How US media follow the developments 

  • The Washington Post reports, “The United States and China resume talks Tuesday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike. The White House said that meetings between mid-level delegations will begin in Washington following talks last week in Beijing that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said ‘made headway’ on key issues. On Thursday, Lighthizer will lead higher level talks, joined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro. Leading the Chinese team will be Vice Premier Liu He, according to the Xinhua news agency. Business groups and economists saw Friday’s surprise announcement of further talks this week as a sign that the two counties were making progress.”
  • CNN reports, “Huawei’s founder is striking a defiant tone in the face of American attempts to curb the Chinese tech giant’s international reach and prosecute his daughter. ‘There’s no way the US can crush us,’ Ren Zhengfei said in an interview with the BBC that aired Tuesday. ‘The world needs Huawei because we are more advanced.’ Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, is battling a US-led campaign to persuade American allies to shut the company’s technology out of super-fast 5G networks. Australia and New Zealand have already restricted mobile operators from using Huawei gear for 5G. The United Kingdom, Germany and others are considering whether to clamp down as well. The US government argues Huawei’s products could be exploited by Chinese intelligence services for spying – a claim the company has repeatedly denied.”
  • The New York Time reports, “The Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei was under house arrest in Beijing when he was invited to remotely direct a segment for ‘Berlin, I Love You,’ an anthology film set in the German capital. The segment portrayed the separation of a family and featured his 5-year-old son, Ai Lao, who lived in Germany.’It’s sweet and has some sadness,’ Mr. Ai said about his segment, which he directed in 2015. ‘Not politically sensitive at all.’But in the final version of the film, which was released in the United States this month, Mr. Ai’s contribution was nowhere to be found. Mr. Ai said the producers told him they had decided to cut his segment after investors, distributors and other partners raised concerns about the artist’s political sensitivity in China. ‘When I found out, I was very angry,’ Mr. Ai said. ‘It was frustrating to see Western creators and institutions collaborating with Chinese censorship in such an obvious way.'”

Summary of Media Coverage

The Wall Street JournalAlibaba Takes Stake in Bank Backed by Tencent, by Stella Yifan Xie
The Washington PostChina accuses US of trying to block its tech development, by Joe McDonald
The Wall Street Journal5G Is a Winner for Chinese Companies-at Least at Home, by Jacky Wong
BloombergMalaysia Nears Deal With China to Revive Scrapped Rail Project, by Anisah Shukry and Anuradha Raghu
ReutersHSBC warns on China, UK slowdowns as 2018 profit disappoints, by Sumeet Chatterjee and Lawrence White
Financial TimesChina will not surpass America any time soon, by Joseph Nye