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China-Australia relations
Australia 'flirting with danger' in debate over China, race commissioner warns / Guardian
“Australia’s race discrimination commissioner says we are ‘flirting with danger’ in the debate over Chinese influence in our democracy, warning that antagonism towards state-sponsored interference could spill over ‘into a general suspicion of Chinese-Australians.’”
Chinese investors grow wary of Australia as tensions rise / Bloomberg (paywall)
“While that’s part of a global trend after China tightened foreign investment rules and clamped down on capital outflows, the decline also reflects mounting political tensions.

China and Congo
China Inc. takes another bite of Congo's copper mining riches / Bloomberg (paywall)
“China is making another big bet on copper in the Democratic Republic of Congo, deepening its presence in a country that’s proved very difficult for Western business.

Trade war twists
Chemours ex-worker pleads guilty in China trade secrets case / Washington Post
“Prosecutors say the conspiracy involved the theft of trade secrets related to sodium cyanide, a chemical most often used to mine gold, silver, and other precious metals.”
The 10 names that matter on China policy / Politico via SCMP
“Trump’s skepticism of Asia was a key part of his campaign’s identity. These 10 people are dealing with the reality.”
Knives out for U.S. pork in tariffs war / FT (paywall)
“The U.S. pork industry is squealing after its two biggest foreign markets imposed steep tariffs in retaliation for steel and aluminium duties from the Trump administration. Mexico last week declared a 20 percent duty on imports of pork from the U.S., up from zero. China in April raised tariff rates on U.S. pork from 12 percent to 37 percent, putting the meat at a disadvantage in a global market.”
‘We'll see,' Ross says on China tariffs / Bloomberg (paywall)
“Ross also said that legislation that would restore penalties on China’s ZTE Corp. is no
a certainty as the measure still needs final approval.”
Senators move to sink Trump's ZTE deal / WSJ (paywall)
“White House sent top official to Capitol Hill to lobby against bipartisan effort to reverse pact to revive the Chinese telecommunications company.

Ideology and global leadership
China's master plan: A worldwide web of institutions / Bloomberg (paywall)
“This is the third part of a series on China's effort to supplant the U.S. as the world's pre-eminent geopolitical power.

E-cigarettes in Hong Kong
Hong Kong set to regulate e-cigarettes in same manner as traditional smoking products under new proposals / SCMP
“The sale of e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn products and herbal cigarettes to minors would be banned, packaging would require health warnings and all advertising would be prohibited.

Land disputes
Elderly woman exonerated after being jailed for petitioning over land dispute in China / SCMP
“An elderly woman in southern China was exonerated eight years after being jailed for petitioning over a land dispute, in a rare court ruling in favour of a petitioner — people often seen as a source of social instability by the ruling Communist Party.

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