The Chinese Dream abroad

A People’s Daily animation of Xi Jinping’s arrival in Zimbabwe, where he was greeted by President Mugabe.

Xi’s state visits

People’s Daily: Cartoon commentary, President Xi’s France, Zimbabwe, South Africa visit: Foster new future of China-Zimbabwe friendship.
  • An optimistic piece on the prospects of the future relationship between Zimbabwe and China.
Quartz: China’s Xi Jinping pledges $60 billion to help Africa solve its problems its own way.
  • During the China-Africa Summit in South Africa, Xi Jinping pledged USD $60 billion to development projects in African nations over the next three years. During the announcement, he stated, “China supports the resolution of African issues by Africans in the African way.”
The Guardian: Robert Mugabe greets China’s Xi Jinping as ‘true and dear friend’ of Zimbabwe.
  • During Xi’s state visit to Zimbabwe, President Mugabe reaffirmed their strategic partnership ‘based on the principles of the UN charter’ and inked new business deals to further promote Sino-Zimbabwean trade. At present, over 100 Chinese businesses are investing in Zimbabwe.
BBC: China and South Africa in $6.5bn worth of deals.

  • China and South Africa have signed deals and loans valued at USD $6.5 billion, with the focus on building infrastructure in the African nation.

Paleontology with Chinese characteristics

An artist’s rendition of gigantoraptor, one of Xu Xing’s discoveries.

CNN: Meet China’s dinosaur king.
  • Paleontologist Xu Xing has named more dinosaurs than any other living expert in his field, and revolutionized common understandings of dinosaurs’ appearance and behaviors. In addition to identifying over 57 new types of dinosaurs, many of which were unearthed in remote corners of China, Xu and his team have pioneered the new theory that dinosaurs were feathery rather than scaly beasts.

The Chinese in Australia

The Australian: Love of golf driving Chinese investment in courses and resorts.
  • The love of golf among wealthy Chinese, and limited opportunities back in the PRC to indulge, appears to be driving a number of recent investments in golf courses and resorts in Australia.

War on the Rocks: What are the Chinese up to in Australia?

The crocodile-infested shores of Darwin, Australia will soon be welcoming a new, long-term guest: the Chinese. The Northern Territory government signed a 99-year lease valued at US$506 million that will turn the daily operations of Darwin Port over to China’s Landbridge Group. The deal gives the Chinese firm 100-percent operational control of the port and 80-percent ownership of Darwin Port land, facilities of East Arm wharf (to include a marine supply base), and Fort Hill wharf. While Landbridge spends the next five years searching for an Australian partner company to hold the remaining 20 percent, the Northern Territory government will retain local ownership in the interim. The Chinese firm has further pledged to spend $35 million in the first five years to expand the port, and $200 million over the next 25 years.

The rise of the renminbi

Bloomberg Brief: China’s yuan and the SDR basket.
  • A special edition of the Bloomberg Brief detailing the rise of the renminbi, predictions for its future performance, and a primer on what the entry of the renminbi into the SDR basket actually means.

Rule of law troubles
Wall Street Journal: China’s Criminal Law Once Again Used as Political Tool.

The criminal process remains a crude tool of Communist Party policy in China. The suppression of activists by the party-state continues with blatant repression of speech and conduct deemed dangerous to stability. Once again, the absurdly broad crime of “picking quarrels” has been linked with “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places,” resulting in the conviction of a rights activist. In another case, a well-known lawyer and human rights activist is awaiting trial on the charge of “picking quarrels.”

Return of the airpocalypse

Canberra Times: Beijing smog fails to obscure ‘apocalypse’ humour.
  • As Beijing’s leaders prepare to meet in Paris for environmental talks, air quality across northern China once again sets records for its pollution content. Chinese citizens have responded with characteristic dry humor and resignation.

The future of the dalai lama

New York Times Magazine: The last dalai lama?
  • At 80, Tenzin Gyatso is still an international
    icon, but the future of his office — and of the
    Tibetan people — has never been more in doubt.

Labor matters

Washington Post: A grim bargain: Once a weakness, low-skilled workers who get paid little have become the Deep South’s strength.
  • An unflinching look at the intersection of Chinese companies and low-end wage labor in the American south.


Legal Daily: 公安机关创新工作方式打击网络犯罪净化网络环境 (Public security authorities to more intensively attack cybercrime and ‘cleanse’ the internet environment.)
  • 11月29日至12月3日,国务委员、公安部部长郭声琨赴美国主持首次中美打击网络犯罪及相关事项高级别联合对话,将社会关注的焦点聚焦到打击网络犯罪上。