President Xi has played a pivotal role in launching the Xiong’an New Area. Just as Shenzhen and Pudong are considered gems of the Deng era, Xi aspires to see his name associated with a new urban miracle. However, the ambitious project will need to address key issues in urban planning, socioeconomic considerations, and ecological vulnerabilities.
On April 18, the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings welcomed Zheng Zhijie—president of China Development Bank—and representatives from the International Monetary Fund, the International Finance Forum, and other institutions for a multi-part event to unpack the next stage of development and reform of the Chinese economy, as well as to assess the first five years of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Trump keeps up pressure in trade spat with China. Cheng Li discusses U.S.-China trade tensions and the Trump administration’s goals in an interview with Phoenix TV (in Chinese).
Xi promises further opening of China’s economy to Boao Forum. Although Xi’s speech at the Boao Forum leaves many questions about his commitment to reforms, Eswar Prasad tells Financial Times that it was sufficient to draw President Trump’s approval. And in a VOA interview (in Chinese), David Dollar points out that Xi did not directly mention the U.S.-China trade dispute or say anything to risk escalation.
Backlash prompts Weibo to reverse its ban on LGBT content. Following the recent controversy, Sydney Morning Herald cited Cheng Li’s and Xinyue Zhang’s report from last fall about the state of LGBT rights in China.
North Korea unlikely to relinquish nukes. Jonathan Pollack tells The Economist that it constitutes “magical thinking” to suppose that Kim Jong-un would give up his nuclear arsenal during or after a potential summit with President Donald Trump.
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