Links for Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.

WORTH THINKING ABOUT

Pieces of news or analysis that caught our eye:

Trump is using China to distract from Russia, and Politico has the most detailed report yet published with sources saying as much:

From the president’s Twitter feed to the Republican National Convention to Fox News, a new talking point has taken hold among Donald Trump and his allies: that U.S. intelligence shows that China would prefer a Joe Biden presidency and is trying to help him win…

But the intelligence community has said no such thing, according to public statements by the country’s top counterintelligence official Bill Evanina and multiple sources who have seen the underlying intelligence. And national security officials and others briefed on the latest election threat intelligence are now expressing concern that the Trump administration is trying to draw attention away from the more acute threat posed by Moscow, which is again trying to boost Trump’s reelection, they said.

That doesn’t mean China doesn’t have the capacity to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, if it wanted to, or that Beijing is totally neutral on American elections. “Officials who spoke to Politico emphasized that Beijing’s activities, while having the potential to affect the election, have largely been overt and aimed at influencing politicians at the state and local level.”

An op-ed by Jessica Chen Weiss and Ali Wyne, about how and why Chinese nationalism can be “self-defeating,” was published today in the New York Times: America, don’t try to out-China China.

Related, on Chinese nationalism, by Yaqiu Wang in Politico: In China, the ‘Great Firewall’ is changing a generation.

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