BOARDMAN 

REPORT

March 25, 2024 

 Highlighted Articles


Foreign Direct Investment in China Continues to Fall - WSJ 



Wall Street increasingly sees China as uninvestable 

| The Hill 



Spotlight on China - Washington Daily News | Washington Daily News (thewashingtondailynews.com) 



Army puts drones front and center in unfunded wishlist - Defense One 



Former UK prime minister David Cameron gives grim warning on China, Russia, Ukraine, Gaza, Israel | Sky News Australia 



Japan And U.S. Will Sign New Defense Treaty, Report Says. Here’s Why. (forbes.com) 



US and Japan plan biggest upgrade to security pact in more than 60 years (thetimes.co.uk) 



The Pentagon Is Paying A Chinese Communist Party-Linked Venture Capital Firm For Tutoring Services | The Daily Caller 



‘Global implications’: Military leaders warn of growing China-Russia-Iran alliance - Washington Examiner 



Hong Kong Bankers With China Expertise Face Grim Reality After Layoffs, Cuts - Bloomberg 



Senator calls TikTok 'a weapon,' says the American people 'need to know the chilling truth' about it | Fox News 



Land purchases by Chinese 'agents' would be limited under Georgia bill; Democrats say it's racist | AP News 



Dethrone the dollar? 5 charts show how U.S. currency still rules world economy. - MarketWatch 



Michigan town battles Chinese firm's lawsuit over EV battery project: 'Elected to protect the people' | Fox News 



UK Deputy PM to Address Lawmakers on Chinese Cybersecurity Threat (voanews.com) 



China accused of ‘malign attack’ after Electoral Commission hack (thetimes.co.uk) 



As China prepares to invade Taiwan, US forces are about to combat-test a vital weapon (telegraph.co.uk) 




David Roche discusses China and India and international trade (cnbc.com) 



Global CEOs flock to China as tensions mount over export glut (ft.com) 



China woos CEOs of Apple, chipmakers, pharma giants | Fortune Asia 



BYD Seagull EV puts global auto execs, politicians on edge (cnbc.com) 



Palantir Official Jacob Helberg Stokes Fears of TikTok, China (theintercept.com) 



Honduras and China set $275 mln cooperation agreement | Reuters 



China 'trying to undermine our democracy' - as MPs set to be warned about new cyber attacks | Politics News | Sky News 



AMD, Intel Chips: China Aims To Phase Out U.S. Processors From Government Computers: FT | Investor's Business Daily (investors.com)



How 'Made in China' Became American Gospel (foreignpolicy.com) 



China's Leapmotor to build EVs at Stellantis' Polish plant, sources say | Reuters 



Chinese EV battery maker in talks to invest £1bn in new UK gigafactory | Automotive industry | The Guardian 



China told it faces 'fork in the road' as officials meet CEOs | Reuters 



Massive Chinese firm sues small Michigan town over opposition to controversial EV battery project | Fox News 



US Weighs Sanctioning Huawei’s Secretive Chinese Chip Network - Bloomberg 



China's Xi congratulates Putin on win, set to develop their ties | Reuters 



China blocks use of Intel and AMD chips in government computers: report | Fox Business 



Taiwan Acknowledges Presence of U.S. Troops on Outlying Islands - WSJ 



Taiwan Confirms US Troops on Front-Line Islands Near China (newsweek.com) 



Taiwan warns of 'enormous' Chinese bases near its S.China Sea holding | Reuters 



Is China done with its ‘peaceful’ policy toward Taiwan?  | The Hill 



China Developing Military Drones That Can Split Into 6 Mid-Air: Report (businessinsider.com) 



China exerts its power over Hong Kong and in the Philippines : State of the World from NPR



China tells US to not take sides on South China Sea issue | Reuters 



Russia Says High-level Contacts Underway for Putin Visit to China | Newsmax.com 



 US-Philippines alliance is ‘ironclad’- Blinken (bbc.com) 



China blasts US declaration of ‘ironclad’ alliance with Philippines | South China Sea News | Al Jazeera 



There will be no ‘short, sharp’ war. A fight between the US and China would likely go on for years. - Atlantic Council 



China’s moon plans worry Space Force - Defense One 



China Could Attack US Satellites From Moon, Warns General (businessinsider.com) 



China launches signal relay satellite for mission to moon's hidden side | Reuters 




EU-China trade relations in 'slow-motion train accident': business group (cnbc.com) 



Apple boss Tim Cook visits Shanghai, with China sales under pressure | Reuters 



Apple CEO extols Chinese suppliers at Beijing forum as iPhone sales dip while Huawei gains | South China Morning Post (scmp.com) 



Tesla-rival BYD pushes into emerging markets amid Western uncertainty (cnbc.com) 



Why is Tesla stock falling? Elon Musk and China production | Fortune 



US Prosecutors: China-based Canadian Stole Tesla Secrets | Newsmax.com 



American CEOs Get Ready to Go to Beijing. But Who Will Receive Them? - WSJ 



Is TikTok different in China? Here's what to know - ABC News (go.com) 



Q&A: TikTok Owner Is Essentially 'Subsidiary' of China's Communist Party, US Lawmaker Says   (voanews.com) 



The disaster looming 1,000 times worse than China's TikTok | Fox News 



China, India Compete for Influence in Indian Ocean (voanews.com) 



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March 11, 2024 

 

Highlighted Articles




Chinese Gas Giant Finds New Oilfield in South China Sea (newsweek.com) 



Serious China Problem For iPhone And Android Suddenly Gets Worse (forbes.com) 



Senators Bring Bipartisan Bill To Cancel Key Treaty With China If Taiwan Invaded | The Daily Caller 



China is building its own Starlink—even as questions surround Musk's constellation - Defense One 



TikTok just proved to lawmakers how dangerous it really is - Washington Examiner 


China space threat growing at ‘breathtaking pace’: Space Command chief | The Hill 



China, Russia float idea for nuclear power on the moon: 'want to upstage the United States' | Fox News 



Chinese Mercenaries Spotted Fighting for Russia in Ukraine (newsweek.com) 



Brendan Carr: TikTok's Threat Requires It Break Ties With CCP | Newsmax.com 



TikTok Isn’t The Only Data Security Concern In The U.S.-China Tech War (forbes.com) 



Russia is building an ‘axis of the anti-West’ (thetimes.co.uk) 



What to know about the bill that could lead to a TikTok ban in the US | AP News 



Congressional Spending Bill Cracks Down On Foreign Buy-Up Of US Land After Chinese Deals Raise Alarm | The Daily Caller 



China Vows To 'Safeguard' National Security With New Laws at Conclave (voanews.com) 



China pledges to deepen Russia ties and criticises US ‘obsession’ with suppressing Beijing | China | The Guardian 



Sens. Warner, Rubio: China Poses Greatest Threat to US | Newsmax.com 



US aid bill keeps Pacific islands on side (thetimes.co.uk) 



China drops 'peaceful reunification' reference to Taiwan | Reuters 


China’s Wang Yi demands US share high-tech knowledge - Washington Examiner 



Inside a Michigan Town's War Over a Chinese-Owned Battery Plant (businessinsider.com) 



US Senate bill targeting China's BGI, WuXi AppTec moves forward | Reuters 



America's largest generic drug supplier Aurobindo is in deep with China's military - Washington Times 



China could flood U.S. electric-vehicle market with its offerings (cnbc.com) 



Inside Taiwan’s China crisis that could start World War Three (thetimes.co.uk) 



China Readies Record $27 Billion Chip Fund To Counter Growing US Tech Curbs - Bloomberg 



China blames U.S. for bilateral tensions, reaffirms support for Palestinians (cnbc.com) 



Chinese crane firm denies posing security risk at US ports amid investigation | Fox Business 



How China Came to Dominate the World in Solar Energy - The New York Times (nytimes.com) 



China raises defense budget 7.2% as it pushes for global heft | AP News 



China's exports top forecasts as global demand returns | Reuters 



China EV sales slow in January-February; price-cutting intensifies | Reuters 



Divest China from America's artificial intelligence industry - Washington Times 



China Intensifies Push to ‘Delete America’ From Its Technology - WSJ 



China doubles down on manufacturing, leaving real estate behind (cnbc.com) 



China’s Semiconductor Industry Advances despite U.S. Export Controls (csis.org) 



China says more Indian troops at Himalayan border won't ease tensions | Reuters 



US Air Power Reaches New Point in First Island Chain Around China (newsweek.com) 



China Outpacing U.S. Defense Industrial Base (csis.org) 



China's crackdown on American businesses leaves investors in the U.S. wary | 60 Minutes - CBS News 



Fierce EV competition in China spurs off-the-wall features | Fortune Asia 



The AI arms race between the US and China is heating up (yahoo.com) 



China accuses US of devising tactics to suppress China rise | AP News 



‘A 1939 moment’: Jim Sciutto on Russia, China and the threat of war | Books | The Guardian 



Video Shows China's Attempted Blockade Against US Ally (newsweek.com) 



China adopts 'space coercion' of U.S. as strategic weapon with plans for attacking U.S. satellites - Washington Times 



Russia-Ukraine War: China’s Vanishing Neutrality – The Diplomat 



KENNETH RAPOZA: The Fight Against Fentanyl Must Start With Mexico | The Daily Caller 



US Senate committee sets hearing on China's WuXi AppTec, BGI bill | Reuters 



Senators urge Biden to end duty-free treatment for packages valued at less than $800 | AP News 



Ambassador: China ‘is the most important, most competitive, and most dangerous relationship’ the US has | The Hill 



China’s plan to reshape world trade on its own terms (ft.com) 



US Coast Guard Boards Chinese Vessels (newsweek.com) 



US Admiral Warns China Could Launch Surprise Attack From Military Drills (newsweek.com) 



China, Xi Jinping Plan to Crush Elon Musk, Tesla, and the US EV Industry (businessinsider.com) 



US Senate panel sets hearing on China's Wuxi Apptec, BGI bill | Reuters 



Inside the United States’ plan to compete with China in the Global South - Atlantic Council 



State of the U.S.-China relationship as countries compete economically | 60 Minutes - CBS News 



China's homegrown C919 jet in spotlight at Singapore air show, but not quite ready to compete - ABC News (go.com) 



China opposes U.S. sanctions on Chinese companies for Russia-related reasons (cnbc.com) 



AI technology could help US, allies monitor China's Taiwan invasion intensions | Fox News 



China Is Stockpiling for Next Phase of the Chip Wars - WSJ 



Taiwan Faces Tough Balancing Act As China Increases Pressure (voanews.com) 



China hits back at US, EU, UK for Russia-related curbs on its companies | Reuters 



China launches classified military satellite towards geostationary belt - SpaceNews 



Exclusive: Satellite images reveal floating barrier at mouth of disputed atoll in South China Sea | Reuters 



Taiwan Fears Stalled US Aid to Ukraine Foreshadows Future If China Invades (businessinsider.com) 



De-Coupling From China Is Proceeding. There Can Be No Doubt (forbes.com) 



China Is the World's No. 1 Diplomatic Power, Ahead of the US, Report Shows (newsweek.com) 



U.S. ambassador to China stresses importance of managing competition | 60 Minutes - CBS News 



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Can China's New Plane Compete With Airbus and Boeing? (skift.com) 



China to send more pandas to US, jump-starting new era of 'panda diplomacy' | Reuters 



Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists Are Breaking Up With China - The New York Times (nytimes.com) 



 

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February 25, 2024 

 Highlighted Articles




China Accuses CIA of Launching All-Out Spy War | Newsweek | 2024-02-23 



China Gives Stern Warning to US After Arms Sale to Taiwan (newsweek.com) 



China unveils export version of attack helicopter | Defense News | 2024-02-20



How Chinese Censorship Is Going Global–With Help From U.S. Companies | Newsweek | 2024-02-20



Lobbyists dump Chinese clients after blacklist threats | Politico | 2024-02-21



U.S. State Dept OKs potential sale of military gear to Taiwan, Pentagon says | Real Clear Defense | 2024-02-21 | The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan of about $75 million of advanced tactical data link system upgrade planning, the Pentagon said.



Foreign direct investment in China falls to 30-year low | Companies spooked by detentions for alleged spying and U.S. sanctions | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-19



Why is Hungary Strengthening Ties with Russia and China? | Voice of America | 2024-02-22 | Analysts say Hungary’s leader is seeking to exploit global tensions.



