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1. Hot air makes the world go round
Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 and Donald Trump met in Argentina. In our trade war update below, Lucas writes:
At the Xi-Trump dinner in Argentina on Saturday, December 1, both presidents called the meeting “highly successful.” In published remarks before the meeting, Xi even returned Trump’s bromides about the two leaders’ “personal friendship” for the first time.
Both sides also said that they had agreed there would be no increase to tariffs on January 1, but beyond that, the details are sketchy because there was no joint statement.
Nonetheless, Wall Street and global markets rallied. Even in my far-away native land of South Africa, the news of the temporary cessation of hostilities is moving money. Business Day (South Africa) reports that the South African rand “was firmer” today, “cheered by global interest in risk assets, after the U.S. and China agreed to a 90-day truce in their trade war.”
What an excellent illustration of the fundamental idiocy that can drive the markets. I think Jamil Anderlini in the Financial Times has it right (paywall):
Since it is virtually impossible for Mr Xi to implement or even agree to such far-ranging changes to China’s economy, it is almost certain that the trade war will resume with a vengeance.
2. A new account of the alleged Richard Liu rape
The circumstances of the alleged rape of a Chinese student in Minnesota by Richard Liu (刘强东 Liú Qiángdōng), billionaire founder of ecommerce giant JD, are the subject of a new account compiled by Bloomberg (porous paywall) which begins thusly:
It was a Thursday evening in late August and a crowd had gathered at the Origami sushi restaurant in Minneapolis. One guest, a 21-year-old female Chinese undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, was initially expecting a dinner in honor of volunteers like herself.
Instead, she found herself surrounded by more than a dozen Chinese executives, male attendees of a doctoral management program for which she had been volunteering.
Bloomberg says the story is based on documents including the alleged victim’s statement to the police, her WeChat messages to a friend, “which were reviewed by Bloomberg,” and a conversation with her lawyer. There is no substantial new information, but the article does offer a detailed account of the evening from the alleged victim’s point of view.
Liu’s lawyer responded to the account: “This version of events is filled with unsubstantiated information, from sources who clearly have an agenda.”
The Minneapolis Police Department handed its investigation results to prosecutors in the Hennepin County Attorney’s office. Prosecutors have not yet announced whether they will file criminal charges.
3. State media silent on trade war truce, much ado about Panama
The home pages of central state media websites today share a conspicuous absence: there is no mention of the trade war truce.
You can find some coverage of the Trump-Xi meeting, with photos, on Xinhua’s Chinese site: the article is simply titled “Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 meets with U.S. President Trump.” The Global Times English website features an opinion piece titled “Trade war truce sends significant signal.” The editorial does not make it very clear what the significant signal is, but this paragraph just about sums the whole piece up:
The truce shows both sides have realized that it would be more beneficial for them to end the trade war than to continue it. Washington’s understanding on this point is no less than that of Beijing. It’s almost impossible to overcome the huge differences between the two sides in 90 days. But it’s highly likely that 90 days of effort could build a certain trust and lead to compromises that are acceptable to both.
Xinhua News Agency, the People’s Daily, and Global Times’ websites all feature a version of this story: Chinese president arrives in Panama for state visit (Chinese version here). The official articles do not mention it, but the South China Morning Post points out that the visit is something of a victory lap for Xi Jinping:
The warm ties follow Panama’s diplomatic break with Taipei in June last year. Since then, two more Central American countries — Dominican Republic and El Salvador — have this year also made the diplomatic shift. The new friendships are a result of efforts to lure countries with formal relations with Taiwan… to switch their allegiance to Beijing.
Also prominent in state media today: the full text of Xi’s signed article in a Portuguese newspaper on the occasion of his visit to Lisbon, the last stop on his current world tour (Chinese version here).
Reflecting on Xi’s visit to Latin America and China’s growing presence there, the Global Times Chinese website features a story titled “The United States should destroy the tomb of the Monroe Doctrine.” Translated excerpt:
However, the era of the Monroe Doctrine has indeed ended. Latin American countries have legitimate rights to develop mutually beneficial cooperation with China and other major countries in the world. The United States lacks the basic moral and legal tools to prevent such cooperation. Therefore, restraining its strategic suspicion of China-Latin America cooperation is Washington’s best choice to reduce unnecessary troubles.
