‘One Belt One Road’ Is Just a Marketing Campaign

China’s signature project is actually a sweeping, poorly coordinated branding effort posing as an infrastructure initiative.

By Eyck Freymann, Research analyst at Greenmantle | The Atlantic

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a briefing on the final day of the Belt and Road Forum, at the Yanqi Lake International Conference Center, north of Beijing, China May 15, 2017.
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The Brazen Way a Chinese Company Pumped Fentanyl Ingredients Into the U.S.

Yuancheng used an army of young, perky salespeople to peddle illegal chemicals to Americans.

By BEN WESTHOFF | The Atlantic

Yuancheng’s headquarters in Wuhan, ChinaBEN WESTHOFF

Ye Chuan Fa works in a cubicle. His small station is indistinguishable from those of the hundreds of employees at his chemical company, Yuancheng, which translates roughly to “extended success.” Founded in 2001, Yuancheng employs about 700 people and has branch offices all over China.… read the full article

China’s Troubled Aircraft Carrier Proves Why It’s So Hard To Build Them

Carriers are complicated and expensive things to build.

By Kyle Mizokami | Popular Mechanics

Recent news out of China suggests that the country is experiencing technical problems with its first homemade aircraft carrier. This points to an ongoing issue for countries that have elected to go the aircraft carrier route: carriers are really, really complicated and expensive things to build.… read the full article

U.S. Holds Off on Huawei Licenses as China Halts Crop-Buying

By Jenny Leonard, Ian King and Jennifer Jacobs | Bloomberg

U.S. Holds Off on Huawei Licenses as China Halts Crop-Buying

The White House is holding off on a decision about licenses for U.S. companies to restart business with Huawei Technologies Co.… read the full article

Trump is harsh on China, except when it comes to democracy

By Nahal Toosi | Politico

In the past week, President Donald Trump has described China’s trade practices as “an anchor on us,” saying Beijing is “killing us” and wants to “hurt” U.S. jobs.

Yet as Chinese officials increasingly hint at a potentially violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, Trump has remained largely silent.… read the full article

Hong Kong’s summer of rage now a war of attrition

By Jerome Taylor and Esther Chan | AFP

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters and authorities appear set for a long war of attrition (AFP Photo/Isaac Lawrence)

Two months after a summer of rage began on Hong Kong’s streets, pro-democracy protesters and the southern Chinese city’s leaders are digging in for a long war of attrition.… read the full article

An economist says Trump is right: Investment is down and the Fed should help

By Alexandra Canal, Producer | Yahoo Finance

Stocks saw their worst day of the year on Monday, after Beijing suggested it was weaponizing its currency by devaluing it— the latest sticking point in an ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

After America retaliated by formally labeling China a “currency manipulator” — something that hasn’t been done in over 2 decades — it sparked new market fears about the economic fallout.… read the full article

China trade fight seen dragging on through 2020 in threat to economy, Trump reelection

Worsening U.S.-China trade spat poses big risks to both countries


President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping aren’t seeing eye to eye on trade.

The White House’s escalating trade fight with China is increasingly likely to drag on through the 2020 election, handicapping the U.S.… read the full article