China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert

Sunday, November 21, 2021

2021 Issue 46

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Yes, This is a Cold War

by Matthew Turpinvia The Wire China
Monday, November 15, 2021

We risk serious errors as a nation if we shy away from reality because we find it distasteful.

If the United States is to deal effectively with China’s growing threat, it would be a good idea to define our current situation accurately. The truth is, we are already in a ‘cold war’ with the People’s Republic of China.

I take no pleasure in pointing this out. Given a choice, I would prefer to live in the world that more phlegmatic China-watchers describe, the latest being the highly-respected Joseph Nye in his recent op-ed in The New York Times (With China, a ‘Cold War’ Analogy Is Lazy and Dangerous). Unfortunately, that world is a fantasy. The similarities between the ‘Cold War’ (a long-term, strategic competition between the Soviet Union and the United States that spanned more than four decades) and the current ‘cold war’ (a long-term, strategic competition between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America) are much closer than many admit.

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Germany Can Learn from Japan’s China Strategy

via Foreign Policy
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

As the contours of new government take shape in Germany, and Berlin considers a new approach towards China, German officials would be well served in looking to Japan as an example. Although contemporary Japan and Germany share much in common, Berlin has typically opted for a relatively softer stance towards Beijing. It is time for Berlin to adopt a long-overdue whole-of-government approach to confronting the CCP—fostering collaboration across its vast bureaucratic landscape. Above all, the incoming German chancellor will need to rise to the moment, staking clear positions on a range of thorny issues, from the involvement of Huawei in domestic markets to human rights atrocities perpetrated by the CCP across China.

by Noah Barkin

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China’s Search for Allies

via Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Although the Chinese Communist Party has long eschewed formal alliance structures, Beijing continues to rely heavily upon a network of valuable partnerships. Some of these relationships—notably with Pakistan and Russia—have been enshrined in bilateral agreements while others remain far more ambiguous. As Beijing confronts an increasingly hostile diplomatic landscape Chinese strategists may ignore tradition and seek formal defense pacts with their closest friends, argues Patricia Kim in Foreign Affairs. Foreign policymakers in Washington and capitals around the world must preempt this strategy and solidify their partnerships with states in Beijing’s immediate realm. 

by Patricia M. Kim

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China's monthly coal output rises to highest since March 2015

via Reuters
Monday, November 15, 2021

China's October coal output rose to the highest since at least March 2015, after Beijing approved a raft of coal mine expansions to tame record prices and boost supply. The world's biggest producer and consumer of the dirty fossil fuel churned out 357.09 million tonnes of coal last month, up from 334.1 million tonnes in September, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday.

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U.S. Companies Aid China’s Bid for Chip Dominance Despite Security Concerns

via The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 12, 2021

U.S. firms and their China affiliates are ramping up investment in Chinese semiconductor companies, aiding Beijing’s bid for chip-sector dominance and complicating Washington’s efforts to preserve America’s lead in the critical technology, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found. U.S. venture-capital firms, chip-industry giants and other private investors participated in 58 investment deals in China’s semiconductor industry from 2017 through 2020, more than double the number from the prior four years, according to an analysis of deals data by New York-based research firm Rhodium Group done at the Journal’s request. Major chip company Intel Corp. is among the active investors, backing a Chinese company now called Primarius Technologies Co., which specializes in chip-design tools that U.S. companies currently lead in making, a separate Journal review of data from analytics firm PitchBook Data Inc. shows.

by Kate O’Keeffe, Heather Somerville and Yang Jie

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2021 Report to Congress of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

via U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
Friday, November 19, 2021

Topics this year include the CCP's ambitions and challenges at its centennial, China’s influence in Latin America and the Caribbean, the CCP's economic and technological ambitions, the Chinese government’s evolving control of the corporate sector, U.S.-China financial connectivity and risks to U.S. national security, China’s nuclear forces, Chinese military capabilities and decision-making for a war over Taiwan, Hong Kong’s government embracing authoritarianism, and a review of economics, trade, security, political, and foreign affairs developments in 2021.

by Bob Borochoff, Jeffrey Fielder, Kimberly T. Glas, et al.

