Editor’s note for Monday, August 24, 2020

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

My thoughts today:

I am going to stop making pessimistic predictions in these newsletters, but I’ll continue to highlight the work of other pessimists:

  • Mohan Malik, author of China and India: Great Power Rivals writes: “With Cold War 2.0 intensifying, revanchist and irredentist tendencies growing, and major economies decoupling, the outbreak of a conflict either in the disputed Himalayas and/or in the Western Pacific cannot be ruled out. Welcome to the post-Wuhan world disorder.”
  • Celebrity historian and erstwhile promotor of the “Chimerica” concept Niall Ferguson has a new piece warning that “Joe Biden could end up being a wartime president.”

On August 27, we are hosting a live Sinica Podcast about China’s goal of eradicating poverty by the end of 2020: is the goal reachable in the next 129 days. Register for free here to attend the podcast virtually, or click here for a new government website (in Chinese) that has a countdown clock to the end of poverty on December 31.

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.

Our word of the day is coronavirus vaccine emergency use: 新冠疫苗紧急使用 xīnguān yìmiáo jǐnjí shǐyòng.

—Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief