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The Month in U.S.-China Relations 中美关系一个月 (July & August 2016)

July and August usually bring a lull to Washington—except in presidential election years. Campaign season kicked into full gear when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton accepted their party’s nominations in Cleveland and Philadelphia in July. As readers will see in our section on U.S. Elections, China is an experienced observer of U.S. politics and takes campaign attacks—like the GOP platform’s strong critique of China—with a grain of salt.

The Month in U.S.-China Relations 中美关系一个月 (July & August 2016)

July and August usually bring a lull to Washington—except in presidential election years. Campaign season kicked into full gear when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton accepted their party’s nominations in Cleveland and Philadelphia in July. As readers will see in our section on U.S. Elections, China is an experienced observer of U.S. politics and takes campaign attacks—like the GOP platform’s strong critique of China—with a grain of salt.

Kissinger Institute director Robert Daly went to China in late July to conduct a lecture tour on the elections at the invitation of the American Embassy. He found deep concern about a prospective Clinton presidency, based on her perceived “anti-China views”—a reference to her support for women’s rights, human rights, global civil society, and the Rebalance to Asia. Chinese women seemed more supportive of Clinton’s campaign than Chinese men. China’s strong support for Donald Trump was of three types: a majority of Trump fans, when pressed, admitted to supporting Mr. Trump because they thought he might weaken the United States’ global leadership in a way that would benefit China; less-serious analysts enjoyed the Bread and Circus aspects of Trump’s rhetoric and professed admiration for his strongman style, which they likened to that of Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; academics and journalists were hopeful that a President Trump might prove to be a business-style negotiator with whom China could work. Interest in the American elections ran high, but few of the Chinese who attended events in Chengdu, Changchun, Beijing, and Guangzhou expressed admiration for American-style democracy.

Tensions in the South China Sea reached a boiling point this summer with publication of the long-awaited decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. The case, which was brought by the Philippines, resulted in the tribunal rejecting Beijing’s claims of historic and economic rights in the South China Sea. Although the tribunal did not rule on issues of sovereignty, the decision was a strong rebuke of China’s claims and was received as such. China’s response to international rejection of its “unwavering” claims will be a test of China’s “Peaceful Rise” doctrine. Beijing’s harsh response to the ruling, although directed mainly at the domestic audience, was perceived as bellicose, bullying, and nationalistic by its neighbors.    

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China as an Emerging Superpower

China’s ‘Chubby Girl’ Transport Aircraft Enters PLA Service (July 6): According to the Financial Times (subscription), China’s largest ever military aircraft entered service on July 6, a hulking transport capable of sending troops and tanks around the world at short notice. CNN also reported on this story.

In China, Ban Highlights Country’s Leadership on Sustainable Development (July 7): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in China to highlight the PRC’s relationship with the UN. He noted China’s crucial role in alleviating regional tensions, building peace and addressing climate change.

China’s Secret 23-Day Detention of a Foreign Nonprofit Chief (July 9): This New York Times (subscription) piece details the arrest and detention of Peter Dahlin, a Swedish citizen who started an organization in China promoting access to legal services. Mr. Dahlin’s group received financial support from the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy.

South Korea Braces for China Economic Punch in Radar Fight (July 11): The Wall Street Journal (subscription) reported that South Korea would support its corporations if Beijing launched economic retaliation over Seoul’s decision to deploy a U.S. radar system that can penetrate inside Chinese territory. The Korea Herald and New York Times (subscription) also reported on this story.

China Depicts Hong Kong Teenager as an American agent (August 2): China's top prosecutorial body cast Joshua Wong, a teenage activist from Hong Kong, as a pro-independence advocate backed by the United States in an online video that warns against uprisings across the country. Reuters reported on the accusations. Related: 'Liberate Hong Kong': pre-election calls for independence from China grow

Japan Expresses 'Deep Concern' at Chinese Coercion (August 2): An annual defense review released by Japan last month expressed "deep concern" over Chinese coercion and flouting of international rules…Read More>>

China Forms Anti-Terror Alliance with Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan (August 5): China plans to set up an anti-terrorism alliance with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan to boost its coordination and stabilize the region …Read More>>

China Launches First Quantum Mobile Telecoms Satellite from Beijing (August 7): As reported by the BBC, China’s Tiantong-01 satellite will establish a mobile network serving China, the Middle East, Africa and other areas. The ground service will be operated state-owned China Telecom.

