


The specter of new confrontation between Pyongyang and Washington hangs over meetings between China, Japan and South Korea this week, with growing risks North Korean actions could end an uneasy detente and upend recent diplomatic efforts. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping … Continue reading

China’s foreign minister says the US has successively angered and suppressed China


Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States had seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim Uighurs. “Such behavior is almost paranoid, and is indeed rare in international exchanges, seriously damaging the hard-won foundation of … Continue reading

Be sceptical of Trump’s new trade deal with China


As with so many assertions from President Trump, skepticism is in order about his announcement Friday of a “phase one” trade deal with China. Start with the seemingly straightforward issue of exactly what Mr. Trump got in return for reducing some U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports and forgoing others that were set to take effect … Continue reading

Stocks hit record on report that White House has reached China trade deal


Wall Street’s main indexes hit record highs on Thursday following news that the United States had reached a “deal in principle” with China to resolve a trade war that has rattled markets for nearly two years. Stocks were boosted in the morning when President Donald Trump tweeted that the United States was close to a … Continue reading

Beijing’s policies uniting US interest groups against China


China’s US policies are uniting a broad range of American interests against the world’s second largest economy, and a veteran US diplomat believes it is time for a new approach. Christopher Hill, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said China needed to start peeling back its assertive stance across the … Continue reading

Donald Trump should cancel China trade deal and raise tariffs


President Trump said last week that it may be better to wait until after his reelection to complete a trade deal with China. As a scheduled increase in tariffs on China approaches on December 15, Trump should stick with this instinct: he doesn’t need a deal and shouldn’t throw a lifeline to the Chinese Communist … Continue reading

China’s plan to fight a nuclear war against America is to nuke U.S. cities


When one reads enough Chinese naval literature, diagrams of multi-axial cruise missile saturation attacks against aircraft carrier groups may begin to seem normal. However, one particular graphic from the October 2015 issue (p. 32) of the naval journal Naval & Merchant Ships [舰船知识] stands out as both unusual and singularly disturbing. It purports to map … Continue reading

Is it possible Trump is on the right track with China?


“Trump’s trade war is losing, not gaining, support,” Paul Krugman wrote this week in his column “Why Is Trump a Tariff Man?” So why does the president avoid making the deals that might end this perpetual state of economic uncertainty? In a word, freedom. “Tariffs let him exercise unconstrained power, rewarding his friends and punishing … Continue reading

US House approves bill that calls for sanctioning Chinese officials over Muslim detainment camps


The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority, demanding sanctions on senior Chinese officials and export bans. The Uighur Act of 2019 is a stronger version of a bill that angered Beijing when it passed … Continue reading

China vows to retaliate with ‘firm counter measures’ over U.S. Hong Kong rights law


China warned the United States on Thursday it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said attempts to interfere in the Chinese-ruled city were doomed to fail. U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law congressional legislation which supported the protesters, despite angry objections from Beijing, … Continue reading

Engage China, or confront it? What’s the right approach now?


Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House adviser, calls the United States’ relationship with China’s Communist Party an economic and information “war,” while Eric Schmidt, a Google founder, says American interests are entangled with China, our biggest competitor in the race for global technological dominance. The next phase of the relationship between the two countries … Continue reading

Former Chinese finance minister warns China and US are on brink of ‘financial war’


The growing rivalry between China and the United States is at risk of becoming a “financial war”, a former Chinese finance minister said on Saturday. Speaking at an industry forum in Beijing, Lou Jiwei, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, said that despite the compromises … Continue reading

Trump says U.S. hasn’t yet agreed to roll back tariffs, despite China’s insistence that he has


President Donald Trump dealt a blow Friday to investors who were hoping the United States and China were inching closer toward a partial trade deal that would roll back billions in tariffs. Speaking to reporters, Trump said the US has yet to agree to wiping tariffs, undercutting a statement from China’s Commerce Ministry indicating openness … Continue reading

Fire the missiles! The U.S. navy is ready to sink China’s new aircraft carriers


Ah, yes, the “carrier-killer.” China is forever touting the array of guided missiles its weaponeers have devised to pummel U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs). Most prominent among them are its DF-21D and DF-26 antiship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made a mainstay of China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) defenses. Beijing has … Continue reading

China casts doubt on reaching long-term trade deal with U.S. under Trump


Chinese officials are casting doubts about reaching a comprehensive long-term trade deal with the U.S. even as the two sides get close to signing a “phase one” agreement. In private conversations with visitors to Beijing and other interlocutors in recent weeks, Chinese officials have warned they won’t budge on the thorniest issues, according to people … Continue reading

China’s factory activity shrinks for 6th month as trade war clouds outlook


Factory activity in China shrank for the sixth straight month in October and by more than expected, while service sector growth eased as firms grapple with the weakest economic growth in nearly 30 years. The world’s second-largest economy is facing heightened risks from slowing global demand and the Sino-U.S. trade war, adding pressure on policymakers … Continue reading

China cancels release of ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’


Though Quentin Tarantino‘s ninth movie Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood has dominated the North American box office since July, it’s still yet to be released in one of the world’s biggest markets: China. The two-hour, 41-minute flick was scheduled to come out in the Communist country on Friday, Oct. 25. According to the Hollywood Reporter, … Continue reading

