Noteworthy Links (August 2021)

George Soros: Investors in Xi’s China face a rude awakening
(FT opinion, 08/31/21, George Soros)

Early Warning Brief: Implications of Xi’s Revival of the Maoist Slogan “Common Prosperity”
(Jamestown Foundation, 08/26/21, Willy Wo-Lap Lam)

Tianjin asks govt firms to move data out of Alibaba, Tencent clouds-document
(Reuters, 08/27/21, Beijing Newsroom)

Analysis: Xi’s leftward shift to a socialist China is for real
(Nikkei Asia, 08/26/21, Katsuji Nakazawa)

WHO Probe Leader Says Chinese Pressure Blocked Research Into Lab Accident Theory
(China Digital Times, 08/20/21, Joseph Brouwer)

HSBC Buys AXA Singapore for $575 Million to Grow Asia Wealth
(Bloomberg, 08/16/21, Denise Wee)

Canadian Michael Spavor Sentenced to 11 Years as Meng Wanzhou Extradition Decision Looms
(China Digital Times, 08/11/21, Joseph Brouwer)

New Restrictions on Private Tutoring Industry: Motivations and Reactions
(China Digital Times, 08/07/21, Cindy Carter)

Noteworthy Links (July 2021)

Hong Kong man given 9-year sentence in first security law case
(Nikkei Asia, 07/30/21, Michelle Chan)

Retired Taiwan general tells military to overthrow DPP, surrender to China
(Taiwan News, 07/30/21, Keoni Everington)

Abe: Taiwan must never repeat Hong Kong experience
(Nikkei Asia, 07/30/21, Ryo Nemoto)

Foreign investments into China are accelerating despite global economic tensions and restrictions
(PIIE, 07/22/21, Nicholas Lardy)

The Road Ahead for Taiwan-US Relations
(The Diplomat, 07/17/21, Melissa Conley Tyler)

China Says U.S. Trespassing in Its Airspace After Documents Sent to Taiwan
(Newsweek, 07/15/21, John Feng)

Carrie Lam downplays surge in emigration
(RTHK, 07/11/21)

‘Liberate Hong Kong’ slogan was about uniting freedom-loving people, political scientist testifies
(Stand News, 07/09/21, Holmes Chan)

What Bankers Can Know, You Can’t in Hong Kong
(Bloomberg, 07/07/21, Matthew Brooker)

Canadian rights activist says he received death threat for support of Hong Kongers
(The Globe and Mail, 07/05/21, Steven Chase)

Hong Kong Court Jails U.S. Lawyer Over Scuffle With Policeman
(Bloomberg, 07/05/21, Kari Soo Lindberg)

US tech giants warn Hong Kong data law could drive them away
(Nikkei Asia, 07/06/21, Michelle Chan)

Banks accused of Beijing-backed ‘asset grab’ as Hongkongers in UK denied access to pension savings
(HKFP, 07/04/21, Laura Mannering)

Choice of an ex-policeman as Hong Kong’s number two signals Beijing’s nervousness in election year
(HKFP, 07/03/21, John Burns)

Modern-Day Martyr: Meet The Self-Made Billionaire Who Is Sacrificing It All For God
(The Federalist, 07/01/21, Christopher Bedford)

Noteworthy Links (June 2021)

How China’s security law changed Hong Kong forever in 12 months
(Bloomberg via Japan Times, 06/30/21, Iain Marlow)

H.K. Court Denies Bail to Apple Daily’s Editor, Publisher
(Bloomberg, 06/19/21, Chloe Lo)

Hong Kong justice chiefs accused of ‘shameless double standards’ for dropping charge against reporter from state-owned media outlet
(HKFP, 06/18/21, Rhoda Kwan)

Chinese FDI in Europe – 2020 Update
(Rhodium Group, 06/16/21, Agatha Kratz, Max Zhenglein, and Gregor Sebastian)

