Thursday, September 24, 2020

2020 Issue 37

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“His Highness” Xi Jinping?

via China Media Project
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

On a rhetorical level, Xi Jinping might seem the steady champion of free trade and world peace, and Trump the selfish and impossible partner, an enemy of shared global values. “Let us join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom shared by all of us,” said Xi, “and build a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind. Together, we can make the world a better place for everyone.”

by David Bandurski

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China’s ‘Big Cannon’ Blasted Xi. Now He’s Been Jailed for 18 Years.

via The New York Times
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ren Zhiqiang, the property tycoon nicknamed “Big Cannon,” was notorious for his blunt criticisms of the Communist Party, and yet his wealth and political connections long seemed to shield him from severe punishment. Until now.

by Chris Buckle

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A Loyal Chinese Critic Vanishes, in a Blow to the Nation’s Future

via The New York Times
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The sudden silence of Ren Zhiqiang, a vocal member of the Communist Party, signals a retreat from the principles that led China out of poverty.

By Li Yuan

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A Race to Lead: How Chinese Government Interventions Shape the Sino-US Production Competition

via SSRN
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

China’s Five-Year Plans are shocks to growth in targeted industries in China. These plans were not preceded by low production or employment in the same industries in the U.S., but were followed by shrinkage of establishments and employment one to two years down the road. The dynamics of stock returns, firm valuation, and firm desire to hire indicate that the stock market and corporate decision makers did not expect deteriorating prospects of the targeted industries prior to, but only made adjustments after the announcement of the Plans. 

By Xiao Cen, Vyacheslav Fos and Wei Jiang

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The China Shock: Learning From Labor Market Adjustment To Large Changes In Trade

via NBER
Friday, January 1, 2016

China’s emergence as a great economic power has induced an epochal shift in patterns of world trade. Simultaneously, it has challenged much of the received empirical wisdom about how labor markets adjust to trade shocks. Alongside the heralded consumer benefits of expanded trade are substantial adjustment costs and distributional consequences. These impacts are most visible in the local labor markets in which the industries exposed to foreign competition are concentrated. 

by David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson

Authoritarianism
Authoritarianism

Articles On: Hong Kong, Barbados, Journalist, and Pandemic

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Materials that illuminate the lack of personal freedom and political liberty under the Chinese Communist Party.

Cyber and Information Technology
Cyber and Information Technology

Articles On: Chinese Apps, Hackers, RedDelta, Data Grab, and Surveillance Exports

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party seeks to control information technology as a means to shape and censor the communications and opinions of its own people, as well as the communications of individuals beyond their borders.

Environmental Harms
Environmental Harms

Articles On: China's Belt and Road and Climate

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Thursday, September 24, 2020

As the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and enormous pollution and environmental degradation, this section highlights the activities carried out by entities controlled by the Chinese Communist Party that harm our environment.

Foreign Interference and Coercion
Foreign Interference and Coercion

Articles On: NYPD Officer, State Legislatures, Facebook, Chinese Migrants, Spying, Sanctions, Pacific Island Independence

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party wages a series of foreign interference and coercion campaigns and this section provides articles and reports explaining those actions, as well as the damage this does to those countries.

Human Rights and Religious Persecution
Human Rights and Religious Persecution

Articles On: Winter Olympics, Labor, Dropped Birth Rates, and Bishops

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Thursday, September 24, 2020

This section documents the myriad abuses that the Chinese Communist Party commits against its own people in violation of its commitments under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Industrial Policies and Economic Espionage
Industrial Policies and Economic Espionage

Articles On: Foreign Technology, Matrix, Japanese Companies, Trade, EU, Hackers

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Thursday, September 24, 2020

This section highlights articles and reports on the harmful impacts of the commercial and economic policies employed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Military and Security Threats
Military and Security Threats

Articles On: Air Force Video, Military PR Film, Australian Space Tracking Station, Indo-Pacific, Smuggling, and South China Sea

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party, through its control of the People’s Liberation Army and the intelligence services, has undertaken a comprehensive military modernization and expansion program that threatens the safety of its neighbors as the Party pursues an increasingly aggressive foreign policy.

One Belt, One Road Strategy
One Belt, One Road Strategy

Articles On: Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Post-Pandemic World

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Thursday, September 24, 2020

The section describes how the Chinese Communist Party employs its foreign infrastructure and development program to further their strategic interests in third countries and international institutions.

Opinion Pieces
Opinion Pieces

Articles On: Economic Reform, WeChat, Trade, Repression Campaigns, Punishment Diplomacy, Minerals, and Treasury

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Thursday, September 24, 2020

This section collects opinion pieces from across the world commenting on the harms caused by the activities of the Chinese Communist Party and provides insight to the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

About This Issue

This newsletter brings you articles and reports from across the world on the activities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It seeks to provide the citizens of liberal democracies with transparency into the scope and scale of the CCP’s sharp power initiatives, as well as insight into the harms that these activities inflict on the Chinese people and the rest of the world.