4. Trade war, day 151: A cease-fire after G20, but details are sketchy
At the Xi-Trump dinner in Argentina on Saturday, December 1, both presidents called the meeting “highly successful.” In published remarks before the meeting, Xi even returned Trump’s bromides about the two leaders’ “personal friendship” for the first time.
Both sides also said that they had agreed there would be no increase to tariffs on January 1, but beyond that, the details are sketchy because there was no joint statement. The American statement on the meeting, via the White House, and the Chinese statements, via Xinhua readout and Foreign Minister Wáng Yì 王毅 (in Chinese), have marked differences. Caixin has a helpful comparison of what the two sides are saying:
Same meeting, different descriptions: a comparison of Beijing and Washington’s statements on the trade war truce https://t.co/16MTiP8mpj
China scholar Elizabeth Economy commented on the differences in statements, “Hard to know what’s true and what’s not since neither leadership has a close relationship with the truth.” The Economist magazine sums up (porous paywall) the result as “some murky mercantilism, and a deal to talk about a deal.” The number of issues that the two sides now have to negotiate before Trump’s patience again wears thin is “ambitious, particularly when levels of trust between the two sides are so low,” the Economist says.
More interesting, and new, are the discussions of fentanyl, noted at the top of the White House statement and the middle of the Xinhua readout. Xinhua notes that “China has decided to list all the fentanyl-like substances as controlled substances and start working to adjust related regulations.” This appears to be an important goodwill gesture, as the man at the forefront of trade negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, had reportedly (paywall) been saying in White House meetings that “Beijing was getting even for the Opium Wars between Britain and China in the 1800s by shipping fentanyl to America.”
More coverage of the Trump-Xi meeting and the trade war:
Trade truce by China and U.S. gives both sides political breathing room / NYT (porous paywall)
Tariff truce with China eases ‘Cold War’ fears / WSJ (paywall)
More on fentanyl
A win in the China-US war against fentanyl but opioid chemists cook up clones the law has never seen / SCMP
“In the southern Chinese province of Hebei on Thursday, 21 people pleaded guilty at Xingtai Intermediate People’s Court to trading in illegal narcotics.”
“While six fentanyl-related drugs were developed in China for the black market between 2012 to 2015, 66 were created in 2016 alone.”
China’s fentanyl firms back crackdown on opioid / SCMP
“The biggest legal producer of fentanyl in China has welcomed the country’s commitment to clamp down on the synthetic opioid to help stop the flow of the drug to the United States.”
“Humanwell Healthcare chairman Wang Xuehai said on Monday that any fentanyl reaching American shores from China was ‘illegally manufactured by underground factories and smuggled to the US’.”
China won’t stop flood of fentanyl into Canada, sources say / Global News (Canada)
“In public, Canada’s federal government claims there is co-operation with China in the fight against fentanyl. It isn’t politically feasible for Ottawa to openly criticize Beijing on the opioid crisis, especially as the two governments pursue deeper trade ties. But behind the scenes, sources say frustration is growing over China’s inaction.”
Markets like tariff cease-fires
Wall Street rallies on temporary trade truce / Reuters
“Apple Inc, recently hit by worries over possible tariffs on iPhones, rose 1.9 percent. Trade bellwethers Caterpillar Inc and Boeing Co were up 2.9 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively.”
Wall Street struggles to hold initial Trump-Xi truce boost / FT (paywall)
“The S&P 500 was up 1 per cent about half an hour after the opening bell, pulling back from a gain of as much as 1.5 per cent.”
Qualcomm tells Trump “thanks, too late”
Trump says China is now open to Qualcomm-NXP deal. But it’s too late / CNN
Qualcomm spokesperson: “”While we were grateful to learn of President Trump and President Xi’s comments about Qualcomm’s previously proposed acquisition of NXP, the deadline for that transaction has expired, which terminated the contemplated deal. Qualcomm considers the matter closed and is fully focused on continuing to execute on its 5G roadmap.”
