Links (January 2024)

Hong Kong leader starts push for new security laws, says city ‘can’t afford to wait’
(Reuters, 01/30/24, Jessie Pang and Greg Torode)

Hong Kong is becoming less of an international city
(The Economist, 01/25/24)

Chinese stocks have lost $6 trillion in 3 years. Here’s what you need to know
(CNN, 01/23/24, Laura He)

One Election, Two Reactions
(, 01/23/24, Dalia Parete)

China’s Economy Is in Serious Trouble
(NYT, 01/18/24, Paul Krugman)

Why China’s government is hushing up court rulings
(The Economist, 01/15/24)

KMT wins 52 legislative seats, DPP bags 51 and TPP eight
(Taipei Times, 01/14/24, Liu Tzu-hsuan)

Presidential Election: Lai’s victory sparks jubilation
(Taipei Times, 01/14/24, Jason Pan)

In re-electing its government, Taiwan has kept the status quo, but the victory hides a transformed political landscape
(, 01/13/24, Kai-Ping Huang)

Taiwan’s democracy thrives under the shadow of China
(East Asia Forum, 01/08/24, EAF editors)

Notes from Central Taiwan: Taiwan’s real housing crisis
(Taipei Times, 01/08/24, Michael Turton)

Iswaran’s corruption probe has had ‘big impact’ on West Coast GRC: Desmond Lee
(Straits Times, 01/08/24, Isabelle Liew)

Taiwan election: China sows doubt about US with disinformation
(BBC, 01/07/24, Tessa Wong)

Online Influencers Promote Han “Colonization” in Xinjiang
(China Digital Times, 01/05/24, Arthur Kaufman)

The three men vying to be Taiwan’s next president
(BBC, 01/05/24, Kelly Ng)

A restless Gen Z is reshaping the Chinese Dream
(BBC, 01/03/24, Laura Bicker)

An uncensored history of modern China
(, 01/01/24, Jenny Tang)

Links (December 2023)

How Realistic Are Chinese University AI Ambitions?
(, 12/28/23, AJ Cortese)

China deletes leaked stats showing plunging birth rate for 2023
(, 12/27/23, Gu Ting)

China and Russia Reap Rewards of Growing Partnership
(China Digital Times, 12/22/23, Arthur Kaufman)

How much trouble is Xi really in? Outgunned Taiwan may be about to find out
(The Guardian, 12/09/23, Simon Tisdall)

China’s Xi goes full Stalin with purge
(, 12/06/23)

Top US General Warns Everyone Should Be ‘Worried’ About War With China
(Newsweek, 12/03/23, Thomas Kika)

Links (November 2023)

Xi vs. She: China’s government wants women to return to domesticity, but it’s already too late
(Globe and Mail, 11/30/23, Maya Wang and Tingting Li)

Coercion Cul-de-Sac: Upcoming Taiwan Elections and Beijing’s Broken Cross-Strait Relations Approach
(CLM, 11/30/23, Jude Blanchette)

Gold Bars and Tokyo Apartments: How Money Is Flowing Out of China
(NYT, 11/28/23, Keith Bradsher and Joy Dong)

Redacted Fantasy: China’s Dystopian Censorship of Online Fiction
(, 11/28/23, Eric R Stone)

Ed Yardeni says China’s aging population could make it ‘the world’s largest nursing home’
(Fortune via, 11/28/23, Will Daniel)

Business tycoon Terry Gou drops out of presidential race
(Focus Taiwan – CNA, 11/24/23, Teng Pei-ju)

Taiwan’s opposition drama ends with no deal
(BBC, 11/24/23, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes)

Is China Returning to Export Dependence? Not Really
(, 11/21/23, Houze Song)

200 years of brotherhood: New book unveils mystery of Keng Teck Whay society
(Straits Times, 11/19/23, Chin Soo Fang)

APEC over, Taiwan reports renewed Chinese military activity
(Reuters, 11/18/23, Ben Blanchard)

Biden-Xi Meeting Stabilizes U.S.-China Relationship, For Now
(China Digital Times, 11/17/23, Arthur Kaufman)

Xi Jinping will consolidate his power in the coming year
(The Economist, 11/13/23, James Miles)

Chinese grieve popular ex-premier Li Keqiang in quiet show of dissent
(BBC, 11/02/23, Kelly Ng)

Singing from the CCP’s songsheet
(ASPI, 11/23, Fergus Ryan, Matt Knight and Daria Impiombato)

Links (October 2023)

Li Keqiang Lived and Died in Xi Jinping’s Shadow
(Foreign Policy, 10/27/23, James Palmer)

China takes on a trillion yuan debt
(, 10/25/23, Matthew Kendrick)

Prepare for an indefinite future across the Taiwan Strait
(The Hill, 10/12/23, Jerome A. Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen)

Together and Apart: The Conundrum of the China-Russia Partnership
(Asia Society, October 2023, Philipp Ivanov)