China Thwarts U.N. Censure of North Korea Missile Launch (August 9): The United Nations Security Council was unable to condemn the launch of a missile by North Korea that landed near Japan because China wanted the statement to oppose deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system in South Korea…Read More>>

Chinese Swimmer Fu Yuanhui Wins Public's Heart with Rare Candor (August 12): The latest Olympic hero for China is not a gold medalist. Fu Yuanhui is popular for simply being herself. NBC’s Olympics coverage detailed the young swimmer’s sudden stardom. Related: The Solution to Beijing’s Soft Power Deficit is Staring it in the Face

The New Face of Chinese Nationalism (August 25): ‘Little Pink’ web users are leaping over the Great Firewall of China to call out enemies of the state. According to Foreign Policy (subscription), Little Pink members are predominately young Chinese women on a mission to protect their country from unwelcome criticism.

U.S. Elections

China’s Strange Trump Love (July 11): Donald Trump is all about branding, and here’s a striking irony: while his political brand is built on Muslim-bashing, Hispanic-bashing, and, not least, China-bashing, his hotel brand appears is thriving in Asia…Read More>>

Trump Adviser Says News Corp Bashes Trump because of Commercial Interest in China (July 18): According to The Guardian, Donald Trump’s adviser on China, Peter Navarro, claimed that Fox News and the Wall Street Journal were treating the Republican presidential candidate unfairly because of Rupert Murdoch’s interests in the country. For a taste of Navarro’s approach to the topic, see the YouTube film based on his book, Death by China.

Republican Party Takes Tougher Stance on China Than in 2012 (July 19): The Republican Party's policy platform is more hawkish on China than the 2012 edition. "The liberalizing policies of recent decades have been abruptly reversed, dissent brutally crushed, religious persecution heightened, the internet crippled, a barbaric population control two-child policy of forced abortions and forced sterilizations continued, and the cult of Mao revived”…Read More>>

How the GOP Stopped Loving China (July 24): According to Jared McKinney for the National Interest, the GOP’s platform conveys a new cynicism towards China. This article reviews GOP platforms since Nixon’s rapprochement with China and traces the evolution thereafter of GOP disillusionment.

China Urges U.S. Republican Party to Stop Groundless Charges (July 20): According to Xinhua, Chinese officials urged the U.S. Republican Party to stop groundless accusations against China and interference in China's domestic affairs.

Chinese Views on the Presumptive U.S. Presidential Candidates Hilary R. Clinton and Donald J. Trump (July 19): This article, authored by Michael Swaine for the China Leadership Monitor, shows that Chinese elite and public views toward Clinton and Trump are varied and divided. 

Chinese are Cheering for Trump because He Will “Mess up the U.S.” and Let China Pull Ahead (July 22): In spite of Trump’s harsh rhetoric on China, some in China are rooting for him because they believe he “will mess up the U.S. and allow China to overtake the U.S. as soon as possible”… Read More>>

Donald Trump’s China Rhetoric (August 2): According to the Los Angeles TimesMichael Hiltzick, Donald Trump’s discussion of China in a policy speech in Virginia  “was a good illustration of the Republican candidate’s once-over-lightly, soundbite-oriented approach to the real issues.”

Meet some of the Chinese Americans Voting for Trump (August 20):  Surveys show that Asian-American voters overwhelmingly favor the Democratic Party, but Donald Trump’s unapologetic style and stances on key issues have won him the support of some Chinese immigrants…Read More>>

The U.S. Rebalance to Asia

U.S., Singapore Kick Off CARAT Exercise (July 19): The 22nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Republic of Singapore Armed Forces began July 19 at Changi Naval Base…Read More>>

Susan E. Rice’s Meetings in Beijing (July 25): National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met with senior Chinese officials in Beijing on July 25 to prepare for President Obama’s visit to China in early September for the G20 meetings in Hangzhou…Read More>>

U.S. Backs Resumption of China-Philippines Talks on South China Sea (July 27): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he supported the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling against Beijing over the dispute last month…Read More>>

Singaporean Prime Minister Visits the United States (August 2): Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was in Washington last month to commemorate 50 years of formal diplomatic relations. Here are 7 interesting facts about U.S.-Singapore relations. Related: The Straits Times’ Interview with US President Barack Obama

Southeast Asia and the South China Sea

China Says it Wants Peace after Newspaper Warns of South China Sea Clash (July 5): China's government sought to downplay fears of conflict in the South China Sea after an influential state-run newspaper said last month that Beijing should prepare for military confrontation in the area…Read More>>

