The South China Morning Post reports that Xu Kuangdi 徐匡迪, the “septuagenarian former Shanghai mayor…who played a key role in transforming that city’s riverside Pudong backwater into China’s financial hub,” has become Xi Jinping’s “key advisor” on the Xiongan New Area project. Xiongan is a brand new city planned for an area in Hebei province about 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Beijing. Xu spent much of life researching, teaching, and working in steel production.
Staff ‘suspended’ at Voice of America after interview with fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui / SCMP
“Broadcaster says decision based on journalistic principles – not pressure from the U.S. or China.”
Guo Wengui is a sensitive political event / China Digital Times
Reportedly censorship instruction prohibiting Chinese news organizations from reporting on Guo Wengui.
Is China the world’s new colonial power? / NYT (paywall)
Reporting from the southwest African nation of Namibia, Brook Larmer writes that “the rising superpower has built up enormous holdings in poor, resource-rich African countries — but its business partners there aren’t always thrilled.”
Opinion: Belt and road: A symphony in need of a strong conductor / Caixin
Jin Keyu 金刻羽 writes that it is unlikely that China’s One Belt, One Road plan was intended “to fill in the gap of a superpower as it recedes from the world stage.” Rather, “it is just that somebody has to do the job.”
- ‘Disgusting’ and ‘extraordinary’ scenes as Chinese delegation shouts down welcome ceremony / Sydney Morning Herald
- National credit system puts bike-sharing bandits in crosshairs / Sixth Tone
- Slowly, China prepares to raise retirement age / Caixin
- China demands immediate halt to THAAD missile system now ‘operational’ in South Korea / SCMP
- Falsely accused: Chinese-American physicist recounts being branded a spy / Asia Society