Authoritarianism
Cyber and Information Technology
Cyber and Information Technology

Articles On: China’s VPN Providers, Fortnite, Social Media, Covid Vaccine Research, Crypto, Hong Kong Tech IPOs

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, November 21, 2021

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 China's borders.

Environmental Harms
Environmental Harms

Articles On: Coal, Toxic Red Dust, COP26, Steel, and China’s Iran Oil Purchases

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, November 21, 2021

China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and generates 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: Adidas, China ‘Spy’ Firm, Lab Leak, Taiwan Trade, Chinese University, Interpol, Global Shipping, Australia, Chinese Embassy, Covid, McKinsey, and Italian City

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, November 21, 2021

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 they do abroad.

Human Rights and Religious Persecution
Human Rights and Religious Persecution

Articles On: Buddhist Movement, Xinjiang, Chinese Tennis Star, Wuhan, Olympics Sponsors, WeChat, Uyghurs, and Tibetan Dissident

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, November 21, 2021

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: Electric Cars, Magnesium, Universities, Commercial Secrets, Shipping, Huawei, Infrastructure, Italian Military-Drone Maker

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, November 21, 2021

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: Kissinger, Taiwan, Argentina, India, Nuclear Build-Up, Australia, Spies, Deterring Chinese Strategic Attack, Nuclear Arsenal

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, November 21, 2021

Articles on the comprehensive military modernization and expansion program undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party, which supports an increasingly aggressive foreign policy and threatens the safety of China's neighbors.

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

Articles On: Stalled Dreams and EU $46 Billion Technology Plan

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, November 21, 2021

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

Opinion Pieces
Opinion Pieces

Articles On: Western Brands, Taiwan, Economic Miracle, China’s History, Five Eyes Expansion, Xi Jinping, China’s Tech Sector, Coal, Uyghurs, Indo-Pacific Strategy, and Greece

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, November 21, 2021

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 into the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

About the Issue

Following the Sixth Plenum of the Communist Party of China, President Xi Jinping has solidified his control over the CCP and constructed an ironclad cult of personality around his image. As he prepares to ascend to a third presidential term—one potentially without term limits—Mr. Xi has conspicuously flexed his political and bureaucratic muscle to undermine longstanding party norms and establish himself as a figure squarely alongside Mao Zedong. Xi has positioned himself as the leader who will deliver the ‘China Dream’ and accomplish the ‘great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.’

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2021 Issue 9

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2021 Issue 8

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Military and Security Threats

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2021 Issue 7

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2021 Issue 6

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Environmental Harms

Articles On: Coal

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 10, 2021

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

Authoritarianism

Articles On: Evergrande, RTHK, China National Security, Xi Jinping, U.S.-China Audit Fight, Wall Street, BBC, WeChat, Internet Access, China's Energy Crisis, and Japan's GPIF Pension Fund

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 10, 2021

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

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India Foils Chinese Incursion in Arunachal Pradesh, Briefly Detains PLA Troops

via News 18 India
Friday, October 8, 2021

The Indian Army captured nearly 200 PLA soldiers who had crossed the PRC-Indian border in the far northeast of India. The Chinese soldiers were apparently seeking to damage or destroy unoccupied Indian bunkers when they were surrounded and forced to surrender. The Indian authorities released the PLA soldiers without further incident.

by Amrita Nayak Dutta

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Harvard Beijing Academy’s Move to Taipei

via The Harvard Crimson
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Harvard University is moving its Beijing Academy summer study abroad program to the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan in the summer of 2022. According to the director of the program, Harvard made this decision due to the unfriendliness of the host institution, Beijing Language and Culture University in the PRC. This will undoubtably put increased pressure on various other Harvard programs that operate in Communist China.

