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China’s Ominous Plan To ‘Penetrate And Sway’ The United States

featuring Larry Diamond, Hoover Institutionvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

After A few decades of engagement and openness with the West, China under President Xi Jinping has shifted to a strategy of defending and promoting its authoritarian regime, including through an influence campaign inside the United States. It seeks to “penetrate and sway” the Chinese American community, Chinese students in the United States, U.S. civil society organizations, universities, think tanks, media and businesses. That is the conclusion of a new report by an impressive group of U.S. scholars, who warn that China’s political operations in the United States cannot be ignored.

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Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance

via Analysis
Thursday, November 29, 2018

This report, written and endorsed by a group of this country’s leading China specialists and students of one-party systems is the result of more than a year of research and represents an attempt to document the extent of China’s expanding influence operations inside the United States. While there have been many excellent reports documenting specific examples of Chinese influence seeking, this effort attempts to come to grips with the issue as a whole and features an overview of the Chinese party-state United Front apparatus responsible for guiding overseas influence activities.

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China Specialists Who Long Supported Engagement Are Now Warning Of Beijing’s Efforts To Influence American Society

quoting Elizabeth Economy, Larry Diamond, Henry A. Kissinger, Hoover Institutionvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A distinguished group of China specialists who have long championed engagement with Beijing are now advocating the United States take a more skeptical view of what they see as growing Chinese efforts to undermine democratic values, including free-speech rights, both here and abroad.

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Scholars Warn Of Chinese Influence Operations In U.S.

featuring Larry Diamond, Hoover Institutionvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
An influential group of China experts called for Americans to acknowledge what it described as a growing threat of Beijing-sponsored influence operations in the U.S. The cohort also proposed restricting visas for Chinese media and scholars unless their American counterparts are allowed to operate more freely in China.

Elizabeth Economy On Jaw-Jaw: Will Xi’s Third Revolution Last?

by Elizabeth Economyvia War on the Rocks
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses the future of China and its powerful leader, Xi Jinping.

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How To Know China Is Serious About Reforming Mercantilist Regime

quoting John B. Taylorvia Asia Times
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

There is a freneticism animating Beijing’s governing class, a deft feeling of loss that is only explained as failure. Throughout the fiscal crisis and its aftermath that rocked the United States in late 2008, many working families knew of sources of growth outside the state.

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Commission Report Emerges As Tool For Budget Hawks In Congress

quoting Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Military Times
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A recently released report from a congressionally mandated commission is emerging as a tool for defense hawks who hope to increase military budgets in the coming years.

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Area 45: Islam Under Assault In China With Michael Auslin

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia Area 45
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

What are the Trump Administration’s options concerning China’s ongoing efforts to stifle multiculturalism in the face of communism?

Analysis and Commentary

Armen Alchian's Prescient Advice To China

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, November 19, 2018

I’ve now finished working my way through the over 1,600 pages of Armen Alchian’s writing. (Note to self: when you agree to write a book review, keep in mind the book you’re reviewing. When I went back to the original email offer, I found that I was asked to review the single-volume 523-page Economic Forces at Work. Oh, well. Not the optimal use of my time, but not that far from optimal: I learned a lot and seeing Armen’s mind at work led to some nice memories of being in his class in 1972.)

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Narcotic Culture: A History Of Drugs In China, By Frank Dikötter, Lars Peter Laamann, And Zhou Xun (2004)

featuring Frank Diköttervia Not Even Past
Monday, November 19, 2018

The opium myth is one of the most important pillars of the conventional narrative of modern Chinese history. According to the myth, opium is presumed to be a highly addictive narcotic and highly harmful to its users’ health, and Great Britain used its military superiority to impost the shameful opium trade on China and turn it into a nation of opium addicts who were “smoking themselves to death while their civilization descended into chaos.”