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The Chinafornia Newsletter 7.27.17 - The Oligarch Next Door & a special request from me

Welcome to the 35th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
July 27 · Issue #35 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 35th edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
There’s a really great batch of stories this week, with a dive into the Chinese government’s AI ambitions, a dust-up over Chinese identity and even Steph Curry clowning around on Chinese basketball courts. I also went heavy on the commentary this week, so scroll through and let me know what you think. 
Before that, a special request: I’m currently writing the real estate chapter of Chinafornia the book and would love reader tips on interview subjects. I’m looking into Chinese homebuying, commercial developments and EB-5 projects. I’d love to talk – on or off the record, English or 中文 – with people who have industry knowledge (or even better, personal experience) in those areas. I’m especially eager to hear from Chinese folks who have either bought houses in the US or immigrated through EB-5. If that sounds like you or a friend, drop me a line: or WeChat: californiamatt13.
This week’s top reads:
The Chinafornia Newsletter is created by me, Matt Sheehan. I’m a fellow at The Paulson Institute and write for the think tank’s site MacroPolo. I spent over five years in mainland China, including two as the first-ever China correspondent for The Huffington Post and The WorldPost. I’m now back in my native California where I’m consulting on market entry and communications for 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

Beijing Wants A.I. to Be Made in China by 2030 - The New York Times
Silicon Valley Giants Confront New Walls in China - The New York Times
Welcome to Xi's Net: Where Politics, Porn and Pooh Are Forbidden - Bloomberg
Sensing Weakness, Uber’s Asian Rivals Make $2.5 Billion Play - The New York Times
Winter is Coming for Chinese Mega Deals, But Chinese FDI Isn’t Going Away - MacroPolo
U.S. Message to China: Hands Off Our Companies - WSJ
Apple Supplier Foxconn Looks at Producing Display Panels in Wisconsin - WSJ
Seesawing Fate of Legendary Reflects the Film Industry’s Volatility -
China Announces Top 10 Films for First Half of 2017 | China Film Insider
In China’s Capital, a Portal to Hollywood’s Golden Age - The New York Times
Report: The Trump era hasn't badly hurt international student enrollment after all | News for College Students | USA TODAY College
New Challenge to U.S. Power: Chinese Exceptionalism - WSJ
Real Estate
When the (Empty) Apartment Next Door Is Owned by an Oligarch - The New York Times
Jared Kushner's White House connection still being used to lure Chinese investors - CNN
4 Reasons Why Dr. Bell’s Chinese Card is Officially #Cancelled
Top Destinations for Wealthy Chinese Looking to Move Abroad | Jing Daily
乱七八糟的 aka random nuggets
Steph Curry's in China poking fun at Klay Thompson's missed dunk for the ages - SFGate
Rice Growers In Sacramento Valley Could Export Product To China -
Culture Corner
"Red Light Revolution" Trailer - YouTube
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