Partial censorship on WeChat
China censors US embassy’s WeChat post on trade war truce / SCMP
“A social media post by the US embassy in Beijing about the trade agreement between the two nations was being partially censored on Monday, with the WeChat article visible but blocked from forwarding or sharing.”
Trump makes unconfirmed claim about auto tariffs that was good for German companies
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S. Currently the tariff is 40%.”
China will slash car tariffs, Trump says, in a (vague) tweet / NYT (porous paywall)
“If cuts in tariffs on American-made cars are in the works, the biggest beneficiaries are likely to be German. BMW and Mercedes-Benz both produce sport utility vehicles in the United States and export them all over the world, including a combined total of roughly 180,000 a year to China. That is still a tiny share of China’s auto market, which reached 24.7 million cars sold last year.”
Trump tweets China to cut tax on U.S.-made cars, revs up auto stocks / Reuters
“In early European trade on Monday, shares in Germany’s BMW, Volkswagen ASG (VOWG_p.DE) and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler rose between 4-7 percent.”
A greatly unfortunate choice of words
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “My meeting in Argentina with President Xi of China was an extraordinary one. Relations with China have taken a BIG leap forward! Very good things will happen. We are dealing from great strength, but China likewise has much to gain if and when a deal is completed. Level the field!”
Trump says his “strong” military budget is also “crazy!”
Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “I am certain that, at some time in the future, President Xi and I, together with President Putin of Russia, will start talking about a meaningful halt to what has become a major and uncontrollable Arms Race. The U.S. spent 716 Billion Dollars this year. Crazy!”
Chinese industry is cautious
Chinese exporters breathe sigh of relief on tariff truce but do not expect a quick end to US trade war / SCMP
“Struggling exporters in China’s Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta manufacturing regions believe the trade war between the US and China will not end easily or soon, but they welcomed the tariff truce – however brief – announced on Saturday.”
American industry is skeptical
Trade war ceasefire ‘does not change anything’, US retail boss Rick Helfenbein says as he predicts ugly time ahead for workers and consumers / SCMP
“Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, which represents more than 1,000 major brands, said on Monday that his members still faced a ‘difficult and awkward’ situation when it came to their supply chains.”
German industry is optimistic
German firms ‘will invest more in China’ despite trade war and scepticism over its opening up / SCMP
“Two-thirds of German firms doing business in China said they planned to up their spending within the next two years, even though many were worried about China’s economic outlook and dissatisfied with the pace of reform.”
Opinion: The US cannot hold China’s economy back / FT (paywall)
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers writes, “Suppose China had been fully compliant with every trade and investment rule and had been as open to the world as the most open countries at its income level. China might have grown faster because it reformed more rapidly or it might have grown more slowly because of reduced subsidies or more foreign competition. But it is highly unlikely that its growth rate would have been altered by as much as 1 percentage point.”
Opinion: US-China trade truce shows who holds the upper hand / FT (paywall)
Jamil Anderlini writes, “Since it is virtually impossible for Mr Xi to implement or even agree to such far-ranging changes to China’s economy, it is almost certain that the trade war will resume with a vengeance by the end of February 2019.”
It’s not over: The US-China trade war is still on despite 90-day tariff ceasefire, experts say / CNBC
—Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY:
On-demand bike cash crunch
Ofo partners with nine online lenders amid cash strain / TechNode
“In a bid to ease its cash strain, Chinese bike rental firm Ofo has entered into partnerships with nine online loan platforms, allowing them to acquire more users by listing their services within its app.”
Tencent’s great timing
Tencent Music presses play on $1.2 billion US IPO / Reuters
“Tencent Music Entertainment launched its hotly anticipated U.S. initial public offering (IPO) of up to $1.2 billion on Monday after global stock markets were boosted by a truce brokered by U.S. and Chinese leaders in their trade conflict.” The BBC says the listing is expected to value Tencent Music “at up to $25 billion.”
