Links (September 2022)

The Party Remakes China: What to Watch for After the 20th Party Congress
(UC San Diego, September 2022, School of Global Policy and Strategy)

New Reports Detail Chinese Influence Operations in Foreign Media
(China Digital Times, 09/29/22, Oliver Young)

105-year-old party elder sends blunt message to Xi
(Nikkei Asia, 09/29/22, Katsuji Nakazawa)

China turns to military microaggressions to demoralize Taiwan
(Taiwan News, 09/28/22, Matthew Strong)

Chinese J-15 Fighters Fly Directly Over U.S. Navy Destroyer In New Video
(, 09/26/22, Thomas Newdick)

China’s Mistakes Can Be America’s Gain
(The Atlantic, 09/26/22, Michael Schuman)

Josh Chin on China’s Surveillance State
(China Digital Times, 09/23/22, Oliver Young)

Biden’s trade war against himself
(CGTN, 09/22/22, Anne O. Krueger)

China believes mass surveillance will help it engineer the perfect society
(.coda, 09/21/22, Liam Scott)

Central Asia and China’s Taiwan Dilemma
(Foreign Policy Research Institute, 09/20/2, Niva Yau Tsz Yan)

Biden leaves no doubt: ‘Strategic ambiguity’ toward Taiwan is dead
(Politico, 09/19/22, Phelim Kine)

5 Ways China Could Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier
(, 09/17/22, Brent M. Eastwood)

Brain drain hits Hong Kong’s education sector as teachers and students join exodus
(AFP via HKFP, 09/03/22, Su Xinqi and Holmes Chan)

Biden administration approves more than $1.1B in arms sales to Taiwan
(CNN, 09/02/22, Jennifer Hansler)

Taiwan moves anti-drone guns to offshore islands due to China threat
(Taiwan News, 09/02/22, Matthew Strong)

China’s median line violations suggest Taiwan ‘decapitation’ rehearsal
(Politico, 09/01/22, Phelim Kine)

US bars Nvidia and AMD from selling AI-centric accelerators to China and Russia
(The Register, 09/01/22, Laura Dobberstein)

Links (August 2022)

China Party Congress to Offer Clues on Overhaul of Economic Team
(Bloomberg, 08/31/22, Tom Hancock)

China sets October start for congress seen as Xi coronation
(Reuters, 08/31/22, Tony Munroe and Yew Lun Tian)

The Censorship Machine Erasing China’s Feminist Movement
(New Yorker, 08/29/22, Han Zhang)

Taiwan aims for big rise in defence spending amid escalating China tension
(Reuters, 08/25/22, Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard)

Taiwan to install drone defences after video posted on Chinese social media of soldiers throwing rocks
(Reuters via Australian Broadcasting Corporation – ABC News, 08/25/22)

China’s Growth Sacrifice
(Project Syndicate, 08/23/22, Stephen S. Roach)

For China’s Top Leaders — Other Than Xi — Age Is More Than Just a Number
(VOA, 08/23/22, Fang Bing)

Growing pains: China’s faltering economy tests leadership’s nerve
(The Guardian, 08/20/22, Vincent Ni)

China forcing political critics into psychiatric hospitals: report
(Nikkei Asia, 08/16/22, Pak Yiu)

A second US congressional delegation visits Taiwan
(CNN, 08/15/22, Eric Cheung and Devan Cole)

Zhou Xiaoxuan Loses Appeal in Landmark #MeToo Case
(China Digital Times, 08/12/22, Joseph Brouwer)

China’s Surveillance Technology
(, 08/05/22, National Endowment for Democracy)

Raising the Curtain on China’s 20th Party Congress: Mechanics, Rules, “Norms,” and the Realities of Power
(Asia Society, 08/04/22, Christopher K. Johnson)

Pelosi arrives in Taiwan vowing U.S. commitment; China enraged
(Reuters, 08/02/22, Yimou Lee and Sarah Wu)

Links (July 2022)

Pentagon calls out China’s military threats as Taiwan tensions worsen
(Washington Post, 07/27/22, Karoun Demirjian)

How China could leapfrog US chip-making bans
(Asia Times, 07/14/22, David P. Goldman)

Why a Xi Jinping Third Term Looks Secure
(The Diplomat, 07/11/22, Dan Macklin)

