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Self-censorship by U.S. academics and intimidation 
America's elite universities are censoring themselves on China / The New Republic
Isaac Stone Fish writes, “I spent six months investigating China’s influence at American universities, and found a surprising epidemic of self-censorship.”
Repression experiences among China scholars: New evidence from survey data / SSRN
“Roughly nine percent of China scholars report having been ‘taken for tea’ by authorities within the past ten years; 26 percent of scholars who conduct archival research report being denied access; and five percent of researchers report some difficulty obtaining a visa.”Taiwan reacts to P.R.C. residence permits 
Taiwan mulling countermeasures to Chinese residence permit / Focus Taiwan
“Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that Taiwanese nationals applying for a residence permit in China will not have their Taiwan household registration automatically revoked, but the government is assessing possible countermeasures, including imposing certain restrictions on the citizenship rights of such individuals. Effective September 1, China will begin issuing residence permits to residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to increase the convenience for those living, working and studying in China, according to China's State Council.”Taiwan identity
Taiwan students in Norway to sue over name change to China / Focus TaiwanNorth Korea
Xi Jinping to send right-hand man Li Zhanshu to North Korea / SCMP
A top Chinese official (not Xi Jinping) will visit North Korea / NYT (paywall)Belt and Road woes
Chinese builders say Malaysia projects not dead / Nikkei Asian ReviewBorder tensions with India 
India wants drones to monitor Himalayan border with China / Asia TimesOne country, two systems, but not in the train station
Chinese law enforced at Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminal following secretive ceremony / HKFP
Hong Kong cedes part of rail station to China in secretive ceremony / GuardianFloods in Guangdong 
China storm kills 2 people, forces 127,000 to evacuate / AP via Washington Post
China activates emergency response to support flood-hit Guangdong / ReliefWebKinmen, Taiwan
Once a Cold War flashpoint, a part of Taiwan embraces China’s pull / NYT (paywall)
By Chris Horton — also read his writing on Kinmen on SupChina: The place where the P.R.C. stops and Taiwan begins.South China Sea — Philippines
Philippines extricates warship from South China Sea shoal / AP via Washington Post
China ‘relieved’ at extrication of Philippine warship from shoal in disputed South China Sea, analysts say / SCMPHong Kong suppression of independence activism
Hong Kong pro-independence student group says members’ families ‘warned’ by mainland authorities / HKFP
Chief Exec. Carrie Lam: Student leaders’ pro-independence speeches unfair to other pupils / HKFPDebt and coal in Hunan
A broke Chinese city is raked over the coals by furious citizens / WSJ (paywall)Mysterious illness at U.S. embassies
Microwave weapons are prime suspect in ills of U.S. embassy workers / NYT (paywall)
“Russia, China and many European states are seen as having the know-how to make basic microwave weapons that can debilitate, sow noise or even kill. Advanced powers, experts say, might accomplish more nuanced aims such as beaming spoken words into people’s heads. Only intelligence agencies know which nations actually possess and use such unfamiliar arms.”African swine fever
Chart: The spread of African swine fever across China / Caixin GlobalAnti-Chinese sentiment in Vietnam
Vietnam's economic zones derailed by anti-China protests / Nikkei Asian Review


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