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China At 70 Faces Three Challenges: Taiwan, The US And Hong Kong. Can Xi Jinping Deliver?

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Beijing is busy preparing for this momentous occasion, carefully planning which weapons to display in the annual military parade, but even these celebrations cannot distract the people from the slew of issues currently facing the nation. 

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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Australia Eyes Rare Earth Deposits Amid Fears Over China Supplies

Australia will step up production of rare earths and other militarily sensitive “tech metals”, the country’s defense minister said, as doubts grow over the reliability of Chinese supplies. Linda Reynolds told an audience in Perth that resource-rich Australia had deposits that could safeguard supplies for allies including the United States and Britain. So-called tech minerals are used in everything from smartphones and lasers to avionic systems and electronic warfare technologies. But trade tensions have led China to warn that supplies of could be choked.

Read Here – Asia Times

China’s Solution To Trump’s Trade Tantrums? Treat Him Like A Natural Disaster

After fighting a trade war with the United States for more than a year, Chinese officials have long realised that the best precaution against Donald Trump’s presidency of wilful unpredictability is to liken it to a natural disaster. While it is hard to predict when or how a disaster strikes, one should think of all possible ways to prepare for the worst and mitigate risks in case it happens.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

The Real Cost Of Trump’s Trade Wars

Economic analysis suggests that bilateral trade wars are unwinnable in an interconnected world. By firing his latest tariff salvo against China, US President Donald Trump has further raised the stakes in an increasingly damaging dispute – and America is likely to emerge as the bigger loser.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

China’s Long View

Time and again, the long view in China has stood in sharp contrast to America’s short-term approach. Sun Tzu put it best in his ancient treatise, The Art of War: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”

Read Here – Project Syndicate

The G-Minus-2 Threat

The US-dominated G1 world is long gone, and the G2 system in which America and China shared hegemonic responsibilities is now fading into memory. In today’s G-minus-2 world, US and Chinese policies threaten to have devastating consequences for the global economy.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Why Would Trump Want A Trade War With India?

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of United States of America Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, in Osaka. Photo/PIB

Will the Modi government, grappling with a slowing Indian economy and keen to attract investment to revive it, take what some have called the Trump administration’s “bait” on trade and investment in return for opening up the huge Indian market to American goods?

Read Here – World Political Review

China’s Maritime Expansion Reflects A Curious Mix Of Ambition And Paranoia

China was an inward-looking, continental power when Mr Wu was born. It rose in part by turning to the sea. Seven of the world’s ten largest container ports are in China. Overseas, Chinese companies had by 2018 helped build or expand 42 ports in 34 countries, often as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, a global infrastructure scheme. Chinese operators own majority stakes in foreign ports from Abu Dhabi to Zeebrugge.

Read Here – The Economist

Re-made In China

In reality, China’s longstanding suspicion of foreign influence has not prevented the government or the people from becoming remarkably adept at marshalling the flow of overseas cultural touchstones into the country’s borders, remoulding them into something that isn’t entirely Chinese, but is also totally different from its original form.

Read Here – Aeon

G-20: Donald Trump Just Saved Huawei (But the Trade War Isn’t Over)

U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Osaka. Photo/White House

The trade war is doing permanent damage to the Chinese economy every month since once production networks have been relocated to lower-cost countries in Southeast Asia, they are unlikely to return to China. The United States faces no such economic pressure.

Read Here – The National Interest

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