The Chinese threat to American speech


China’s assertive campaign to police discourse about its policies, even outside of its borders, and the acquiescence of American companies eager to make money in China, pose a dangerous and growing threat to one of this nation’s core values: the freedom of expression. The Communist state is becoming more and more aggressive in pressuring foreign … Continue reading

Chinese officials will soon be required by the U.S. to report American contacts


The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will soon require Chinese officials in the U.S. to notify the State Department ahead of any contacts they plan to have with American educators, researchers and local and state governments. The release of the new rules was accompanied by notices to American educational and research institutions and local … Continue reading

Is China’s DF-26 missile a real threat to U.S. navy aircraft carriers?


Last year, Chinese state media reported that a new brigade of Beijing’s most advanced intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has been “activated.” The newly commissioned brigade is armed with the Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) IRBM. According to the Diplomat, “Video footage carried in Chinese state media showed at least 22 integrated six-axle DF-26 transporter-erector-launchers along with their … Continue reading

A Chinese engineer says he was fired from Facebook after discussing a colleague’s death and it’s caused outrage in China


Chinese social media has erupted in anger over the dismissal of a Chinese engineer from Facebook. The California-based software engineer Yi Yin’s story was circulated on WeChat and widely debated on a Chinese discussion forum, according to Bloomberg. Per Bloomberg, Yin said he received an email warning on the same day he attended the memorial … Continue reading

‘South Park’ banned in China after mocking Chinese government censors


With its most recent episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s fearless animated TV series, South Park, has garnered a great deal of attention across the world. The highly controversial Season 23 episode, Band in China, premiered last Wednesday, Oct. 2, and less than a week later was banned in China (no pun intended), according to the … Continue reading

China’s crimes are against humanity, not U.S. economy


Everyone has heard about China as an economic superpower bent on world domination. Its trade surplus with the world, especially with the United States, is vulgar. And for some time, China has been the fastest growing economy in the world, with some authorities referring to it as the world’s second largest economy. But there is … Continue reading

Back in 2010, the U.S. navy surfaced 3 elite submarines to warn China what could happen in a war


In 2010, China was given a glimpse of what could happen in a war. Nuclear powers rarely go to war with each other, but that doesn’t mean they don’t threaten to do so. Indeed, military posturing is an integral part of what Forrest Morgan, an analyst for the RAND Corporation, called “crisis stability.” In other words, “building … Continue reading

‘I will not accept a bad deal’: Trump’s China trade rhetoric turns harsh at UN


U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a stinging rebuke to China’s trade practices on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, saying he would not accept a “bad deal” in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Four days after deputy U.S. and Chinese negotiators held inconclusive talks in Washington, Trump’s remarks were anything but conciliatory and emphasized the need … Continue reading

‘Horrific campaign of repression’: U.S. slams China’s treatment of Muslims


The United States led more than 30 countries on Tuesday in condemning what it called China’s “horrific campaign of repression” against Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang at an event on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly that was denounced by China. In highlighting abuses against ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in … Continue reading

‘China Shock’ 2.0 is haunting the U.S.


‘The China Shock Doctrine’, written by Samual Hammond and published in The American Enterprise Institute’s National Affairs Issue Number 41 – Fall 2019, is a nearly 5,000 words long essay on how the United States was shocked by China’s success in upgrading and diversifying its own manufacturing capacity in general and engineering talents in particular. … Continue reading

China has already lost the trade war


China already lost in the trade war with the U.S. Although you will never hear Chinese authorities, especially President Xi Jinping, admit it as such, the evidence is everywhere and only becoming more compelling by the day. Reuters recently reported that based on the Chinese government’s own data, China’s economic slowdown has worsened in August, with “growth in industrial production is at … Continue reading

China cancels plans to visit with US farmers next week


China officials on Friday canceled plans to visit American farmers next week and were expected to cut short their trip to the US. Officials said they had to return to China earlier than planned and would no longer visit agricultural producers in the Midwest next week, according to the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and the … Continue reading

Taiwan just lost Solomon Islands, its biggest ally in the Pacific, to China; US may retaliate


Taiwan lost its largest ally in the Pacific on Tuesday, when the Solomon Islands confirmed it was switching diplomatic allegiance to China. A spokesman for the Solomon Islands’ prime minister said the government’s caucus took a poll on Monday, with 27 lawmakers voting in favour of switching and six abstaining, followed by the Cabinet voting … Continue reading

‘Birth tourism’ scheme shows Chinese nationals how to bypass immigration and give birth in the US


A Chinese woman could face up to 15 years in jail for running a “birth tourism” scheme where she helped coach other Chinese women on how to trick immigration in order to give birth in the United States. Dongyuan Li, 41, from Irvine, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and visa fraud, … Continue reading

China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack


Saudi Arabia’s oil production was slashed in half following an attack on two of its oil facilities on Saturday, and China, along with other countries in Asia and the Middle East, may be the ones to pay the price. Two major oil refineries in Saudi Arabia came under attack and knocked out production on about … Continue reading

