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)