Communist Influence Network Is Deeply Involved With Nonprofit Connecting China To U.S. Heartland | The Daily Caller | 2024-02-21 | Missouri-based United States Heartland China Association (USHCA), a 501(c)3 bipartisan organization is running programs at the State and local level including agricultural roundtables, business seminars, student forums.  These are in partnership with organizations affiliated with the CCP’s United Front Work Department (UFWD).  The UFWD is a “Chinese intelligence service” responsible for coordinating “influence operations,” according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which Congress created to study national security threats from China.



EU agrees on first sanctions on Chinese, Indian companies for Russia war links | Curbs on nearly 200 entities aim to 'degrade' Moscow's capability to attack Ukraine | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-22



Air Force B-52 bomber, Philippine fighters make show of force over South China Sea | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-21 | An Air Force B-52H Stratofortress and three Philippine FA-50 fighters flew a joint patrol over the South China Sea this week, a move Chinese state media labeled a political show.



China's Wang Yi tells Blinken U.S. should lift sanctions on Chinese firms | U.S. News & World Report | 2024-02-17 | Washington should lift sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals, and that attempts to de-couple from China would only hurt the United States, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.



FBI Director Says China Cyberattacks on U.S. Infrastructure Now at Unprecedented Scale | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-18 | Christopher Wray warns that pre-positioned malware could be triggered to disrupt critical systems in the U.S.



Chinese police work in Kiribati, Hawaii's Pacific neighbour | Reuters | 2024-02-23 | Chinese police are working in the remote atoll nation of Kiribati, a Pacific Ocean neighbour of Hawaii, with uniformed officers involved in community policing and a crime database program, Kiribati officials told Reuters.



Rubio warns Chinese cyberattack 'will be 100 times worse' than AT&T outage: 'Your power, your water' | Fox News | 2024-02-23 | Tens of thousands of people reported cellphone outages on Thursday.



Rise of fast-fashion Shein, Temu roils global air cargo industry | Reuters | 2024-02-20 | Shein and Temu together send almost 600,000 packages to the United States every day, according to a June 2023 report by the U.S. Congress - is boosting air-freight costs from Asian hubs like Guangzhou and Hong Kong, making off-peak seasons almost disappear and causing capacity shortages, the sources said.


 

How worried should Amazon be about Shein and Temu? Dirt-cheap products and marketing splurges are catching clicks | The Economist | 2024-02-15



If China dominates 5G and 6G, no defense system can protect America | The Hill, Opinion | 2024-02-21 | Keith Krach served as U.S. undersecretary of State. He is chairman of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue and serves as co-chair of the Global Tech Security Commission. Brendan Carr is a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission.



China's woes won't slow U.S. economy, but excess capacity a concern, says Treasury's Adeyemo | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-23 | U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said on Friday that he is concerned about China's excess manufacturing capacity spilling over to the global economy, even if China's current economic woes are unlikely to slow U.S. growth in the near term.


 

U.S. warns China against dumping goods on global markets | Financial Times | 2024-02-19



Boeing touts 737 Max as ‘the safest airplane,’ says China’s C919 is similar to what’s on the market | CNBC | 2024-02-21



'Singapore Washing' of Chinese Companies Piles Dirty Laundry in City-state | Voice of America | 2024-02-23 | With a flood of capital and the arrival of big tech companies, Singapore has become a new top location for China business.




U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

 

White House

 

U.S. targets dozens of entities from China, UAE and Turkey for helping Russia | Reuters | 2024-02-23 | The Biden administration said on Friday it has imposed new trade restrictions on 93 entities from Russia, China, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, India and South Korea for supporting Russia's war effort in Ukraine.

 

Eyeing China, Biden signs order to defend ports against cyberattacks | Chinese-made shipping cranes could be remotely-controlled, admiral warns | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-22

 

Biden order seeks to improve U.S. port cybersecurity | Reuters | 2024-02-21 | President Biden signed an executive order outlining the measures for port granting the U.S. Coast Guard powers to respond to cyberattacks against maritime infrastructure including requiring operators to share information about incidents and threats. The post of national maritime security director will also be established.

 

U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace China-Made Cranes at Nation’s Ports | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-21 | Biden administration fears security threats at hundreds of sites.

 

Republican lawmakers urge Biden to deactivate campaign TikTok account | U.S. News and World Report |  2024-02-19

 

Biden's drive for EVs collides with Detroit's profit machines | Reuters | 2024-02-15

 

CIFUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States)

 

Nippon Steel’s China Assets Raise Concerns Over U.S. Deal | Bloomberg | 2024-02-22 | Japanese giant’s purchase of U.S. Steel is under security review.  Scrutiny comes as Biden weighs new China tariffs, restriction.

 

Dept. of Commerce

 

U.S. export curbs on China won't extend to legacy chips: official | Assistant commerce secretary says controls are 'as narrow as possible' | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-23

 

U.S. targets China's top chipmaking plant after Huawei Mate 60 Pro | Reuters | 2024-02-21 | U.S. Department of Commerce is turning up the heat on SMIC, China's top sanctioned chipmaker by cutting off its most advanced factory from more American imports after it produced a sophisticated chip for Huawei's Mate 60 Pro phone.

 

U.S. boosts chipmaker GlobalFoundries as China worries mount | But Chinese rivals aren't main concern in competitive foundry sector, expert says | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-20 | The grant was for $1.5 billion.  GlobalFoundries manufacturing will be in upstate New York and Vermont with chips being made for the U.S. car industry. 

 

U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

 

Censorship Practices of the People’s Republic of China | Report published 2024-02-20 | This report, prepared for the Commission by Exovera’s Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis (CIRA), examines the elaborate and pervasive censorship apparatus used by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to maintain the Party's monopoly on political legitimacy, shape the behavior of China’s citizenry, and control information beyond its borders.

 

How Chinese Censorship Is Going Global–With Help From U.S. Companies | Newsweek | 2024-02-20

 

Dept. of Defense

 

U.S. Navy Secretary Looks to Asia to Revive Shipbuilding at Home | Bloomberg | 2024-02-22 | South Korea and Japan may play important role, Del Toro says.

 

Navy destroyer trains near India following drills in South China Sea | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-20  | A U.S. guided-missile destroyer joined Japanese and Australian warships for weekend drills before heading to India for a separate, five-day exercise, according to the Navy.

 

Dept. of Energy

 

U.S. offers $710 million in loans for EV technology projects | Reuters | 2024-02-23 | The U.S. Energy Department approved $710 million in loans to electric vehicle (EV) technology manufacturing ventures, although the Biden administration still has $221.8 billion in loan capacity to fund clean-energy projects.  South Korean company SK Siltron CSS is set to receive $544 million to expand a plant in Bay City, Michigan that produces high power silicon carbide wafers used in electric vehicles.

 

U.S. ‘very concerned’ about China’s hold on mineral supply chain: Granholm | The Hill | 2024-02-14 | Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm issued a warning Wednesday about China’s hold on the mineral supply chain, saying the U.S. is “very concerned.”

 

Dept. of State

 

U.S. and China officials discuss Russia-North Korea military cooperation, State Department says | Reuters | 2024-02-23

 

U.S. State Dept OKs potential sale of military gear to Taiwan, Pentagon says | Real Clear Defense | 2024-02-21 | The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale to Taiwan of about $75 million of advanced tactical data link system upgrade planning, the Pentagon said.

 

Senior Chinese Official Warns Blinken U.S.-China Tech War 'Will Backfire' | Newsweek | 2024-02-19 | "Turning 'de-risking' into 'de-China,' building 'small yards and high walls,' and engaging in 'decoupling from China' will eventually backfire on the United States itself," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during their meeting at the sidelines of the 60th Munich Security Conference (MSC) on February 16

 

China's Wang Yi tells Blinken U.S. should lift sanctions on Chinese firms | U.S. News & World Report | 2024-02-17 | Washington should lift sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals, and that attempts to de-couple from China would only hurt the United States, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

 

Dept. of the Treasury

 

China's woes won't slow U.S. economy, but excess capacity a concern, says Treasury's Adeyemo | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-23 | U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said on Friday that he is concerned about China's excess manufacturing capacity spilling over to the global economy, even if China's current economic woes are unlikely to slow U.S. growth in the near term.

 

U.S. Treasury officials have threatened to take action if China floods world markets with lower-cost goods in an effort to shore up its stagnating industrial sector | Newsweek | 2024-02-20

 

U.S. warns China against dumping goods on global markets | Financial Times | 2024-02-19

 

Smithsonian Institution - National Zoo

 

China to send more pandas to U.S., jump-starting new era of 'panda diplomacy' | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-22 | China's Wildlife Conservation Association is working with the National Zoo in Washington in an arrangement that could bring more pandas back to the United States, signaling improving diplomatic relations between the two superpowers.

 

U.S. Congress

 

U.S. Senate

 

Rubio warns Chinese cyberattack 'will be 100 times worse' than AT&T outage: 'Your power, your water' | Fox News | 2024-02-23 | Tens of thousands of people reported cellphone outages on Thursday.

 

Sen. Risch: It's Time To Secure America's Supply Chain for Critical Minerals | Newsweek, Opinion | 2024-02-21 

 

Senator Cramer Unveils New CFIUS Legislation During Testimony Before North Dakota Legislative Assembly | Office of U.S. Senator Cramer | 2024-02-13

 

U.S. House - Foreign Affairs Committee

 

Eyeing China, senior U.S. lawmaker vows to back funding for Pacific islands | U.S. News & World Report | 2024-02-16 | Congressman Micheal McCaul, he Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Friday he supported funding for U.S.-allied Pacific Island nations as a way to counter the influence of China, and would push to include them in any supplemental security aid bill.

 

Select Committee on the CCP

 

Fate of U.S. aid to Ukraine package discussed on Taiwan trip, lawmakers say | Reuters | 2024-02-23 | The bill would also spend almost $2.6 billion on efforts to deter China. Most of that money, about $1.9 billion, would be to replace U.S. munitions provided to Taiwan.

 

U.S. bill on Chinese biotech firms may be more 'narrowly tailored', lawmaker says | Reuters | 2024-02-22 | Congressman Gallagher, Chair of the House Select Committee on the CCP said that the bill in the U.S. Congress targeting Chinese biotech companies may end up being more "narrowly tailored", adding that he was cautiously optimistic something could be passed this year.  The bill would restrict federally funded medical providers from allowing China's BGI Group, WuXi Apptec and other biotech firms from accessing genetic information about Americans.

 

China demands the U.S. stop any official contact with Taiwan following a congressional visit | AP News | 2023-02-22

 

U.S. lawmaker in Taiwan visit reassures support regardless of U.S. election outcome | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-22 | U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher, who chairs the House of Representatives select committee on China, said in Taipei on Thursday that no matter who wins the coming U.S. elections support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan will remain.  Gallagher is in Taiwan from Feb. 22 - Feb. 24.

 

Taiwan president to visiting U.S. delegation: hope to see more Taiwan-U.S. exchanges this year | Reuters | 2024-02-21 | Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen told a visiting U.S. delegation led by U.S. Congressman Mike Gallagher, Chair of the Selected Committee on the CCP, that Taiwan hoped to see more Taiwan-U.S. exchanges this year and Taiwan will continue to engage with the world.

 

Gallagher, Krishnamoorthi Statement - Passage of Uyghur Policy Act of 2023, Top Recommendation from Select Committee’s Uyghur Genocide Report | Select Committee on the CCP Press Release | 2024-02-20

 

U.S. REGIONAL, STATE AND MUNICIPAL 

 

Communist Influence Network Is Deeply Involved With Nonprofit Connecting China To U.S. Heartland | The Daily Caller | 2024-02-21 | Missouri-based United States Heartland China Association (USHCA), a 501(c)3 bipartisan organization is running programs at the State and local level including agricultural roundtables, business seminars, student forums.  These are in partnership with organizations affiliated with the CCP’s United Front Work Department (UFWD).  The UFWD is a “Chinese intelligence service” responsible for coordinating “influence operations,” according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which Congress created to study national security threats from China.

 

California

 

"Envoys of friendship": China set to send giant pandas to San Diego Zoo | Axios | 2024-02-22 

 

Chinese migrants eclipse Mexican nationals in key southern border sector | Fox News | 2024-02-23 | More than 24,000 Chinese nationals encountered at border in FY23.  San Diego hit hard.

