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  1. China’s Economic Slump Bodes Ill for Birth Numbers WWW.WSJ.COM Some demographers expect China’s population to decline as soon as this year as young people delay starting families But it’s not just China so not a lingering effect of one child! The U.S. is set to stabilize around 400million by 2100 for context
  2. Suspected Chinese spy balloon found over northern U.S. WWW.NBCNEWS.COM “The United States government ... is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now," said a Pentagon spokesperson. Picture of the intruder over Billings, MT:
  3. As I've been telling everyone who asks, it's not a matter of "if" but "when" and the time horizon shrinks on a near-daily basis. U.S. general predicts war with China in 2025, tells officers to get ready WWW.NBCNEWS.COM “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me will fight in 2025," said Gen. Mike Minihan in a memo sent to the officers he commands and obtained by NBC News.
  4. War game suggests Chinese invasion of Taiwan would fail at a huge cost to US, Chinese and Taiwanese militaries | CNN Politics EDITION.CNN.COM A Chinese invasion of Taiwan in 2026 would result in thousands of casualties among Chinese, United States, Taiwanese and Japanese forces, and it would be unlikely to result in a victory for Beijing, according to a prominent independent Washington think tank, which conducted war game simulations of a possible conflict that is preoccupying military and political leaders in Asia and Washington.
  5. For decades, the notion that the US would defend Taiwan militarily in the event of an attack from Beijing was very much a "grey area" in terms of American foreign/military policy. Biden just dispelled that ambiguity completely and while I have little doubt that the Chinese government already assumed that this was the case, to have it right out there in the open definitely cannot be pleasing them at all. Biden vows to defend Taiwan in apparent US policy shift WWW.BBC.COM The US leader warned China against invading the island, likening such a move to Russia's war in Ukraine.
  6. Yuan jumps after report Saudis consider its use in oil deals WWW.ALJAZEERA.COM Sanctions imposed on Russia have brought to the fore questions about alternatives to US currency-based markets.
  7. This is already impacting how Hollywood produces/markets films and we've seen very public instances of pressure on game developers in regard to content. How China's political influence is changing game development WWW.GAMESINDUSTRY.BIZ And how does this affect the developers in the surrounding countries, particularly for Taiwanese and Hong Kong studios?
  8. Let's see: One the one hand, a Chinese lab might have unleashed COVID-19 upon the world. On the other hand, China might put a stake through the heart of this cryptocurrency madness. I guess life really is full of trade-offs! China will likely ban all bitcoin mining soon ARSTECHNICA.COM Country’s top financial regulator homes in on the source.
  9. Picking up right where we left off with the last guy, I see! US and China publicly rebuke each other in first major talks of Biden era | China | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM Anthony Blinken criticises China over Hong Kong and Xinjiang while his counterpart says US can no longer ‘speak to China from a position of strength’
  10. The federal government will spend an additional $16 billion to help farmers hurt by the US-China trade war, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday. This has layers, man.
  11. Dozens of Indian and Chinese soldiers have exchanged physical blows in a clash on the shared border, Indian media report.
  12. Teenager waving independence flag among those held as thousands take to the streets (The Guardian) The sweeping/flexible nature of the law means that theoretically anyone in the world can be arrested for criticizing the CPC if they set foot in Hong Kong (VICE News)
  13. Some more farm bailout money on the way! China doesn't plan to cancel orders it's already made, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the situation. Even though China had agreed earlier this year to buy 10 million tons of U.S. soybeans, the purchases have halted, with about 7 million tons of soybeans yet to be delivered to China, Bloomberg noted.
  14. A detailed investigation into where China's PC games industry is coming from, where it's headed, and what stands in the way. There are 312 million PC gamers in China. By 2023, analysts predict that number will reach 354 million, surpassing the total population of the United States and generating an estimated $16 billion in revenue. That alone is greater than the GDP of 90 different countries. But despite having the highest concentration of gamers worldwide, China's PC gaming scene is often misunderstood or treated as isolated from PC gaming everywhere else. But it's not.
  15. Fear is sweeping through the campuses of China's elite universities following a nationwide government crackdown aimed at silencing left-wing student activists, who had been campaigning for greater rights and protections for ordinary workers.
  16. When EVE Online’s Chinese version relaunches in Q4 of 2018, rulebreakers may find themselves facing a type of punitive action that goes way beyond banning—they might end up in a virtual prison labor camp.
  17. The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
  18. China May Have $5.8 Trillion in Hidden Debt With ‘Titanic’ Risks China’s local governments may have accumulated 40 trillion yuan ($5.8 trillion) of off-balance sheet debt, or even more, suggesting further defaults are in store, according to S&P Global Ratings. “The potential amount of debt is an iceberg with titanic credit risks,” S&P credit analysts led by Gloria Lu wrote in a report Tuesday. Much of the build-up relates to local government financing vehicles, which don’t necessarily have the full financial backing of local governments themselves.
  19. China's western Xinjiang region has written "vocational training centres" for Muslim Uighurs into law amid growing international concern over large-scale disappearances there.
  20. China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei. Beijing said he was under investigation by the country's anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law.
  21. The Trump administration is considering sanctions against Chinese senior officials and companies to punish Beijing’s detention of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uighurs and other minority Muslims in large internment camps, according to current and former American officials Human Rights Watch recently issued a report on the scope of this latest persecution of Muslim ethnic minorities.
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