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Hanban-News - 13th Confucius Institute Conference Concludes in Chengdu
Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of Education, attended the closing ceremony and delivered a speech. He awarded 30 outstanding Confucius Institutes (Classrooms), 41 outstanding individuals and 10 outstanding Chinese cooperative institutions. At the closing ceremony, over 20 well-known Chinese enterprises jointly launched “Confucius Institute Partnership Project” to support the development of the Confucius Institute.

Wonder what the takeaways were from the "Effective branding of Confucius Institutes" were
12 minutes ago by bbishop
China Is Said to Move Toward Lower Tariffs on U.S.-Made Cars - Bloomberg
China is moving toward cutting its trade-war tariffs on imported U.S.-made cars, a step already claimed by President Donald Trump as a concession won during trade talks in Argentina.

A proposal to reduce tariffs on cars made in the U.S. to 15 percent from the current 40 percent has been submitted to China’s Cabinet to be reviewed in the coming days, according to people familiar with the matter.
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U-M to end agreement with Confucius Institute next year | The University Record
“This transition is driven by a desire to more broadly include the work of exploring and studying Chinese visual and performing arts within U-M’s regular academic and cultural units,” said James Holloway, vice provost for global engagement and interdisciplinary academic affairs.

Meanwhile, U-M is in communication with Hanban, exploring alternative ways to support the greater U-M community to continuously engage with Chinese artistic culture.

U-M remains dedicated to engagement with China. The university’s enduring history of friendship with China dates back to the 1850s.
22 minutes ago by bbishop
China’s Political Economy After 40 Years of Reform | The National Interest
We have already seen some signs of adjustments in the policy realm. For instance, the Chinese media today does not talk about trade war anymore. In media reporting, the term “trade war” has been replaced by “trade friction.” The tone of confrontation has decreased.

Xi has also given a series of talks in the past few weeks that he has used to repeatedly emphasize the importance of augmenting China’s private sector. Given both external and domestic pressures, China’s current administration has already started making adjustments, and more are expected to come in the near future.

Si Wu is the president of Unirule Institute of Economics, China's top independent think tank since 2016. He was editor-in-chief of the Chinese reformist journal Yanhuang Chunqiu, which is known for its ability to publish highly sensitive and influential analysis of Chinese politics.
23 minutes ago by bbishop
Huawei Fallout Hits Canada Goose Shares While China Rival Soars - Bloomberg
The detention of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou last week has affected Canadian companies, causing Canada Goose’s share price to slump, the official Weibo account of a website backed by state-run Global Times said Tuesday. Calls have gone out on the Weibo social-media platform to boycott Canadian brands, including Canada Goose.
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U.S., China Kick Off a New Round of Trade Talks - WSJ $$
The U.S. and China started the latest round of trade talks with a phone call involving Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

The three senior officials discussed Chinese purchases of agricultural products and changes to fundamental Chinese economic policies during the phone call, said people familiar with the conversation. They didn’t provide further details.

As part of the trade truce reached between Mr. Xi and Mr. Trump, Chinese officials are also considering making changes to the Made in China 2025 plan, a state-led industrial policy aimed at enabling Chinese companies to dominate a number of industries such as artificial intelligence and robotics, said people familiar with the matter..

Wu Handong, an adviser to China’s Supreme People’s Court, told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that China is speeding up approving a revised patent law in part to address U.S. concerns.
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Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou fights for release in Canada bail hearing that will continue into 3rd day - The Washington Post
During Monday’s hearing, her team outlined a security plan that would have Meng reside at one of her two multimillion-
dollar Vancouver homes under the watch of her husband, offer millions in cash and real estate as collateral, wear a tracking device and be watched around the clock by a private security firm that would monitor her movements, all at her own expense.

But the judge, Justice William Ehrcke, questioned whether her husband, who is not a permanent resident of Canada, was fit to supervise her release. The prosecutor argued that Meng was a flight risk who should not be released.
50 minutes ago by bbishop
Beijing’s Population: Better-Educated, Fewer Migrants, and Facing an Aging Crisis
According to official statistics, Beijing’s permanent resident population, which includes native Beijingers who hold “hukou” or household registration and non-native Beijingers who have legally lived in Beijing for six months or more, fell for the first time in 2017. The 2017 population was 21.7 million people, down 22,000 from 2016.

The report found that 132,000 registered migrant residents left the city between 2016 and 2017. The proportion of non-native Beijingers living in the city was 36.6% in 2017, down from 37.2% the year prior.