 

Los Angeles Port Head Says Chinese Cranes Pose Security Risk | Bloomberg | 2024-02-22 | Seroka says how China uses crane data ‘is the question’.  Finding other producers is a challenge to address, Seroka.

 

Florida

 

DeSantis criticizes bill changes easing Chinese land ownership restrictions | Politico | 2024-02-22

 

Indiana

 

Jim Banks Demands DOJ Investigate Midwest Nonprofit Linked To Chinese Communist Influence Network | The Daily Caller | 2024-02-22 | U.S. Congressman Jim Banks wrote to the U.S. Dept of Justice asking it to investigate non-profit United States Heartland China Association for its ties to the CCP.

 

Carmel just withdrew from the United States Heartland China Association. Here’s why | WFYI, NPR/PBS Indianapolis | 2024-02-09 |  U.S. Congressman Jim Banks who is running for U.S. Senate wrote Carmel mayor Sue Finkam to “disentangle Carmel from the Chinese Communist Party.” The letter followed a report in the Washington Post about a visit to China by Carmel’s previous mayor, James Brainard. The article outlined an effort by China to influence U.S. policy by courting mayors in the Midwest.  James Brainard currently sits on the board of the USHCA.

 

Tired of hostile Washington, China courts Indiana and Minnesota | Washington Post | 2024-01-30

 

Michigan

 

Biden has a high-tech problem in Michigan | Politico | 2024-02-21 | Governor Whitmer concerned about “losing future to China” after Biden sold a tax break by pumping up a Michigan microchip supplier — then left the company out in the cold.

 

U.S. PRIVATE SECTOR

 

Aerospace 

 

U.S. and Japan spearhead new era of private moon landings | Japan's ispace looks to replicate Intuitive Machines' successful lunar landing | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-24

 

AUKUS agreement is 'very well aligned' with Honeywell’s capabilities: Executive | CNBC | 2024-02-22 | John Guasto of Honeywell Aerospace expects a "very strong" partnership between the company and the three companies in AUKUS - Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 

Boeing touts 737 Max as ‘the safest airplane,’ says China’s C919 is similar to what’s on the market | CNBC | 2024-02-21

 

U.S. defense industry faces a ‘big problem,’ says Aerospace Industries Assn CEO | CNBC | 2024-02-19 | The U.S. is watching China very carefully as a potential adversary, said Eric Fanning, President & CEO of Aerospace Industries Association.

 

With no Boeing passenger jets at the Singapore Airshow, Airbus and China take centerstage | CNBC | 2024-02-18 | To be clear, Boeing will still be showcasing its defense capabilities, and will be featuring many of its fighter jets, including the B-52 Stratofortress which will participate in the U.S. Air Force aerial display.

 

How Elon Musk's SpaceX was boosted in Indonesia by a Chinese rocket failure | The Jakarta Post | 2024-02-19 | In April 2020, a Chinese rocket malfunction destroyed Indonesia's $220 million Nusantara-2 satellite.  SpaceX now prevails over state-owned China Great Wall Industry Corp (CGWIC) as Jakarta's company of choice for putting satellites into space.

 

AI Chips, IT

 

Nvidia identifies Huawei as top competitor for the first time in filing | Reuters | 2024-02-22  Nvidia identified Huawei as a top competitor in several categories, including artificial intelligence chips, for the first time in a filing with the Securities and Exchange commission.

 

Nvidia has begun sampling two new AI chips for China market, says CEO | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-22 | Nvidia is currently offering customers samples of its two new artificial intelligence chips aimed at the China market, its CEO Jensen Huang said, in a bid to defend its market dominance in the country now threatened by U.S. export curbs.  "We're sampling it with customers now. Both of them comply with the regulation without a license. We're looking forward to customer feedback on it,” Huang told Reuters.

 

If China dominates 5G and 6G, no defense system can protect America | The Hill, Opinion | 2024-02-21 | Keith Krach served as U.S. undersecretary of State. He is chairman of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue and serves as co-chair of the Global Tech Security Commission. Brendan Carr is a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission.

 

Business Consulting/Managers

 

U.S. Republicans call for McKinsey to be banned from federal contracts | Financial Times | 2024-02-23

 

McKinsey-led think-tank advised China on policy that fed U.S. tensions | Financial Times | 2023-02-23

 

D.C. China Lobby

 

The China lobbying terminations continue | Politico Pro | 2024-02-23

 

Lobbyists dump Chinese clients after blacklist threats | Politico | 2024-02-21

EVs

 

U.S. should block low-cost Chinese automaker imports from Mexico, says manufacturers' group | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-23 | The Alliance for American Manufacturing urged the Biden administration to take steps to block the import of low-cost Chinese automaker imports from Mexico that it says could threaten the viability of American car companies."The introduction of cheap Chinese autos -- which are so inexpensive because they are backed with the power and funding of the Chinese government -- to the American market could end up being an extinction-level event for the U.S. auto sector.” 

 

U.S. Should Block Chinese Auto Imports From Mexico, U.S. Makers Say | Voice of America | 2024-02-23 | The Alliance for American Manufacturing told the Biden Administration that the U.S. should prevent automobiles and parts manufactured in Mexico by companies headquartered in China from benefiting from a North American free trade agreement.  Including qualifying for a $7,500 electric vehicle, or EV, tax credit.

 

EV maker Lotus Tech closes up modestly in Nasdaq debut after SPAC merger | Reuters | 2024-02-23 | Lotus Technology SPAC is part of British sports car maker Lotus Group which in turn is owned jointly by Chinese automaker Geely and Malaysia's Etika Automotive. Lotus Technology is headquartered in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

 

Tesla to fix software in 8,700 vehicles in China product recall, regulator says | NASDAQ | 2024-02-23

 

Biden's drive for EVs collides with Detroit's profit machines | Reuters | 2024-02-15 | The Biden administration and automakers are in the final stages of negotiating over ambitious new rules to accelerate the electric-vehicle transition.  Proposed EPA regulations are scheduled for as soon as March to reduce tailpipe emissions in a move to boost the U.S. EV market share to 67% by 2032 from less than 8% in 2023.

 

Tech - Online Shopping

 

Rise of fast-fashion Shein, Temu roils global air cargo industry | Reuters | 2024-02-20 | Shein and Temu together send almost 600,000 packages to the United States every day, according to a June 2023 report by the U.S. Congress - is boosting air-freight costs from Asian hubs like Guangzhou and Hong Kong, making off-peak seasons almost disappear and causing capacity shortages, the sources said.

 

How worried should Amazon be about Shein and Temu? Dirt-cheap products and marketing splurges are catching clicks | The Economist | 2024-02-15

 

Tourism

 

Return of Chinese tourists still big question mark for U.S. hotels | Hilton expects 'protracted' recovery, while Marriott sees broader travel slowdown | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-24

 

Wall Street / U.S. Private Investors

 

HEDGE FLOW Hedge funds double down on China ahead of rate cut, Goldman says | Reuters | 2024-02-20 |  Hedge funds favoured Asian emerging markets in the week to Feb. 15, piling into company stocks in China, Korea, Taiwan, and India, in moves that came just before China slashed its benchmark mortgage rate, Goldman Sachs research showed.

 

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

Munich Conference

 

China foreign minister warns against decoupling at Munich Security Conference | Reuters | 2024-02-17 | Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi warned the West that it would be making a historical mistake if it sought to decouple from China or “try de-sinicization in the name of de-risking.”

 

World Trade Organization

 

China must see need to reform WTO rules, says EU trade chief | Reuters | 2024-02-20 | China needs to play a constructive role in talks at the World Trade Organization to reform global trade rules on industrial subsidies or risk rivals setting their own policies at China's expense, the European Union's trade chief said on Monday.

 

CHINA – BY TOPIC

 

China - Ai, Cybersecurity, Tech, Social Media, Spying

 

The reported leak of Chinese hacking documents supports experts' warnings about how compromised the U.S. could be | Business Insider | 2024-02-23 | A reported trove of leaked Chinese hacking documents may have given the world a glimpse of how widespread and effective China's hacking operations could be.

 

China Accuses CIA of Launching All-Out Spy War | Newsweek | 2024-02-23

 

Beijing engaged in ‘critical buildout’ of offensive cyber tools, FBI Director Wray warns | Washington Times | 2024-02-23 | FBI Director Wray tells conference Chinese infrastructure hacking at 'fever pitch'.

 

Hackers Could Use ChatGPT to Target 2024 Elections | Time | 2024-02-23

 

Leaked Documents Reveal China’s Global Hacking Efforts | Beijing regularly hires private companies to gather intelligence on foreign governments | Foreign Policy | 2024-02-23

 

China’s Hacker Network: What to Know | New York Times | 2024-02-22 | Documents leaked on a public website show that China is hiring private hackers to obtain sensitive information from foreign companies and governments.

 

Leaked files from Chinese firm show vast international hacking effort | Washington Post | 2024-02-22

 

China’s Rush to Dominate A.I. Comes With a Twist: It Depends on U.S. Technology | New York Times | 2024-02-21 | China’s tech firms were caught off guard by breakthroughs in generative artificial intelligence. Beijing’s regulations and a sagging economy aren’t helping.

 

China building up tech for 'censorship apparatus,' U.S. report says | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-20 | Analysis highlights Beijing's efforts to sway global opinion on Taiwan, other issues.

 

FBI Director Says China Cyberattacks on U.S. Infrastructure Now at Unprecedented Scale | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-18 | Christopher Wray warns that pre-positioned malware could be triggered to disrupt critical systems in the U.S.

 

AI security infrastructure needed after 'malicious' foreign actors use OpenAI to train operatives, expert says | Fox News | 2024-02-17 | OpenAI, in a blog post written Wednesday, identified five state-affiliated "malicious" actors: Chinese-affiliated Charcoal Typhoon and Salmon Typhoon, Iranian-affiliated Crimson North Korean-affiliated Sandstorm and Russian-affiliated Emerald Sleet and Forest Blizzard.

 

China - Economy

 

China State Council Vows Measures to Lure Foreign Investment | Bloomberg | 2023-02-23

 

China securities regulator says penalties will be severe in market crackdown | Westlaw.com | 2024-02-23 

 

Pressure grows on China for big policy moves to fix economy | Reuters | 2024-02-22 | As the annual meeting of China's parliament approaches next month, its leaders are facing the greatest pressure in almost a decade to take bold policy decisions that safeguard the economy's long-term growth potential.

 

China Proposes New ESG Rules to Keep Up With Europe | Bloomberg | 2024-02-21 | Beijing hopes the guidelines will help bolster its struggling economy. More than 400 companies, including those in key stock indexes, will need to publish sustainability reports by 2026.

 

China’s Metal Demand Takes a Different Shape | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-21|

China’s property crisis keeps punishing big miners, but increasing demand from manufacturing and infrastructure could take the edge off.

 

China's smaller cities face yearslong housing glut as sales languish | Country Garden, Evergrande pay for aggressive regional expansion | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-20

 

Foreign direct investment in China falls to 30-year low | Companies spooked by detentions for alleged spying and U.S. sanctions | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-19

 

China - Education/Academia

 

Ex-head of Chinese university sanctioned by U.S. becomes vice industry minister | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-23 | Shan Zhonge, former head of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Chief of the CCP at the university was named China’s Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology.  He oversees advancing Chinese technological innovation.

 

China - EVs, Climate Change, Solar

 

Climate Change

 

China may miss all key climate targets for 2025: report | Barron’s via AFP | 2024-02-21

 

EVs

 

West braces for China’s electric car shock | The Telegraph | 2024-02-22

 

European, U.S. carmakers race to lower EVs costs as China competition heats up | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-15 | Europe's Stellantis and Renault are trying to develop more affordable EVs, which are more expensive than combustion-engine equivalents, as electric car sales growth has slowed, while U.S. giants General Motors and Ford broached the possibility of partnerships that could lower EV costs.

 

China - Health & Wellness

 

China's childcare costs among highest in world, think tank says | Reuters | 2024-02-20 | China is one of the world's most expensive places to raise a child, relative to its GDP per capita, a prominent Chinese think tank said on Wednesday as it detailed the time and opportunity costs for women who opt to have children in the country.