Do We Need to Be in Hong Kong? Global Companies Are Eying the Exits
(Dow Jones via Morningstar, 06/06/21, John Lyons and Frances Yoon)

Noteworthy Links (May 2021)

China allows three children in major policy shift
(BBC, 05/31/21)

Diplomats Barred From Trial of Australian Writer Yang Hengjun
(China Digital Times, 05/27/21, Joseph Brouwer)

Not even Singapore’s rules could keep the coronavirus at bay
(Washington Post, 05/21/21, Marina Lopes)

Taiwan’s TSMC reportedly spending US$28.6 million on water
(Taiwan News, 05/21/21, Huang Tzu-ti)

E.U. Puts Investment Deal with China On Hold as Beijing Refuses to Back Down on Sanctions
(China Digital Times, 05/21/21, John Chan)

How a False Sense of Security, and a Little Secret Tea, Broke Down Taiwan’s COVID-19 Defenses
(Time, 05/21/21, Michael Zennie and Gladys Tsai)

We will pursue you for life, Hong Kong warns wanted activists abroad
(Apple Daily, 05/19/21)

Two-Way Street – US-China Investment Trends – 2021 Update
(Rhodium Group, 05/19/21, Thilo Hanemann, Daniel H. Rosen, Mark Witzke, Steve Bennion, and Emma Smith)

TSMC trumps IBM’s “2nm” chip tech hyperbole with “1nm” claim
(, 05/18/21, Elles Houweling)

Hong Kong freezes listed shares of media tycoon Lai under security law
(Reuters, 05/14/21, Jessie Pang and Twinnie Siu)

Taiwan reports record 29 local COVID cases in one day
(Taiwan News, 05/14/21, Keoni Everington)

Record 1800-plus civil servants quit Hong Kong government
(Apple Daily, 05/13/21)

Hong Kong legislators pass ‘patriotic’ oath law
(Reuters, 05/12/21)

Beijing’s Elusive Bid for Pricing Power on Rare Earths
(, 05/05/21, Damian Ma)

Noteworthy Links (April 2021)

National security agents given harbourfront site
(rthk, 04/23/21)

How a 29-Year-Old Woman Cosplayed Her Way Into Taiwan’s Center of Power
(Vice, 04/23/21, Clarissa Wei)

China’s Chip Industry: Running Faster But Still Falling Behind
(Rhodium Group, 04/22/21, Jordan Schneider)

Chinese Wind Industry Growing Competitive, but Unlikely To Dominate
(, 04/19/21, Ilaria Mazzocco)

Home Advantage: How China’s Protected Market Threatens Europe’s Economic Power
(Rhodium Group, 04/15/21, Agatha Kratz and Janka Oertel)

PAP East Coast team committed to delivering promises made at GE2020: DPM Heng Swee Keat
(Straits Times, 04/10/21, Justin Ong)

MFA rebuts Indonesian corruption official’s reported allegations of Singapore as safe haven
(Channel News Asia, 04/09/21, Johannes Tjendro)

China Issues New Threats to Taiwan: ‘The Island’s Military Won’t Stand a Chance’
(U.S. News, 04/09/21, Paul D. Shinkman)

Drought in Taiwan Pits Chip Makers Against Farmers
(NYT, 04/08/21, updated 04/13/21, Raymond Zhong and Amy Chang Chien)

Noteworthy Links (March 2021)

A Taiwan Crisis May Mark the End of the American Empire
(Bloomberg, 03/21/21, Niall Ferguson)

Taiwan says China bolstering ability to attack, blockade island
(Reuters, 03/19/21, Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard)

US and China trade angry words at high-level Alaska talks
(BBC, 03/19/21)

Japan to probe messaging app Line after reports it let Chinese engineers access user data
(Channel News Asia,03/17/21)

US sanctions 24 Hong Kong and Chinese officials ahead of Blinken meeting with Beijing
(CNN, 03/17/21, James Griffiths)

