Editor’s note for Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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

My thoughts today:

The United States has announced sanctions against 24 Chinese companies involved in the construction of islands and reefs in the South China Sea (see State Department press release, Reuters report).  

The People’s Daily published a vitriolic and lengthy condemnation of Mike Pompeo. The essay (read it here or here if you dare, in Chinese) occupies three whole tabloid-format print newspaper pages, nearly 30,000 Chinese characters. That’s the equivalent of around 10,000, maybe 15,000 English words.

So, perhaps you won’t blame me for quoting another pessimist today. Zhou Bo, a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Strategy at Tsinghua University, writes for the Financial Times: “The risk of China-U.S. military conflict is worryingly high.”

Our word of the day is Ant Group (蚂蚁集团 mǎyǐ jítuán).

—Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief