Links for Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.

BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY:

  • China’s foreign ministry spokesman calls ‘fake news’ on report that Beijing is considering export reprisal against European telecoms if EU bans Huawei
  • But he said China expected to trade in a ‘business environment that’s fair, open and indiscriminate’

SCIENCE, HEALTH, AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:

The USS Nimitz and the USS Ronald Reagan were deployed to the South China Sea twice this month but this week, the Nimitz was in the Indian Ocean for exercises with the Indian navy, the U.S. navy said, in the latest sign of growing cooperation between the forces…

Separately, the U.S. strike group led by the Ronald Reagan was carrying out drills with naval forces from Japan and Australia in the Philippine Sea, U.S. and Australian officials said on Tuesday.

Hundreds of former students have come to the support of a law professor fired from an elite Chinese university for his outspoken criticism of President Xi Jinping, raising more than 100,000 yuan ($14,300) in donations.

Xǔ Zhāngrùn 许章润, who taught at Tsinghua University for over 20 years, wrote an open letter to thank almost 600 alumni of the Beijing institution for their backing…

“The evil nature of the political system will not change,” he wrote.

“For each day that we remain alive, we will keep calling out, for this is our responsibility and also our destiny.”

SOCIETY AND CULTURE:

  • The cartoons of Tango Gao
    Tango: The dangerous dance of China’s zany cartoonist / Sixth Tone
    The popular cartoons by Tango Gao (Gāo Yòujūn 高幼军) may seem innocent and playful, but they have drawn criticism for both sexism and anti-Chinese sentiment. The artist is happy to debate critics.
    Read SupChina’s profile of Tango Gao: Tango Gao finds art and humor in the mundane.
  • Quarantine loneliness spells profits for sex doll companies
    Dylan Levi King on Twitter: “An adult doll company in Shenzhen announced a doubling of sales during the pandemic. The vast majority of the robot girlfriends went to Europe, North America, and Japan.”