Hong Kong gets a ‘D’ in academic freedom index
(Apple Daily, 03/17/21)

American Leadership on AI Requires a Partisan Cease Fire
(, 03/16/21, Matt Sheehan)

Taiwan bolsters South China Sea deployments, gets U.S. submarine parts approval
(Reuters, 03/16/21, Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard)

Taiwan’s continued success requires economic diversification of products and markets
(Brookings, 03/15/21, Shirley Lin)

To crush democracy, China is changing Hong Kong’s political rules
(The Economist, 03/13/21)

Hong Kong: China approves ‘patriotic’ plan to control elections

From safety of Taiwan, new magazine reaches out to Hong Kong diaspora
(Reuters, 03/09/21, Ann Wang)

Why China’s Hong Kong Crackdown Could Backfire
(Project Syndicate, 03/08/21, Minxin Pei)

China unveils Hong Kong electoral changes as it tightens grip on city
(The Guardian, 03/05/21, Helen Davidson)

What China Is Planning: Predicting the 14th Five-Year Plan
(, 03/04/21, Damien Ma and Jianyin Roachell)

Noteworthy Links (February 2021)

Taiwan urges people to eat more pineapples after China bans imports amid campaign of ‘intimidation’
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation – ABC, 02/26/21)

China to ban Taiwan pineapples starting March 1
(Taiwan News, 02/26/21, Sylvia Teng)

Singapore’s total fertility rate falls to historic low in 2020
(Channel News Asia, 02/26/21, Chew Hui Min)

More than 310,000 BNO passports issued in 2020, overtaking Hong Kong passports for the first time
(Apple Daily, 02/26/21)

Chinese Official Signals Changes to Hong Kong Election Rules
(Bloomberg, 02/22/21)

China faces fateful choices, especially involving Taiwan
(The Economist, 02/20/21, Chaguan)

KMT chairman launches re-election bid
(Focus Taiwan – CNA, 02/20/21, Liu Kuan-ting and Frances Huang)

Govt names new head of RTHK
(RTHK, 02/19/21)

New Reports Highlight Globalization of Surveillance Tech Industry
(China Digital Times, 02/19/21, John Chan)

Health Minister: China interference stopped COVID-19 vaccine deal
(RTI, 02/17/21, Stas Butler)

“Sinicization” Campaigns Target Religious and Ethnic Minorities Across China
(China Digital Times, 02/17/21, Joseph Brouwer)

Eye on 2022 (Part 2): Rising Stars in Beijing
(, 02/16/21, Neil Thomas)

Two Arrests, Two Outcomes Tell a Tale of Xi Jinping’s China
(NYT, 02/12/21, Li Yuan)

Stark Decline in Birth Rate a Legacy of Pandemic, One-Child Policy, and Choice
(China Digital Times, 02/10/21, Joseph Brouwer)

Cheap Solar (Part 2): How Solar Manufacturing Got Its Chinese Characteristics
(, 02/09/21, Ilaria Mazzocco)

Amid a Changing World Economy, Taiwanese Manufacturers Return Home
(Topics, 02/09/21, Matthew Fulco)

China’s latest weapon against Taiwan: the sand dredger
(Reuters, 02/05/21, Yimou Lee)

COVAX releases amount of first round of COVID-19 vaccine distribution; Taiwan to get a share of the allotted amount
(Taiwan CDC, 02/05/21)

Hong Kong’s SIM card registration plan aims to sow fear, distrust and self-censorship
(HKFP, 02/05/21, Shui-Yin Sharon Yam)

Noteworthy Links (January 2021)

Chinese millennials aren’t getting married, and the government is worried
(CNN, 1/29/2021, Nectar Gan)

Chinese H-6 Bombers Heard On Radio Confirming Orders For Simulated Attack On U.S. Aircraft Carrier Near Taiwan
(The Aviationist, 1/29/2021, David Cenciotti)