 

Hong Kong population boosted by mainland Chinese inflow in 2023 | One-way permits offset natural decrease, emigrants, other downward pressure | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-20

 

China - Human Rights

 

China's Inviting Sympathetic Foreign Media to Xinjiang Can Backfire | Voice of America | 2024-02-21

 

How Xi's 'Thought Eradication' Led to China's Uyghur 'Genocide' | Newsweek | 2024-02-20

 

China - Military

 

China unveils export version of attack helicopter | Defense News | 2024-02-20

 

Photo Shows China Testing New Aircraft Carrier Fujian | Newsweek | 2024-02-20

 

China - Space / Aerospace

 

China launches classified military satellite towards geostationary belt | SpaceNews.com | 2024-02-23 | China on Friday launched the 11th satellite under a classified Chinese military programme with the country's most powerful rocket.

 

Chinese planemaker COMAC upstages Airbus and Boeing at Singapore Airshow | Reuters | 2024-02-22 | Chinese state-owned planemaker COMAC upstaged industry leaders Airbus and Boeing at the Singapore Airshow this week, showing off its self-developed C919 and ARJ21 jets as it pursues international certifications and foreign orders.

 

Singapore Airshow back to full scale as industry sees clear skies | COMAC chairman says 'working hard' to acquire foreign certificates in international debut | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-20 | Singapore Airshow is Asia largest aerospace and defense industry event.  This is the first full event since the COVID-19 pandemic (2022 was open, but limited).

 

China's first homegrown airliner makes international debut in Singapore | Reuters | February 19, 2024 | China's challenger to Airbus and Boeing's passenger jets, the narrow-body C919 manufactured by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), has made its first trip outside Chinese territory, staging a fly-by at the Singapore Airshow on Sunday.

 

China - Spying

 

CHINA - FOREIGN RELATIONS

 

Africa

 

West challenges China's critical minerals hold on Africa | Reuters | 2024-02-18 | The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is planning to near double

its financial commitments to try to de-risk mining in the Copperbelt straddling northern Zambia and the southern part of the Congo. It will upgrade the existing rail line from the Angolan to the Congo and Zambia, and also aim to link the mines directly with the Atlantic Ocean, changing the current costs to ship out of South African ports.

 

Americas

 

Canada

 

Canada says China has role to play in keeping Red Sea safe | Reuters | 2024-02-19

 

Central America

 

China makes another move to expel Taiwan from Central America | The Hill, Opinion | 2024-02-21

 

Latin America

 

Explainer: China's Free-Trade Agreements in Latin America | AS/COA | 2024-02-15 | Americas Society, Council on Foreign Relations looks at Beijing’s bilateral trade pacts with Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Peru.

 

Mexico

 

China circumvents U.S. tariffs by shipping more goods via Mexico | Financial Times | 2024-02-21

 

Asia - East

 

Japan

 

Japan and China start new talks on Fukushima water release | Countries make efforts to bridge rift following November summit | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-24

 

U.S. trade curbs spur China business for Japan chip industry | Beijing's self-sufficiency push is tailwind for companies despite uncertainties | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-19

 

Asia - South

 

India

 

India Seeks 'Balancing Partners' To Handle Complex China Challenge | Newsweek | 2024-02-21 

 

Indian Ocean

 

Chinese research vessels operating in the Indian Ocean | Reuters | 2024-02-22 | China's scientific survey fleet of ships is growing and although the government insists the vessels are for research purposes only, some Asian neighbours, especially India, are concerned sensitive data they gather might be shared with the Chinese military. (List of China Marine Research Vessels included).

 

Maldives

 

Maldives visit of Chinese survey ship could rouse Indian Ocean security concerns | Reuters | 2024-02-22 | A Chinese research ship arrived in the Maldives on Thursday, global ship-tracking data showed, just three months after a similar vessel visited the Indian Ocean and sparked New Delhi's security concerns.

 

Chinese ship arrives in Maldives, raising Indian Ocean security concerns | Research vessel at Male after departure from Xiamen over a month ago | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-22

 

Pakistan

 

Pakistan vote elevates Belt and Road critic in key port of Gwadar | Activist wins provincial seat; analysts say China may have to heed complaints | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-18

 

Asia - Southeast

 

Chinese tourists flock to Southeast Asia as overseas travel bounces back | Reuters | 2024-02-20 | Chinese travellers flocked to tourist hot-spots across Asia over the Lunar New Year break, with visitor numbers and spending in destinations including Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia exceeding pre-COVID levels.

 

Brunei

 

Brunei's GallopAir, buyer of COMAC planes, eyes year-end launch | Reuters | 2024-02-23 | Brunei-based airline startup GallopAir hopes to start operations by the end of 2024 should Brunei's aviation regulator approve the regional jet made by Chinese state-owned planemaker COMAC

 

Cambodia 

 

Cambodia's airport dreams stall as Chinese money dries up | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-23 

 

Indonesia

 

Indonesia EV competition heats up with VinFast and BYD debuts | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-20

 

Philippines 

 

Air Force B-52 bomber, Philippine fighters make show of force over South China Sea | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-21 | An Air Force B-52H Stratofortress and three Philippine FA-50 fighters flew a joint patrol over the South China Sea this week, a move Chinese state media labeled a political show.

 

China says Philippine air patrol made 'trouble' in South China Sea | Beijing blames Manila for conducting flight with 'extraterritorial countries' | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-20

 

U.S. Flies Nuclear-Capable Bomber Amid Tensions With China | Newsweek | 2024-02-20

 

Philippines joint air patrol with U.S. to 'protect territory' | Reuters | 2024-02-19 |  joint air patrol by the Philippines with the United States was aimed at protecting territory and national interests in the South China Sea, a Philippine military official said Tuesday, after Beijing accused Manila of stirring up trouble.

 

Singapore

 

'Singapore Washing' of Chinese Companies Piles Dirty Laundry in City-state | Voice of America | 2024-02-23 | With a flood of capital and the arrival of big tech companies, Singapore has become a new top location for China business.

 

Taiwan

 

China says it aims to 'contain' foreign interference over Taiwan this year | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-23 | China aims to "contain" foreign interference over Taiwan and "resolutely combat" any efforts towards the island's formal independence this year, which is the sensitive 75th anniversary of the founding of communist China, state media said.

 

Taiwan says China triggered a panic by boarding Kinmen tourist boat | Encounter near Taipei-controlled frontline islands likely to be first of many | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-20

 

China coast guard boarded Taiwanese boat near frontline islands, Taiwan says | Reuters | 2024-02-19

 

Asia - West  / Middle East

 

Israel - Hamas War

 

China tells ICJ justice ‘must not be denied’ to Palestinians | Al Jazeera | 2024-02-23

 

China asks World Court to speak out on 'unlawful' Israeli occupation | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-22 | China asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday to give its opinion on Israel's occupation of the Palestinian Territories, which it said was illegal.  "Justice has been long delayed, but it must not be denied," China's Foreign Ministry's legal adviser Ma Xinmin told the court in The Hague, in the Netherlands.

 

China disappointed over U.S. veto on Israel-Hamas ceasefire vote | Reuters | 2024-02-20 | China expressed "strong disappointment" over the United States blocking a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israel-Hamas war calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, Xinhua said on Wednesday, citing its U.N. representative Zhang Jun.

 

Turkey

 

Turkey detains 6 for allegedly spying on Uyghurs for China | State-run agency says police looking for another | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-20

 

Saudi Arabia

 

China and Saudi Arabia looking to boost air passenger links | South China Morning Post | 2024-02-23

 

Saudi fund-backed firm partners with Chinese surveillance maker | Reuters | 2024-02-20 | Alat, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund (PIF) signed a $200 million partnership with Dahua Technology, a Chinese surveillance technology company previously sanctioned by the United States. They will manufacture surveillance hardware in Saudi Arabia.

 

Europe

 

China's Wang Yi wraps up tour to break Europe's dependence on U.S. | Foreign minister calls on region to strengthen autonomy amid U.S.-China tensions | Nikkei Asia | 2022-02-22

 

European Union

 

China, EU hold talks on cooperation in autos, raw materials | Reuters | 2024-02-23 | China and the European Union held talks on progress and cooperation in a number of areas including automobiles and raw materials, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a statement.

 

EU agrees on first sanctions on Chinese, Indian companies for Russia war links | Curbs on nearly 200 entities aim to 'degrade' Moscow's capability to attack Ukraine | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-22

 

China sees Europe as increasingly 'rational' about its development, says foreign minister | Reuters | 2024-02-21 | Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi - "I feel that Europe's rational perception of China is increasing, believing that China's development is in line with the logic of history and that Europe should not be afraid of it, let alone reject it."

 

EU opens formal investigation into TikTok over possible online content breaches | Reuters | 2024-02-20 | The European Union will investigate whether ByteDance's TikTok breached online content rules aimed at protecting children and ensuring transparent advertising, an official said on Monday, putting the social media platform at risk of a hefty fine.

 

Commission opens formal proceedings against TikTok under the Digital Services Act | European Union Press Release | 2024-02-19

 

China ready to work with EU to uphold free trade, multilateralism, foreign minister says | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-19 | China is ready to work with the European Union to uphold free trade, practice multilateralism, and promote an equal and orderly multi-polar world and inclusive economic globalisation, its foreign minister said during a visit to Spain.

 

Croatia

 

Croatia's Rimac ends joint venture with China battery maker Camel | Reuters | 2024-02-23 | Rimac, which is part-owned by Porsche AG is in the process of ending a joint venture with Chinese battery producer Camel Group, the Croatian sports car maker said on Friday.  The United States last year banned goods made by two China-based companies, including Camel, as part of efforts to eliminate alleged forced labour from the U.S. supply chain.

 

France

 

China hopes France continues role in stable Sino-European relations, foreign minister says | Reuters | 2024-02-20 | Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with French President Emmanuel Macron and said China hopes to work together as a stabilising force in the world.

 

Germany 

 

BASF: Chinese imports into Europe are higher than ever | Reuters | 2023-02-23 | BASF said competition from Chinese rivals shipping their products into European chemical makers' home markets is at unprecedented levels and disruptions of the Red Sea transport route only have a temporarily dampening effect.

 

China hopes enterprises in Xinjiang would 'cherish' investment opportunities | Reuters | 2024-02-19 | China's foreign ministry said it hoped enterprises in Xinjiang would "cherish" their investment opportunities, following plans by German companies to rethink their interest in the region amid forced labour concerns.  Forced labour is a "fabrication" by external forces looking to hurt China's development said a spokesperson at the foreign ministry when asked about the concerns of German companies there.

 

Hungary

 

Why is Hungary Strengthening Ties with Russia and China? | Voice of America | 2024-02-22 | Analysts say Hungary’s leader is seeking to exploit global tensions.

 

In unusual move, China offers to back Hungary in security matters | Radio Free Europe | 2024-02-20 | China hopes to deepen law enforcement and security ties with Hungary as the two mark their 75th year of diplomatic relations, Public Security Minister Wang Xiaohong told Orban last week, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

 

Hungary’s government declines offer to meet U.S. senators seeking approval for Sweden’s NATO bid | AP News | 2024-02-18

 

The Netherlands

 

NATO Ally Fears China Will Use Chipmaking Hardware To Boost Military | Newsweek | 2024-02-21

 

Dutch government says China seeks military advantage from ASML tools | Reuters | 2024-02-19 | Fears that ASML's computer chip equipment will be used for Chinese military ends underlie recent decisions to deny the company export licences, the Dutch trade minister said in answers to questions from parliament.

 

Ukraine 

 

Ukrainian foreign minister discusses peace prospects with China's Wang Yi | Reuters | 2024-02-17

 

United Kingdom

 

China tech firm claimed it could hack Foreign Office | BBC | 2024-02-23

 

UK's Cameron raises Red Sea, human rights issues with Chinese counterpart | Reuters | 2024-02-17 | British Foreign Minister David Cameron met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the Munich Security Conference and told him the U.K. should use its influence on Iran to pressure the Houthi militants over their actions in the Red Sea.

 

Russia

 

Some stranded Russian Sokol oil cargoes begin to move to China | NASDAQ | 2024-02-19 | More than 10 million barrels of Sokol have been floating in seaborne storage over the past three months due to payment difficulties and Western sanctions on shipping firms and vessels carrying the crude.  Analysts estimate 2.2 million barrels of this has moved to Chinese ports recently.