Tencent pushes WeChat at schools
Tencent’s WeChat to deploy AI tools in education in push into industrial internet / SCMP
“Tencent is pushing ahead with efforts to sign up schools to use its all-in-one WeChat app as part of a broader shift by the company to go beyond consumers and serve more institutions. Since WeChat started partnering with public schools and private training centres in 2014, students have been to make purchases at canteens, check test scores and communicate in group chats with their peers, parents and teachers using the app’s multiple functions.”
Australian infant formula
Chinese ‘daigou’ buyers shipping 30,000 Australian baby formula packages overseas a day / News.com.au
“Chinese baby formula customers who source products within Australia are shipping up to 30,000 packages per day. The multi-million-dollar boom in interest from Chinese customers, known as ‘daigous’ [代购 dàigòu], for Australian-made baby formula products has left mums frustrated and sparked car park confrontations in the past.”
Financial sector opening and UBS
UBS beats Wall Street rivals by taking control of its China business / CNN
“UBS has gained an edge on its Wall Street competitors in China by becoming the first foreign bank to be allowed to take control of its business there. The Swiss bank said it had received approval from Chinese authorities to increase its stake in its securities joint venture in the country to 51 percent from just under 25 percent.”
Henan has 3-year plan for electric transport / Shanghai Daily
“Authorities in central China’s Henan Province have ordered local buses and garbage trucks to switch to purely electric vehicles in the next few years.”
Chinese EV startup NIO is catching up to Tesla on China sales / Quartz
Mengniu expanding in Indonesia
China’s second largest dairy producer Mengniu Dairy says Indonesia expansion was fraught with hurdles / SCMP
Mengniu opened its first plant in Southeast Asia in November near Jakarta. This article merely repeats statements from Mengniu’s CEO, but it is worth reading if you’re interested in the dairy business.
The Chinese tourist dollar
Alipay and ‘zero-dollar’ packages: How Chinese tourists are reshaping tourism around the world / ABC
“In 2017, there were 145 million Chinese tourists who traveled overseas, bringing in a total of $1.6 trillion revenue globally, according to the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute.” Naturally, the rapid growth of the sector has brought plenty of problems — this article gives a good overview.
Japanese rice: Nuclear brand damage
Cloud of suspicion in China over rice from near Japan’s nuclear meltdown zone / SCMP
“The Chinese authorities may be ready to lift a ban on importing rice from a Japanese prefecture neighboring a nuclear disaster site but Chinese consumers might need more convincing.”
Internationalization of Tencent and Alibaba services
China’s WeChat users can now accept payments from Kenya / TechNode
Ottawa opens door to China’s Sesame Credit for visa seekers’ credit scores / Globe and Mail (paywall)
Movie studios and movies
Epic battles, palaces and concubines: A Chinese studio’s vast world of fantasy / NYT (porous paywall)
A look at Hengdian World Studios, “which claims to be the world’s largest outdoor movie and television lot,” where many of China’s historical dramas are filmed.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ had a crazy bad opening weekend in China / CNN
Fallout from gene-edited baby scandal
Rapid tone change on gene story / China Media Project
University denies ‘Chinese Frankenstein’ detained over experiment / SCMP
Before gene-editing controversy, Chinese scientist He Jiankui was rising star who received 41.5 million yuan in government grants / SCMP
China manufacturing gauge points to anemic growth in November / FT (paywall)
POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:
African swine fever
China reports new African swine fever outbreak on farm in Beijing with nearly 10,000 pigs / Reuters
“China’s agriculture ministry said on Monday it has confirmed a new African swine fever outbreak on a farm in capital city Beijing, as well as two other outbreaks in Shaanxi and Heilongjiang provinces.”
No cash for Pakistan
China rules out giving hard cash to Pakistan / Times of India
“Instead of hard cash, China plans to eventually provide multiple forms of bailout packages to Pakistan in the shape of phenomenal investments in fresh projects, broadening the area of inclusive cooperation and tapping new avenues of tapping new avenues of collaboration under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” said the Chinese consul general in Lahore.
