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The Chinafornia Newsletter, 12.7.16 Wanda vs. "Dr. Evil" in Hollywood

Welcome to the third edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
December 7 · Issue #3 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the third edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
This week we’ve got a real great batch of topics to draw from: 
- the struggle between Dalian Wanda’s Hollywood ambitions and a lobbyist nicknamed “Dr. Evil”
- WeChat censorship of Chinese users overseas, and how that may be a blueprint for Facebook’s China ambitions
- a fantastic NYT collaboration on how Trump’s threatened tariffs on Chinese imports could actually cripple many U.S. manufacturers
All that and much more is in the newsletter below!
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The Chinafornia Newsletter is created by me, Matt Sheehan. I spent over five years in mainland China, including two as The Huffington Post’s first-ever China correspondent. I’m now back in my native California consulting on China-related projects and writing a book on Chinafornia.
You can read some of my best work on my own website: An Optimist’s Guide to China. Follow me on Twitter @mattsheehan88 and feel free to email me at

Silicon Valley’s Culture, Not Its Companies, Dominates in China - The New York Times
With WeChat, Chinese Take Censorship Abroad, Study Says - China Real Time Report - WSJ
Microsoft, Intel, IBM Push Back on China Cybersecurity Rules - WSJ
Airbnb belatedly knocks on the door in China | The Economist
Special Report: How top U.S. colleges hooked up with controversial Chinese companies| Reuters
China Said to Add Curbs on Yuan Outflows as Pressure Builds - Bloomberg
Obama Poised to Block Chinese Takeover of Germany’s Aixtron - Bloomberg
Guest Column: Foreign investment in Ohio drives jobs and economic growth - Dayton Business Journal
Shadowy forces are fighting for control of your local movie theater - The Washington Post
Matt Damon: 'Great Wall' Role Never Intended for Asian Actor | Hollywood Reporter
CFI Interview: Bennett Pozil, Hollywood Banker With One Foot in China - China Film Insider
Real Estate
China Largest Cross-Border Real Estate Investor | Mingtiandi
Vancouver Housing Tax Pushes Chinese to $1 Million Seattle Homes - Bloomberg
The Beltway and Beijing
Trump’s Taiwan phone call was long planned, say people who were involved - The Washington Post
Trump’s Tough Trade Talk Could Damage American Factories - The New York Times
Golden Oldie
A Clash of Cultures at Alabama Factory - WSJ
Culture Corner
Uyghur Ballad on Beijing to Urumqi Train - YouTube
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