 

Russia - Ukraine War

 

Chinese Companies Hit by U.S., EU Sanctions on Russia | Voice of America | 2024-02-23

 

Russia procures tank parts from Japan and Taiwan via China | Documents show company in Shenzhen used to evade U.S., U.K. sanctions | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-23

 

Oceania

 

Australia

 

Australia's major miners buoyed by China demand despite property crisis | Battle of efficiency emerges as steel demand peaks in Asia's biggest economy | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-23

 

Australian Writer’s Case Highlights Risks Foreigners Face in China | Voice of America | 2024-02-22 | Chinese-born Australian writer and businessman Yang Hengjun’s recent suspended death sentence on espionage charges is likely to add to growing concerns about the risks foreign nationals face living in, working in and visiting China, analysts say.

 

Australia plans naval expansion as regional tensions mount | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-20 | Australia plans to more than double the size of its naval combat fleet while scaling back the number of troubled BAE Systems Plc Hunter-Class frigates it builds, in a drive to meet the challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

 

Australia boosts navy funding to build largest fleet since WWII | Government adds $7.2bn to double warships, citing 'uncertain world' | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-19

 

Australia boosts defence spending, aims to double warships | U.S News and World Report | 2024-02-19 | Australia has been looking to build its defence capabilities amid concerns about rising global geopolitical tensions and China's growing influence among some Pacific island nations.

 

Australia needs to rethink its approach to its Pacific island neighbours | The Economist | 2024-02-15 | From Australia’s perspective the Pacific’s island states have sat for decades in its backyard. Latterly a gate-crasher has stomped in. China has shaken Australian assumptions in the Pacific.

 

Kiribati

 

Chinese police work in Kiribati, Hawaii's Pacific neighbour | Reuters | 2024-02-23 | Chinese police are working in the remote atoll nation of Kiribati, a Pacific Ocean neighbour of Hawaii, with uniformed officers involved in community policing and a crime database program, Kiribati officials told Reuters.

 

New Zealand

 

New Zealand reassessing proposed overhaul of Antarctic base | Reuters | 2024-02-22 | The Antarctic, due south of New Zealand and Australia, is increasingly crowded, with China opening its fifth research base. Western governments are worried China's increased presence in the Antarctic and Arctic could provide the People's Liberation Army (PLA) better surveillance capabilities.  Antarctica New Zealand said in its statement it hoped a revised project plan will be agreed by May 2024.

 

Solomon Islands

 

China Influence at Issue in Solomon Islands Election | Voice of America | 2024-02-22 | Solomon Islands residents go to the polls April 17th to elect their national leadership. The elections could be consequential not only for the islanders but also for the United States and China.

 

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Highlighted Articles


How to end China’s chokehold on the Pentagon’s supply chains | Defense News, Opinion | 2024-02-14 | The latest National Security Scorecard from data analytics firm Govini revealed countless China-based firms remain deeply embedded in Defense Department supply chains across 12 critical technologies.


Rubio urges SEC to block Shein IPO unless China operating risk disclosed | Reuters | 2024-02-15 | Republican Senator Marco Rubio asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to block Shein’s bid to list publicly in New York unless the e-tailer makes additional disclosures about its business operations and "the serious risks of doing business" in China.


U.S. Porsche, Bentley and Audi imports held up over banned Chinese part | Financial Times | 2024-02-14 | Thousands of cars impounded after supplier discovers subcomponent from ‘western China’ prohibited under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act of 2021.


Washington Piles More Troubles On China | 2024-02-15 | Forbes |  Significant signs of Washington’s building hostility toward China. Their bipartisan nature is especially significant, suggesting that the hostility is widespread, has a great deal of legislative support, and is not likely to change regardless of the results of the November election, either for president or Congress.

 

Lawmakers weigh blacklist for firms lobbying for Chinese military-linked companies | Politico | 2024-02-14 | Several members of Congress are considering closing their doors entirely to meetings with lobbying firms that represent companies linked to the Chinese military.


Temu faces renewed scrutiny after Super Bowl ads | NBC 5 News | 2024-02-12 | 

According to a class action lawsuit filed in Illinois last November- the Temu app “‘bypasses’ phone security systems to read a user’s private messages, make changes to the phone’s settings and track notifications.


Microsoft says it caught hackers from China, Russia and Iran using its AI tools | Reuters | 2024-02-15


Biden ignoring his ‘handpicked advisers’ to ‘court votes’ on TikTok: Rep. Gallagher    Fox News | 2024-02-13 | Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., criticizes President Biden for          campaign debut on TikTok and shares why he is not seeking re-election.


Is Temu safe? Lawsuit claims app hacks 'literally everything' | Temu is one of the    most popular apps, but issues surround it, including a lawsuit that says it has      access  to "literally everything" on users' devices. | Scripps News | 2024–02-13 |  Temu has a 2.5-star Better Business Bureau rating, and most of the customer reviews claim some issue, like its "horrible" customer service, delivery errors, pricing tricks and low-quality items.


China’s chip industry is gaining momentum – it could alter the global economic and security landscape | The Conversation | 2024-02-13




 

U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

White House

 

 

Trump dreamt of a ‘Huawei killer,’ Biden is trying to unleash it | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-12 | This obscure technology for cellular towers — which the Brookings Institution once dubbed the “Huawei killer” — is Washington’s anointed champion to try to unseat Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies from its throne as the largest supplier of the “pipes” that carry the world’s internet data and phone calls.

 

Tik-Tok

 

Biden garners 67K TikTok followers on first day using Chinese-owned app he banned over security concerns | Fox News | 2024-02-13 | Biden campaign using separate phone for TikTok account to isolate the Chinese app from other workstreams.

 

'lol hey guys': President Biden joins TikTok despite security concerns | USA Today |  2024-02-12 | How badly does President Joe Biden need young voters in this year's election? Enough to join TikTok despite his administration's security concerns about the social media platform.

 

Dept. of Defense

 

U.S. Navy Ramps Up Aircraft Carrier Deployments in Signal to China | Newsweek | 2024-02-15 | At least five U.S. aircraft carriers are set to be deployed in the western Pacific this year.

 

‘Consequential command’: Surface warfare officer takes over Navy’s largest overseas fleet | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-15 |  A veteran surface warfare officer took the helm of the U.S. 7th Fleet on Thursday amid a flurry of naval activity in the South China Sea and surrounding areas.

 

How to end China’s chokehold on the Pentagon’s supply chains | Defense News, Opinion | 2024-02-14 | The latest National Security Scorecard from data analytics firm Govini revealed countless China-based firms remain deeply embedded in Defense Department supply chains across 12 critical technologies.

 

Lawmakers again seeking creation of Space National Guard | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-14 | National Guard Association of the United States says a reserve component would give the service “surge-to-war capability” to meet the challenges posed by near-peer adversaries.

 

Air Force unveils command changes, wing plans in bid to outpace China | Air Force Times | 2023-02-13 | Air Force and Space Force will create a new forward-looking capabilities planning command, refocus its training enterprise, and rethink how airmen deploy as part of a set of 24 initiatives designed to reorient the service to outpace China’s military ambitions and prevail in future conflicts.

 

Air Force announces major shakeup to prep for war with China, Space Force also lists changes, including a futures command | Defense One | 2024-02-12

 

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

 

Rubio urges SEC to block Shein IPO unless China operating risk disclosed | Reuters | 2024-02-15 | Republican Senator Marco Rubio asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to block Shein’s bid to list publicly in New York unless the e-tailer makes additional disclosures about its business operations and "the serious risks of doing business" in China.

 

U.S. Trade Representative

 

U.S. Trade Representative Reveals Why Biden Kept Trump's Tariffs on China | Newsweek | 2023-02-13 | The tariffs are a tool in a diverse economic toolkit that is being used to shore up the middle class, Trade Representative Katherine Tai said Monday during a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in Washington, D.C.

 

Trump's Tariffs Fall Short on the Metrics That Matter | Bloomberg, Opinion | 2024-02-13 | The U.S. trade deficit with China may have shrunk, but it has expanded with other countries where Chinese companies have a big presence

 

U.S. Customs & Border Patrol

 

U.S. Trade Sanctions - Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA)

 

Volkswagen cars stuck in ports over banned part — report | DW | 2024-02-15 | The FT reported that thousands of Porsche, Bentley and Audi vehicles had been impounded at U.S. ports after a supplier to parent company Volkswagen discovered a Chinese-made subcomponent inside the vehicles that was in breach of labor laws.

 

Imported luxury cars such as Audi held by U.S. over banned part linked to forced labor in China | Fox Business | 2024-02-14 | Several of Volkswagen Group's luxury brands had vehicles detained due to a part linked to forced labor in China's Xinjiang region.

 

U.S. Porsche, Bentley and Audi imports held up over banned Chinese part | Financial Times | 2024-02-14 | Thousands of cars impounded after supplier discovers subcomponent from ‘western China’ prohibited under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act of 2021.

 

U.S. Mexico Border

 

Chinese migrants flock to U.S.-Mexico border on economic pressures | Nikei Asia | 2024-02-13 | Their encounters with American authorities jumped 10-fold in 2023.

 

U.S. Congress

 

Washington Piles More Troubles On China | 2024-02-15 | Forbes |  Significant signs of Washington’s building hostility toward China. Their bipartisan nature is especially significant, suggesting that the hostility is widespread, has a great deal of legislative support, and is not likely to change regardless of the results of the November election, either for president or Congress.

 

Lawmakers weigh blacklist for firms lobbying for Chinese military-linked companies | Politico | 2024-02-14 | Several members of Congress are considering closing their doors entirely to meetings with lobbying firms that represent companies linked to the Chinese military.

 

U.S. Senate

 

What's in U.S. Senate's $95 billion aid bill to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan? | Reuters | 2024-02-13 | Senate passes $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan by a vote of 70 to 29 | More than $8 billion in the bill would go to support key partners in the Indo-Pacific and deter aggression by the Chinese government. The bill includes about $1.9 billion to replenish U.S. weapons provided to Taiwan and about $3.3 billion to build more U.S.-made submarines in support of a security partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom.

 

U.S. House of Representatives

 

Committee on Science, Space and Technology

 

U.S. space science could fall behind China if private successors to ISS are delayed, Congress warns | Space.com | 2024-02-14 | NASA risks ceding ground to China in space research if there is no ready replacement for the International Space Station, lawmakers said in a hearing on Feb. 14, 2024.  For a video of hearing see here on YouTube.

 

Select Committee on the CCP

 

Top U.S. House China hawk plans visit to Taiwan next week | Financial Times | 2024-02-13

 

Select Committee Addresses CCP Biosecurity Threat with U.S. Firms in Boston & Headlines Harvard JFK Jr. Forum | House Select Committee on the CCP, Press Release | 2024-02-13 | Committee members were in Boston to meet with U.S. biotechnology industry leaders to discuss the CCP threat to U.S. biosecurity and how U.S. companies can better compete on the global stage.

 

House China panel chair urges Biden to ‘reverse course’ on TikTok | The Hill | 2024-02-13 | Gallagher pointed out that some members of Biden’s cabinet have said TikTok poses national security concerns, including FBI Director Christopher Wray. TikTok has been banned on government devices in numerous states and is also banned from federal government devices due to such concerns.

 

Biden ignoring his ‘handpicked advisers’ to ‘court votes’ on TikTok: Rep. Gallagher | Fox News | 2024-02-13 | Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., criticizes President Biden for his campaign debut on TikTok and shares why he is not seeking re-election.

 

Biden’s TikTok Foray Spurs Bipartisan Angst at House China Panel | Bloomberg | 2024-02-12 | Biden campaign unveiled TikTok account on Sunday evening.  Gallagher ‘disappointed’ as Krishnamoorthi flags concerns.

 

U.S. Lawmakers Seek Investigation Against China’s WuXi AppTec | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-12 | The company had previously been named in a bill introduced late last month that aims to bar federal contracts with some Chinese biotech entities. 

 

2024 U.S. Presidential Campaign

 

Kerry: Trump can't stop green energy revolution, but China coal threat looms | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-13

 

In Trump-Biden Rematch, the Only Sure Loser Is China | Bloomberg | 2024-02-11 | Trump vows massive tariffs that could shrink U.S.-China trade to practically nothing — and Biden has new restrictions ready to roll before election day.

 


U.S. STATES

 

Arkansas

 

Arkansas Mulls Lithium Royalty as Race for Key Resource Heats Up | Bloomberg Law | 2024-02-15 | Arkansas is seen as a front-runner in producing lithium in the U.S. as the nation aims to weaken China’s dominance in global supplies of commodities crucial to electric vehicles. The state hosts oil-field brine reserves that analysts are potential lithium producing.

