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The Chinafornia Newsletter - Will China Let Google Back in?

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August 6 · Issue #47 · View online
Matt Sheehan's Newsletter
Welcome to The Chinafornia Newsletter, your digest of news and analysis connecting the Golden State and the Middle Kingdom.
The past two weeks have been a roller coaster of revelations about the China ambitions of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies. Facebook registered a company in China, only to see that registration revoked within days, and leaked documents revealed Google’s plans for relaunching a censored search app in China. There’s tons to dig through on an ethical, technological and policy front, and I tried to capture that debate in the links below.
Today I published a piece on MacroPolo arguing that it’s unlikely Chinese authorities will grant approval for bringing Google Search back to China. The reasoning is pretty straightforward: the Chinese government greatly values the control it has over domestic companies, and doesn’t feel it needs Google to build an innovative, productive and profitable internet. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes here, and I could well be proven wrong on that front. In the meantime, you can read my fleshed out argument about the propaganda economy of Google’s return in my piece here: Will China Let Google Back in?
All the action in the tech space has been keeping me busy, leading me to give the other Chinafornia categories slightly shorter shrift this week. I’m looking forward bringing you a greater diversity of stories on different issues in future editions.
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 mattsheehan88@gmail.com.

Tech
Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal
Facebook Gains Status in China, at Least for a Moment - The New York Times
How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies - POLITICO Magazine
Hollywood:
Hollywood Wins Concession From China, but Overall Deal Stalled — The Information
Trump, Tariffs, and Tinseltown | China Law Blog
Education
How Chinese students who return home after studying abroad succeed – and why they don’t | South China Morning Post
UC regents lower tuition for first time in nearly two decades
Real Estate
News: EB-5 Regional Center Files Suit on Behalf of Investors Against U.S. Government to Address Visa Backlog
Culture Corner
The Soundscape of Shanghai
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