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 Wang’s warning

 Wang’s warning
Jun 3, 2022 (WiC 587)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi responds to a major speech by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which declared that China was “the most serious long-term challenge to the international order”.

“If the US blindly defines China-US relations in terms of great power competition and takes a ‘you lose, I win’ approach to policy, it will only push China and the US into confrontation and conflict, and push the world into division and turmoil”

Extremely unlikely

Extremely unlikely
May 27, 2022 (WiC 586)
Eric Johnson, CEO of Tokyo-based JSR, one of the key suppliers of specialist materials essential for semiconductors talks about China's ambitions in EUV tech. He told the Financial Times that even if China “got a paper on exactly what the chemistries were to manufacture that... at the purities, and the precision and reproducibility is really tough. It’s not that simple and they don’t have the supply chain to support that, either.”

“I think China would love to develop their own EUV [extreme ultraviolet lithography] competency, their ecosystem for these things. I think it is going to be difficult for them to do that frankly”

Sister act

Sister act
May 20, 2022 (WiC 585)
“I can understand how the time the Soong sisters spent here changed their lives, and how it left a rich legacy at the college and even influenced the China-US relationship”

China’s ambassador to the US Qin Gang speaks during a visit to the Soong Sisters Gallery at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia last Friday. Qin said the three sisters were an example of “people-to-people exchanges”. Soong Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen, who is widely recognised as the founder of the Chinese republic, and her younger sister Mei-ling became Chiang Kai-shek’s influential wife. The sisters’ alma mater retains a connection to China through its dual degree partnership with Guangzhou University.

Kissinger on China

Kissinger on China
May 13, 2022 (WiC 584)
“In principle, the [Sino-Russian] alliance is against vested interests, it’s now established. But it does not look to me as if it is an intrinsically permanent relationship”

Veteran diplomat Henry Kissinger discusses the Ukraine war, and its impact on China and Russia, at the WeekendFT Festival in Washington. Kissinger, who turns 99 later this month, added that the war had led China’s leaders to reflect “on how to avoid getting into the situation in which Putin got himself into”, though he did not specifically say whether he was referring to Taiwan.