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The skies over the South China Sea

Since October 1, Chinese military aircraft have flown 159 times through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ)–a section of international airspace countries can arbitrarily define as theirs to monitor.The aircraft have never entered Taiwanese airspace or crossed over Taiwanese territory. And the tempo at which the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and People’s Liberation…

China’s Digital Silk Road aims to connect the world

A new book examines the Chinese government’s efforts to manufacture and provide advanced communications hardware and the many devices that connect to it, to countries, communities, and companies around the world.Why it matters: China is planning for “a future in which all routers lead to Beijing.”In “The Digital Silk Road: China’s Quest to Wire the…

China coal hits record high amid tight supplies

Water vapour rises from a cooling tower of a China Energy ultra-low emission coal-fired power plant during a media tour, in Sanhe, Hebei province, China July 18, 2019. REUTERS/Shivani SinghBEIJING, Oct 19 (Reuters) – China coal prices hit a record high on Tuesday buoyed by a widening power crunch and cold weather despite Beijing’s efforts…

China Flooding Exposed Risks in Beijing’s Plan to Launch Digital Currency

When flooding inundated a central Chinese metropolis over the summer, the calamity dented a key plank of the country’s much-watched bid to replace paper money with digital currency: reliability.Heavy July rains pushed rivers over their banks in the city of Zhengzhou, causing widespread electrical outages that immobilized cellular service. Because urban Chinese typically use mobile-phone…