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Asia Daily Briefing - Minor-metal hunters

June 27, 2019


India scrambles to 

look overseas for rare

 earths used in EVs

Three Indian state-run companies
 are teaming up to go on a global 
hunt for rare-earth metals in 
the face of possible export 
restrictions by China and an 
expected surge in domestic 
 for electric vehicles.

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Iranian oil flowing past Malaysia on way to Asian

China continues imports despite US sanctions


China's fintechs see rural bank gateway to Philippine


Central bank head Diokno says he welcomes new entrants


Hong Kong protesters play cat and mouse with surveillance 


Anonymous messaging and cash purchases among tools used to erase
 digital trail

Bali United IPO sets ball rolling on Southeast Asia soccer listings

Indonesian club scores $24m in region's first stock debut of sport

French president calls for council to help officials regulate AI

'Limits on innovation' needed to protect society, says Macron

China up close selection

Baffled by Trump, 

Chinese propagandists

 waffle ahead of Osaka

As the G-20 summit draws near, 
 what exactly does Xi Jinping 
want from his likely meeting 
with Donald Trump? Some 
tantalizing clues can be found in 
Xi's recent visit to North Korea, 
as well as in the movies Chinese television has been airing.

"China up close" is a regular
 column written by Katsuji 
 Nakazawa, a Tokyo-based senior
 staff writer and editorial
 writer at Nikkei. It runs every Thursday. Read back issues here.

Xi reverses Hong Kong policy with Alibaba and North Korea in mind

Grand strategy of making Shanghai a financial center paused amid trade war

The new Long March -- Xi's 15-year battle plan with the US

Chinese leader adopts a 'talk and strike' strategy until eventual win in 2035

Trump and Xi enter endgame with China's 100-year dream on the line

Goals cherished since the May Fourth Movement come under fire from US

How Xi Jinping's colleagues rejected an 'unequal' trade deal

A 150-page agreement was sent back to Washington, gutted and shrunk to 105 pages

Xi-Trump summit in Japan in play as China eyes longer fight

Great powers' battle for hegemony threatens to make trade deal tentative at best

The cursed year: Xi and China brace for a wild 2019

Wars, riots and crackdowns have hit in jinxed '9' years

The best of Asia Society every week.
June 27, 2019


Introducing the Belt and Road Matrix

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about Navigating the Belt and Road, a groundbreaking new report co-authored by Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Daniel Russel that lays out a series of recommendations for China to improve its signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). To help visualize the scope of this project, we created an interactive matrix that reveals ways to build a cleaner, greener, cheaper, more open, and more collaborative BRI. There’s plenty more to explore at the project’s website — check it out.

Watch Russel explain more about the project in this short video. Last week, he sat down with a panel of experts to discuss the Belt and Road Initiative in greater detail. Watch the complete video here.


A Dramatic Week for U.S.-Iran Relations

The already-tense relationship between the United States and Iran took a dramatic turn last week. After the Iranian military shot down an unmanned American surveillance drone, President Donald Trump reportedly came close to launching a retaliatory strike before changing his mind, claiming that the high number of projected casualties did not constitute a “proportional” response to the incident.

The incident was merely the latest indication that just over a year after President Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal, the two countries now appear on the verge of conflict. Karim Sadjadpour, a member of Asia Society’s Global Council and an Asia 21 Young Leader, wrote in The Atlantic that President Trump’s Iran policy “has had the coherence of a Jackson Pollock painting.” But, Sadjadpour added, “the reality is that Iran is in a much greater bind. A U.S. military strike on Iran might have been averted for now, but Iran’s deteriorating economic circumstances cannot likely be reversed absent an accommodation of the United States.”

More: Last December, veteran diplomat Frank Wisner discussed U.S.-Iran relations at an Asia Society India program held in Mumbai. You can watch the full video here.


Hong Kong Protests, Redux

Arguably no living American has had a greater impact on U.S.-China relations than Henry Kissinger who, as President Richard Nixon’s national security advisor, orchestrated the resumption of ties between the two countries during a series of visits in the early 1970s. Nearly a half-century later, dismay over China’s political and economic trajectory has become a recurring theme in President Trump’s political messaging.

As a young diplomat, Winston Lord accompanied Kissinger on those initial visits to China, later serving as ambassador to the People’s Republic during the Reagan presidency. Lord, author of the new book Kissinger on Kissinger, discussed the legacy of the American opening to China in a recent conversation with Orville Schell at Asia Society New York.

“We all hoped that China would be in a better place in terms of world citizenship and opening up its political system,” Lord said. “But we were not naive. … I don’t buy the conventional wisdom in some corners that all of us were fools and dupes and didn’t know what the hell we were doing.”


Previewing 'Voyage to the East'

The story of how Buddhism came to Japan, Voyage to the East is a new opera by composer Tang Jianping. The Metropolitan Opera's Tian Hao Jiang stars as Jiazhen, the Chinese monk credited with introducing both Buddhism and aspects of Tang dynasty Chinese culture to Japan, laying the groundwork for subsequent exchange between the two countries. In a special preview and discussion held at Asia Society New York, Tian, Tang, and the rest of the creative team shared musical excerpts and conversations about the work prior to its Lincoln Center debut later this year. You can watch the complete video here.


Being An Asian American in Politics

Asian Americans, long a coveted voting demographic, have achieved increased visibility as government officials, members of Congress, and presidential candidates. Last week Asia Society New York welcomed Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY) and Andy Kim (D-NJ) for a wide-ranging discussion about political agency in Asian American communities, their paths through politics, and their views on public service.

Click here to see our look at 10 influential Asian Americans making waves in U.S. politics and government.


Carrie Lam's Future, Xi Jinping's Diplomacy, and More

Here’s what else is going on:
  • Orville Schell discussed the recent Hong Kong protests with KCBS Radio. He said that the fate of the territory’s chief executive will ultimately matter little. “If Carrie Lam leaves, nothing will change,” he said.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping is in the midst of a busy diplomatic season, making his first ever visit to North Korea weeks before a planned encounter with President Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit. Daniel Russel discussed Xi’s visit to Pyongyang with CNN, while Wendy Cutler told the South China Morning Post that expectations for the Xi-Trump visit should be “kept in check.”
  • In a recent op-ed published in Nikkei Asian Review, Kevin Rudd argued that economic decoupling between China and the United States has already begun whether or not the two countries manage to strike a deal in the near future — one that Rudd said on CNBC that Xi has an economic incentive to make.


  • On June 25, Asia Society Northern California hosts Barbara Finamore for a discussion of her new book Will China Save the Planet? in San Francisco. 
  • On June 26, the Argentine dancer Martin Piliponsky will perform with cellist Justin Siu at Asia Society Hong Kong following a brief talk as part of the fourth annual International Choreography Festival. Tickets are available here.
  • And on July 2, United States Consul General Kurt W. Tong will discuss the current state of U.S.-China relations at Asia Society Hong Kong. Click here for more information.


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