Links for Friday, July 17, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.



“It [the satellite] can provide high-precision remote-sensing image data for several industries including surveying and mapping, natural resources, emergency management, agriculture, ecological environment, residential construction and forestry,” [China Academy of Space Technology] said in a statement. The satellite will obtain images of China’s land “and surrounding areas.”


Accusing American firms of engaging in “corporate appeasement” of the Chinese Communist Party, Attorney General William P. Barr called on the private sector on Thursday to get tougher in resisting what he portrayed as corrupting efforts by China to cheat and bully its way into taking over the global economy.

In the months since the pandemic first engulfed the world, China’s government has engaged in an unprecedented diplomatic offensive on virtually every foreign policy front. It has tightened its grip over Hong Kong, ratcheted up tensions in the South China Sea, unleashed a diplomatic pressure campaign against Australia, used fatal force in a border dispute with India, and grown more vocal in its criticism of Western liberal democracies.

  • Op-ed: Beijing’s aggressive nationalism is a strategic blunder
    Beijing’s self-defeating nationalism / Foreign Affairs
    Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government at Cornell University, writes of China’s “wolf warrior” diplomacy:

Over the long term, nationalism will prove even more of a hindrance to Beijing’s ambitions, since it undermines Chinese efforts to attract international support and show global leadership.

Taken individually, stories of severed friendships and strained family ties seem insignificant… Yet cumulatively these small wounds change how all of us experience the world, forming a collective trauma over the loss of an optimistic era dating back several decades, when the world seemed to be opening up, however imperfectly.


  • For India’s TikTok stars, the sky is falling
    ‘TikTok changed my life’: India’s ban on Chinese app leaves video makers stunned / NPR
    “In India, TikTok isn’t just a teen craze. It’s a livelihood for some people. It has given birth to new social media celebrities, many of them working-class folks…”
    Life in India after TikTok / TechNode
  • New TikTok trend gives Chinese influencers a boost
    TikToks of Chinese models and influencers street fashion / Buzzfeed
    A new TikTok trend of filming candid Chinese street fashion is more coordinated than you think.
  • Promoting sex ed in the conservative countryside
    In rural China, schools tackle a new subject: Sex ed / Sixth Tone
    “Sex education has long been neglected by schools across China, but the problem is far worse in rural areas. Lower local living standards, traditional social attitudes, demographic dislocation, and a lack of educational resources have made it difficult for teachers to introduce a more comprehensive curriculum.”
  • How surrogacy advances LGBT rights
    How grandkids are changing China’s LGBT family dynamics / Sixth Tone
    “Conservative cultural expectations and patriarchal norms dictating children to carry on the family line have long been the main source of pressure on China’s gay community, including those living outside China’s borders.”
  • China’s government and netizens take issue with BLM
    “Fake” and “hypocritical” – Western anti-racism movements criticized on Weibo / What’s on Weibo
    “The way the news is reported and discussed in China by state media and web users is often part of larger narratives about China and its current relations within the international community. But it’s not just politics; cultural context also greatly matters when it comes to how the anti-racism movement in the Floyd aftermath is perceived in the PRC.”
  • Han Qin’s views from above
    The color of distance / NeoCha
    “Sapphires, ocean tides, twilight skies, and the murky depths of a jumbled dream — these were the visuals that came to mind when I first saw the cyanotype prints of Chinese artist Hán Qìn 韩沁.”