Hong Kong government says it will not recognise BNO passports from Jan 31
(Reuters, 1/29/2021)

300,000 dual citizens in Hong Kong must choose between Canada and China after policy change
(National Post, 1/27/2021, John Ivison)

Eye on 2022 (Part 1): Rising Stars in the Provinces
(, 1/26/2021, Neil Thomas)

China Arrivals to Offset Exodus to U.K., Hong Kong Aide Says
(Bloomberg, 1/25/2021, Iain Marlow)

Hong Kong’s Present Echoes Tibet’s Past
(The Diplomat, 1/25/2021, Simon Shen)

After Disappointing Sinovac Trial, Beijing Snipes at Western Vaccines
(China Digital Times, 1/21/2021, John Chan)

Celebrity Scandal Inspires Reflection on Surrogacy in China
(China Digital Times, 1/20/2021, Joseph Brouwer)

China-U.K. Relations Fracture Amid Hong Kong Crackdown
(China Digital Times, 1/20/2021, John Chan)

U.S. Designates Uyghurs’ Persecution “Genocide” And “Crime Against Humanity”
(China Digital Times, 1/19/2021, Joseph Brouwer)

China’s College Graduates Can’t Find Jobs. The Solution: Grad School.
(New York Times, 1/18/2021, Vivian Wang)

Hong Kong civil servants given four weeks to pledge loyalty to the government
(Reuters, 1/15/2021)

11 Hong Kongers Arrested for Allegedly Aiding Hong Kong 12 Escape
(China Digital Times, 1/14/2021, John Chan)

Law experts pan High Court ruling on retired general
(Taipei Times, 1/14/2021, Jason Pan)

U.S. Issues Total Ban on Xinjiang Cotton and Tomatoes
(China Digital Times, 1/13/2021, John Chan)

Disappointing Chinese Vaccine Results Pose Setback for Developing World
(NYT, published 1/13/2021, updated 1/15/2021, Sui-Lee Wee and Ernesto Londoño)

New Rules Would Punish Firms for Complying With U.S. Sanctions
(China Digital Times, 1/12/2021, John Chan)

The China Dashboard – Winter 2021
(Rhodium Group, 1/12/2021, Daniel H. Rosen and Lauren Gloudeman)

Pompeo voids restrictions on diplomatic contacts with Taiwan
(AP, 1/9/2021, Kevin Freking)

Communist Hong Kong: China taunts the world as it arrests the entire democratic opposition
(WSJ, 1/8/2021, The Editorial Board)

NCC orders phone recall over malware
(Taipei Times, 1/7/2021, Shelley Shan)

Hong Kong police raid office of primary election co-organisers PORI, but voter data ‘physically crushed’, says deputy
(HKFP, 1/6/2021, Selina Cheng)

Dozens of Hong Kong opposition figures arrested under national security law
(CNN, 1/6/2021, James Griffiths and Jadyn Sham)

American lawyer arrested by HK police in national security crackdown
(Reuters, 1/5/2021, Reuters Staff)

TSMC to build advanced IC packaging, testing plant in Japan: report
(Focus Taiwan – CNA, 1/5/2021, Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang)

Facial Recognition And Beyond: Journalist Ventures Inside China’s ‘Surveillance State’
(NPR, 1/5/2021, Fresh Air: Dave Davies interview with Kai Strittmatter)

Taiwan says Chinese jets made record 380 incursions in 2020
(AFP via Channel News Asia, 1/5/2021)

I have no role in national security: commissioner
(RTHK, 1/4/2021)

China’s Belt and Road: Down but not Out
(Rhodium Group, 1/4/2021, Matthew Mingey and Agatha Kratz)

Noteworthy Links (December 2020)

Hong Kong’s top court revokes bail for Jimmy Lai
(Apple Daily, 12/31/2020)

The world next innovations depend on a single country, Taiwan
(Eric Khun, 12/31/2020)

Shenzhen detainees jailed for up to three years
(RTHK, 12/30/2020)

China drops 76ers broadcasts as Hong Kong row rumbles on
(Japan Times, 12/29/2020)

Trump approves provisions for Taiwan Assurance Act
(Radio Taiwan International – RTI, 12/28/2020, Shirley Lin)

Water Wars: Flirting in the Taiwan Strait
(lawfare, 12/23/2020, Sam Cohen)

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai granted bail
(AP, 12/23/2020, Zen Soo)

US warns against travel to HK, cites security law
(RTHK, 12/18/2020)

China Escalates Trade War With Australian Coal Ban, Despite Shortages
(China Digital Times, 12/17/2020, John Chan)

‘Beijing’s Plan to Export Revolution Hasn’t Changed’: Ching Cheong
(Radio Free Asia, 12/17/2020, Chan Chun-ho, translated by Luisetta Mudie)

Competition With China Could Be Short and Sharp: The Risk of War Is Greatest in the Next Decade
(Foreign Affairs, 12/17/2020, Michael Beckley and Hal Brands)

Belt and Road Initiative Takes New Path as State Funding Declines
(China Digital Times, 12/16/2020, Joseph Brouwer)

Why Taiwan Can Feel at Ease with Joe Biden as U.S. President
(RAND, 12/15/2020, Derek Grossman)

Coercive Labor in Xinjiang: Labor Transfer and the Mobilization of Ethnic Minorities to Pick Cotton
(Center for Global Policy, 12/14/2020, Adrian Zenz)

China’s Combative Nationalists See a World Turning Their Way
(New York Times, 12/14/2020, Chris Buckley)

China plays the sanctions game, anticipating a bad US habit
(Peterson Institute, 12/14/2020, Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Euijin Jung)

Pound for Pound, Taiwan Is the Most Important Place in the World
(New York Times, 12/14/2020, Ruchir Sharma)

China’s tiny Jewish community in fear as Beijing erases its history
(The Telegraph, 12/13/2020, Sophia Yan)

Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai faces national security charge, bail denied as prosecution cites tweets
(AFP in HKFP, 12/12/2020)

China has politics too: Xi Jinping prepares for make-or-break decade
(Axios, 12/11/2020, Kevin Rudd)

China Authorities Detain Bloomberg News Beijing Staff Member
(Bloomberg, 12/11/2020, Reto Gregori and Madeleine Lim)

Hong Kong rebel media tycoon Jimmy Lai becomes most prominent person charged under national security law
(ABC News, 12/11/2020, Britt Clennett and Karson Yiu)

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai charged under national security law
(Reuters, 12/11/2020)

Taiwanese-American tipped for US trade post
(Taipei Times, 12/11/2020, Kayleigh Madjar)

China launches ‘gray-zone’ warfare to subdue Taiwan
(Reuters, 12/10/2020, Yimou Lee, David Lague, and Ben Blanchard)

How China’s Communist Party trains foreign politicians
(The Economist, 12/20/2020, “Exporting Xi Jinping thought”)

With Account Freezes and Sanctions, Financial Bodies Become Hot Front in Hong Kong Turmoil
(China Digital Times, 12/8/2020, John Chan)

Hong Kong police arrest 8 more opposition figures, inc. ‘Long Hair’, Eddie Chu, Figo Chan, Wu Chi-wai
(HKFP, 12/8/2020, Rachel Wong)

How Ping An, an insurer, became a fintech super-app
(The Economist, 12/3/2020, “Ping An: Metamorphosis”)

How China’s bullying could backfire
(The Economist, 12/3/2020, Chaguan)

Pro-democracy politician Ted Hui announces his exile from Hong Kong
(Apple Daily, 12/3/2020)

Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai detained for fraud
(BBC, 12/3/2020)

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow & Ivan Lam jailed over 2019 ‘unauthorised assembly’
(HKFP, 12/2/2020, Kelly Ho)