No currency deal for India, but Beijing wants soy
China says no to India’s proposal for bilateral trade in domestic currencies / Economic Times of India
“China has not accepted India’s proposal to carry out bilateral trade in local currencies, which was aimed at bridging the ballooning trade deficit with the neighboring country, an official said.”
China looking to boost agricultural exports to India, President Xi tells PM Modi / Livemint
“China was looking to boost agricultural exports to India while increasing imports of rapeseed and soymeal from the country.”
China agrees $9 billion currency swap with Argentina / MoneyControl
“China and Argentina signed a $9 billion currency swap deal to boost the crisis-stricken South American country’s foreign currency reserves, its central bank announced…this latest agreement will ‘contribute to greater financial stability and also facilitate trade’ between China and Argentina, according to the bank’s statement.”
Balancing with India and Russia
China and Russia hold 1st three-way summit with India in 12 years / Nikkei Asian Review
Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 “said the international community faces instability, adding, ‘The close cooperation of the three countries, with broad common interests, will be an important force in stabilizing the world’s affairs.’”
After First Japan-America-India Meet, China’s Measured Response / NDTV
“China on Monday reacted cautiously to the first trilateral summit between the leaders of Japan, America and India, saying it ‘remained open’ to normal cooperation between them, and hoped they will play a constructive role in promoting peace in the region.”
U.S. smiles at Taiwan, Beijing scowls
US commerce official visits Taiwan to bolster relations / Taipei Times
“US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing Ian Steff yesterday arrived in Taiwan on a two-day visit to promote bilateral trade and investment, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced.”
Beijing ‘steps up naval patrols’ in Taiwan Strait in pushback at US warships / SCMP
Balancing with Germany
German president heads to China as Beijing courts European economic ties / SCMP
“China will host a state visit by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier this week as Beijing seeks to lock up economic ties with major European powers amid a trade war with the United States.”
Falun Gong in Thailand
Taiwanese arrested in Thailand for alleged illegal broadcasting / Focus Taiwan
“A Taiwanese businessman was arrested in Thailand late last month on charges of operating an underground radio station, the [Taiwanese] Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Monday… In a November 30 report, Radio Free Asia in Washington said Chiang was arrested due to pressure from China because his underground radio station was affiliated with ‘The Sound of Hope,’ a radio station in San Francisco founded by the Falun Gong organization.”
Wei Jingsheng — China is “going even further backward”
Exiled democracy activist Wei Jingsheng says China is going ‘further backward’ 40 years after his landmark protest / AFP via SCMP
Translated comments by exiled Chinese dissident Wèi Jīngshēng 魏京生 in an interview with Agence France-Presse:
“Xi Jinping doesn’t just want to become emperor after 2023… He wants to be the emperor now.”
“I should correct a popular saying, both inside China and internationally, which claims that Deng Xiaoping is responsible for the opening up and the reform… This reform only went halfway, economically but not politically. Now, in the Xi Jinping era, politically it is going even further backward.”
Punishing activists in Hong Kong
Co-organizer Chan Kin-man tells court how Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement protests escalated beyond his control / Hong Kong Free Press
“A co-founder of the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy protests has testified in court that the ‘Occupy trio’ lost control of the movement after it escalated into a full-blown street occupation. Retired sociology professor Chan Kin-man [陳健民 Chén Jiànmín] was cross-examined on Monday as part of the ongoing trial of nine activists and politicians who were involved in the 79-day protests.”
Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker barred from contesting local election / Reuters
Taiwan defense spending to ‘increase substantially’
Defense spending boost to help Chungshan Institute / Taipei Times
“National defense expenditure is to increase substantially next year, with research and development accounting for more than three percent of overall defense spending, which is expected to lead to a major increase in the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology’s business operations.”
A million people want to start working for the government this year
China’s civil service more competitive than ever / Sixth Tone
“Around 920,000 people turned out to take China’s national civil service exam on Sunday, an average of 63 applicants for each open post… Another 140,000 or so candidates who had been approved to sit the exam didn’t show up. This marks the 11th consecutive year in which over 1 million people applied to take the annual exams, but the current competition is especially fierce: This year’s recruitment quota is set at just 14,500 vacant posts — around half as many as last year.”
