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China Aims to Build a Supersonic “Flying Train” That Would Put Elon Musk’s Hyperloop to Shame

September 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Hyperloop is getting some Chinese competition. The country’s state-run space contractor, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), announced yesterday (Aug. 30) that it has started research on a “high-speed flying train” that it says will be able to reach top speeds of 4,000 km per hour (2,485 miles...

After Sanctioning Pyongyang, China Says the Ball’s in Everyone Else’s Court

August 7, 2017 The question of whether Beijing would go along with much harsher sanctions against North Korea was answered this weekend. China voted in favor of sanctions that promise to cut North Korea’s annual export revenue by a third, going along with the other members of the UN Security Council. But now,...

'Invest $500,000 and Immigrate to the U.S.': Trump’s Latest Conflict of Interest in China

May 8, 2017 Donald Trump’s administration has made it harder for foreigners to get US work visas. But the sister of Jared Kushner—Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser—is using her White House connections to lure Chinese investors to help fund a real estate project via a controversial visa program that in essence sells US...

China’s Twitter Clone Will Soon Have More Users Than Twitter

February 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sina Weibo started as China’s Twitter clone in 2009. Like other internet services in China, it filled the vacuum left by foreign offerings being driven out by government censorship. There’s basically no rivalry between the counterparts. They tap user bases that have zero overlap. The red-eyed creature of Sina Weibo’s...

Donald Trump and China’s President Finally Broke the Ice — By Snail Mail

February 9, 2017 Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping have made progress in their relationship. The two heads of state finally made contact for the first time since Trump became president. In a letter “provided” to Xi yesterday (Feb. 8), Trump said he looked forward to working with Xi to “develop a...

China Returned the U.S. Underwater Drone it Seized in the South China Sea

December 20, 2016 Days after taking an American unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in the contested waters of the South China Sea, China finally returned the drone to the US, according to officials from the two sides. The Chinese navy returned the drone to the US near the location where it had been “unlawfully...

That Underwater Drone Donald Trump Doesn’t Want Back? China Says it Might Have 'Valuable Information'

December 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After seizing an American unmanned underwater vehicle operating in international waters in the South China Sea last week, China’s defense ministry has agreed to return the drone to the U.S.—even if President-elect Donald Trump wants Beijing to keep it. We should tell China that we don't want the drone they...

That Underwater Drone Trump Doesn’t Want Back? China Says It Might Have 'Valuable Information'

December 19, 2016 After seizing an American unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operating in international waters in the South China Sea last week, China’s defense ministry has agreed to return the drone to the US—even if president-elect Donald Trump wants Beijing to keep it. We should tell China that we don't want the drone...

China's Latest Bizarre Propaganda Videos Use Batman and Mr. Bean to Explain State Secrets

April 15, 2016 Superman. Mr. Bean. The Joker. Jack Ma. Spongebob Squarepants. These icons of pop culture are the latest figures to be drawn into the bizarre world of Chinese online propaganda. Today (April 15) is China’s first-ever National Security Education Day, a new “holiday” meant to publicize the importance of safeguarding state...

It’s the CIA’s Fault — How Foreign Leaders Try to Discredit the Panama Papers

April 5, 2016 The leaked Panama papers have implicated dozens of world leaders, their relatives, and their business associates, linking them to offshore partnerships and investment companies notorious for tax evasion and money laundering. While the first installment of the year-long investigation into 11.5 million leaked documents was published online on April 3,...