Links (March 2023)

Xi Jinping Says He Is Preparing China for War: The World Should Take Him Seriously
(Foreign Affairs, 03/29/23, John Pomfret and Matt Pottinger)

Return of the Party: Shifting Power from the Mandarin Class To the Political Class
(, 03/28/23, Damien Ma)

Former Taiwan president arrives in China pledging peace
(Reuters, 03/27/23, Fabian Hamacher and Ann Wang)

Honduras establishes diplomatic ties with China, severs them with Taiwan
(CNN, 03/26/23, Eric Cheung)

Xi Jinping’s Chinese Tragedy
(Project Syndicate, 03/24/23, Orville Schell interviewed by Irena Grudzinska Gross)

Why Taiwan’s 2024 Presidential Election is Wide Open
(Jamestown Foundation, 03/17/23, Matthew Fulco)

Heavyweight Xi Jinping gives himself a lightweight cabinet
(Nikkei Asia, 03/16/23, Katsuji Nakazawa)

Li Qiang: China appoints Xi Jinping ally as premier
(BBC, 03/11/23, George Wright)

Taiwan sets next presidential election for January 2024
(Nikkei Asia, 03/11/23, Hideaki Ryugen)

Xi Jinping begins historic third term as China’s president
(BBC, 03/10/23, Stephen McDonell and Joel Guinto)

Growing numbers of Chinese citizens set their sights on the US – via the deadly Darién Gap
(The Guardian, 03/08/23, Alicia Chen)

Xi Jinping’s power grab – and why it matters
(BBC, 03/04/23, Stephen McDonell)

The ‘Chinese century’ is not going to plan as turmoil looms
(The Sydney Morning Herald, 03/03/23, Melissa Lawford)

Taiwan reports 19 Chinese air force planes in its air defence zone
(Reuters, 03/01/23, Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee)

Links (February 2023)

Xi Faces More Doubts Within China as Global Problems Mount
(Bloomberg, 02/28/23)

Reuters reporters’ online accounts faked to approach China activists
(Reuters, 02/27/23, James Pomfret)

Default Position: LGFV Defaults Loom
(, 02/22/23, Houze Song)

‘We are not in a comfortable place’: Singapore defence minister warns of ‘disastrous’ consequences of war in Asia
(Channel News Asia, 02/18/23)

Taiwan undersea cable cuts linked to Chinese vessels
(Taiwan News, 02/17/23, Huang Tzu-ti)

U.N. Experts and Activists Sound Alarm Over Forced Assimilation and Coercive DNA Collection in Tibet
(China Digital Times, 02/09/23, Arthur Kaufman)

47 Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Figures Begin National Security Law Trial After Two Years in Detention
(China Digital Times, 02/07/23, Arthur Kaufman)

Apple Daily – The Rise and Fall of Hong Kong’s Sensationalist, Pro-Democracy Tabloid
(, 02/04/23, Aris Teon)

CIA chief warns against underestimating Xi’s ambitions toward Taiwan
(Reuters, 02/02/23, Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom)

Former Chinese Bookseller’s Wife Held Under “Exit Ban”
(China Digital Times, 02/02/23, Alexander Boyd)

Blinken postpones China trip over ‘unacceptable’ Chinese spy balloon
(Reuters, 02/02/23, Humeyra Pamuk, Idrees Ali, Michael Martina)

Chinese cities are struggling to pay their bills as ‘hidden debts’ soar
(CNN, 02/01/23, Laura He)

Links (January 2023)

‘It was all for nothing’: Chinese count cost of Xi’s snap decision to let Covid rip
(The Guardian, 01/29/23, Helen Davidson, Verna Yu, and Chi Hui Lin)

HK home prices suffer biggest drop since 1998
(, 01/27/23)

Xi puts top brain in charge of Taiwan unification strategy
(Nikkei Asia, 01/26/23, Katsuji Nakazawa)

Taiwan appoints new, British-educated intelligence chief
(Reuters, 01/26/23, Ben Blanchard)

Women Balk at Chinese Government Plans to Raise Birth Rate
(China Digital Times, 01/24/23, Arthur Kaufman)

Can China fix its property crisis?
(The Economist, 01/23/23)

China’s Overwhelming Debt Burden Points To Still Deeper Problems
(, 01/16/23, Milton Ezrati)

China appoints new Hong Kong liaison office chief
(Reuters, 01/14/23, Clare Jim)

Taiwan Politics Outlook: A KMT Resurgence?
(The Diplomat, 01/10/23, Mercy A. Kuo interviews Nathan F. Batto)

China To Open Its Borders, Marking End of Zero-COVID Isolation
(China Digital Times, 01/03/23, Alexander Boyd)

The Human Freedom Index 2022
(Fraser Institute, Ian Vasquez, Fred McMahon, Ryan Murphy, and Guillermina Sutter Schneider)

The Last Generation: Why China’s Youth Are Deciding Against Having Children
(, January 2023, Barclay Bram)

Links (December 2022)

