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Xi Calls For ‘New Long March’ In Dramatic Sign That China Is Preparing For Protracted Trade War

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the nation to embark on a new Long March and “start all over again”, in the most dramatic sign to date that Beijing has given up hope of reaching a trade deal with the United States in the near term. Xi is in Jiangxi province for his first domestic tour since the escalation of the trade war two weeks ago. Jiangxi is where China’s defeated Red Army started its fabled Long March in 1934.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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The Chinese Diplomats Defending Huawei On All Fronts – Including Twitter

Some Chinese diplomats have responded to US moves to blacklist Huawei with accusations the decision was “politically motivated”, others have threatened retaliation, and at least one has posted goofy memes on social media in defence of the tech giant.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Is Trump’s Trade War With China A Civilisational Conflict?

Recent remarks by a senior Trump administration official suggest that the United States’ current approach to China is dangerously misconceived. The rise of China under a one-party dictatorship should be met with a united front in defense of the liberal order, not talk of a clash of Caucasian and non-Caucasian civilizations.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Could 1989 Have Led to Democracy In China?

There are two great “what if” questions in modern Chinese history. The first was in 1949, which is when China fell to the Communists. What if the Nationalists had been more effective on the battlefield? What if the United States had given them more support? What if Chiang Kai-Shek had won the civil war instead of being exiled to Taiwan? What if?… The second great “what if” is 1989, and it’s much more important. It’s when China almost turned toward democracy.

Read Here – The National Interest

China’s Selective Memory

This year’s anniversaries of the 1919 and 1989 student protests in China will again highlight the Chinese authorities’ contradictory attitudes toward the two movements. As the People’s Republic looks ahead to the 70th anniversary of its founding this October, the country continues to reckon with its own history.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

China’s Army Of Migrant Workers Is Becoming Older And Less Mobile

Annual survey by Beijing shows China’s migrant workers are less inclined to travel long distances for work, with governments offering grants to stay locally. The average age of migrant workers is rising, with a new generation of workers less content to work in factories or construction sites.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

America’s False Narrative On China

Washington has been loose with facts, analysis, and conclusions about China, and the American public has been far too gullible in its acceptance of this false narrative. The point is not to deny China’s role in promoting economic tensions, but to stress the need for objectivity and honesty in assigning blame – especially with so much at stake in the current conflict.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

China’s Uyghur ‘Re-Education’ Centres And The Ghosts Of Totalitarians Past

It is now beyond doubt that China is undertaking a program of mass incarceration of the Uyghur population of its northwestern province of Xinjiang (which many Uyghurs refer to as East Turkestan) in a region-wide network of detention and “re-education” centers.

Read Here – WarOnTheRocks

China’s Flexible Belt And Road Approach Leads To Ambiguity

A red carpet, gala dinner and a greeting at the presidential palace by guards on horseback – a privilege usually reserved for monarchs and popes – marked Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival in Italy last month for a landmark moment in his signature project to revitalise the ancient Silk Road.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

How China’s Scavenger Satellites Are Being Used To Develop AI Weapons, Drones And Robots

Technology from China’s decade-old scavenger satellite programme has been used in the development of new weapon systems powered by artificial intelligence, according to a recently declassified document and scientists involved in the programme. The small satellites, including some lighter than 10kg, can grab onto uncooperative targets such as dead spacecraft tumbling in near-Earth orbit.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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