Editor’s note for Tuesday, August 18, 2020

A note from the editor of today's SupChina Access newsletter.

My thoughts today:

TikTok is a rather American company, according to Eli Binder and Katrina Northrop writing in The Wire China: “ByteDance is owned, in large part, by American and Japanese investors, including the endowment funds of Ivy League universities, which stand to make a fortune on any sale. It is, in many ways, an American-backed company.”

My takeaway: Decoupling is going to hurt a lot of people all over the world, including many who have no idea that their pension plans have a connection to U.S.-China relations.

Our words of the day are political zombie and mafia boss: 政治僵尸 zhèngzhì jiāngshī, and 黑帮老大 hēibāng lǎodà — see story 2.

Finally, a plug: The SupChina Women’s Conference is going virtual this year and will be held on September 9 and 10. ACCESS members can attend the conference portion on September 9 for free and can get a 60% discount on tickets to the gala portion on September 10. Use the promo code WC20ACCESS when registering to receive your SupChina Access benefits.

—Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief