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)