- The US$62 billion project to transfer water from China's south to its more arid north would be rendered irrelevant if one-third of buildings in Beijing could collect more rainwater and recycle more waste water.
- Xi Jinping: China should become a 'cyber power'.
- Russian perspectives on the strategic balance in the Asia Pacific.
- The New York Times reports on a strange farewell by the China News Service to outgoing US Ambassador Gary Locke (full Chinese article here):
Gary Locke is a US-born, third-generation Chinese-American, and his being a banana—'yellow skin and white heart'—became an advantage for Obama's foreign policy...After a while, a banana will inevitably start to rot.
- News of the weekend's knife attack in Kunming, which according to Xinhua was orchestrated by Xinjiang separatist forces, was absent from the front pages of some China's major newspapers. A number of social media reactions have called the attack China's 9/11, as has the Global Times.
- In light of the Kunming attack, here is one of my favourite pieces from 2013, on the experiences of a young Han Chinese man trying to immerse himself in Uighur culture.
- Keeping politics out of the Japan-China economic relationship.
- Andrew Jacobs takes a motorcycle ride along the smuggling routes, avoiding the checkpoints on China-Burma border. Last year the ABC's Foreign Correspondent filed a report from drug checkpoints that these smuggling routes avoid: