National SOE conference; Xi and Putin cook together; Abe to visit Beijing; India wobbly about the Quad; Fan Bingbing's disappearing act; Chinese scientist criticizes US NIH; Bitcoin futures bust

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There is some confusing reporting about whether or not the Chinese government will play nice with US firms as the trade war intensifies.

The Wall Street Journal says Ch…

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