Links (December 2021)

How Chinese Police Track Critics on Twitter and Facebook
(New York Times, 12/31/21 – updated 1/1/22 , Muyi Xiao and Paul Mozur)

Cost of living likely a major pressure point in 2022, says WP’s Pritam Singh
(Straits Times, 12/31/21, Goh Yan Han)

How democracy was dismantled in Hong Kong in 2021
(The Mainichi, 12/30/21)

Stand News’ Headquarters Raided, Executives Arrested, Computers Seized
(China Digital Times, 12/30/21, Joseph Brouwer)

In-depth report details Apple’s shift to Chinese suppliers to ‘cut costs and curry favor with Beijing’
(, 12/30/21, Chance Miller)

How Apple Grew Closer to China By Turning ‘Little Foxconn’ Into a National Champion
(, 12/30/21, Wayne Ma)

After Diplomatic Switch, Nicaragua Seizes Taiwan’s Embassy and Hands It Over to China
(China Digital Times, 12/29/21, Oliver Young)

The long shadow of the Chinese Communist Party
(The New Statesman, 12/23/21, Yupina Ng)

Peng Shuai Interview Leaves Much Unanswered
(China Digital Times, 12/21/21, Joseph Brouwer)

Record Low Turnout for Hong Kong’s “Patriots Only” Election in Rebuke to Beijing
(China Digital Times, 12/21/21, Oliver Young)

Foreign banks to cast votes in Hong Kong’s ‘patriots only’ election, as citizens’ voting power shrinks
(HKFP, 12/18/21, Hillary Leung)

Four referendum questions fail to pass on low turnout
(Focus Taiwan, 12/18/21, Teng Pei-ju)

Taiwan resumes military cooperation with Singapore
(Taiwan News, 12/17/21, Kelvin Chen)

AMD Becomes TSMC’s Third Largest Customer
(, 12/16/21, Anton Shilov)

Beijing criticises UK for creating ‘second-class citizens’ with Hong Kong visa scheme
(The Guardian, 12/15/21, Rhoda Kwan)

Nicaragua ends relations with Taiwan in diplomatic victory for China
(CNN, 12/10/21, Karol Suarez, Isa Soares and Ben Westcott)

In struggle between autocracy and democracy, Biden chooses Taiwan for his team
(LA Times, 12/08/21, Chris Megerian)

How China Uses Economic Coercion to Silence Critics and Achieve its Political Aims Globally
(CECC, 12/07/21)

‘We could sniff out opium dens on our own’: Retired CNB officers on their job in the 1970s
(Straits Times, 12/05/21, Zaihan Mohamed Yusof)

Caught between politics and the pandemic, a few kilometres from China, Taiwan’s Kinmen island rethinks its economy
(HKFP, 12/05/21, Alice Herait and William Han)