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Xi in Africa
Chinese President Xi Jinping promises to import more goods from South Africa / SCMP
“[South African President Cyril] Ramaphosa said also that China would invest US$14.7 billion in South Africa, though did not release any details of the deals.”
Where does Africa fit in Xi Jinping's worldview? / China in Africa Podcast
The scholar Elizabeth Economy is interviewed by Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden.
Xi Jinping is visiting Africa this week. Here’s why China is such a popular development partner. / Washington Post
By Deborah Bräutigam, one of the most prominent scholars of China-Africa relations.Tibetan repression
Tibetan schoolchildren banned from religious activities, Chinese newspaper says / AP via SCMP
“Global Times quoted an education official in the regional capital of Lhasa as saying that pupils were required to sign an agreement to ‘not take part in any form of religious activity” during the [summer] break.”Taiwan
Taipei accuses Beijing of dragging sport into politics after youth games suspended / SCMP
Large democratic countries should ‘counter China’s bullying’ of small states, says Palau’s ambassador to Taiwan / Hong Kong Free PressChina-India-Bhutan relations
China seeks Bhutan border cooperation after India spat / Reuters
“China and Bhutan should work together to ensure peace along their border and keep pushing talks on the issue, a senior Chinese diplomat [Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou] said during a rare visit to the country, following an ugly spat with India last year over the frontier.”Chinese money in Brazil
Chinese money pours into Brazil as US trade war bites, with US$54 billion across 100 projects / SCMP
“As China and the United States – the world’s top two economies – battle over trade, Beijing has increasingly turned to Brazil to fill the void, pouring money into a diversified portfolio of investments.”Made in China 2025
Beijing continues to play down ‘Made in China 2025’, saying world should take ‘objective’ view / SCMP
“Beijing continued to play down its technological ambitions on Tuesday, in an apparent effort to avoid antagonising the US, saying that its plan for industrial and technological upgrading should be viewed ‘objectively’ by the international community.”Hong Kong
Hong Kong academics warn of ‘political battleground’ at universities / Hong Kong Free Press
“Pro-democracy Hong Kong academics say they have been sidelined from city universities for their political views as fears grow that education is increasingly under pressure from Beijing.”
Declassified: China halted talks on new Hong Kong airport to stop Martin Lee’s appointment to top gov’t body / Hong Kong Free Press
“China refused to continue negotiations over Hong Kong’s new airport in 1992 unless plans to appoint democratic leader Martin Lee to the city’s top government advisory committee were dropped, according to UK files declassified on Tuesday.”


Air quality naming and shaming
Ecology Ministry more than doubles number of cities in air quality ranking / Caixin (paywall)
“China’s environmental watchdog has more than doubled the number of cities in its monthly air quality ranking in a bid to pressure authorities to clean up pollution in their respective areas. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment said Monday that it will now rate air quality in 169 Chinese cities each month, up from the previous total of 74.”Pangolin
China’s push to export traditional medicine may doom the magical pangolin / Washington Post
“In a rescue center, the pangolin slowly wakes and uncurls, sniffing out a nighttime feast of ants’ eggs, then lapping it up with its implausibly long tongue. One of 74 pangolins rescued from the back of a truck in Vietnam in April, its survival has defied the odds.”Popular on social media
‘I don’t want her to leave with regrets’: Chinese husband carries sick wife as they travel around China / SCMPFacial recognition
Parallel traders, beware: new facial recognition system installed at Hong Kong-Shenzhen border / SCMP
“Chinese authorities have introduced a new facial recognition system at two border checkpoints between Hong Kong and Shenzhen in a bid to crack down on ‘parallel traders,’ a term used for people who buy tax-free goods in the former British colony and then resell them in the mainland.”Sexual harassment
Sexual harassment cuts rural volunteer program short / Sixth Tone
“A group of 16 university students who volunteered to teach underserved children in southwestern China over the summer have terminated their program early because of multiple instances of sexual harassment.”Intolerance of disabled children
Shenzhen residents protest neighbors with disabilities / Sixth Tone
“The candidate families were reportedly saddened at having their private information disclosed, especially since many of the disabled are children aged 6 to 12.”National park
How a Chinese cook helped establish Yosemite and the National Park Service / NBC News


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