Why China’s Massive Data Leak Is So Chilling
(Bloomberg, 07/11/22, Sarah Zheng)

China crushes mass protest by bank depositors demanding their life savings back
(CNN, 07/11/22, Nectar Gan)

Taiwan’s population falls year-on-year in June
(Focus Taiwan – CNA, 07/08/22, Lai Yu-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)

Private information of more than 100 Australians exposed amid huge China police data leak
(ABC, 07/07/22, Bang Xiao)

China Property Debt Crisis Is Just Beginning, Charlene Chu Says
(Bloomberg, 07/07/22, Chris Anstey)

China: MI5 and FBI heads warn of ‘immense’ threat
(BBC, 07/07/22, Gordon Corera)

How Xiao Jianhua Angered President Xi
(Foreign Policy, 07/06/22, James Palmer)

Vatican envoy in Hong Kong warns Catholic missions to prepare for China crackdown
(Japan Times, 07/05/22, Greg Torode)

Taiwan’s college professors face layoffs as universities continue to shut down
(Taiwan News, 07/04/22, Casey Ho)

An Anatomy of Erasure: How a free and open Hong Kong became a police state
(Economist, 07/01/22)

With Kinmen Comments, Ko Wen-je Dives Into Cross-Strait Debate
(The Diplomat, 07/01/22, Brian Hioe)

Links (June 2022)

China Destroyed Muslim Culture In This Ancient City — Then Turned It Into Disneyland
(BuzzFeed News, 06/30/22, Alison Killing, Megha Rajagopalan, and Christo Buschek)

China’s Xi Names Police Ally to Head Public Security Ministry
(Bloomberg, 06/27/22)

How Singapore’s Disneyland Went to Hong Kong Instead
(, 06/26/22)

Never mind China’s new aircraft carrier, these are the ships the US should worry about
(CNN, 06/26/22, Brad Lendon)

Taiwan jets scramble again to warn away China’s air force
(Reuters, 06/23/22)

Rewritten Schoolbooks Say Hong Kong Was Never British Colony
(Bloomberg, 06/14/22, Krystal Chia)

China Alarms US With Private Warnings to Avoid Taiwan Strait
(Bloomberg, 06/12/22, Peter Martin)

Ministry of State Security Offers Big Rewards For National Security Tips
(China Digital Times, 06/10/22, Joseph Brouwer)

US Navy aircraft carriers may be useless in a war with China
(Task & Purpose, 06/09/22, Jeff Schogol)

China’s military may be capable of war against Taiwan and allied forces by 2027: MND
(Focus Taiwan – CNA, 06/04/22, Matt Yu and Lee Hsin-Yin)

U.S. puts back ‘no support of Taiwan independence’ statement on fact sheet
(Focus Taiwan – CNA, 06/03/22, Stacy Hsu and Shih Hsiu-chuan)

China Fighter Pilots Raised Middle Finger at Canada Air Force Crew—Report
(Newsweek, 06/02/22, John Feng)

From Zero-COVID to Stabilising the Economy
(, 06/01/22, Adam Ni)

Links (May 2022)

Why China Is Miles Ahead in a Pacific Race for Influence
(New York Times, 05/31/22, Damien Cave)

Heartbreak, Disinformation, and New Punitive Measures in the Wake of Xinjiang Police Files Release
(China Digital Times, 05/27/22, Oliver Young)

The Symbol of a New, Darker Hong Kong
(The Atlantic, 05/25/22, Timothy McLaughlin)

Hong Kong Catholic cardinal criticises China deal after national security arrest
(Reuters, 05/24/22, Jessie Pang and Greg Torode)

U.S. Speeds Up Reshaping of Taiwan’s Defenses to Deter China
(New York Times, 05/24/22, Edward Wong and Eric Schmitt)

Alleged leaked audio reveals Chinese commanders planning mobilization for war with Taiwan
(Taiwan News, 05/24/22, Keoni Everington)

Biden Pledges to Defend Taiwan if It Faces a Chinese Attack
(New York Times, 05/23/22, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Peter Baker)

The Topsy-Turvy End of Zero COVID in Taiwan
(New Yorker, 05/23/22, Clarissa Wei)

Foreign investors are fleeing China
(Economist, 05/22/22, updated 05/27/22)