The Slow Death of China’s Dialects
(The McGill International Review, 2019, Wing Wong)

Noteworthy Links (November 2020)

Major Brands Lobby to “Water Down” Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill
(China Digital Times, 11/30/2020, John Chan)

China sanctions leaders of US groups over Hong Kong actions
(AP, 11/30/2020)

Taiwan’s GlobalWafers in talks to buy German peer for $4.5bn
(Nikkei Asia, 11/30/2020, Cheng Ting-fang)

Two Chinese warplanes intrude into Taiwan’s ADIZ
(Taiwan News, 11/28/2020, Matthew Strong)

The first lesson of doing business in China: the state comes first
(The Economist, 11/28/2020, Chaguan)

Public order in Singapore has been shaken by a hand-drawn smiley face
(The Economist, 11/28/2020, “Crime in Singapore: A city reels”)

As China’s power waxes, the West’s study of it is waning
(The Economist, 11/28/2020, “China Studies: Barriers to Sinology”)

Lawmakers throw pig guts, punches on Taiwan parliament floor
(AP, 11/27/2020)

Australia Feeling the Force of China’s Escalating Trade War
(China Digital Times, 11/27/2020, John Chan)

Twelve Hong Kong fugitives to face prosecution in China after three months in detention
(HKFP, 11/27/2020, Kelly Ho)

Man jailed for 21 months for throwing eggs at police
(RTHK, 11/26/2020, Maggie Ho)

Beijing confirms jail sentence for Taiwanese professor
(Focus Taiwan, 11/25/2020, Lawrence Chiu and Chiang Yi-ching)

Blinken to value Taiwan’s positive role in world affairs: Paal
(Focus Taiwan, 11/25/2020, Stacy Hsu and Chiang Yi-ching)

China’s authorities issue gag order about virus to doctors in Wuhan
(Kyodo News, 11/25/2020)

Guaranteed Government Bailouts: Is The End Nigh?
(, 11/24/2020, Houze Song)

Taiwan to protect sovereignty with new submarines amid China tensions
(Reuters, 11/24/2020, Ann Wang)

China’s Surveillance Infrastructure Powered by U.S. Tech
(China Digital Times, 11/23/2020, John Chan)

Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow remanded in custody
(RTHK, 11/23/2020, Francis Sit)

Malicious Tip-Offs Stifle Academic Freedom in China, Analysts Say
(VOA, 11/20/2020, Dahai Han)

China Signs World’s Biggest Trade Deal, Encompasses 30% of Global Economy
(China Banking News, 11/15/2020)

Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators hand in resignations
(Associated Press – AP, 11/12/2020, Zen Soo)

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers all quit after four members ousted
(The Guardian, 11/11/2020, Lily Kuo and Helen Davidson)

HK Chief Executive Fires Four Legislators, Prompting Resignation of Entire Opposition
(China Digital Times, 11/11/2020, John Chan)

Xi Jinping’s Strength Is China’s Weakness
(New York Times, 11/9/2020, Richard McGregor)

Switzerland of Asia: Singapore increases presence as tech hub
(Nikkei Asia, 11/5/2020, Mercedes Ruehl)

Hong Kong: People invited to snitch on their neighbours
(BBC, 11/5/2020)

2020 Forbes China Rich List Members See 64% Wealth Boom During COVID-19 Pandemic
(China Banking News, 11/5/2020)

Derailing of Jack Ma’s Ant IPO Shows Xi Jinping’s in Charge
(Bloomberg, 11/4/2020, Enda Curran, Sofia Horta e Costa and Lulu Yilun Chen)

Beijing Resists Pressure to Investigate Origins of COVID-19
(China Digital Times, 11/4/2020, John Chan)

Chinese Authorities Stop Ant Group IPO, Stunning Observers
(China Digital Times, 11/3/2020, Joseph Brouwer)