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)