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Daily news – February 9, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Key4Biz, Reuters, RFE RL, The Jamestown Foundation, ThinkChina, US Department of State  AFRICA The criticality of climate finance for Africa. Amar Bhattacharya, Brookings: Climate finance will be critical for enabling Africa to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change and to ensure that its […]

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China holding off on regulatory crackdowns and common prosperity? (Han Yong Hong, ThinkChina)

“Stability” was the main keyword of the CPC’s annual Central Economic Work Conference on 10 December. Emphasising “economic development as the central task” without compromising on stability, the signs seem to point to the party soon putting the brakes on some of the extreme regulatory measures it has taken to rein in capitalist forces. While […]

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Prospective Chinese ambassador to Indonesia Lu Kang will have sights on engaging ASEAN (Yu Zeyuan, ThinkChina)

Former foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang is slated to be the next Chinese ambassador to Indonesia. Amid US-China tensions, a post in Indonesia presents opportunities and challenges both in terms of bilateral relations and in engaging ASEAN. Known to be a steady hand, if Lu can chalk up notable achievements during his tenure, he may […]

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China’s AI giant SenseTime blacklisted: Is China-US financial decoupling taking place? (Yang Danxu, ThinkChina)

The US government has seemingly pulled the rug from under the feet of SenseTime by putting it on a blacklist just a week before its planned IPO, effectively blocking US funding from the AI company. But while the official reason is human rights issues in Xinjiang, perhaps the real reason is the ongoing tech competition […]

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Japanese politicians tussle over power and speaking rights on Taiwan (Zhang Yun, ThinkChina)

Recent comments by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have people speculating if Japan is taking a more hawkish stance on Taiwan. Japan-based academic Zhang Yun explains that this is a combination of factional politics between the liberal-leaning Kochikai faction led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the neo-conservatives within the LDP, as well as […]

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Taiwan’s algal reef referendum: A proxy for political battle? (Woon Wei Jong, ThinkChina)

The Datan algal reef off Taoyuan in Taiwan is rich with biodiversity, and a natural barrier for Taiwan. However, plans for a third LNG terminal in the area have turned the reef into a political point of contention, with conservationists wanting to protect the reef and the Taiwan government having to consider energy demands. A […]

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A low-confidence US, an unconvincing democracy summit (Zhu Zhiqun, ThinkChina)

In the wake of the first Summit for Democracy held online on 9-10 December, US academic Zhu Zhiqun questions the objectives and outcomes of the summit. He observes that reactions to the summit have largely been critical. The US needs to get its own house in order before it can have a deciding global influence […]

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First LegCo election under Hong Kong’s new electoral system: Tough road ahead for non-pro-establishment candidates (Tai Hing Shing, ThinkChina)

Following an overhaul of the electoral system in Hong Kong by the Chinese central government, both the pro-democracy and localist camps are not taking part in the upcoming Hong Kong Legislative Council elections, leaving a small number of moderate democrats who advocate dialogue with Beijing in the running. However, a severely fractured society in Hong […]

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Beijing Olympics diplomatic boycott: Does China care? (Han Yong Hong, ThinkChina)

Following the announcement of the US’s diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Australia, the UK, and Canada have also joined the boycott, while New Zealand has cited the pandemic as its reason for not sending ministerial-level officials to the Games. Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong examines the moves by these countries, and notes […]

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China turning inward? China has always been a civilisation unto its own (Lance Gore, ThinkChina)

China has always been a civilisation unto its own. Its isolation at one end of the Eurasian continent is perhaps the reason that it is the only one of the four great ancient civilisations that have persisted to this day. The Middle Kingdom mentality is deeply embedded in the national psyche. The onslaught of the […]

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Chinese ambassador Hong Xiaoyong on China’s future: Forging ahead on a century of achievements (Hong Xiaoyong, ThinkChina)

The Communist Party of China (CPC) held the sixth plenary session of its 19th Central Committee recently, which gained much attention from the media in Singapore and around the world. Many media outlets described the session as historic and of landmark significance, as indeed it was. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the CPC. Under its leadership, […]

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Taiwanese generally think there will not be war, and they are unprepared for it (Liu Chin-tsai, ThinkChina)

In recent months, questions of what the people of Taiwan would do and how the US and Japan would react if mainland China launched an armed offensive have come under attention and discussion. A Taiwan survey found that the Taiwanese believe that cross-strait war is unlikely, while the sense of preparedness and confidence in defence […]