This Week’s Readings on China

Here are some weekly news updates prepared byDr. Robert A. Kapp, Senior Advisor to The China Program of the Carter Center,  for this week. October 29 – November 3 http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2117570/westerners-extolling-all-powerful-xi-jinping-are-missing?utm_content=buffer4cc10&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Niall Ferguson is usually a little to august for this Editor’s taste, but in this case his cautionary words about getting overly awed by post-Congress Xi Jinping are on the mark. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2017/10/26/xi-jinpings-brave-new-world/?utm_term=.9c3283e69c28  Steve Tsang ruminates on the meaning of Xi Jinping’s apotheosis at the recent Party Congress. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-11/02/c_136723707.htm  The New Era begins. https://macropolo.org/chinas-ai-revolution-advances-one-mobile-payment-time/ Speaking of “New Eras,” this is a lively and cogent piece about the transition from cashless consumer payment systems to forward leaps in Artificial Intelligence in China.  The link – the vast mass of Big Data acquired by the online payment companies.  A Must Read. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-10/26/c_136707498.htm Optimistic words from official PRC news source re the likelihood of further SOE “reform.”  Opinion outside of China all over the map on this, but mostly tending pessimistic after the apparent doctrinal emphasis on state role in the economy at the recent Congress. http://tinyurl.com/yd5lbwps  No one has proved more eloquent at advancing an optimistic, accepting embrace of Beijing’s portrait of China’s future than Eric Li, a venture capitalist with time in the U.S. but now based in Shanghai.  Here he argues forcefully that Western skeptics, proven wrong time and again, will be proven wrong again this time, as China embarks...

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