Links for Thursday, July 30, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.

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More important China news and analysis from around the web:

A “reset” of U.S.-China relations? The Chinese ambassador to the U.S., Cuī Tiānkǎi 崔天凯, called for just that in an op-ed in Politico today. Cui also wrote some meaningless platitudes that probably have no pull in Washington, at least under the Trump administration:

The China-U.S. relationship can have a future only when it is built on dialogue and cooperation — a future of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.

David Wertime at Politico interpreted the overall message of the op-ed as “a signal the Chinese Communist Party is hoping to wait the current administration out.”

Meanwhile, Americans are extraordinarily negative on China right now. 

  • A new Pew Research Center poll finds, “Since March alone, negative views of China have increased 7 points, and there is a widespread sense that China mishandled the initial outbreak and subsequent spread of COVID-19.”
  • See also SupChina’s coverage and analysis of the last Pew poll, the results of which were published in April: American views of China had hit a record low.

An ESPN investigation into the NBA’s China training centers found many troubling details, including unique problems with the location in Xinjiang, which was reportedly closed down last year:

American coaches at three NBA training academies in China told league officials their Chinese partners were physically abusing young players and failing to provide schooling, even though commissioner Adam Silver had said that education would be central to the program…

The NBA ran into myriad problems by opening one of the academies in Xinjiang… American coaches were frequently harassed and surveilled in Xinjiang… One American coach was detained three times without cause; he and others were unable to obtain housing because of their status as foreigners.

A former league employee compared the atmosphere when he worked in Xinjiang to “World War II Germany.”…

At least two coaches left their positions in response to what they believed was mistreatment of young players.

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