Seven dead in school stabbing attack

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  • As I mentioned last week, from May 14, our Monday newsletter will go members only.  

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Below we have three items for you: A horrible school stabbing, news from Indian PM Narendra Modi’s “informal” meetings with Xi Jinping, and a roundup of the top news stories from the week that was.

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1. Seven dead in knife attack at Shaanxi school where killer ‘was bullied’

Seven middle school students were reportedly stabbed to death and 12 more were injured by a knife-wielding man in an attack outside a school in Mizhi County, Shaanxi Province, on April 27.

  • The attack occurred on Friday at around 6:10 p.m. when students of the Mizhi No.3 Middle School were leaving the campus, according to a statement (in Chinese) released by Mizhi authorities.

  • Photos circulating online showed students’ bodies lying on the streets covered in blood and local police officers arresting the attacker on the scene.

  • Five of the dead were female and two male. The injured students, nine girls and three boys, have all been sent to nearby hospitals for emergency treatment. No information about the severity of their injuries has been released.

  • The suspect, a 28-year-old man surnamed Zhao 赵 who resides in Mizhi County, was arrested. Police say he confessed during preliminary interrogation that the stabbing was a revenge attack: he had studied at the school and was bullied by his classmates.

  • After the Mizhi County hospital issued an urgent call (in Chinese) for AB type blood donations, hundreds of people travelled (in Chinese) to Mizhi to offer assistance.

—Jiayun Feng

2. Xi to Modi: Let’s work together for the ‘revival of Eastern civilization’

General Secretary Xi Jinping’s “informal” summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi began in Wuhan on April 27. This is what’s in the news:

  • “China and India are both countries with a splendid history and culture,” and they should “together work for the revival of Eastern civilization” (共同致力于东方文明复兴), Xi told Modi as the pair visited the Hubei Provincial Museum, according to Xinhua (in Chinese).

  • Check out the Xinhua article for TV footage of an especially slouched — ahem, relaxed — Xi sitting together with Modi, followed by footage of the museum visit.

  • The “Eastern civilization” line mirrored yesterday’s China Daily editorial, which modestly set expectations for the meeting: Summit may herald ‘Century of Asia.’

  • “I hope such informal summits become a tradition between both the countries. I’ll be happy, if in 2019 we can have such an informal summit in India,” Modi said, per Reuters.

  • “The two leaders have reached many important consensuses via these meetings,” said Xinhua, without going into specifics.

  • International affairs commentator Ian Bremmer is not convinced, writing in TIME, “The reality is that China today has supplanted Pakistan as India’s chief rival in Asia — but neither sees great value in escalating tensions further. That starts with the meeting this week.”

  • “We are not terming this a reset,” a senior Indian government official told India Today, in a cover story about current China-India relations. The official continued, “In digital terms, a reset means wiping out the past and rebooting the relations. Historical and legacy issues — what the Chinese call core concerns and we term sensitive zones — will remain. We’re not ready to alter our position on these issues.”

  • Also, in Stratfor: India and China’s rapprochement extends only skin deep

Previously on SupChina: India and China aim to ‘properly settle disputes’ with a bilateral summit. Will it work?, and Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi plan quality time together in Wuhan.

—Lucas Niewenhuis

3. Highlights from this week’s news

These are the stories that caught our eye this week:

  • U.S. flies bombers over South China Sea

The U.S. military told CNN that “two bombers flew between two Chinese claimed features in the Spratly Islands, claims unrecognized by China’s neighbors and the U.S. government.” The flight was “part of the U.S. Air Force’s routine ‘Continuous Bomber Presence’ in the region.”

  • South China Sea: What does the Philippines want from China?

The South China Morning Post reports that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson said Duterte “told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xhan Phuc on Friday he is not abandoning Manila’s 2016 arbitral award against China over features in the South China Sea.”

  • Venezuela’s debts to China

“A grace period on Chinese loans to Venezuela has lapsed,” says Reuters, “potentially depriving the cash-strapped OPEC nation of billions of dollars in desperately needed oil revenue this year.”

  • LinkedIn China requires real name verification and phone numbers

TechNode reports: “LinkedIn has begun to inform Chinese users that they need add their phone numbers for real-name registration. The professional networking platform says this is to meet local regulations.”

  • Private equity: Blackstone and HNA

Stephen Schwarzman “and his Blackstone Group LP may be uniquely placed to unlock some of HNA’s real estate treasures,” according to Bloomberg.

  • Chinese auto manufacturing: Geely  

Geely’s Lynk & Co. is building a sports utility vehicle factory “with digitally connected robots and a fresh workforce of 1,800 people” in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, reports Reuters.

  • U.S.-China tech wars: AI

The South China Morning Post says that “the U.S. government may start scrutinizing informal partnerships between American and Chinese companies in the field of artificial intelligence, threatening practices that have long been considered commonplace for technology companies.”


5 highlights of the historic meeting between North and South Korea

A long-awaited handshake over the Korean Military Demarcation Line became a reality on April 27. Here are five highlights of the historic meeting between North and South Korea.  


‘Make Americans call us Daddy’: Nationalist Chinese rap provokes Penn State CSSA response

At this year’s Lantern Festival Gala organized by Penn State University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), Wang Yifan 王伊凡 performed his original Chinese-language rap song “We Are Penn State.” He then did an improvised freestyle rap, saying: “CSSA gala is so lit, one day we’ll make Americans call us Daddy!” And that’s when the trouble began.

Liaoning wins first CBA championship, while Iniesta’s China saga drags on

Liaoning Flying Leopards sweep Zhejiang Lions 4-0 in the CBA finals, with longtime CBA star Lester Hudson taking home MVP honors. Also in this week’s China Sports Column: Barcelona legend Andrés Iniesta might still come to China next season, while Ding Junhui 丁俊晖 guns for snooker World Championship title.

Q&A with Mei-Mei Tuan, private equity pioneer

Mei-Mei Tuan, founder of Notch Partners, spoke with SupChina about her company, how she succeeded as a banker, and why women are vastly underrepresented in the world of private equity.

The SupChina foreign relations quiz

Here are 12 questions to test how much you know about China’s relationship with other countries near and far, past and present. Let us know how you did — tweet your score to @supchinanews!

PR in the PRC: Q&A with Dr. Kathy Bloomgarden

Dr. Kathy Bloomgarden is the CEO of Ruder Finn Inc., one of the world’s largest independent global public relations agencies. She has worked with an extensive list of big-name clients, including L’Oréal, LVMH, Microsoft, and Cartier. Prior to the conference, Bloomgarden shared her insights on operating a PR business in China and her takeaways from the #MeToo movement with SupChina.

Mingbai: Lu Xun, ‘father of modern Chinese literature,’ the doctor of souls

Lu Xun 鲁迅, part of the New Culture Movement of the 1910s, was the most influential fiction writer in modern Chinese history. Today, we’re highlighting three of his most important works, which are known to every Chinese schoolchild.

Kuora: The origin of ‘baizuo’ (白左) — the Chinese libtard, or ‘white left’

Why did “white liberals” (白左) become so hated in China? First, the question should clarify what’s actually meant by baizuo (白左) in the Chinese context. It means “Chinese people who have adopted the values of liberalism.” “Libtard” is probably a better translation. There are other misunderstandings, too, as Kaiser explains in this week’s Kuora.

Chinese state media parrots Russian claim that ‘White Helmets staged chemical attack video’

In a video posted last week on Friday, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported, uncritically, a Russian television story that claims that the April 7 chemical attack in Douma, Syria, was staged.

‘Financial services is a people business’: Q&A with Wendy Cai-Lee, partner at Oenus Capital

As a partner at Oenus Capital, Wendy Cai-Lee is a rare elite female banker who took the leap and started her own firm. She talked to SupChina about her experience of dealing with Chinese investors and shared her advice for aspiring female leaders.

‘Are you coming to the orgy?’

Keep Running (奔跑吧 bēnpǎoba) is a reality TV show in which celebrities compete in silly contests. In last week’s episode — the second episode of Season 2 — audiences were treated to something…unexpected. Watch when movie star Michael Chen 陈赫 removes his jacket.

Controversial rapper PG One makes a low-key comeback. Weibo doesn’t buy it

Wang Hao 王昊, a.k.a. PG One, one of China’s best-known rappers and probably its most controversial, made a low-key comeback to Sina Weibo on his birthday today by posting a confessional article, vowing to “go forward with supporters on the road of positivity.” The post, however, lasted only for a few hours before the social media platform scrubbed it according to “relevant laws and regulations.”

Sinica Podcast: Gao Yutong on the Chinese student experience in America

A wunderkind 23-year-old entrepreneur and student at the University of Southern California gives his take on the challenges that Chinese students face in the U.S.

996 Podcast with GGV Capital: Bertrand Schmitt on Starting App Annie in China

GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Bertrand Schmitt, the CEO and co-founder of App Annie, the leading global provider of app market data.

The Caixin-Sinica Business Brief, episode 45

This week on the Business Brief: Hainan’s new visa policy, Alipay’s launch of its service on buses, Doug Young on China’s biggest telecom equipment makers such as ZTE and their problems with the U.S., and more.



Photographers in the photo

A group of photographers at Jiayu Pass (嘉峪关 Jiāyù Guān), at the western end of the Great Wall, in Gansu Province. The pass was an important strategic outpost on the ancient Silk Road.

Jia Guo