Tariff spiral; Xi climbs into a nuclear sub; Huawei's Australian troubles; National real estate registration database; Debates about engagement and illiberalism; Spiritual spine straightening; Truckers strike

Happy Dragon Boat Festival! China is on holiday today.

I missed a busy week and I appreciate your patience. Unfortunately I need to go to a funeral in Boston this Thursday so there will likely be no newsletter Thursday. I will make it up to you.

The Trump-Kim summit was a generally positive event for China. Trump endorsed Beijing's long-advocated "freeze …

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