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Survey shows most Japanese don’t want Tokyo to take sides in China-US rivalry (Xu Keyue, Xing Xiaojing and Zhang Changyue, Global Times)

A poll on China-Japan relations showed that a majority of the respondents in both countries cited US pressure as an obstacle for China-Japan ties amid the backdrop of China-US competition, while more than half of Japanese respondents said their country should not “pick sides,” far exceeding those who preferred to side with the US.

Survey shows most Japanese don’t want Tokyo to take sides in China-US rivalry – Global Times

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Afghanistan China Russia

‘Moscow format’ talks highlight China-Russia coordination on Afghan issue, conspicuous US absence (Liu Caiyu, Global Times)

The “Moscow format” talks on Wednesday highlighted the prominent role of China-Russia coordination on the Afghan crisis when the US and some Western countries chose to evade responsibility, experts said, as Moscow gathered 10 countries and the Taliban to focus on the developing political and military situation in Afghanistan.

‘Moscow format’ talks highlight China-Russia coordination on Afghan issue, conspicuous US absence – Global Times

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Mutually-beneficial science plan under BRI helps global biodiversity cause (Zhang Hui, Global Times)

China announced it would establish a Kunming Biodiversity Fund and take the lead by investing 1.5 billion yuan ($233 million) to support biodiversity protection in developing countries during the just concluded first part of the COP15 summit, which injected much hope and confidence into the global biodiversity cause.

Mutually-beneficial science plan under BRI helps global biodiversity cause – Global Times

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China USA

China’s Hypersonic Test Raises Questions About US Missile Defense, Deterrence (Patrick Tucker, Defense One)

The “deeply concerning” test of a Chinese hypersonic missile shows that the United States has “a lot of work to do” on technology and policy, military officials and lawmakers said yesterday.

The August test, first reported in the Financial Times, featured a hypersonic glide vehicle that entered orbit. Hypersonic weapons descend at more than five times the speed of sound while retaining enough maneuverability to evade missile defenses designed for the more predictable paths of ICBMs. China’s recent orbital test suggests that a weapon based on its vehicle could have essentially unlimited range.

China’s Hypersonic Test Raises Questions About US Missile Defense, Deterrence – Defense One

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China USA

Learning to Manage the China Threat (Shlomo Ben-Ami, Project-Syndicate)

While regime change in China is not impossible, it is not likely, and would almost certainly not lead to Western-style democracy if it occurred. Given this, the US should be seeking to mitigate the security threat China poses through collective security arrangements, not attempting to cause regime change.

Learning to Manage the China Threat by Shlomo Ben-Ami – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Xinjiang’s ‘architecture of repression’ targets Muslim Uighurs (Al Jazeera)

In November of 2018, Anayit Abliz, a Muslim Uighur from China’s far western region of Xinjiang, was sentenced to three years in prison for using a file-sharing application called Zapya and a virtual private network (VPN) to communicate online the previous year.

During the months of detention leading to his conviction, the teenager’s family was subjected to intrusive surveillance, with their daily activities chronicled in a series of reports filed under the heading, ‘Situation regarding persons who are detained or going through re-education’.

Xinjiang’s ‘architecture of repression’ targets Muslim Uighurs | Uighur News | Al Jazeera

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Africa China France Germany

Why France and Germany won’t join China’s ‘Africa Quad’ (Lucas Engel, Reed Piercey, Deborah Brautigam, East Asia Forum)

Chinese President Xi Jinping invited the leaders of Germany and France to join a ‘quad’ of cooperation with African countries during a virtual summit on 5 July 2021. But why did Beijing suddenly propose this partnership? And is the move likely to bear fruit?

Why France and Germany won’t join China’s ‘Africa Quad’ | East Asia Forum

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Atlantic Council China USA

We’re at the perilous beginning of an uncertain era in US-China relations (Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council)

The United States and China represent the most significant—and potentially most perilous—bilateral relationship in human history. Given that reality, neither side is managing their rising tensions with adequate skill or durable strategy.

That’s the way Stephen Heintz of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund put it in a conversation with me a couple of days ago. It is also the subtext of conversations I’ve had with world leaders visiting Washington, DC, this past week for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings.

We’re at the perilous beginning of an uncertain era in US-China relations – Atlantic Council

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Belt and Road Initiative China Global Times

China speeds up new-energy cooperation with BRI partners amid push for green development (Chu Daye, Global Times)

China will deepen energy cooperation with partner countries under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the nuclear, new energy and smart energy sectors, as countries rise to climate challenges, Vice Premier Han Zheng said at the second Belt and Road Energy Ministerial Conference held in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong Province on Monday.

China speeds up new-energy cooperation with BRI partners amid push for green development – Global Times

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