The average education level of those who remain in the city is on the rise. Between 2010 and 2017, the proportion of those registered to live in Beijing who have a college degree or higher increased to 37% from 33%, with 1 in 20 now holding a postgraduate degree...

However, the report suggests that, like the rest of China, Beijing faces an aging crisis. The proportion of people over the age of 65 rose to 10.5% in 2017 from 8.7% in 2010, it said. The proportion of people of “working age” — between 15 and 64 — has fallen from 82.7% in 2010 to 78.6% last year.
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The Huawei Executive’s Arrest Is Igniting Fear. The U.S. Should Take Notice. - The New York Times
The end of the US-China straddle for PRC elite?

Comment: Lots of discomfort because the tensions making it harder to have it both ways- i.e. send family to us, have us assets, while making money in the prc and building tech, including in some cases for the surveillance industrial complex, that ends up strengthening CCP rule?

The United States, on the other hand, risks losing important potential allies in its tug of war with China’s authoritarian government. China’s tech elite are comfortable with the American system and open to many Western values. It would not be in Washington’s interest to push them closer to the Communist Party.

Many in the Chinese tech scene were already growing increasingly alienated from the party. President Xi Jinping’s order to enhance party building in the private sector has eroded the independence of private enterprises. The party has grown tougher in enforcing rules requiring companies to set up local party cells and to make executives answer to party secretaries...

If the United States isn’t careful, it could alienate a group of people who may be instrumental if China is going to loosen up and give its people more freedom. Many admire the American political, judiciary and economic systems. If the United States puts more pressure on them, they may be forced to choose sides — and the Chinese government may seem like the only choice to make.

Question: What are these people doing to push for loosening up and greater freedom?
1 hour ago by bbishop
Garratts recount dark odyssey through China’s security apparatus - The Globe and Mail 2016
The surprise arrest launched a dark odyssey through the Chinese state security apparatus: Mr. Garratt was imprisoned for two years on espionage charges, Ms. Garratt was detained, then placed under surveillance, and the family was traumatized, immiserated and finally reunited, with troubling questions to spare. The episode would also become a flashpoint in Sino-Canadian relations as the countries negotiated the launch of talks on an extradition treaty...

Unbeknownst to them, another drama was playing out, as the United States sought the deportation from Canada of Su Bin, a Chinese man accused of masterminding a plan to steal U.S. military secrets. Diplomatic discussions suggested very strongly the Garratts had been seized in retribution.

"The Su Bin thing was front and centre," said James Zimmerman, a prominent U.S. lawyer in Beijing hired by the family. "In my view that was pretty much the reason for all this happening."
1 hour ago by bbishop
ICG think-tank says aware of reports employee detained in China | Reuters
The International Crisis Group think-tank said on Tuesday it was aware of reports that its North East Asia senior adviser, Michael Kovrig, had been detained in China.

“We are doing everything possible to secure additional information on Michael’s whereabouts as well as his prompt and safe release,” the group said in a statement. Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat who worked in China.

He is a former Canadian diplomat, per his ICG bio

Michael Kovrig joined Crisis Group in February 2017. As Senior Adviser for North East Asia he conducts research and provides analysis on foreign affairs and global security issues in North East Asia, particularly on China, Japan and the Korean peninsula.

Michael Kovrig has previously worked as a Canadian diplomat in Beijing, Hong Kong and at the UN in New York, as a communication specialist at UNDP and a China analyst at Rhodium Group. A Mandarin Chinese speaker, Michael has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University

His Twitter feed last updated 12.9
1 hour ago by bbishop
Minitrue: Do Not Report on Arrest of Huawei CFO – China Digital Times (CDT)
All websites: Regarding the detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, other than authoritative reports from CCTV, People’s Daily, Xinhua, the Foreign Ministry, etc, do not republish, independently gather news, use self media, or publicize via screen pop-ups. Strictly manage comments.
14 hours ago by bbishop
Shanghai’s New High-Tech Board to Lower Profitability Requirements, Draft Rules Say - Caixin Global
More details have been revealed about draft rules for the high-tech board proposed by President Xi Jinping, as officials race to get initial public offering (IPO) reform up and running as part of an effort to broaden technology firms’ access to funding.