The suspicious death of an environmental inspector
Chinese police detain two after death of pollution inspector: China Daily / Reuters
“Chinese police have detained two people in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province following the death of an inspector looking into environmental violations.”
Cold snap and dust storms blanket China’s far northwest in ‘yellow snow’ / SCMP
“Some parts of northwestern China have been blanketed by yellow snow, a phenomenon the meteorological authority said was due to a combination of cold weather mixed with sandstorms.”
Another intentional crowd collision?
Seven dead in China’s Sichuan Province after car drives onto sidewalk / Japan Times
“The driver has been detained and the cause of the incident in Leshan, a city in Sichuan Province, is under investigation, police said in a statement… The crash came just five days after a [suicidal] driver hit a group of schoolchildren crossing the street in Huludao, a city in northeast Liaoning Province.”
SOCIETY AND CULTURE:
Rules for rural weddings
China’s extravagant weddings a sign of ‘declining morality’ / SCMP
“According to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, modern weddings are extravagant and can sometimes raise moral issues.” A spokesperson for the Ministry said it would “take advantage of the grassroots organizations in rural areas to set guidelines on the process of weddings and the amount of cash gifts. They will be standardized in the form of villagers’ conventions and implemented by a wedding and funeral committee.”
Shanghai’s students need more homework, not less / Sixth Tone
“An essay that went viral argued that attempts to ‘reduce student burdens’ would merely shift said burdens to parents.” Many parents in Shanghai are “frustrated at yet another round of reform that does nothing to address the root issue plaguing the city’s schools: unequal funding. They also worry it could put their children at a disadvantage in the race to secure a spot at a top college.”
Crime, fraud, and vice
Vice syndicate busted in joint Singapore-China operation, 201 arrested / Channel NewsAsia
Authorities in Singapore and China have smashed a transnational vice syndicate and arrested 201 suspects, said the Singapore Police Force… According to preliminary investigations, the vice syndicate in China operated a website that advertised sexual services of Chinese women in Singapore.”
Chinese salon sold US$4.3 in fake Botox in just six months, Hunan police say after raid that also hauled in counterfeit vitamin C injections / SCMP
Weibo’s online slang: 10 Chinese ‘tribes’ & ‘clans’ to know / What’s on Weibo
Includes terms like keyboard warriors (健盘侠 jiànpán xiá) and the Leech Tribe (啃老族 kěnlǎo zú) — adults who live off their parents.
China’s wolf woman feeds animals from her own mouth / SCMP
A young woman who feeds morsels of meat to wolves from between her teeth has become China’s latest online celebrity.
Panda twins at Zoo Vienna to return to China / Xinhua
VIDEO ON SUPCHINA
Cute alert! Giant panda Gao Gao makes first public debut after returning to China
Giant panda Gao Gao, who is 28 years old, stayed at the San Diego Zoo in the U.S. for 15 years before returning to China.
FEATURED ON SUPCHINA
‘An American-made Asian movie’: Chinese moviegoers on ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
Crazy Rich Asians, with its majority-Asian cast, was both a critical and commercial success in the U.S. upon its release over the summer. But its reception in mainland China has been decidedly muted, as it brought home a meager $1.2 million over the weekend after its November 30 debut. But what did those who saw it think?
Kuora: Breaking the Great Firewall
Let’s talk internet censorship. Why does the Chinese government believe it necessary? How do people within China feel about it? Can “heroes” rally together to break the Great Firewall, thus “freeing” those trapped within? Kaiser Kuo discusses these questions in this week’s Kuora, and introduces his famous “aluminum foil” analogy.
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The Caixin-Sinica Business Brief, episode 71
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Trump-Xi meeting in Argentina, Google’s internal opposition to its China search engine project, an artificial rainfall project in western China’s Qinghai Province, Doug Young on China’s recent upgrade of its train network, and more.
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