Canada Kicks Out Huawei, U.S. Weighs Further Sanctions on Hikvision, China Invests in Undermining Sanctions
(China Digital Times, 05/20/22, Oliver Young)

China’s Economic Headwinds
( 05/19/22, Brian Wong)

Sri Lanka’s Meltdown Puts China’s Strategic Influence in Jeopardy
(The Diplomat, 05/18/22, Mohamed Zeeshan)

Leaked Database Reveals Intensity of Imprisonment in Xinjiang; Rights Groups Skeptical of UN Visit
(China Digital Times, 05/17/22, Oliver Young)

What We Know About the California Church Shooter
(Vice, 05/17/22, Rachel Cheung)

‘We are the last generation’: China’s harsh lockdowns could exacerbate population crisis
(CNN, 05/16/22, Nectar Gan)

Hong Kong has been transformed into a police state
(Daily Compass, 05/14/22, Charles Maung Bo)

China is in a tough spot
(GZERO Media, 05/12/22, Willis Sparks)

Hong Kong: Statement on the Arrests of 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund Trustees
(CECC, 05/11/22)

Former VP Lu suggests Taiwan-China federation
(Taipei Times, 05/08/22, Jason Pan)

Hong Kong Reaches a Grim Milestone: 1,000 Political Prisoners
(Hong Kong Democracy Council – HKDC, May 2022)

Links (April 2022)

HSBC faces pressure to split after push from one of its largest shareholders
(The Guardian, 04/29/22, Jasper Jolly)

Singaporean wins $100k prize in challenge to build AI models that detect deepfakes
(The Straits Times, 04/29/22, Rei Kurohi)

Denial of bail is silencing Hong Kong’s democrats
(BBC News, 04/28/22, Michael Bristow)

U.S. turns the screws on Solomon Islands to counter China
(POLITICO, 04/28/22, Phelim Kine)

The Only Five Paths China’s Economy Can Follow
(Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 04/27/22, Michael Pettis)

Half of Taiwanese don’t believe U.S. would send troops if China invades
(Nikkei Asia, 04/27/22, Hideaki Ryugen)

Russia’s war on Ukraine makes China’s attack on Taiwan more likely
(The Hill, 04/26/22, Joseph Bosco)

Xi Puts Ideology Before Economy With Market-Busting Lockdowns
(Bloomberg, 04/25/22)

A Four-part Series on the Fall of Xi’s China – Courtney Donovan Smith
(Taiwan News, Courtney Donovan Smith)

HK working to block Taiwan in WTO: US report
(Taipei Times, 04/02/22)

Changing attitudes to idea of non-Chinese prime minister or president, CNA-IPS study finds
(Channel News Asia – CNA, 04/02/22, Vanessa Lim)

Verdict Deferred in Australian Journalist Cheng Lei’s Espionage Trial
(China Digital Times, 04/01/22, Oliver Young)

China extends Shanghai coronavirus lockdown as frustration mounts over strict “zero-COVID” policy
(CBS News, 04/01/22)

Links (March 2022)

Chinese Communist party expels former justice minister in latest purge
(The Guardian, 03/31/22, Vincent Ni)

China’s Crackdown on Hong Kong Democracy Intensified, U.S. Says
(Bloomberg, 03/31/22, David Wainer)

Senior British Judges Resign from Hong Kong’s Highest Court, Citing Erosion of Freedoms
(China Digital Times, 03/31/22, Oliver Young)

The brazen, alarming scale of China’s efforts to silence dissidents abroad
(Washington Post, 03/28/22, Mark L. Clifford)

Solomon Islands and China Seek to Deepen Security Partnership, Unnerving Neighbors
(China Digital Times, 03/25/22, Oliver Young)

U.S. Struggles to Find Balanced Approach Against CCP’s Transnational Repression
(China Digital Times, 03/24/22, Oliver Young)

Taiwan Losing Faith in U.S. Rescue if China Invades—Poll
(Newsweek, 03/23/22, John Feng)

Chinese military says U.S. destroyer’s passage through Taiwan Strait ‘provocative’
(Reuters, 03/19/22, Ryan Woo)

The Sunflower Legacy on Taiwan’s Party System
(Taiwan Insight – U. of Nottingham, 03/18/22, Dafydd Fell)

This was supposed to be Xi Jinping’s big year. Instead, he’s dealing with Covid and war
(CNN, 03/16/22, Simone McCarthy)

