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The Chinafornia Newsletter 7.5.17 - Silicon Valley's China Paradox

Welcome to the 32nd edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the
July 5 · Issue #32 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to the 32nd edition of The Chinafornia Newsletter, your weekly digest of news connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
This week I’m happy to announce that I’ve joined The Paulson Institute as a non-resident fellow, contributing to the think tank’s new China platform: MacroPolo. The site is dedicated to decoding China’s economic arrival, and I’ll be contributing to the Two Fen blog (it means “two cents” in Chinese) as well as other projects on the site. 
My first two blog posts are already up: “Silicon Valley’s China Paradox” and “A Mayor’s Guide to Attracting Chinese Investment.” I’d love to hear what readers think about them, particularly the questions raised in the Silicon Valley piece.
You can also explore a couple great interactive products that MacroPolo has debuted with: Reformpedia and FDI Gateway. Give them a spin and let me know what you think. I’m really excited to be working with the whole MacroPolo team, including the architects behind the project, Damien Ma and Evan Feigenbaum.
Alright, this week’s top Chinafornia reads:
The Chinafornia Newsletter is created by me, Matt Sheehan. 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

Silicon Valley’s China Paradox - MacroPolo
The Trump Administration Can’t Stop China From Becoming an AI Superpower | WIRED
China’s Great Firewall gets tougher to scale as popular VPN shut down | South China Morning Post
A Mayor’s Guide to Attracting Chinese Investment - MacroPolo
U.S. Seeks to Keep Closer Tabs on Chinese Money in America -
Why Tesla, Not Unocal, Is the Future of Chinese Investment - MacroPolo
Hollywood Seeks Better Deal as China’s Box Office Growth Slows - WSJ
Foreign movies give China's box offices a 20% boost - Financial Times (paywall)
China Box Office: 'Transformers 5' Crashes Back to Earth With 75 Percent Slide in Second Weekend | Hollywood Reporter
China’s Online Multimedia Sector Bans Portrayal of Homosexuality | China Film Insider
Real Estate
In wake of Anbang acquisition, Santa Monica wants to force hotels to disclose ownership
China's real estate investors on a $200B global spending spree
The split at the heart of Chinese America - SupChina
It's the end of an era: Channel 18 cancels international format that served generations of L.A. immigrants - LA Times
Inside America's first opium dens
Culture Corner
Higher Brothers x Bohan Phoenix - No Hook (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) - YouTube
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