by Io Y. Gilman and Isabel Wu

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U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year

via The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, October 7, 2021

For over a year, U.S. troops have been training with their Taiwanese counterparts in Taiwan in order to improve their ability to resist aggression by Beijing and improve interoperability between the United States and Taiwan. The Wall Street Journal reports as if this were a revelation, but there have been multiple reports across media and the release of photos and videos by the United States and Taiwan over the past year that this training has been happening in a routine fashion.

by Gordon Lubold

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U.S. Set Out to Hobble China’s Huawei, and So It Has

via The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, October 7, 2021

In the span of a year, Chinese telecommunications maker Huawei has gone from an ascendant global technology provider to a much-diminished international pariah. Governments and customers alike are wary of Huawei technology while sanctions and trade restrictions have choked the firm of access to crucial supply chains. This precipitous downfall reflects a successful isolation effort on the part of Washington and its partners.

by Dan Strumpf

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The Neglected Agency at the Center of Biden’s China Strategy

via Politico
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Martijn Rasser and Megan Lamberth respond in Politico to a recent speech by the United States Trade Representative, advocating for a whole-of-government approach to confronting Beijing. The duo suggests a larger role for the Department of Commerce—an often under-appreciated and under-utilized agency—as American economic and security initiatives find increasing common ground.

by Martijn Rasser and Megan Lamberth

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Taiwan and the Fight for Democracy

via Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

“The story of Taiwan is one of resilience,” writes Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen as she rallies the international community to the cause of democracy amidst unprecedented Chinese aggression against the island. President Tsai argues that Taiwanese democracy has never been stronger despite rising authoritarianism around the world and close to its shores. The Chinese Communist Party’s threat to use force to annex Taiwan is galvanizing the Taiwanese people.

by Tsai Ing-wen

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China’s Shell Game

via The Wire China
Monday, October 4, 2021

Documents from the Pandora Papers highlight the immense amount of Chinese capital concealed in murky offshore accounts. Chinese firms and their executives have established numerous offshore financial vehicles which they have used to secure access to global markets while stashing money beyond the reach of regulatory authorities in Beijing. In many cases, these executives are Chinese Communist Party officials themselves or are stashing money on behalf of Part elites.

by David Barboza

Opinion Pieces

Articles On: Evergrande, CPTPP, Afghanistan, Taiwan, Investment, IMF, National Security, Pacific Trade, and China’s a Decline Power

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 3, 2021

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 into the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

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This weekly newsletter collects articles, reports and other media from across the world to illustrate the actions and behaviors of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The newsletter arose from the need to provide transparency to the citizens of liberal democracies of the scope and scale of China’s sharp power initiatives and the harms those activities cause to the Chinese people and the rest of the world. 

As Xi Jinping stressed to the Party’s leadership in late 2017, “Government, the military, society and schools, north, south, east and west – the party leads them all.”  This newsletter takes the Party’s role seriously and examines the impact on the world of the Party’s policies as they tighten their one-party rule.


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  • Must Read / Watch/ Listen - Articles and reports that stand out as particularly illustrative of the harmful activities of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Authoritarianism - Articles that illuminate the lack of personal freedom and political liberty under the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Cyber and Information Technology - 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 China's borders.
  • Environmental Harms - China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and generates 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 - 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 they do abroad.
  • Human Rights and Religious Persecution - 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 - 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 - Articles on the comprehensive military modernization and expansion program undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party, which supports an increasingly aggressive foreign policy and threatens the safety of China's neighbors.
  • One Belt, One Road Strategy - The section describes how the Chinese Communist Party employs its foreign infrastructure and development program to further its strategic interests abroad and in international institutions.
  • Opinion Pieces - 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 into the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

This publication is part of the Project on China's Global Sharp Power. It builds on the Hoover Institution's highly successful report, China's Influence and American Interests, to track the multiple ways that the Chinese Communist party-state is trying to penetrate and sway democracies and global institutions and norms.