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The Chinafornia Newsletter 6.8.17 - Xi Talks Climate with Governor Brown

Welcome to the 28th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
June 8 · Issue #28 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 28th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s whirlwind China tour dominated the Chinafornia headlines this week, with a high-profile meeting with Xi Jinping as the cherry on top. Plenty going down in the tech and Hollywood space this week, so dive in.
Top reads for the week:
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Airbnb names new China head, rumored in talks with local rival Tujia - TechNode
Apple iPhone Data Theft Tests China’s New Cybersecurity Law - WSJ
How an eager Chinese tech group stumbled in America - Financial Times (paywall)
Kunlun Tech Networks on Global Stage With Buyout of U.S. Dating App Grindr - Caixin Global
Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial's acquisition of MoneyGram would give it a massive amount of US personal data — Quartz
Mnuchin Seeks Lawmakers' Help to Fix Foreign Investment Panel - Bloomberg
China and Hollywood: why the romance has cooled | Features | Screen
“The Joy Luck Club” Is The Movie You Needed, And It Almost Never Happened
China’s Tencent Has an Entertainment Reach Hollywood Would Envy - WSJ
New Wanda Studios Aims to Attract Big Hollywood, Domestic Productions | Variety
Chinese Firm in Busted Voltage Deal Says It Can’t Be Sued in U.S. | Variety
Jerry Brown in China
Xi Jinping and Jerry Brown of California Meet to Discuss Climate Change - The New York Times
The trip produced a flurry of agreements and news, which I’ll break down here:
- Clean tech and emissions trading agreement w/ China’s Minister of Technology – this may be the highest profile takeaway, but reports still very sparse on details 
- Brown rides a high-speed train and discusses Chinese investment and engineering on California’s prospective line.
- Plea for Chinese battery technology for California electric vehicles. Interesting that BYD’s California electric bus factory isn’t mentioned. Brown announced its creation on his last China trip, before PR debacle. 
- Linking cap-and-trade markets (Reuters) was something Brown raised before his departure, but no word on whether this got traction in China. This piece in Nature argues that’s a good thing, as linkages can disrupt already precarious pricing of emissions.
Real Estate
Vancouver home prices resume gains to fresh record | South China Morning Post
The Beltway and Beijing
Our Spy War with China -
Power and Influence - Four Corners
Jobs and Events
ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL -- Opera Plaza Cinema, San Francisco
Culture Corner
Greed, Injustice and Decadence: What 5 Scenes From a Hit TV Show Say About China - The New York Times
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