Focus on Israel-Gaza war raises fears of China attack on Taiwan
(Washington Times, 10/11/23, Bill Gertz)

China’s Xi wants more political ‘struggle’ in ruling party ranks
(Radio Free Asia, 10/09/23, Lee Wing-tim and Gigi Lee)

Interview with Lhadon Tethong on Tibet’s Colonial Boarding Schools: “They Are Stealing an Entire Generation”
(China Digital Times, 10/06/23, Sophie Beach)

Links (September 2023)

Chinese Politics since Hu Jintao and the Origin of Xi Jinping’s Strongman Rule: A New Hypothesis
(Texas National Security Review, Fall 2023, Lin Le)

KMT legislator accused of leaking secrets on Taiwan’s new submarine to China
(Taiwan News, 09/30/23, Sam Howard)

‘Don’t Be Scared,’ My Father Said Before He Was Led Away in Hong Kong
(New York Times via, 09/29/23, Sebastian Lai)

China Strengthening Its Position in Northern Russia and the Arctic Sea
(Jamestown Foundation, 09/28/23, Paul Goble)

Chengde Seizes Three Years of “Illegal Income” from Programmer Who Used VPN for Overseas Work
(China Digital Times, 09/28/23, Cindy Carter)

Politics hamper China’s efforts to stimulate the economy
(The Economist, 09/28/23)

China’s Economic Slowdown Was Inevitable: The Illusory Success of State Capitalism
(Foreign Affairs, 09/25/23, Yasheng Huang)

Do China’s recent military purges spell trouble for Xi Jinping?
(BBC, 09/22/23, Tessa Wong)

China wants details of local employees from Hong Kong consulates
(, 09/21/23, Cheryl Tung)

China’s trillion-dollar dilemma of local government ‘hidden debt’
(Caixin via Nikkei Asia, 09/20/23, Zhang Yukun, Xia Yining, and Ding Feng)

Turbulence in China’s top ranks raises questions about Xi Jinping’s rule
(CNN, 09/20/23, Nectar Gan)

Xi’s economic policies are leaving many China watchers perplexed and confused
(CNBC, 09/19/23, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera)

Chinese defence minister under investigation for corrupt procurement
(Reuters, 09/16/23)

China sanctions Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin for arms sales to Taiwan
(Reuters, 09/15/23, Joe Cash and Liz Lee)

Taiwan election: Foxconn founder Terry Gou picks Netflix actress as running mate
(BBC, 09/14/23, Grace Tsoi and Joyce Lee)

Political Drivers of China’s Private Sector Demise
(Jamestown Foundation, 09/08/23, Daniel Fu)

China Prefers Guns to Butter: As the economy declines, the CCP leans heavily on the army
(, 09/07/23, Jacqueline N. Deal and Michael Mort)

Links (August 2023)

Tan Cheng Bock endorses Tan Kin Lian’s presidential bid
(Straits Times, 08/27/23, Chin Soo Fang)

Singapore is very fortunate, should welcome those of other nationalities who want to live here: Ng Kok Song
(Channel News Asia, 08/26/23, Ang Hwee Min and Loiusa Tang)

The world should study China’s crushing of Hong Kong’s freedoms
(The Economist, 08/24/23)

How to kill Chinese dynamism
(Taipei Times, 08/21/23, Yasheng Huang)

Cracks in China’s debt-ridden economy
(Taipei Times, 08/21/23, Paul Lin 林保華)

China’s Fertility Rate Dropped Sharply, Study Shows
(WSJ via MSN, 08/19/23, Liyan Qi)

As China’s economy, population implode, Xi is looking to start a war
(The Hill, 08/16/23, Gordon G. Chang)

China’s dilemma in trying to manage debt crisis
(, 08/16/23, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian)

The moment of reckoning looms large for China’s property market as crisis deepens
(South China Morning Post, 08/15/23, Zhou Xin)

China’s youth job market is a nightmare. It’s changing the face of the country.
(Dow Jones via Morningstar, 08/15/23, Tanner Brown)

China’s internal turmoil could provoke war: official
(Taipei Times, 08/12/23, Chen Yu-fu and Jonathan Chin)

Materials Science Matters
(, 08/08/23, AJ Cortese)

How Taiwan’s Boba Tea Took Over the World
(, 08/07/23, Anne Ewbank)

Italy Turns Its Back on China’s Belt and Road
(Foreign Policy, 08/04/23, Christina Lu)

Links (July 2023)

Lee Meng-chu: Taiwan businessman accused of spying in China is freed
(BBC, 07/28/23, Joy Chang)

A slew of scandals puts Singapore’s government on the back foot
(The Economist, 07/27/23)

Hou Yu-ih’s presidential nomination approved at KMT party congress
(CNA – Focus Taiwan, 07/23/23, Liu Kuan-ting and Matthew Mazzetta)