China has been illegally redirecting traffic on the world’s Internet for 2 1/2 years


A recent discovery shows a Telecommunications company with ties to China’s government misdirected traffic for two and a half years. In recent times, a misdirection hacker operation allowed for the theft of over $150,000 in digital coins as unwitting people were routed to a fake MyEtherWallet.com site rather than the authentic wallet service. When end … Continue reading

China’s economy is getting worse. That makes a trade deal more likely


China’s economic slowdown keeps getting worse. That could give the country incentive to repair its trading relationship with the United States and take more steps to stimulate its economy. The country released data Monday that showed industrial production — an important indicator for China’s economy — increased by just 4.4% in August compared to a … Continue reading

The U.S. is about to do something big in Hong Kong


Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, the David to China’s Goliath, is calling out to the land of the free for help—and help may be on the way. The question is whether it will be substantial enough and fast enough, and have the support of the president of the United States. For months now, a small … Continue reading

Foreign citizens banned from leaving China so they can be used for political leverage


Two young Americans, Victor and Cynthia Liu, are “trapped” in China, increasingly desperate and despondent because Chinese authorities have blocked them from leaving for more than a year. “They are trapped. They are alone. They are desperate to come home,” David Pressman, the siblings’ New York-based attorney, told USA TODAY. “They are literally breaking down.” … Continue reading

China excludes soybeans and pork from additional tariffs in a huge win for US in trade war


China just announced that it would not be adding additional tariffs to US agricultural goods such as soybeans and pork, marking a huge win for American farmers. The superpower said via the state-owned Xinhua news agency that it would be encouraging Chinese companies to purchase more American agricultural goods after Trump delayed tariffs by two … Continue reading

The Trump administration has reportedly discussed a China trade deal that would lift some tariffs


The Trump administration has reportedly discussed a plan to offer China a deal that would include a rollback of some tariffs, potentially defusing tensions in a more than yearlong trade war that has rattled the world’s largest economies. Bloomberg reported Thursday that under the agreement, the US would remove some of its punishing tariffs on … Continue reading

We need to worry about China’s control of world’s pharmaceutical supply


Antibiotics, which turn life-threatening infections into minor nuisances, are considered the single biggest advance in modern medicine. But imagine if the supply of antibiotics to the United States was suddenly cut off. American national security officials are worrying about that scenario as they come to grips with this little understood fact: The vast majority of … Continue reading

Beijing’s hostility started the trade war


I first traveled to mainland China as a high school student in 2008. Like many observers at the time, I was enthralled by the apparent success of China’s development model, manifested in the urban landscapes of Beijing and Shanghai. I was influenced by the then-prominent idea of Chinese exceptionalism, which one could encounter in both … Continue reading

China’s car market is heading from recession to depression


The Chinese auto market is crashing.  Data from the Chinese Association of Auto Manufacturers show the passenger car market there contracted 6.9% in August and has fallen 11.0% for the year-to-date period. August 2019 marked the 14th consecutive decline for the Chinese auto market, an important landmark for analysts, as Chinese car sales could be … Continue reading

US companies leave China at a faster pace because of trade war


The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai said Wednesday U.S. companies are steering business away from China at an increasing rate amid the escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing. More than a quarter (26.5 percent) of the 333 respondents to AmCham’s annual survey said they have redirected investment away from China over the past year, … Continue reading

How China built its own J-20 stealth fighter from secret F-35 information


Although the two electro-optical systems pictured above are not identical, they share quite a few similarities in shape and placement: compared to the Eurofighter or Su-57’s electro-optical systems and Infrared Tracking Systems (IRTS), respectively, which are also mounted on top of the fuselage, the differences between the Lockheed Martin and J-20’s Systems are relatively minor. … Continue reading

Apple and Foxconn confirmed they broke a Chinese labor law by hiring too many temporary workers at the world’s biggest iPhone factory


On the eve of Apple announcing the iPhone 11, a report from China Labour Watch has accused the company – along with its manufacturing partner Foxconn – of profiting from worker exploitation to build the new phone. Investigators from China Labour Watch went undercover at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory, the largest iPhone factory in the world … Continue reading

China has piled up nearly 100 tons of gold reserves to help buffer against the blows of Trump’s trade war


Gold has risen 18% since the start of the year, in part because China has been adding vast amounts of the metal to its reserves. Bloomberg, citing the People’s Bank of China, reported that the Asian superpower added over 94 tons of gold to its reserves since December, consistent with gold’s rise since the end … Continue reading

Chinese exports to the US tanked by 16% in August as Trump’s trade-war tariffs hit demand


China’s exports to America tanked 16% to $44.4 billion in August — a sharp acceleration from their 6.5% drop in July, Reuters said — as Donald Trump’s tariffs sapped demand for Chinese goods in their biggest foreign market. However, Chinese imports of US goods dropped by about 22% to $10.3 billion, official customs data showed. … Continue reading

Protesters call on Trump to ‘liberate’ Hong Kong as violent clashes continue


Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urged U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district as police fired tear gas after protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic. Demonstrators flooded … Continue reading

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