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In April, China's management of the Internet made headlines once again when Washington stated it amounted to a trade barrier. Recently, Xi Jinping met with Chinese technology chiefs and government officials to address China's future development in cyberspace. Xi outlined a broad set of objectives and general capabilities, such as deterring foreign attacks and infiltration, that Beijing would like to achieve. This week's readings highlight ho
w broad Chinese goals are in this domain and the importance of understanding Chinese policy as a whole before focusing on our narrower slices of interest.
On April 26, Xi Jinping gave a speech in Anhui to intellectuals, model workers, and youth representatives about the role of the intellectual in current Chinese society. Naturally, the speech focused on the role of intellectuals in promoting national rejuvenation. It even mentioned that criticism of government is welcome, as long as it "comes from a good starting point." In this speech Xi used this chengyu to describe competition...like a thousand ships at the beginning of a race.
Last week, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and took questions for nearly 90 minutes from the attending senators. The hearing is a tour-de-force on the current state of U.S. policy on China and the points of contention in U.S. policy circles. The exchanges in the hearing also illustrate the tradeoffs and dilemmas U.S. policymakers believe they face on China.
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