Rollback of Xi Jinping’s Economic Campaign Exposes Cracks in His Power
(WSJ, 03/15/22, Lingling Wei)

America returns to containment to deal with Russia and China
(Economist, 03/14/22)

China orders 51 million into lockdown as COVID surges
(ABC News, 03/14/22, Britt Clennett and Karson Yiu)

Premier Li Keqiang Confirms He Will Step Down From Role At End of Term
(China Digital Times, 03/14/22, Joseph Brouwer)

Was China Betting on Russian Defeat All Along?
(Geopolitical Monitor, 03/13/22, Csaba Barnabas Horvath)

Hong Kong leader Lam says city not yet past COVID peak
(Reuters, 03/12/22, James Pomfret and Hong Kong Bureau)

CCP Plays Matchmaker To Stave Off Demographic Crisis
(China Digital Times, 03/08/22, Oliver Young)

‘No Wavering’: After Turning to Putin, Xi Faces Hard Wartime Choices for China
(NYT, 03/07/22, Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers)

Putin’s War Is Xi’s Worst Nightmare
(Foreign Policy, 03/04/22, Craig Singleton)

China Is Not Russia. Taiwan Is Not Ukraine.
(United States Institute of Peace, 03/04/22, Andrew Scobell and Lucy Stevenson-Yang)

Invasions Are Not Contagious
(Foreign Affairs, 03/03/22, Oriana Skylar Mastro)

Links (February 2022)

China parliament to choose stimulus over reforms as economy slows
(Reuters, 02/28/22, Kevin Yao)

Biden sends former top defense officials to Taiwan in show of support
(Reuters, 02/28/2022, Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom)

Singapore strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: PM Lee
(Straits Times, 02/28/2022, Hariz Baharudin)

Singapore to impose sanctions on Russia, including bank transactions
(Reuters, 02/28/2022, Aradhana Aravindan)

PAP’s Christopher de Souza to 4G leaders: Please apply your minds to succession planning
(Straits Times, 02/28/2022, Linette Lai)

HK’s population fell by 23,600 last year: officials
(RTHK, 02/28/2022)

Taiwan says chip companies complying with Russia export controls
(Reuters, 02/27/2022, Ben Blanchard)

Total stoppage in production and shipment of Russian Elbrus and Baikal
(, 02/27/2022)

China’s SWIFT alternative may undercut US sanctions
(Asia Times, 02/25/2022, David P Goldman)

China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching
(Wired, 02/22/2022, Jennifer Conrad and Will Knight)

China Crackdown Risk Roars Back in Probe of Jack Ma’s Empire
(Bloomberg, 02/22/2022, Coco Liu, Zheping Huang, and Vlad Savov)

Op-Ed: How Nixon’s fabled trip to China, 50 years ago this week, led to today’s Taiwan crisis
(Los Angeles Times, 02/21/22, James Mann)

CCP Gestures Towards Women’s Rights to Sweeten Pro-natalist Shift
(China Digital Times, 02/18/2022, Oliver Young)

Citi moves senior equities staff out of Hong Kong to Singapore and elsewhere amid Covid-19 woes
(Bloomberg via Straits Times, 02/17/2022)

Guangdong sending help to HK to fight Covid
(RTHK, 02/17/2022)

For two years, Hong Kong held off the pandemic. Then, everything fell apart
(Washington Post, 02/16/2022, Shibani Mahtani and Theodora Yu)

Hong Kong faces its worst outbreak of the pandemic even as it sticks with ‘zero-COVID’ strategy
(AP via PBS, 02/16/2022)

Vaccine maker Moderna to establish subsidiary in Taiwan
(CNA – Focus Taiwan, 02/16/2022, Christie Chen)

U.S. Sees China Watching Ukraine Crisis as Proxy for Taiwan
(Bloomberg, 02/11/2022, Peter Martin)

Mystery Plane Tests ‘Loophole’ in Taiwan’s Defenses
(WSJ, 02/11/2022, Joyu Wang)

Vatican scoffs at Taiwan, Hong Kong pullout rumors
(, 02/11/22, Christopher Joseph)

Singapore’s Energy Dilemma a Small-Nation Warning
(Bloomberg, 02/10/2022, Ann Koh)

Taiwan is making new friends in Europe. China isn’t happy about it
(, 02/02/22, David Hutt)