 

Illinois

 

Illinois is going after a Big Time Chinese Company | 97.9 KICK FM Radio | 2024-02-13

 

Popular online retailer Temu facing a class-action lawsuit in Illinois over data privacy concerns | CBS 2 News | 2024-02-12

 

Temu faces renewed scrutiny after Super Bowl ads | NBC 5 News | 2024-02-12 | 

According to a class action lawsuit filed in Illinois last November- the Temu app “‘bypasses’ phone security systems to read a user’s private messages, make changes to the phone’s settings and track notifications.

 

New York

 

Governor Hochul Issues Proclamation Celebrating Lunar New Year | Governor of New York Press Release | 2024-02-10

 

Happy Lunar New Year from Governor Kathy Hochul | Video YouTube from the Office of Governor Hochul | 2024-02-10 | Making Lunar New Year a public school holiday.

 

Ohio

 

Vulnerable Dem senator flip-flops on supplying energy to China in middle of re-election campaign | Fox News | 2024-02-15 | U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who is locked in a toss-up re-election bid, expressed concern this week about U.S. energy exports benefiting China despite voting against a bill in 2022 that would have prohibited the sale of emergency oil reserves to China.

 

Chinese-backed solar factory stirs suspicions in rural Ohio | Financial Times | 2024-02-13 | Local opponents raise fears over Beijing’s influence as U.S. aims to reshore supply chain.

 

 

U.S. PRIVATE SECTO

 

China’s Real Estate Collapse Infecting Troubled American Sectors | Daily Caller via Bloomberg | 2024-02-15 | The crumbling Chinese real estate sector is starting to put properties around the world on the market at deep discounts, threatening debt-laden American commercial developers and the U.S. banks holding the loans.

 

Agriculture

 

Deere Cuts Profit Outlook as Crop Slump Hurts Tractor Demand | Bloomberg | 2024-02-15 | Company’s shares drop as much as 5.5%, most in three months.  Machinery makers have been hit by lower income and crop prices.

 

AI

 

Microsoft says it caught hackers from China, Russia and Iran using its AI tools | Reuters | 2024-02-15

 

Cars

 

Ford, GM CEOs open to partnerships to compete with China | MSN via Reuters | 2024-02-15 | CEOs of Ford and General Motors said on Thursday they would consider partnerships to cut electric vehicle technology costs as Chinese rivals move into the U.S. and European markets.

 

Ford Sees ‘Colossal’ Competitive Threat in Low-Cost Chinese EVs | Bloomberg | 2024-02-14 | Ford Motor see low-cost Chinese electric cars as a “colossal strategic threat” that will ultimately arrive on U.S. shores.

 

Your next Tesla could be made by China | Business Insider | 2024-02-13 | Chinese auto-part makers are establishing a presence in Mexico to supply Tesla's new factory there. Elon Musk invited the suppliers to Mexico as part of plans for cheaper Teslas, Bloomberg reported.

 

Law

 

Last U.S. Firms in China Now Face Slow Economy, Local Competitors | Bloomberg Law | 2024-02-15 | According to a Chinese Ministry of Justice annual report, foreign laws have dropped from 244 in 2017 to 205 in 2022.  Closures include: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Baker Botts, McDermott Will & Emery, Vinson & Elkins according to an annual report of the Chinese Ministry of Justice.

 

Lax legal regulations threaten U.S. national security | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-13 | At a time when America faces multiple geopolitical challenges around the world, lax regulations are providing an opening for foreign adversaries to gain access to sensitive corporate information and American trade secrets here at home.

 

Latham & Watkins cuts off its Hong Kong lawyers from international databases | Financial TImes | 2024-02-13 

 

Space

 

Google joins satellite mission to scan globe for methane leaks | Financial Times | 2024-02-15

 

Google to Help Track Methane Emissions From Space | Bloomberg | 2024-02-14 | The tech company will work with the Environmental Defense Fund to track some of the world’s most devastating and avoidable emissions observed by the nonprofit’s satellite.

 

Apollo to Artemis: Why America is betting big on private space | Space Daily via AFP | 2023-02-13 | A private Houston-based company is set this week to lead a mission to the Moon which, if successful, will mark America's first lunar landing since the end of the Apollo era five decades ago. Reputation will be on the line when Intuitive Machines' Nova-C spaceship will launch atop a SpaceX rocket on Wednesday, following recent completed touchdowns by China, India and Japan.

 

Wall Street - Private Investors

 

U.S. investors in emerging markets switch to ETFs that exclude China | Financial Times | 2024-02-15 | ...“There is certainly a percentage of our investors that just prefer not to have China in their portfolios at all and [the solution] is an ex-China version of the emerging markets.”

 

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

Munich Security Council

 

China's Wang Yi to champion 'equal and orderly multipolar world' at Munich Security Conference | South China Morning Post | 2024-02-15

 

UN Security Council

 

Why China Wants to Be Asia's Only UN Security Council Member | Newsweek | 2024-02-14 | China's stance on being the sole Asian representative in the United Nations Security Council has come into sharper focus following Russia's robust endorsement of India's bid for permanent membership earlier this month.

 

World Government Summit

 

NVIDIA CEO: Every Country Needs Sovereign AI | Jensen Huang describes transformative potential of sovereign AI at World Governments Summit | NVIDIA Press Release | 2024-02-12

 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

WHO sees low risk of spread after China reports combined H3N2, H10N5 bird flu case | Reuters | 2024-02-13

 

CHINA - BY TOPIC


 

AI, Cybersecurity, Tech, Social Media

 

AI

 

Any U.S.-China deal on AI can only help Beijing and hurt America, experts warn | Fox News | 2024-02-15 | China agreed to Bletchley Park safety agreement but has yet to align fully with the U.S. on policy.

 

Chips

 

China’s chip industry is gaining momentum – it could alter the global economic and security landscape | The Conversation | 2024-02-13

 

China invests in ‘Chiplet Valley’ to bypass U.S. sanctions | Semafor via Yahoo News and MIT Technology Review | 2024-02-12 | Chiplet Valley - A top Chinese state research fund is planning to give out up to $6.5 million for chiplet academic research projects in the next four years and local Chinese governments are also trying to attract chiplet companies and startups to Wuxi, a city in eastern China.

 

China may be making more advanced chips despite U.S. sanctions — but it still faces big problems | CNBC | 2024-02-11 | China's biggest chipmaker SMIC seems to have been manufacturing advanced chips, defying U.S. sanctions designed to slow down.

 

Cybersecurity

 

The anti-U.S. axis of cyber chaos of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea is underway and Biden needs to act | Fox News, Opinion, Former DIA expert | 2024-02-14 |  FBI Director Christopher Wray issued an ominous warning to Congress on Jan. 31 about China’s plan to "wreak havoc" on U.S. critical infrastructure. To drive the point home, Wray revealed that Chinese cyber hackers outnumber American information operations personnel by 50 to 1.

 

Tech - Online Shopping

 

Is Temu safe? Lawsuit claims app hacks 'literally everything' | Temu is one of the most popular apps, but issues surround it, including a lawsuit that says it has access to "literally everything" on users' devices. | Scripps News | 2024–02-13 | Temu has a 2.5-star Better Business Bureau rating, and most of the customer reviews claim some issue, like its "horrible" customer service, delivery errors, pricing tricks and low-quality items.

 

Temu is trying to win over America. Good luck. | Business Insider | 2024-02-13

 

7 Things To Know About Temu Before You ‘Shop Like A Billionaire’ | Forbes | 2024-02-13

 

Temu Is Speedrunning American Familiarity | The company’s ad strategy: bludgeon you into knowing its name | The Atlantic | 2024-02-12

 

Temu is spending like a billionaire | Reuters | 2024-02-12

 

What Temu’s Super Bowl Push Means for Alibaba, Amazon, and PDD Stock | Barron’s | 2024-02-12

 

Tech - Video Games

 

‘Clash of Clans’ maker to ‘take more risks’ in search of billion-dollar hit | Financial Times | 2024-02-15 | Supercell’s chief says Finnish group will explore new genres having not released a title in years. Supercell, founded in 2010, is one of the most successful mobile gaming groups and was valued at $10bn when bought by China’s Tencent in 2016. 

 

China - Economy

 

China Revives Socialist Ideas to Fix Its Real-Estate Crisis | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-15 | Xi Jinping aims to put the state back in charge of the crumbling property market, part of a push to rein in the private sector.

 

Wiping out bad data will not solve China’s economic woes | Financial Times, Opinion (Cornell Professor) | 2024-02-14 | Given the biggest economic problem is lack of confidence in government, pretending everything is fine will only backfire.

 

CEO of a $19 billion UK bank with business in Hong Kong since the Victorian age sees a ‘lack of confidence’ unraveling China’s economy | Fortune | 2024-02-13 | Speaking at the World Governments Summit in Dubai, the CEO of Standard Charter says both foreign investors and Chinese consumers are reluctant to put their money into the country after more than a year of declines in its economy.

 

China's doom loop: Smaller, older population could spur global slowdown | UPI | 2024-02-13

 

China's economic turmoil won't stop its manufacturing dominance | Business Insider | 2024-02-12

 

China - Education

 

China releases draft regulations for after-school tutoring industry | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-15 | Draft lays out national-level regulatory framework for the once-booming sector.

 

China's crashing birthrate will leave millions of teachers jobless in the coming years | Business Insider | 2024-02-14

 

China’s looming teacher crisis | Semafor | 2024-02-13 | As China experiences a population decline, officials predict the country to have a 1.9 million-teacher surplus by 2035. What was once an industry that could guarantee jobs is now facing job losses.

 

China - EVs, Climate Change, Solar Energy

 

The energy transition would cost 20% more without China, analysis says Energy consultant Wood Mackenzie estimates that $6 trillion would be needed if Chinese clean tech was shunned | Quartz | 2024-02-13

 

Coal Power Plants

 

China may upend global coal emissions trends in 2024 | Westlaw.com | 2024-02-14

 

EV Juggernaut China Leads World in New Coal Power Plants | Newsweek | 2024-02-12

 

EVs

 

China's BYD plans new electric vehicle plant in Mexico, says Nikkei | Reuters | 2024-02-13

 

How China Beat the U.S. at Its Own EV Game | Newsweek, Opinion | 2024-02-12 | Western governments love EVs. The European Union and the U.S. do everything possible to promote them to consumers. But you know who loves EVs even more? China.

 

Chinese EVs set to make bigger splash in Europe with huge new ships | BYD, SAIC tackle transport bottleneck that has held them back | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-12

 

How China Built BYD, Its Tesla Killer | New York Times | 2024-02-12 | The leading Chinese electric vehicle company, with origins as a battery maker, has posted two years of million-car growth in sales.

 

Hyper-Loop

 

China sets world record for fastest hyperloop train | Fox News | 2024-02-15 | How China pulled off this super high-speed train triumph developed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).  It hits incredibly high speeds in a vacuum.

 

China - Health

 

Genetics journal retracts 18 papers from China due to human rights concerns | The Guardian | 2024-02-15 | Researchers used samples from populations deemed by experts and campaigners to be vulnerable to exploitation, including Uyghurs and Tibetans.

 

China Set To Lose 60 Percent of Population by Century's End | Newsweek | 2024-02-15

 

Biden must do more to stop flood of China's vapes from victimizing kids | Fox News, Opinion | 2024-02-13 | Disposable vape use by high school aged children has spiked 1,336% since 2019, thanks to China.

 

China - Human Rights

 

China ‘Doubling Down’ on Uyghur Forced Labor Transfers Outside Xinjiang | Sourcing Journal | 2024-02-14

 

China - Military

 

China Raises Defense Budget for 29th Straight Year Amid Global Arms Race | Newsweek | 2024-02-14 | Chinese defense spending climbed by 5.4 percent year according to the Military Balance 2024 report by London-based think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

 

China preparing for 'protracted' war, says think tank | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-14 | British think tank IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies) warns of era of insecurity, with Beijing learning from Ukraine war.

 

China’s Shipyards Are Ready for a Protracted War. America’s Aren’t. | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-13 | While Chinese shipyards are thriving and primed to build at wartime rates, U.S. shipbuilding is in disarray.

 

China - Space

 

We have not weaponized space the way Russia, China has: Grant Newsham | Fox Business | 2024-02-15

 

China wants to send plants, microbes and lunar resource experiments to the moon in 2028 | Space.com | 2024-02-15 | China's Chang'e 8 moon mission, which is targeted to launch no earlier than 2028, will carry a small ecosystem and other payloads to test using lunar resources.