China’s COVID policymaking under scrutiny as infections soar
(Reuters, 12/29/22, Eduardo Baptista and Ryan Woo)

Taiwan to extend mandatory military service from 4 to 12 months
(Radio Free Asia –, 12/27/22, rfa staff)

Will a Successor to Xi Jinping Emerge from the Party’s Seventh-Generation Leadership?
(Jamestown Foundation, 12/16/22, Willy Wo-Lap Lam)

China v Jimmy Lai: a tycoon, a trial and the erosion of Hong Kong’s rule of law
(The Guardian, 12/15/22, Verna Yu)

Point of No Return: Beijing’s Move to Covid Coexistence Is Here to Stay
(, 12/13/22, Houze Song)

China’s Blank-Paper Protests Are Only a Beginning
(The Atlantic, 12/02/22, Rory Truex)

Singapore Chips Away at Hong Kong’s Hedge Fund Dominance
(Bloomberg, 12/01/22)

Xi Broke the Social Contract That Helped China Prosper
(New York Times, 12/01/22, Yasheng Huang)

Links (November 2022)

Jiang Zemin, Leader Who Guided China Into Global Market, Dies at 96
(New York Times, 11/30/22, Chris Buckley and Michael Wines)

Why do some Asian countries embrace democracy while others reject it?
(Washington Post, 11/30/23, Warren I. Cohen)

Protests erupt across China in unprecedented challenge to Xi Jinping’s zero-Covid policy
(CNN, 11/28/22, Nectar Gan)

2022 elections: DPP routed across the board
(Taipei Times, 11/27/22, Kayleigh Madjar)

PAP appoints Lawrence Wong as deputy secretary-general
(Straits Times, 11/26/22, Lee Li Ying)

China central bank to offer cheap loans to support developers’ bonds
(Reuters, 11/25/22, Julie Zhu and Engen Tham)

Hong Kong court convicts Cardinal Zen and 5 others over failing to register protester relief fund as society
(HKFP, 11/25/22, Peter Lee)

Shrinking Birth Rates Accelerate China’s Demographic Crisis
(China Digital Times, 11/23/22, Oliver Young)

China Announces First COVID Deaths In Months Amidst Surging Outbreaks
(China Digital Times, 11/21/22, Alexander Boyd)

Apple bows to Beijing, again
(, 11/17/22, Ellery Roberts Biddle)

Links (October 2022)

20th Party Congress Primes China for Continued Confrontation Around the World
(China Digital Times, 10/26/22, Oliver Young)

China Budget Deficit Nears Record $1 Trillion Amid Slowdown
(Bloomberg, 10/25/22)

Xi Jinping chooses ‘yes’ men over economic growth in politburo purge
(The Guardian, 10/23/22, Helen Davidson and Verna Yu)

Xi Jinping secures historic third term as leader of China
(NBC News, 10/23/22, Jennifer Jett and Megan Lebowitz)

Hu Jintao escorted out of party congress
(Reuters, 10/22/22, Eduardo Baptista, Ryan Woo, Tony Munroe and Yew Lun Tian)

What Xi Jinping has done for Chinese business
(Nikkei Asia, 10/21/22, Nikkei staff writers)

Hong Kong protester dragged into Manchester Chinese consulate grounds and beaten up
(BBC, 10/17/22, Lok Lee and Elsa Maishman)

Who Are Xi’s Enemies?
(Foreign Policy, 10/15/22, Deng Yuwen)

Party of One: The CCP Congress and Xi Jinping’s Quest to Control China
(Foreign Affairs, 10/14/22, Jude Blanchette)

‘We Want Freedom’: China Wipes Xi Protest Footage Off the Web
(Asia Financial, 10/14/22, Alfie Habershon)

China can now deploy hypersonic nukes on its carriers
(Asia Times, 10/14/22, Gabriel Honrada)

New U.S. Export Controls Aim to Curtail China’s Access to Advanced Semiconductor Technology
(China Digital Times, 10/13/22, Oliver Young)

Seventh Plenum of the 19th Central Committee
(, 10/12/22, Adam Ni)

“Political Clique” Purged from State Security Apparatus Ahead of Party Congress
(China Digital Times, 10/07/22, Alexander Boyd)

The farmers caught up in Taiwan’s tensions with China
(BBC, 10/06/22, Erin Hale)

U.S. Aims to Turn Taiwan Into Giant Weapons Depot
(New York Times, 10/05/22, Edward Wong and John Ismay)

Report to Congress on Hypersonic Missile Defense
(, 10/05/22)

China Is Suffering A Major Financial Crisis
(Forbes, 10/03/22, Milton Ezrati)

China racing for 6th-gen fighter edge over US
(Asia Times, 10/01/22, Gabriel Honrada)

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)

In Taiwan, a national drone fleet rises from the ruins
(CommonWealth, 09/30/22, Meng-hsuan Yang and Elaine Huang)

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)

The coming Chinese-Russian conflict
(Washington Times, 09/26/22, Richard W. Rahn)

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)