Links for Monday, August 31, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.

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More important China news and analysis from around the web:

What if the CanSino vaccine only has 40% efficacy? According to some experts cited by Reuters, “High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus [adenovirus type 5, or Ad5] that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness.”

The other three Chinese vaccines in Phase 3 trials use an inactivated or weakened version of the SARS-COV-2 virus itself, according to the New York Times vaccine tracker. Vaccines in development in the U.S. and Germany use messenger RNA (mRNA) for delivery, while the University of Oxford vaccine is based on a chimpanzee adenovirus.

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The scapegoating of Confucius Institutes: One common argument from China hawks in Washington about the Chinese state-funded educational institutes is that their teaching materials, sanitized of politically sensitive topics for Beijing, will influence American students. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the most powerful China hawk in Washington, said earlier this month that Confucius Institutes are “advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign.”

Naima Green-Riley, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, writes in the Washington Post that the data actually shows the opposite: Confucius Institute students develop less favorable views of China as their studies progress.

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