 

Watch China launch Smart Dragon-3 rocket from the sea (video) | Space.com | 2024-02-13 | This is China’s 10th sea launch using a specially converted floating barge and a solid rocket.

 

China - Spying

 

China holds citizen on spying charges after she did ‘admin’ work for U.S. company | The Daily Caller | 2024-02-15 | Case of Emily Chen, who did a few months’ work for U.S. logistics firm, highlights ‘deteriorating’ climate for foreign firms.

 

CHINA FOREIGN RELATIONS

 

As China Tries to Present a Friendlier Image, a New Face Emerges | New York Times    2024-02-14 | Liu Jianchao is a Communist Party diplomat skilled at defending tough      positions without being pugnacious. He also once hunted fugitive officials abroad.

 

Africa

 

Zambia

 

Africa Moves a Step Closer to Continent’s First Cobalt Refinery | Bloomberg | 2024-02-14 | AFC signs expression of interest with Vision Blue-backed firm.  Production could begin at Zambian facility in 22 months.

           

Asia - East

 

Japan

 

Japan slips into a recession and loses its spot as the world’s third-largest economy | AP News | 2024-02-14

 

China Taking On U.S. Fuels $147 Billion Rally in Japanese Chip Stocks | Bloomberg | 2024-02-13 | Japanese chip equipment makers increasingly reliant on China.  Some see risk in China reliance at a time of U.S. tensions.

 

China slump drags on for Japan's chip and component suppliers | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-13 | Inventories are shrinking, but consumer demand lags.

 

Asia - South

 

India

 

India's Modi woos UAE and Qatar to counter China in Middle East | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-15

 

India Says It Stopped China's Attempt to Repeat 1962 Border War | Newsweek | 2024-02-13 | India's home-affairs minister said China tried to bring about a repeat of the 1962 war between the countries during a 2020 border conflict, but New Delhi successfully stood up to Beijing's aggression.

 

Xiaomi: India's Scrutiny of Chinese Firms Unnerves Suppliers | Voice of America | 2024-02-12 | China's Xiaomi has told New Delhi that smartphone component suppliers are wary about setting up operations in India amid heavy scrutiny of Chinese companies by the government.

 

Asia - Southeast

 

Indonesia

 

Indonesia Election: Prabowo Faces U.S.-China Challenges | Bloomberg, Opinion | 2024-02-14 | Prabowo Subianto looks poised to be the president of Indonesia. He will struggle to navigate the complex geopolitical environment.

 

Prabowo Subianto Set to Be Indonesia’s Next President | New York Times | 2024-02-14 | Prabowo Subianto was ejected from the military on accusations of rights abuses. Now, he is projected to win the country's presidency.

 

Indonesian defense minster, once banned by U.S. for human rights abuses, declares victory in presidential election | PBS | 2024-02-14

 

‘Fix it from within’: More Chinese Indonesians chase seats in parliament | Al Jazeera | 2024-02-14

 

Assessing Indonesia’s potential presidents’ South China Sea strategies | East Asia Forum | 2024-02-13

 


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February 9, 2024 

 

 

U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

 

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

 

White House

 

Cyber Czar Coker Warns Private Sector of China’s Cyber Threat | Bloomberg Law | 2024-02-07 | The federal government is scrambling to assist U.S. companies on the front lines of fending off a growing host of malicious hackers from China and around the globe, White House cyber czar Harry Coker Jr. said Wednesday afternoon at a security industry summit in Washington D.C.

 

White House decision to not replace Asia tsar stokes concern among U.S. allies

Kurt Campbell who co-ordinated effort to counter China is set to take on wider remit at State Department | Financial Times | 2024-02-07

 

Biden Poised to Limit American Personal Data Going to China | Bloomberg Law | 2024-02-07 | The Biden administration intends to unveil as soon as next week a new effort to prevent foreign adversaries such as China from accessing troves of Americans’ sensitive personal data, according to people familiar with the planned executive order.

 

Dept. of Defense

 

Pentagon may request Defense Production Act authorities for Replicator | Politico | 2024-02-07 | The Pentagon is exploring whether it should request fast-track production authority to quickly build thousands of low-cost drones to counter China’s military buildup.

 

Air Force

 

Robot wingmen vs. China: What a think tank’s wargame revealed about a key USAF concept | As the Air Force contemplates a range of price points, the tabletop exercise suggests cheaper is better | Defense One | 2024-02-07 | The U.S. Air Force still needs to figure out the “right tradeoffs” to balance cost and capability for its future family of drones, a prominent airpower think tank says after testing how a mix of unmanned and manned aircraft would fare in a fight with China

 

Dept. of Homeland Security

 

China, Russia and Iran 'attempting to illegally acquire' U.S. technology: DHS official | 

U.S. Congress | MSN via ABC News | 2024-02-07 | "The Iranian drones that are being recovered on the battlefield in Ukraine, that are being recovered on the battlefield throughout the Middle East, they do have sensitive U.S. communications systems and they have sensitive microelectronics," Jim Mancuso, the assistant director of the Global Trade Division at Homeland Security Investigations, told ABC News

 

Dept. of Justice

 

San Jose man accused of stealing nuclear tech secrets for China | MSN via KRON 4 San Francisco | 2024-02-07  | Chinese American man investigated by the Joint Dept. of Justice and Dept of Commerce, Disruptive Technology Strike Force is charged by U.S. Attorney’s Office in California

 

Man with ties to China charged in plot to steal blueprints of U.S. nuclear missile launch sensors | U.S.A Today | 2024-02-07

 

Two Cases Aim to Cut Off China and Iran From U.S. Technology | In one case, material stolen from a private company would help the development of technology to track ballistic and hypersonic missiles, U.S. officials said | New York Times | 2024-02-07

 

U.S. Census Bureau

 

U.S. farm exports hit three-year low in 2023 as China slows buying | NASDAQ | 2024-02-07 | U.S. exports of agricultural and related products reached a value of $191 billion in 2023, down 10% from 2022’s record as both commodity prices and shipment volumes declined.That marks a three-year low though is similar to the 2021 levels, and it reflects competition from key suppliers, particularly when it comes to satisfying Chinese demand

 

CISA, National Security Agency, FBI, Dept. of Transportation

 

Chinese Hacking Campaign Aimed at Critical Infrastructure Goes Back Five Years, U.S. Says | U.S. News and World Report  | 2024-02-07 | Chinese hackers known as Volt Typhoon for at least five years have been targeting U.S. critical infrastructure.  In a joint statement, U.S. National Security Agency, U.S. cyber watchdog CISA, the FBI, and the Transportation Security Administration said Volt Typhoon had quietly burrowed into the networks of aviation, rail, mass transit, highway, maritime, pipeline, water and sewage organizations.

 

CISA and Partners Release Advisory on PRC-sponsored Volt Typhoon Activity and Supplemental Living Off the Land Guidance | CISA Press Release | 2024-02-07

 

China-backed Volt Typhoon hackers have lurked inside U.S. critical infrastructure for ‘at least five years’ | Tech Crunch | 2024-02-07

 

U.S. CONGRESS

 

China underestimates the power of U.S. Congress, ex-White House official says | 'Activism' in legislative branch emerges as key force in the relationship, Evan Medeiros notes | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-07

 

House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party

 

Scoop: China panel plans biotech field hearing | Axios | 2024-02-07 | Field hearing will be held in Boston Monday, 2-12-24.  The focus will be U.S.-China competition in biotech, U.S. dependency on China for pharmaceuticals and Beijing's biotech ambitions. The Boston area is a major biotech hub and also is the North American headquarters of BGI Group

 

U.S. STATES


 

Texas

 

Misinformation spreads in China on 'civil war' in Texas | BBC | 2024-02-02


 

PRIVATE SECTOR

 

U.S. Business / Investors in China

 

American CEOs Visiting China Can’t Escape It: They Have to Dance on Stage

Western business executives are often expected to sing or boogie for employees at company events; it’s ‘fun to watch your boss dance.’ | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-07

 

Wall Street

 

Shein seeks Chinese regulators' tacit approval for US public offering | Financial Times |  2024-02-07

 

CHINA - BY TOPIC


 

China - AI, Cybersecurity, Social Media

 

China could use anti-fraud app to monitor Tibetans - report | BBC | 2024-02-07

 

Chinese firm behind ‘news’ websites pushes pro-Beijing content globally, researchers find | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-07

 

China  - Economy

 

China’s stockmarket nightmare is nowhere near over | The situation ought to worry Xi Jinping | The Economist | 2024-02-07

 

China replaces head of market regulator as it battles sell-off | Financial Times | 2024-02-07

 

China appoints ‘Broker Butcher’ Wu Qing as new chairman of securities regulator | CNBC | 2024-02-07

 

China removes head of market regulator as it battles stock meltdown | Financial Times | 2024-02-07

 

China Is Oversupplied With Commodities as Deflation Persists | Last year’s import binge included record hauls of coal and oil | Bloomberg | 2024-02-07

 

China's consumer prices suffer steepest fall since 2009 as deflation risks stalk economy | Reuters | 2024-02-07

 

China - Evs, Climate Change, Solar

 

EVs

 

Huawei rolls out ultrafast EV chargers in China, taking on Tesla | '1 km-per-second' stations cater to increasingly advanced battery tech | 2024-02-08

 

China Military 

 

Joint Naval Exercises with Russia and Iran

 

China, Russia and Iran to hold navy drills aimed at ‘regional security’, admiral says as Middle East tensions flare | South China Morning Post | 2024-02-07 | Top Iranian naval official reportedly confirms joint exercise will be held before end of March and says other countries have been invited to take part | The news comes as U.S.-led coalition launches new round of strikes on Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen in response to Red Sea cargo ship attacks

 

China Space

 

China’s deep-space ambitions | Buoyed by successes at the Moon and Mars, China is embarking on a science and exploration program of staggering scale | Astronomy | 2024-02-07

 

China Spying

 

China warns students abroad not to help foreign spies | Security ministry offers cautionary tale of 2006 espionage case in WeChat post | South China Morning Post | 2024-02-08

 


CHINA FOREIGN RELATIONS


 

Africa

 

Zambia

 

US-Backed Rail Once-in-Lifetime Break for Zambia, President Says | Bloomberg Law | 2024-02-08 | Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema said a US-backed project to connect Zambia’s copper mines to an Angolan port offers the nation a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.

 

Zambia raises hopes it will complete long-delayed debt restructuring | Financial Times | 2024-02-07 | Efforts by President Hakainde Hichilema’s government to move on from the 2020 default were left in tatters last year when official lenders, led by China, rejected the proposal

 

Americas

 

Guatemala

 

Guatemala's foreign ministry reaffirms ties with Taiwan | Reuters | 2024-02-07

 

Mexico

 

Mexico replaces China as top exporter to U.S. in 2023 | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-08 | Trade deficit between world's two largest economies falls to lowest level since 2010

 

For First Time in Two Decades, U.S. Buys More From Mexico Than China | The United States bought more goods from Mexico than China in 2023 for the first time in 20 years, evidence of how much global trade patterns have shifted | New York Times | 2024-02-07

 

Antarctica 

 

China opens Antarctic station south of Australia, New Zealand| Reuters | 2024-02-07

 

Arctic

 

Russia's isolation is forcing it to look to China for support in the Arctic, raising U.S. concerns | NBC News | 2024-02-07 

 

Russia and China join forces in the Arctic as part of 'no limits' pact boosting oil and LNG ties while U.S. has 'only one functional ice breaker,' intelligence report warns | Daily Mail | 2024-02-07 |  A new report warns that the West risks ceding control of the Arctic to China | It says Moscow's increasing isolation has led it to closer ties with Beijing | Chinese companies are now at the forefront of developing LNG facilities

 

Asia - East

 

U.S., Japan and South Korea scale back trade reliance on China | Global economic rift widens as emerging countries embrace Beijing | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-08

 

Asia - Southeast

 

Indonesia

 

TikTok deal seen triggering Tokopedia portfolio reassessment | Strategic shifts also on horizon as Indonesian e-commerce giant now double-owned | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-08

 

Philippines

 

Philippines to boost military presence in islands facing Taiwan | Reuters | 2024-02-07

 

Taiwan

 

China courts Taiwan civil and business groups in unification push | Mainland's Taiwan affairs chief hosts back-to-back events with cultural and business leaders | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-07

 

Europe

 