Dai Bingguo: China Unintimidated, even if U.S. Sends 10 Aircraft Carriers (July 6): While delivering a speech at a U.S.-China Dialogue on the South China Sea, former State Councilor, Dai Bingguo said “the Chinese people would not be intimidated by U.S. actions…” Read More>>

South China Sea: Court Rules in Favor of Philippines over China (July 12): As reported by CNN, an international tribunal in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in a maritime dispute last month, concluding China had no legal basis to claim historic rights to the bulk of the South China Sea. NPR and Reuters also reported on the ruling. Please also see President Xi Jinping’s and the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s responses. Related: China Flies Military Aircraft Near Scarborough Shoal; China: Disregard the South China Sea ruling. The Philippines: No; China, Russia to Hold Joint Drills in Disputed South China Sea.

Vietnam Rebukes China for ‘Untruthful’ Reports on Sea Ruling (July 18): According to Bloomberg, Chinese state media claimed Vietnam supported China’s stance on the international tribunal’s ruling last month. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc refuted the endorsement and reiterated Vietnam’s welcome of the court’s decision. Related:  Vietnam TV Station Drops Chinese Drama over South China Sea Dispute.

Inbound Investment from ASEAN Drops 57 percent in June (July 19): Foreign direct investment from ASEAN in China fell 57 percent year on year to 1.87 billion yuan, the Chinese commerce ministry said. The decline was normal and not necessarily related to the South China Sea disputes, said Shen Danyang, the ministry spokesperson…Read More>>

After Deadlock, ASEAN Releases Statement on South China Sea Dispute (July 25):  As reported in Time, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations released a watered-down joint statement regarding territorial disputes in the South China Sea, omitting references to the Hague ruling against Beijing, following pressure from China. Related: Cambodia says urged ASEAN to avoid words that would 'escalate tension'.

Beijing Vows to Prosecute 'Trespassers' in South China Sea (August 2): According to CNN, China has sent a clear warning to foreigners who enter contested areas of the South China Sea— keep out or you'll be prosecuted.

Indonesia to Start Joint Sea Patrols with Malaysia, Philippines (August 2): Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines signed a document on standard operating procedures (SOP) for trilateral maritime cooperation, marking the official start of coordinated sea patrols to secure regional waters…Read More>>

Vietnam Moves Rocket Launchers into South China Sea (August 10): Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route…Read More>>

Philippines Seeks Talks with China Amid South China Sea Tension (August 12): According to Reuters, the Philippines wants to negotiate with China to explore pathways to peace and cooperation. The Philippines’ special envoy, Fidel Ramos, met with former Chinese deputy foreign minister Fu Ying in Hong Kong to explore possibilities for formal talks. Related: China-Philippines Fishing Deal ‘May Help Calm Troubled South China Sea Waters’

Cyber, Espionage, and Surveillance

Are Chinese Hackers Reducing Attacks on the U.S.? (July 3): Hackers based in China seem to have slowed some of their attacks on U.S. targets, private cybersecurity researchers and U.S. government officials have recently suggested…Read More>>

China Chides UN Group over Criticism of 'Arbitrary' Detention (July 6): A UN agency said that an American businesswoman accused of spying in China had been detained arbitrarily by the Chinese government. China answered that the UN must respect China’s judicial independence Read More>>

Likely Hack of U.S. Banking Regulator by China Covered Up (July 14): The Chinese government likely hacked computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2010, 2011, and 2013 and employees at the U.S. banking regulator covered up the intrusions, according to a congressional report last month…Read More>>

China Plots Path to Get Ahead of Global Cyber Pack (July 28): As reported by the South China Morning Post, China has unveiled an ambitious plan to become a leading cyber power, but foreign players are concerned about just how open the sector will be.

FBI Employee Pleads Guilty to Passing Information to China (August 1): An FBI electronics technician pleaded guilty in New York to passing sensitive information to a Chinese government official…Read More>>


CNO Visits Chinese North Sea Fleet; Underscores Importance of International Law (July 20): Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson visited Chinese North Sea Fleet headquarters to meet with fleet commander Vice Adm. Yuan Yubai. The goal of the trip was to improve mutual understanding and encourage professional interaction between the two navies ... Read More>>

Japan Protests as Record 13 Chinese ships spotted in disputed East China Sea (August 8): Japan lodged two protests with China after spotting an unprecedented 13 Chinese Coast Guard vessels, some of which were equipped with guns, in waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea…Read More>>

Soft Power

For Disney and Wanda, China is Key to Theme Park Kingdoms (July 5): Disney opened its new $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai in June. According to Forbes, it marked Disney’s biggest investment overseas and drew a line in the sand for China’s homegrown theme park competitor, Dalian Wanda Group.

Steinway’s Grand Ambitions for its Pianos in China (July 9): Steinway & Sons, an American and German piano company, is looking to China to breathe new life into lackluster sales. Both the New York Times (subscription) and Straits Times reported the story.

KFC, Apple in China Hit by South China Sea Spat (July 20): As reported by ABC News, Chinese nationalists called for a boycott of American companies such as KFC and Apple. The protests were in response to the recent South China Sea Tribunal ruling, which many in China believe was an American-led conspiracy against China. Related: China's Media Criticizes Anti-U.S. Protests at KFC Outlets as Jingoistic.

China Has Its Own Birthright Tour (July 27): As reported in Foreign Policy (subscription), young overseas Chinese can now go on (almost) free two-week trips to China. Since 1999, the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs has organized annual trips, called “root seeking camps,” to help Chinese children growing up abroad stay in touch with their national heritage.

Meet China's Patriotic Rap Group CD Rev (August 2): Chinese group CD Rev are using rap to challenge the world's media over its portrayal of China. Singer-songwriter Li Yijie talks with BBC's Stephen McDonell in this video interview. Last August, Beijing banned over 100 rap songs because they “threaten public morality.” Related: Chinese Officials Hire Gangsta Rappers to Boost China's Image Abroad

Chinese Shoe Shoppers Give Local Brands the Boot (August 10): With more Chinese shoppers saying they prefer the quality and design of foreign brands over domestic offerings , and e-commerce making it easier than ever before to purchase shoes from abroad, the outlook for Chinese brands is bleak…Read More>>

China Takes Economic Aim at South Korea’s Missile Defense Plan (August 10): Growing Chinese anger at South Korea over a U.S. anti-missile defense system bodes ill for everything from pop star appearances to United Nations action against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats…Read More>> Related: Is China Already Taking its Revenge for THAAD? (subscription)

Two Chinese Retirees Win Hearts and Inspire Admiration with Epic 7,800km American Road Trip (August 18): A retired Chinese couple embarked on a once-in-a-life-time journey in America and came home to Chinese state media praise. “Couple prove age no barrier to globe-trotting,” a China Daily headline read…Read More>>

Game of Thrones Producer Plans Epic Historical Series (August 17): China’s Starlight Media and K. Jam Media of the U.S. will develop and produce a new television series, Empress, with award-winning producer Christopher Newman (Game of Thrones). Empress will be an epic centered on the only female empress in the history of China, Wu Zetian. Production is slated to begin in Sichuan in late 2017, with broadcast scheduled for 2018. …Read More>>

Internet, Media, and Technology

Qualcomm's Patent Licensing Woes in China (July 1): According to Caixin, Alibaba-backed smart phone maker Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. faces a patent infringement lawsuit filed by U.S. mobile chip maker Qualcomm Inc. Related:  Qualcomm CEO Sees Major Progress in China (subscription).

Apple sued in China again (July 3): As reported on CNET, Apple is being sued by an arm of China’s Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television over a propaganda video from 1994. Related: Apple Sued in China Over Showing of Propaganda War Film from 1990s; Apple’s China Problem Is That Local Phones are Good, and Cheap.

China Cracks down on News reports spread via Social Media (July 5): According to The New York Times (subscription), the Cyberspace Administration of China announced that it would punish websites that publish “directly as news reports unverified content found on online platforms such as social media.” The Guardian also reported the story.

Twitter Estimates that it has 10 Million Users in China (July 5): In spite of being blocked in China since 2009, Twitter has around 10 million active users in China, according to a source who spoke to TechCrunch.

China's New Rules on Online Search Ads Hit Internet Giants (July 11): According to Nikkei Asian Review, China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce announced new regulations that classify paid-for online search results as advertisements and subject their revenue to a 3% tax. The Wall Street Journal (subscription) and Caixin also reported the story.

