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July 31, 2019

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U.S. President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with China's President Xi Jinping during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC1B709E6A60
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with China's President Xi Jinping at the start of their bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC1E7DB7CCD0

Research and commentary

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In the News

Li Peng's legacy revisited after his recent passing. In a New York Times obituary for Li Peng, who died earlier this month, Cheng Li points out the former Chinese prime minister's role in one of China's most ambitious—and, at the time, controversial—infrastructure projects: "Without Li Peng’s advocacy, the Three Gorges Dam might never have been built."

Hong Kong protests trigger alarms for Xi Jinping. The ongoing protests in Hong Kong, which began in opposition to a bill that would facilitate extraditions to Mainland China but have grown to encompass broader complaints, are surely holding the close attention of President Xi Jinping. In an interview, Ryan Hass told The New York Times that the lessons of the Arab Spring are "seared into [Xi's] brain."

Brookings discussion explores role of technology in U.S.-China trade war. During a recent public event, Cheng Li explained how the impact of "decoupling" between the U.S. and Chinese economies has already started to show: "There was almost zero mutual investment in the tech sector between the United States and China last year," Li pointed out. The event was also reported on by China Review (in Chinese).

About The China CenteR

The John L. Thornton China Center develops timely, independent analysis and policy recommendations to help U.S. and Chinese leaders address key long-term challenges, both in terms of U.S.-China relations and China's internal development.

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