On today’s show Andrew and Bill begin with news of more raids on Western corporate intelligence firms, investors losing access to Wind Information Co., a reported uptick in foreigners facing exit bans, and the continuing conflict between business-friendly rhetoric and what Xi's security services are doing on the ground. Then: Capital flight to Singapore, various theories to explain the timing of Xi's call to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and head-scratching jargon from the Chinese readout. At the end: The dynamics between India, Pakistan and China, the US strategy with India, and a question about decoupling yields discussion of Apple, Tesla and the burgeoning EV industry in China.
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China Locks Information on the Country Inside a Black Box -- Wall St. Journal
China’s ‘men in black’ step up scrutiny of foreign corporate sleuths -- FT
U.S. Chamber Statement on Concerns Over PRC Investment Climate -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
China's exit bans multiply as political control tightens under Xi -- Reuters
New Report: Trapped - China’s Expanding Use of Exit Bans -- Safeguard Defenders
Xi calls Zelensky -- Sinocism
Xi-Zelensky call; Bain's Shanghai troubles; Counter-espionage law; Li Ganjie heads Organization Department; Employment measures -- Sinocism
Speak Plainly, Mr. Chairman -- China Media Project
America’s Bad Bet on India -- Foreign Affairs
Sinocism Podcast: Tania Branigan on her book Red Memory: The Afterlives of China's Cultural Revolution -- Sinocism
An excerpt from Tania Branigan's Red Memory: The Afterlives of China's Cultural Revolution -- Sinocism