Bloomberg: “China couldn’t have invented global warming as a hoax to harm U.S. competitiveness because it was Donald Trump’s Republican predecessors who started climate negotiations in the 1980s, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said. U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush supported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in initiating global warming talks even before China knew that negotiations to cut pollution were starting, Liu told reporters at United Nations talks on Wednesday in Marrakech, Morocco.”

CBS News: “China’s J-20 stealth fighter made its public debut at an air show on Tuesday, in the latest sign of the growing sophistication of the country’s military technology. The fifth-generation warplane, which outwardly resembles the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor in service with the U.S. military, performed a series of maneuvers under overcast skies at Airshow China in the southern city of Zhuhai. The long-range J-20, armed with air-to-air missiles, performed its first test flight in 2011 and has been the object of feverish attention by the nation’s aviation buffs. At least six prototypes have been produced, according to an annual report on the Chinese military issued by the Pentagon this year.”

WSJ: “With the exception of the Vietnam War, America’s alliance system in East Asia has helped keep the peace for more than half a century. Now it is in trouble. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s progression from abusive name-calling to a more broadly articulated anti-American hostility has been swift and stunning. It threatens one of Washington’s crucial Asian alliances and sets back U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature ‘pivot’ to the region. China is jubilant over Mr. Duterte’s cooling relations with Washington after it clashed for years with the Philippine leader’s predecessor.”

WaPo: “China has never been shy about its desire to acquire ‘soft power’ – the kind of cultural and economic influence that can’t be wielded by military might. And Hollywood has often been a partner in its project. China’s bid for soft power was on show this week, as Sony Pictures Entertainment formed an alliance with Dalian Wanda, a Chinese company that has become one of the world’s largest media empires, in a deal announced Friday. While the partnership was smaller than some of Dalian Wanda’s previous acquisitions, it attracted attention as the Chinese company’s third major deal in Hollywood this year.”

NYT: “The Great Wall of China. A stirring symbol of national pride whose overlapping sections span thousands of miles. A crumbling, melancholy monument to China’s imperial grandeur, so imposing that it inspired the stubborn myth that it is visible from the moon. One part of the Great Wall is even more visible now, but for very wrong reasons. Chinese preservationists, internet users and media commentators have been incensed this week after pictures showed that officials repaired part of the Great Wall in northeast China by slapping a white substance on top of the crumbling, weathered stones.”

WSJ: “The U.S. and China are targeting the finances of a sprawling Chinese conglomerate headed by a Communist Party member who the Obama administration believes has played a role in aiding North Korea’s nuclear program. The actions against the company, Hongxiang Industrial Development Co., mark the most serious effort to date to pursue Chinese firms and business executives for their suspected role in supporting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s rapidly expanding nuclear-weapons program. Earlier this month, Pyongyang conducted its fifth atomic test in a decade.”

CNN: “Typhoon Meranti aimed for China's mainland after pounding Taiwan, making landfall near Xiamen in Fujian Province, according to CNN meteorologists. The powerful storm slammed southern Taiwan early Thursday local time, bringing winds of up to 230 mph (370 kilometers per hour) -- faster than a Formula One race car -- at one point and torrential rains.”

WSJ: “China spent much of the last decade building a strategic alliance with Venezuela, a country that sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves and was led by a socialist president, the late Hugo Chávez, who admired Mao Zedong and wanted to counter U.S. influence in Latin America.”

TIME: “The words barely resonate anymore. After North Korea succeeded with its fifth—and likely largest ever—nuclear test on Friday morning, the reclusive state’s lone ally issued its usual barrage of condemnation. China ‘resolutely opposes’ North Korea’s flouting of a U.N. ban on such nuclear tests, went a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement. China’s official newswire said the test, which took place on North Korea’s National Day, ‘shocked the world.’ The Xinhua News Agency continued: ‘All parties including North Korea should recognize that tumult on the peninsula, war and instability in Northeast Asia will benefit nobody.’”

Politico: “Barack Obama just won’t stop ‘pivoting’ to Asia—he’s still at it this week—and China can hardly keep up. Even in his final months in office, the U.S. president continues to drop surprise moves on Beijing—whether it was ‘tarmac-gate,’ when Obama decided to exit Air Force One from an unexpected doorway after a delay at the airport last Friday, touching off a shouting match between Chinese and U.S. officials, or the four whole days that Obama decided to spend in a country no U.S. leader had ever visited before and which no one even in Asia pays much attention to, landlocked Laos.”

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