Chinese hackers breached US ambassador to China’s email account
(CNN, 07/21/23, Sean Lyngaas and Kylie Atwood)

Foreign Minister Qin Gang Disappears into the Black Box of Chinese Politics
(China Digital Times, 07/21/23, Arthur Kaufman)

China’s Okinawa Policy Attracts Attention
(The Diplomat, 07/20/23, Kawashima Shin)

China says foreign trade faces ‘extremely severe’ situation, blames geopolitics for slump
(CNBC, 07/19/23, Evelyn Cheng)

Beijing’s New Regulatory State Is Being Built One Tool at a Time
(, 07/11/23, Ruihan Huang)

Links (June 2023)

Beijing’s Dilemma: Cut Spending or Raise Taxes to Deal with Local Debt?
(, 06/30/23, Houze Song)

Top Taiwan Government Spokeswoman Quits After Report of Affair
(Bloomberg, 06/29/23, Cindy Wang)

China Helps Zambia Reach Landmark Debt Restructuring Deal, But Broader Relief Remains Uncertain
(China Digital Times, 06/27/23, Arthur Kaufman)

How China’s Education System Trapped a Generation
(Foreign Policy, 06/22/23, Helen Gao)

Blinken’s Beijing Visit Brings Modest Progress on Stabilizing U.S.-China Ties
(China Digital Times, 06/20/23, Arthur Kaufman)

Blinken meets Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on high-stakes diplomatic trip to Beijing
(CNBC, 06/18/23, Evelyn Cheng, Matt Clinch, and Ashley Capoot)

China’s economy is on course for a “double dip”
(The Economist, 06/18/23)

What a potential Tharman presidency could mean
(, 06/09/23, Nicholas Fang)

Tharman Shanmugaratnam to run for President in Singapore
(CNA, 06/08/23)

Taiwan activates air defence as China aircraft enter zone
(Reuters, 60/08/23, Ben Blanchard and Kantaro Komiya)

Where’s the Demand for the Chinese Yuan?
(, 06/06/23, Houze Song)

Links (May 2023)

Will the Virtual Reality Future Be Made in China?
(, 05/30/23, AJ Cortese)

One of China’s biggest cities is so cash-strapped it’s calling in debts
(CNN, 05/29/23, Laura He)

Chinese man suspected of making Taiwan bomb threats questioned by police
(CNA – Focus Taiwan, 05/25/23, Hsieh Hsin-en and Evelyn Kao)

Taiwan to receive NATO’s Link 22 radio system from US
(Taiwan News, 05/25/23, Matthew Strong)

The U.S.-Chinese Economic Relationship Is Changing—But Not Vanishing
(Foreign Affairs, 05/24/23, Jami Miscik, Peter Orszag, and Theodore Bunzel)

Russian hypersonic scientist accused of betraying secrets to China
(Reuters, 05/24/23, Filipp Lebedev, Lucy Papachristou and Mark Trevelyan)

China and G7 Nations Trade Accusations of Economic Coercion, Deepen Geopolitical Fault Lines
(China Digital Times, 05/23/23, Arthur Kaufman)

China looms behind KMT’s choice of Hou as presidential nominee
(Nikkei Asia, 05/19/23, Derek Grossman)

The Chinese Dream is dead because China’s Gen Z is flat broke, and they have the receipts to prove it
(Business Insider, 05/19/23, Cheryl Teh)

Comedian Pulls Back Curtain On Censorship Process After Army Joke Incident
(China Digital Times, 05/19/23, Alexander Boyd)

Links (April 2023)

Chinese money is flooding into Singapore, Beijing wishes it was being spent at home
(The Sydney Morning Herald, 04/21/23, Eryk Bagshaw)

Up to 3,500 high-net-worth individuals to become Singapore citizens in 2023, most from China
(The Business Times, 04/21/23, Yong Hui Ting)

Indonesian Family Buys Bungalows on Singapore’s Nassim Road for $155M
(, 04/19/23, Beatrice Laforga)

How Can China Contain Its $8.3 Trillion Fiscal Crisis?
(Bloomberg, 04/16/23, Shuli Ren)

Singaporean filmmaker Tan Pin Pin discusses collective memory and erasure of history
(Yale Daily News, 04/12/23, Miranda Jeyaretnam)

China’s ‘Belt and Road’ grew out of a lending spree. Now those loans may be its problem
(CNBC, 04/13/23, Sumathi Bala)

Hong Kong’s ‘new normal’ is anything but
(Nikkei Asia, 04/12/23, Pak Yiu)

Macron’s Beijing Trip Reinforces Sino-Franco Ties, Alienates U.S., Worries Europe
(China Digital Times, 04/11/23, Arthur Kaufman)

China’s BRI Bailouts Draw Mixed Reception
(China Digital Times, 04/06/23, Arthur Kaufman)

Why Xi Jinping is not another Chairman Mao
(The Economist, 04/05/23)