Links for Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Notable China news from around the world.

BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY:

  • Major hedge fund pulls out of Hong Kong
    Hedge fund Elliott pulls out of Hong Kong / FT (paywall, or see Reuters summary)
    “U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management is closing its Hong Kong office, becoming one of the first large financial institutions to shutter operations in the territory since it entered a period of civil unrest and political tension in 2019…a person close to Elliott said the decision to wind down operations in Hong Kong was first taken in early 2018 and was not driven by more recent political or legal changes in the region.”

SCIENCE, HEALTH, AND THE ENVIRONMENT: 

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:

  • EU deal — will China honor commitments to eliminate forced labor?
    China’s pledge on forced labor saved investment deal: EU envoy / Caixin via Nikkei Asia
    “China and the European Union were just a week away from missing the year-end target for their sweeping new investment accord when China made a key concession on accepting international conventions on forced labor, EU Ambassador to China Nicolas Chapuis told Caixin in an interview.”

SOCIETY AND CULTURE:

  • Tattoos and traditional Chinese painting
    Mountain, water, and ink / Neocha
    Beijing-based tattoo artist Chén Jié’s 陈洁 “works are a departure from conventional tattoo styles, with an aesthetic that more closely resembles Chinese ink-wash paintings.”