The House GOP Conference China Project brings you the latest news, essays, and studies on U.S.-China relations, Hong Kong, Huawei, and more.

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Hong Kong

Pompeo says U.S. considers welcoming Hong Kong people, entrepreneurs — “The United States is considering the option of welcoming people from Hong Kong in response to China’s push to impose national security legislation in the former British colony, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in remarks released on Monday…” 

Security Law Sends Hong Kong Residents Dashing for the Exit — ““I have no confidence in Hong Kong’s future,” she said in an interview. “I have two young kids, so I have to plan for them…”” 

In Hong Kong, China Threatens Businesses and Workers — “China and its allies are using threats and pressure to get business to back Beijing’s increasingly hard-line stance toward Hong Kong, leading companies to muzzle or intimidate workers who speak out in protest…” 

For the first time in 30 years, Hong Kong will not hold a mass vigil commemorating the Tiananmen square massacre — “An annual vigil commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre will not take place in Hong Kong this year, after police refused organizers permission to hold a mass gathering during the coronavirus pandemic…” 

British PM Johnson tells China: We'll not walk away from Hong Kong people — “The United Kingdom will not walk away from the people of Hong Kong if China imposes a national security law which conflicts with Beijing’s international obligations under a 1984 accord, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday…” 

U.S.-China Relations

DNSA Matt Pottinger: China Could Use More Populism

State Department: U.S. Limits the People’s Liberation Army’s Ability to Use Nonimmigrant Visa Programs to Illicitly Acquire U.S. Technologies and Intellectual Property

As Protests Engulf the United States, China Revels in the Unrest — “Chinese officials and state media are seizing on the moment to tout Beijing’s authoritarian system and condemn American hypocrisy — a narrative that ignores many of their own issues…” 

China's Border Invasion Will Push India Toward the U.S. — “A flare-up in a long-running border dispute between China and India has raised the temperature in their bilateral relationship. Yet it may be just as significant for the trilateral U.S.-China-India relationship, which will do a great deal to shape the strategic landscape of the 21st century…” 

China Halts Some U.S. Farm Imports, Threatening Trade Deal — “Chinese government officials told major state-run agricultural companies to pause purchases of some American farm goods including soybeans as Beijing evaluates the ongoing escalation of tensions with the U.S. over Hong Kong, according to people familiar with the situation…” 

China Rare Earth Stock Rally Returns Along With U.S. Tensions — “Chinese rare earth stocks surged in May amid bets increased tensions with the U.S. will spur the Beijing to limit exports of the crucial metals…” 

Defense

China outlines intense space station launch schedule, new astronaut selection — “China is preparing to carry out 11 missions in two years to construct a space station and will soon select a new batch of astronauts for the project…” 

China’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Now Conducting Sea Trials — “China’s newest aircraft carrier, Type 001A Shandong (Hull 17), is conducting sea trials at a time Beijing’s military leadership criticizes the pace and scope of U.S. Navy operations in the region…” 

Philippines says it won't end US military access agreement amid South China Sea tensions — "The Philippines has reversed its decision to end an important military agreement with the United States as territorial tensions with China heat up in the South China Sea..." 

5G

Exclusive: Huawei hid business operation in Iran after Reuters reported links to CFO — “China’s Huawei Technologies acted to cover up its relationship with a firm that had tried to sell prohibited U.S. computer gear to Iran, after Reuters in 2013 reported deep links between the firm and the telecom-equipment giant’s chief financial officer, newly obtained internal Huawei documents show…”

China is using Huawei to drive a wedge in the UK-U.S. special relationship: senator — “China is using telecoms giant Huawei to try to drive a wedge between Britain and the United States, Republican senator Tom Cotton told British lawmakers on Tuesday…” 

Semiconductor Industry to Lobby for Billions to Boost U.S. Manufacturing — “The American semiconductor industry is gearing up for a lobbying push to obtain billions of dollars in federal funding for factory building and research to keep the U.S. ahead of China and other countries that heavily subsidize their chip industries…” 

Huawei turns to mobile chip rivals to beat US pressure — “Huawei Technologies is seeking help from rival mobile-chip makers to withstand a US clampdown aimed at crippling the Chinese company, sources familiar with the matter told the Nikkei Asian Review…” 

China’s largest chipmaker to raise $2.8 billion in listing to boost capabilities amid trade war — “China’s largest contract chipmaker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), has filed for a listing in Shanghai that will raise 20 billion yuan ($2.8 billion)...” 

Boris Johnson ‘changes his mind’ over Huawei mobile deal — “The Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is to hold crunch talks with Downing Street this week — as a senior figure in the government said the prime minister had changed his mind about allowing the company a significant role in the future 5G phone network…” 

Economy

China’s Barely Begun Economic Recovery Shows Signs of Stalling — “China’s economic recovery hit a speed bump in May as the coronavirus pandemic began curbing the world’s demand for Chinese goods…” 

BRI

China Is Finding New Ways to Splash Its Cash in Countries That Don’t Want It — “One of Australia’s biggest states is pushing ahead on an infrastructure deal with China as ties between Beijing and the federal government are at a low, raising concerns that Chinese money may end up funding projects that are a national-security risk…"

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