The so-called science and technology innovation board hopes to woo companies in sectors supported by the nation’s industrial development strategy, including internet, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, software, integrated circuits, high-end equipment manufacturing, biotech, new materials and new energy, a source close to the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) who is aware of the progress on the rules, told Caixin. Candidate companies must control the core technology of their industry and be market leaders, he said.

Question: Will this help reduce the number of CHina tech IPOs in the US and other markets? Beijing has long wanted that, the entrepreneurs not so much; the fact that PRC tech firms could effectively only list overseas had a real benefit for the founders and investors--they created massive wealth offshore that while in some cases subject to PRC taxes was not subject to PRC capital controls. Now if they increasingly list in China they will be even more captive to the state and the Party
22 hours ago by bbishop
Japan bans Huawei and its Chinese peers from government contracts - Nikkei Asian Review
The guidelines, which do not single out any company by name, are designed to prevent leaks of sensitive information. They also put Japan in step with the U.S., which has imposed sanctions on Chinese companies for their dealings with Iran and other matters. Huawei is suspected of flaunting the sanctions and exporting products to Iran.
22 hours ago by bbishop
Scientist's Death Adds to China Tech Setbacks After Huawei - Bloomberg
Zhang Shoucheng, an internationally recognized Stanford University physicist and venture capitalist, died on Dec. 1, the same day that the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. was arrested in Vancouver. The 55-year-old had been battling depression, the South China Morning Post reported, citing an email from the Shanghai-born scientist’s family. In a later statement, the family said there was no truth in speculation on Chinese social media that Zhang’s death was connected to a possible U.S. government investigation into his venture capital fund, the newspaper reported...

The scientist, who had been tipped as a future Nobel Prize winner for his work on quantum physics, founded a $400 million fund that invests in Silicon Valley startups and was active in helping U.S.-trained Chinese researchers to return home.

His death highlights a deep pool of Beijing-backed money that has been passing under the public radar.

Consider the fund Zhang founded. Danhua Capital was cited in a report last month by the Office of the United States Trade Representative after an investigation into China’s technology policies and practices.
22 hours ago by bbishop
Surprise, surprise, Vancouver: Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou is a mansion-owning, satellite-parenting reverse immigrant | South China Morning Post
Meng has two more sons from her previous marriage; a 14-year-old who lives with his father in Hong Kong, and a 20-year-old computer engineer whose location wasn’t described. The middle son attends school in Andover, Massachusetts. Liu and the couple’s daughter now live in Shenzhen. On paper, it looks like a complicated arrangement, but it is by no means unusual for well-off Chinese families to have children schooled and raised around the world, often separated from their parents for lengthy periods.
22 hours ago by bbishop
Behind the scenes of Trump's trade wars - Axios
Sources with direct knowledge told me that even the small, senior group that joined Trump at the Xi dinner didn't know beforehand what Trump would say. One source with direct knowledge called it a "jump ball.
23 hours ago by bbishop
China Says Canada Violated Bilateral Agreement in Huawei Arrest - Bloomberg
“According to the China-Canada consular agreement, if a Chinese citizen is arrested by the Canadian government, the Canadian government should immediately notify the Chinese embassy,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing on Monday. “But the Canadian government didn’t do that.”
23 hours ago by bbishop
Huawei's CEO Built an Empire. Trump Could Tear It Down - Bloomberg
An outright ban on buying American technology and components, should it come to that, would deal Huawei a crushing blow. Earlier this year, the Trump administration imposed just such a penalty on ZTE Corp., also a Chinese telecom, and threatened its very survival before backing down. Both Huawei and ZTE are banned from most U.S. government procurement work.

A full-blown, commercial ban in the U.S. would apply not only to hardware components, but also cut off access to the software and patents of U.S. companies, Edison Lee and Timothy Chau, analysts with Jefferies Securities, wrote in a report. "If Huawei cannot license Android from Google, or Qualcomm’s patents in 4G and 5G radio access technology, it will not be able to build smartphones or 4G/5G base stations," they note.
23 hours ago by bbishop
Transcript: Sen. Marco Rubio on "Face the Nation," December 9, 2018 - CBS News
I think both Huawei and ZTE and multiple Chinese companies pose a threat to our national interests our national economic interests and our national security interests. And in the Huawei case what they're accused of here- what she is accused of- is violating the Iran sanctions.

So at a minimum we should be doing to them what we did to ZTE when they violated the sanctions law and which included not having access to American suppliers. And I hope that's what will happen that's we're encouraging the administration to do as soon as possible.
23 hours ago by bbishop

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