EDM 1 – Issue 589

This week’s WiC is a little different, featuring a wide-ranging interview with Chas Freeman, one of America’s leading China experts. Freeman served as lead interpreter for Richard Nixon’s groundbreaking trip to Beijing in 1972, before taking on a series of senior diplomatic roles (including Ambassador to Saudi Arabia) and becoming an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration. 

Freeman talks superpower rivalry, the growing prospects of a Taiwan invasion (and when it might happen) and what he remembers most about Nixon’s seminal visit to China 50 years ago.

Also this week: why this month’s ‘618’ fiesta hasn’t sizzled with shoppers; how Huawei could be considering coffee as a new line of business; and farewell to the Jumbo, as Hong Kong’s floating restaurant heads for the open sea