China Hardens Position Against Hong Kong Booksellers (July 14): China is toughening its position in the case of five Hong Kong booksellers it detained last year for publishing books critical of Chinese leaders…Read More>>

China to Overtake U.S. as World’s Biggest Movie Market? Not So Fast (July 19): While Chinese money and moviegoers reshape Hollywood, China’s box-office growth, according to the Wall Street Journal (subscription) is slowing down, knocking the country off its stride toward overtaking the U.S. as the world’s biggest movie market. Related: China’s Box Office Growth Slows in First Half of 2016 but Still Up 21%.

America Wants to Believe China Can’t Innovate, But Tech Tells a Different Story (July 19): The United States wants to believe that the scourge of censorship thwarts China’s online innovation, but China is challenging the idea in ways that frighten and confound…Read More>>

China’s Giant Said to Lead Group Bidding for Caesars Online Unit (July 22): A consortium including China’s Giant Interactive Group is in talks to acquire Nevada-based Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s online game unit for more than $4 billion...Read More>>

Chinese Court Sentences American Publisher to Prison (July 27): A Chinese court has sentenced a U.S. citizen to more than five years in prison for selling magazines about Chinese politics. The case bears similarities to Beijing’s recent detentions of Hong Kong booksellers…Read More>>(subscription)

Chinese Viewers Spurn Summer Films (August 11): The low quality of China’s domestic movies, from the failed comedy-western, “For a Few Bullets,” to the romantic-comedy flop “No-One’s Life Is Easy”, has resulted in low summer box office receipts.…Read More>> Related: Why Chinese Songs Are Being Turned Into Movies

China Rules E-Sports (August 26): China may have come in second in this year’s Rio Olympic medal count, but the country has emerged as world champion in another major international event: online competitive video gaming…Read More (subscription)>>

Beijing Bans Promotion of Western Lifestyles and Celebrities, (August 30): As reported by the South China Morning Post, Beijing has forbidden reports  that promote “Western lifestyles,” wallow in details of celebrity love affairs, or poke fun at traditional Chinese values and classical culture. Related: China Advances Film Industry Law, Cracks Down on "Western Values"; China Censor Makes a Song and Dance over TV Variety Programmes (subscription)

Education and Non-Government Relations

China’s Citizens Livid at South China Sea Ruling (July 13): Chinese reacted swiftly and angrily to a ruling last month that China’s South China Sea 9-dash line had no basis in international law. Their anger was rooted in textbooks and curricula that teach Chinese that the South China Sea has always been part of China’s sacred territory …Read More>>

Chinese Students in the U.S. Fear the Yuan’s Fall (July 25): According to the Wall Street Journal (subscription), the yuan’s depreciation may benefit Chinese exporters, but it makes life costly for Chinese students in the U.S., many of whom are buying extra dollars because they think the yuan will fall further. Quartz ran a similar story back in January.

Chinese Students in America Try to Fit In (August 4): Foreign Policy (subscription) highlights a short film (In Between) profiling three Chinese undergraduates at Smith College,  and the tension they feel as students who are proudly Chinese, yet shaped by an American education. You can watch the trailer here.

Chinese Lawyer Wang Yu Given ABA International Human Rights Award in Absentia (August 6): The American Bar Association presented its inaugural rights award in San Francisco last month to a detained Chinese lawyer …Read More>> The Financial Times(subscription) also reported on this story.

ACT Shakes Up Security Unit, Plans Audit After Cheating Reports (August 10): ACT Inc., designer of America’s most popular university entrance exam, is laying off its head of test security and plans to audit nearly 200 education centers after Reuters detailed widespread cheating by international students.

Chinese Universities, Coming to a Neighborhood Near You (August 10): The first Chinese university project in the United States will be launched in 2017 at the University of Washington…Read More (subscription)>>

Chinese Students Flock to U.S. Private High Schools (August 22): According to the Washington Post, tens of thousands of Chinese students attend U.S. private high schools in hopes of gaining admission to the nation’s top-tier colleges and universities. Related:  TV Show Spotlights Middle Class Anxieties in China (subscription)

Trade and Economic Relations

Wal-Mart Faces Employee Protests in China (July 7): As reported by the Associated Press, Wal-Mart faces protests by its Chinese employees over what they say is a drastic change in work schedules as the company overhauls its struggling business amid an economic slowdown and competition from e-commerce.

