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Sharp China: Elon Musk’s Surprise Trip to Beijing; A Third Plenum Set for July; An Uneventful Blinken Visit; Xi’s Trip to Europe

Sharp China: Elon Musk’s Surprise Trip to Beijing; A Third Plenum Set for July; An Uneventful Blinken Visit; Xi’s Trip to Europe


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Show Notes:

On today's show Andrew and Bill begin with a surprise, 24-hour trip to China for Elon Musk, and a Sunday meeting with Premier Li Qiang. Topics include: The Musk meeting as PRC response to mounting scrutiny in the US, the benefits to both sides of the Tesla-PRC relationship, and why this week's news may not answer Tesla's long term questions in the Chinese market. From there: Parsing the readout from the April Politburo meeting, including insights into how leadership sees the economy now, an announcement for the long-awaited Third Plenum, and policy changes that may or may not materialize in the months to come. At the end: Takeaways from Secretary of State Blinken's visit to Beijing last week, Xi Jinping prepares to travel to the EU amid a flurry of investigations into PRC entities and actors, and an emailer asks about the veracity of officially reported PRC economic data.

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Related Readings:

Politburo meeting and a July Third Plenum; Beijing relaxes some housing restrictions; Scarborough Shoal tensions -- Sinocism 

Xi to Europe; MSS head on the "five antis"; Musk's big Beijing trip; Housing restrictions; RMB; Kinmen patrols -- Sinocism 

Elon Musk flies in to meet China’s premier as Tesla fights local rivals -- FT 

Elon Musk Can’t Solve Tesla’s China Crisis With His Desperate Asia Visit -- WIRED 

Politburo meeting and announcement of Third Plenum in July -- Sinocism 

Macron plans to charm Xi in the Pyrénées -- Politico

EU President Xi Jinping Meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken -- MoFA

Blinken Meets With Xi as U.S. Pressures China to End Support for Russia -- WSJ 

China Has Crossed Biden’s Red Line on Ukraine -- WSJ 

Thread on EU-China by Finbarr Bermingham -- X

One thing we did not mention about Blinken's trip is he went to a record store and bought an album by famous old rocker Dou Wei:

I prefer Zhang Chu from that era:

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