To Feed its 1.4 billion, China Bets Big on Genome Editing of Crops (Science Magazine, 7 min read)

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Disease can strike cops on a massive scale, seriously disrupting food supply. And when a population of 1.4bn relies on crop produce, consistency in harvest is vital. Using a natural bacterial immune system called CRISPR, China is modifying plant DNA in the hope of improving the texture, longevity, and taste of its crops, turning them resilient to any damage. But the efforts are pre-emptive, given limited natural resources, and there is a long way to go before modified crops are brought to market – China first has to clarify its regulatory stance.

Why does this matter? CRISPR is essentially a GMO tool, which is generally frowned upon by consumers. In China, however, it might be necessary to feed an ever-expanding population. Syngenta, the Swiss chemical company that was acquired by ChemChina in 2017 for $43bn has already assembled a large R&D team exploring CRISPR. A number of start-ups are also popping up. Investors should be wary, however, for CRISPR remains controversial, especially after recent medical scandals where Chinese doctors used it to genetically engineer babies.

Smart home tech makes inroads into China’s emerging elderly care market (Reuters, 4 min read)

August 16, 2019

Stimulus Prep or Prelude to Deflationary Crisis: China Tightening Screws on Real Estate (Investing in Chinese stocks, 4 min read)

August 16, 2019

Inside China’s vast influence network – how it works, and its reach in Australia (The Conversation, 4 min read)

August 16, 2019

Hong Kong protests: history lessons for Beijing from British colonial era uprising (The Conversation, 4 min read)

August 16, 2019

China’s AI Talent Base Is Growing, and then Leaving (Macro Polo, 3 min read)

August 16, 2019

Chinese Universities Need to Attract More Foreign Students, But Not by Treating Them Differently (SCMP, 3 min read)

August 9, 2019

The Messy Truth About Social Credit (Logic Magazine, 10 min read)

August 9, 2019

New China Tariffs Increase Costs to U.S. Households (Liberty Street Economics, 4 min read)

August 9, 2019

The Real Reason for China’s Rise (Project Syndicate, 3 min read)

August 9, 2019

U.S. Breaking Promises is Setting New Obstacles for Trade Talks with China (People’s Daily, 3 min read)

August 9, 2019

China’s Long View (Project Syndicate, 3 min read)

August 1, 2019

How the U.S. Could Lose a War with China (The Atlantic, 3 min read)

August 1, 2019

China Makes Concession on US Farm Goods in ‘Frank’ and ‘Constructive’ Talks (SCMP, 4 min read)

August 1, 2019

Beijing Axes Individual Travel Visas for Chinese Tourists Visiting Taiwan (Taiwan News, 3 min read)

August 1, 2019

China White Paper on National Defense: Separatists Are Top Threat (SupChina, 3 min read)

July 25, 2019

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