United States Expands Challenge to China’s Export Restraints on Key Raw Materials (July 13): U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that the United States has expanded its challenge at the World Trade Organization concerning China’s export restraints on raw materials…Read More>>

China Plans First Immigration Agency to Attract Overseas Talent (July 19): China is setting up its first immigration office, according to people with knowledge of the plans, as Xi Jinping seeks overseas talent to help drive China’s knowledge economy...Read More>>

U.S. Warns of China Backsliding on Economic Openness (July 20): The United States is worried that China is retreating from pledges to open its economy to market forces as it tries to cope with a slowdown in growth, U.S. trade diplomat Chris Wilson told the World Trade Organization last month…Read More>>

Chinese Flock to America to Work for Companies They've Bought (July 22): According to CNN, China is sending thousands of executives to the U.S. to work for American companies bought by their Chinese rivals.

Chinese Buyers Plant Flag in the U.S. Suburbs (July 23): For the second year in a row, a National Association of Realtors survey shows Chinese nationals dominating the ranks of international home buyers in the United States…Read More>>

Foreign Rail Firms Shunted as 'Made in China' Gathers Force (August 2): Foreign firms say they are struggling to gain access to China's vast railway market as the country, seeking to transform its domestic industry into an export powerhouse, tightens the bidding criteria on rail tenders…Read More>>

How Apple Helped Didi Chuxing Outrun Uber in China (August 4): According to Fortune, Apple’s $1 billion investment in car-hailing app Didi Chuxing helped accelerate Uber’s decision to end a  two-year battle with its Chinese rival.

U.S. Manufacturers Battle Back from 'China Shock' (August 5): The U.S. economy lost almost a third of its manufacturing jobs from 2000 to 2010. A Reuters analysis of federal and other data shows, however, that some of the areas hardest hit by the "China shock," are bringing back jobs that were lost to foreign competition. Related: How the China Shock, Deep and Swift, Spurred the Rise of Trump (subscription).

Overseas Chinese Make It Big Buying Bags (August 5): Daigou, Chinese for “buying on behalf of,” is an industry worth nearly $100 billion. It has evolved from individual sellers opening shops on e-commerce websites to whole websites devoted to luxury products bought overseas…Read More>>

Chinese Laws Prompt Global Business Backlash (August 11): According to the Financial Times (subscription), a coalition of some of the world's biggest business groups have called on China to revise a new cyber security law and insurance regulations, warning that they represent a protectionist threat that could further isolate China from the global digital economy. Related: Global Businesses Urge China to Revise Its Planned Cyber Rules.

What China's U.S. Buying Spree Means for the Future of Hospitality (August 15): The Chinese are on a U.S. buying spree like no other. Since the beginning of the year, Chinese investors have announced interest in, or closed on, several multi-billion-dollar deals on a variety of American enterprises. A Forbes feature considers the implications of the flux of deals.

If You Read/Watched Nothing Else in July and August…

The fine writing and film/videography on U.S.-China relations published each month far exceeds the assimilating capacity of any institution.  It would be ridiculous to feature “the best” efforts of the past 60 days, but KICUS would like to highlight the following work nonetheless:


How Should the Republican Party Approach China Policy? (ChinaFile Conversation, Asia Society, July 20)

Why I’m Here: The Importance of the U.S.—China Relationship (Ambassador Susan Rice, White House Blog, July 26)

Everything you ever wanted to know about WeChat (Jessie Chen, UX Design, August 13)


How to Hear, and Address, China’s Reaction to Tribunal Ruling Over South China Sea Claims (Robert Daly, Wall Street Journal (subscription) July 13)

What China Can Learn From the South China Sea Case (Zheng Wang, The Diplomat (subscription) July 14)

The Burden of Being Asian American on Campus (Julia Wang, The Atlantic, August 15)

Working Paper

The Changing Geopolitics of East Asia (J. Stapleton Roy, Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center, July 26).


China's Response to the South China Sea Arbitration Ruling (Ambassador Cui Tiankai, CSIS, July 12)

The Confusing Lives of Chinese-American ‘Satellite Babies’ (The Atlantic, July 20).

Road to Hangzhou: Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on what to Expect at the G20 Summit (Jacob Lew, Brookings, August 31)

Robert Daly on C-SPAN: China's Interest in the U.S. Election (C-SPAN, August 26)


Interpreting the South China Sea Tribunal Ruling (China in the World, Asia Society, July 19).

Whose Century Is It, Anyway? (Sinica, July 21)

What a Former CIA China Expert Has Learned from 30 Years in the Field (Paul Haenle and Dennis Wilder, Chinafile, August 4)

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