Germany

 

U.S. set to overtake China as Germany's top trade partner -DIHK | U.S. News and World Report  | 2024-02-07

 

German Chancellor Scholz to travel to China in April | Reuters | 2024-02-07

 

Russia

 

Putin and Xi reject US 'interference', praise their own ties and trade - Kremlin | Reuters | 2024-02-08 | Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by phone on Thursday and both rejected what they called U.S. interference in the affairs of other countries, the Kremlin said.Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov gave details of the call in a briefing to journalists, saying the two leaders had spoken of creating a "multipolar, fairer world order" in the face of U.S.-led efforts to contain both of Washington's biggest adversaries

 

Oceania

 

PNG to assure Australia on security ties during Marape visit | Reuters | 2024-02-07




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February 7, 2024 

 

Highlighted Articles

 

China and Russia To Team Up at Iran's Naval War Games (newsweek.com)

 

A China-U.S. Decoupling? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet - WSJ

 

ByteDance, Shein sharply boost spending on lobbying in U.S. | Chinese firms seek to minimize effects of alarm over bilateral tensions | Nikkei Asia



White House

 

IPEF

 

U.S.-led Indo-Pacific supply chain deal to take effect Feb. 24 | IPEF to help countries better deal with disruptions | MSN.com | 2024-02-01

 

DOD

 

China chip maker YMTC says its tech not for military use after Pentagon list | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-04

 

U.S. deploys three carriers in Asia, maintaining China focus | Joint training with Japan comes amid fear over wider crisis in Middle East | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-01

 

State Department

 

Senators approve an Asia veteran as No. 2 diplomat, underscoring US efforts to keep focus on China | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-06 | The approval of President Joe Biden’s nomination of Kurt Campbell as deputy secretary of state underscores decades of efforts by Biden and his modern predecessors to turn the United States’ main foreign policy focus to China as the big challenge for America going forward

 

US Official Urges Papua New Guinea to Reject Chinese Security Deal | Voice of America | 2024-02-05

 

Treasury Department

 

Biden Trade Chief Calls Tariffs ‘Important Defensive Tool | Bloomberg | 2024-02-06

 

China expresses concerns to U.S. over tariffs, sanctions in Beijing talk | CNBC | 2024-02-06

 

U.S. Treasury team heads to China to talk subsidies, economic policies | CNBC | 2024-02-05

 

CDC

 

CDC opens office in Tokyo as US seeks to shore up political allies | Stars and Stripes | 2024-02-05 |  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is opening its first regional office in a developed nation, with the post in Japan set to enhance its work with allies on disease monitoring amid rising geopolitical tensions with China.

 

U.S. Congress

 

Surge in Chinese Migrants Crossing Border Raises Alarm Bells: Steve Scalise | Newsweek | 2024-02-06

 

'We need to win' AI race against Beijing, House China Committee member warns | Fox 

U.S. Business and Investment in China | Fox News | 2024-02-05

 

Why China hopes the US won’t touch a century-old trade rule affecting imports under US$800 | South China Morning Post | 2024-02-03 | E-commerce giants Shein and Temu flourish as parcels surpass quarter of a trillion dollars in value annually amid push to tighten de minimis provision | US lawmakers argue Chinese goods produced from forced labour are being allowed into the states, but election year factors cast doubt on reform

 

California

 

Chinese-American Accused of Stealing Missile-Sensor Secrets | Bloomberg Law | 2024-02-06 | A Chinese-American defense laboratory manager was charged in U.S. District Court in California with stealing thousands of secret files from a US military contractor

 

Wall Street | U.S. Business and Investors in China

 

How AI is helping companies find valuable mineral deposits | New technologies can trace copper, lithium and nickel with 'less environmental degradation' and cut West's reliance on China | The Week | 2024-02-07

Wall Street snubs China for India in a historic markets shift | Hindustan Times | 2024-02-06 | Investors are paying close attention to the contrasting trajectories of two of Asia’s greatest powers.

 

Frosty relations between Washington and Beijing have had a chilling effect on U.S. businesses in China | MarketWatch | 2024-02-05

 

Billions in US pension funds invested in China despite serious national security concerns: expert | Public pension funds have invested more than $68B in China since 2020 | Fox Business | 2024-01-31

 

Bilateral tensions top woes of American businesses in China | Survey shows modest improvement in expectations for economic growth | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-01

 

Chinese-owned Amer Sports' IPO faces weak U.S. investor appetite | Company behind Wilson and Louisville Slugger sees chance to grow in China | Nikkei China | 2024-02-01


Tesla shows off Cybertruck to Chinese fans in first Asia tour | With no sales planned for China, rollout aims to drive brand image | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-01

 

Tesla, Toyota, others at risk of using Xinjiang forced labor, report says | Human Rights Watch raises red flag on region's aluminum supply chain | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-01

 

China Lobby in D.C.

 

ByteDance, Shein sharply boost spending on lobbying in U.S. | Chinese firms seek to minimize effects of alarm over bilateral tensions | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-02

 

China - AI, Cybersecurity

 

China's Cyberattackers Target US and Allied Militaries | Newsweek | 2024-02-05 | China state cyber actors are expanding their cyberactivities to target infrastructure in military bases in the Asia-Pacific belonging to the U.S. and its allies

 

China aims to boost chip production despite US restrictions | Reuters | 2024-02-06

 

China on cusp of next-generation chip production despite US curbs

SMIC and Huawei plan to make new 5nm processor, supporting Beijing’s goal for advanced semiconductors | Financial Times | 2024-02-06

 

China bets on open-source chips as US export controls mount | Reuters | 2024-02-05

 

Despite global frenzy, investor enthusiasm in China's AI startups wanes | Tech Crunch | 2024-02-06

 

Nokia Signs 5G Patent Deal With China's Vivo | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-05

 

China's CXMT aims to build country's first advanced memory chips for AI | Move intended to cut dependence on foreign suppliers SK Hynix, Samsung and Micron | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-01

 

China - Economy

 

Star China Banker’s Disappearance Made His Firm a Buyout Target | Bloomberg
2024-02-06

 

China's Xi to discuss stock market with financial regulators | Bloomberg | 2024-02-06

 

Liquidation of China's Evergrande has 'a lot of similarities' to Lehman Brothers, analyst says | Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy filing was largest in US history | Fox Business | 2024-02-03

 

Analysis Claims China Hiding True Economic Growth Data | Newsweek | 2024-02-05

 

‘Uninvestable’: China’s $2tn stock rout leaves investors scarred | Financial Times | 2024-02-03

 

Hui Ka Yan: the Evergrande tycoon faces his downfall | Financial Times | 2024-02-04

 

China Hands a Suspended Death Sentence to a Former Bank CEO | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-05

 

China Markets Slump to 5-Year Lows as Regulator Promises to Protect Small Investors | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-05

 

Private equity in China heads for exits amid three-year stock slump | Intensifying geopolitical tensions have dragged on markets | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-05

 

U.S. nears half of global stock market cap as Alibaba, Tencent falter | Chinese tech groups have fallen out of the world's 10 most valuable companies | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-05

 

Chinese companies close R&D spending gap with U.S., led by Huawei | Beijing's support contributes to growth as China passes Europe | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-05

 

China's favored state-owned companies squeeze private sector | Market cap of private concerns drops 60% in two and a half years, study finds | 2024-02-05

 

China Energy, Climate Change, EVs

 

EVs

 

China to help electric vehicle industry respond to foreign trade restrictions | CNBC | 2024-02-06 | China’s commerce ministry said on Wednesday it would encourage the new energy vehicle industry to “actively” respond to foreign trade restrictions and cooperate with overseas firms, amid a European probe into Chinese subsidies for the sector

 

Nickel and lithium prices plunge as Chinese EV demand loses steam | Production facilities shutting down due to worsening profitability | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-05

 

First China-built biomethanol ship aims to set sail in Q2 | Shift to green shipping fuel 

accelerates as Asia becomes construction hub | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-04

 

China overtakes Japan in auto exports with boost from EVs | Japan loses crown for 1st time in seven years amid BYD's rise | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-01

 

Elon Musk gave a lot away with his call for new China tariffs | If innovation was still Tesla's strength, it wouldn't be seeking corporate welfare | Nikkei Asia, Opinion | 2024-02-01

 

Solar

 

America Wanted a Homegrown Solar Industry. China Is Building a Lot of It | Wall Street Journal | 2024-02-06

 

US Solar Boom Opens Indian Door to Banned Goods From China | Bloomberg | 2024-02-05

 

China - Human Rights

 

Hong Kong unveils new security law in further repeal of liberties | Legislation to target foreign interference and state secrets | Nikkei Asia | 2024-01-30

 

China - Military

 

A huge breakthrough in electromagnetic surveillance means that there will be nowhere for an enemy to hide from the Chinese military | South China Morning Post | 2024-02-06 | ‘Nowhere to hide’: Chinese scientists develop game-changing military surveillance device for electronic warfare | Scientists say they have achieved seamless, wide bandwidth, real-time monitoring and analysis of the electromagnetic spectrum | It covers a massive frequency range which picks up everything from amateur radio broadcasts to Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites

 

Chinese media claims it doesn't fear Taiwan's new weapons that can strike deep into China | Business Insider | 2024-02-06

 

China's Navy Flexes New Aircraft Carrier Muscles | Newsweek | 2024-02-05

 

China’s Preference for Hard Power | Real Clear Defense News | 2024-02-05 Taiwan’s election result points to a broader trend: China is failing to use soft power effectively, and paying the reputational price

China Wants 'James Bond' Special Operations Robots | Real Clear Defense News | 2024-02-05 | China's People's Liberation Army is on the market for robotic special operations robots or UAVs that can operate independently for a long period

 

China Space

 

China launches Jielong-3 rocket, paves way for more commercial missions | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-03

 

China's Geely launches 11 low-orbit satellites for autonomous car navigation | Planned constellation of 240 to also provide consumer electronics connectivity, remote sensing | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-02

 

China and World

 

Africa

 

Zambia

 

Bill Gates-backed mining company discovers vast Zambian copper deposit | Financial Times | 2024-02-06

AI helped a mining startup backed by Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates find a major copper deposit Construction on the new mine could start as early as 2027 | Quartz | 2024-02-06

 

Zambian officials held debt talks with Chinese banks last week |  Reuters | 2024-02-02

 

Asia - Central

 

Afghanistan

 

Afghan Oil Production Jumps With $49 Million Chinese Investment | Voice of America | 2024-02-06

 

China moving into Afghanistan for oil, natural gas, and lithium | Washington Times | 2024-02-06

 

The Azadi Briefing: China Upgrades Diplomatic Ties With The Taliban | Radio Free Asia | 2024-02-02

 

Asia - East

 

Japan

 

China steps up warnings to Japanese military aircraft near disputed Senkaku Islands | Stars & Stripes | 2024-02-06 | Chinese coast guard vessels have been warning Japanese military aircraft to leave airspace over and around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, according to Japanese media

 

US ally faces fresh challenge in East China Sea | Japanese defense forces have labeled China as a hypothetical adversary in the first simulated joint exercise with the U.S. | Newsweek | 2024-02-05

 

China named as hypothetical enemy for first time in Japan-U.S. military exercise | Japan Times | 2024-02-04

 

South Korea

 

Beijing calls for 'positive, objective, friendly' China policy from South Korea |  U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-06

 

Asia - South

 

India's Public Opinion Turning Away From China Toward US, Poll Shows | Newsweek |
2024-02-06

 

Asia - Southeast

 

Vietnam and Philippines sign deal on South China Sea security | Pact comes as China more aggressively asserts itself in the disputed area | Nikkei Asia | 2024-01-30

 

Taiwan

 

Taiwan's F-16 Jets To Receive US-Made AGM-154 Bombs | Newsweek | 2024-02-06 | The Pentagon awarded the contract of 50 AGM-154 bombs to Raytheon, which will manufacture the weapons to enhance the firepower of Taiwan's F-16 jets

 

Exclusive-Taiwan ally Guatemala mulls commercial ties with China, foreign minister says | U.S. News and World Report | 2024-02-06

 

Taiwan's Compal to build factory in Europe for supply chain diversification | Notebook maker also expanding into 5G, medical, server and automotive tech | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-05

 

NATO chief warns 'Taiwan could be tomorrow' at Trump bastion  Stoltenberg defends value of alliance at Heritage Foundation | Nikkei Asia | 2024-02-01

 

Philippines