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CHINA: POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

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More on North Korea
China’s rust-belt region has a new hope for revival: North Korea / SCMP
“China’s rust-belt region, which has been plagued by an inefficient state economy and exodus of talent, is now pinning its hopes on a new factor to help its revival: North Korea.”
China set to allow North Korea’s state airline to fly between Xian and Pyongyang, report says / Reuters via SCMP
“China will allow North Korea’s Air Koryo to offer flights between Xian and Pyongyang from next month, a local newspaper reported, citing the Chinese city’s tourism authority.”
North Korea, China leaders agree to boost 'strategic, tactical' cooperation: KCNA / Reuters

ZTE 
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to assess espionage threat of ZTE at urging of senator / SCMP
A US senator asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to address whether his department believes that the Chinese telecoms giant ZTE poses an espionage threat to the United States. 
Trump tells republicans not to undercut him on ZTE / NYT (paywall)
“President Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Wednesday not to scuttle his administration’s efforts to help the Chinese telecom firm ZTE, warning them that his reprieve for the company was part of a broader geopolitical negotiating strategy.”

U.S.-China relations
Jim Mattis to visit Beijing as the US-China relationship sours / Inkstone
“On the sidelines of the forum, Senior Colonel Zhou Bo, director of China’s Center for Security Cooperation, said Mattis’s remarks were ridiculous. He alleged that it was the US, not China, that was militarizing the South China Sea.”

China on opening up 
Xi Hits Back at Critics Who Call China's Opening Up 'a Joke' / Bloomberg (paywall)
“We should work together to bake a bigger cake." Relations between the U.S. and China have continued to deteriorate - there are currently no publicly announced negotiations to try to avert a conflict, and both sides are threatening to impose tariffs and other restrictions.

The plastic problem 
The world will finally have to confront its massive plastic problem / Quartz
“In 2017, China announced it was permanently banning the import of nonindustrial plastic waste. According to a paper published Wednesday (June 20) in the journal Science Advances, that will leave the world — mostly high-income countries — with an additional 111 million metric tons of plastic to deal with by 2030. And right now, those countries have no good way to handle it.”

Nepal
China vows to back Nepal’s ‘territorial integrity’ as two sides sign US$2.4 billion of deals / SCMP
“China has vowed to support Nepal’s efforts to maintain its ‘territorial integrity’ as Beijing seeks to strengthen its ties with the Himalayan state and expand its influence in South Asia.”

China’s meeting with EU
China Vice Premier Liu to meet EU delegation next week / Reuters 
“Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will meet with a senior European Union delegation in Beijing next week, China’s Commerce Ministry said on Thursday.”China’s censorship 
China censors John Oliver after he mocks its president / Inkstone

Sri Lanka 
Quick take: China makes final payment for 99-year lease on Sri Lankan port / Caixin
“The state-owned China Merchant Port Holdings Co. Ltd. (CMPH) paid a third and final $584 million tranche to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, as part of a deal that gives China access to the strategic Hambantota deep-water port.”

India 
Xi sells Seychelles by India's seashore as Modi's foreign policy drowns / Quartz
“Back in 2011, China considered building a military base on an island in the Seychelles. India objected, but its protests were rendered moot once China shifted its attention to Djibouti.”

Russia’s influence
Former U.S. diplomat warns China is emulating Russian political interference / NPR
A former senior U.S. official from the Obama administration is warning that Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics have been so successful that other U.S. adversaries like China are beginning to emulate them.

Super-regions
China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions / Economist (paywall)
“China’s urbanization is a marvel. The population of its cities has quintupled over the past 40 years, reaching 813m. By 2030 roughly one in five of the world’s city-dwellers will be Chinese. But this mushrooming is not without its flaws.”

Anti-China protests in Vietnam
U.S. protester held in Vietnam confesses on state television / NYT (paywall)
“An American citizen who was arrested at a peaceful demonstration in Vietnam this month said on state television that he regretted breaking the law and that he would not join such protests again.

Hong Kong rail terminal controversy
Fight over controversial Hong Kong rail checkpoint moves to High Court as lawyer warns it could prompt Beijing intervention / SCMP

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