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For Science, Or The ‘Motherland’? The Dilemma Facing China’s Brightest Minds

For Science, Or The ‘Motherland’? The Dilemma Facing China’s Brightest Minds YANGYANG CHENG JANUARY 30, 2019 0 The fathers of modern Chinese physics survived idealism and endured persecution. They’re exalted now, but at what cost?   It was a chilly November day in 2007. The colloquium was scheduled to start at 4 in the afternoon, but hours earlier, the main auditorium at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) was already packed. Students without a seat sat on the steps and squeezed into the corridors. More huddled by the entrance, pouncing for an empty spot. The celebrity speaker was Chen-Ning Yang (杨振宁 Yáng Zhènníng). The theoretical physicist and his collaborator Tsung-Dao Lee (李政道 Lǐ Zhèngdào) were the first people of Chinese ethnicity to win the Nobel prize in 1957. Though both had left China before the Communist government took power and conducted their award-winning work in the United States, Yang and Lee are venerated in the country of their birth as symb

Blackwater Founder’s New Company Strikes a Deal in China. He Says He Had No Idea.

Erik Prince said he had “no knowledge or involvement whatsoever” of a deal by Frontier Services Group to build a training camp in northwestern China.CreditZach Gibson for The New York Times Image Erik Prince said he had “no knowledge or involvement whatsoever” of a deal by Frontier Services Group to build a training camp in northwestern China.CreditCreditZach Gibson for The New York Times By  Alexandra Stevenson  and  Chris Buckley Feb. 1, 2019 HONG KONG — Erik Prince, a former member of the Navy SEALs best known as the founder of the security contractor formerly known as Blackwater, has made it clear that he considers China a priority. He teamed up with one of China’s biggest conglomerates and set up a company that would help Chinese companies overseas. But Mr. Prince scrambled on Friday to distance himself from the latest announcement: that his company, Frontier Services Group, had struck a deal to build a training camp in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, where hu

Belt and Road: What They're Saying

BENIGNO AQUINO FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES On President Duterte’s plans for joint energy exploration in the South China Sea " We used to have a joke in the cabinet in our administration, that China seems to be saying one thing: ‘What is ours is ours, what is yours we share. '" SULTAN AHMED BIN SULAYEM CHAIRMAN, DUBAI PORTS (DP) WORLD Speaking to CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos " China as a government has great respect throughout the world. Unfortunately, the actions of Chinese companies don't reflect that. I would say, you trust the Chinese government, you watch out for the Chinese companies. Some of them are good, we have great relations with them. But some of them, unfortunately, they use tactics which are not acceptable in getting market share. " HUANG PING (黃屏) CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO ZIMBABWE Addressing Chinese tour operators at Tour Africa’s New Horizon project launch " We must maintain confidence in our bilateral