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U.S. warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing -Reuters

Why China Won’t Abandon Its Controversial Trade Policies Protectionist policies play a key role in China’s national strategy. -The Diplomat

Merkel calls for Germany and China to re-gear relations for digital era -Reuters

Abe continues balancing act with Putin as he chases peace treaty, disputed isles at Moscow summit -The Japan Times

After Snubbing Taiwan, Burkina Faso Establishes Diplomatic Ties With China -NYT

TO BE OR NOT TO BE China's fingerprints on summit's cancellation, so US must push back -The Hill

Trump’s On-Again, Off-Again Summit Style Unnerves Asian Allies -NYT

NOSTALGIA WORKS Malaysians look to Mahathir to bring back the good old days Nostalgia played a role in the country's first-ever change of government -Nikkei

BIG READ Managing Change: Executive Policymaking in Myanmar -The Asia Society

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IN THE FOG OF THE U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR A simple plan: action, confusion, and retreat -The Diplomat

Addressing China’s Technology Policies: Beyond the Whiplash of a ZTE Deal -Lawfare

TRADE INVESTMENT + NATIONAL SECURITY In DC June 19th? Join Us! @GPL_Global for a spring roundtable on trade investment + national security -Register Here

China’s Hikvision hits out at US Congress over ‘baseless’ ban on using surveillance equipment over national security concerns Security camera manufacturer reacts after House of Representatives adds it to list of companies seen as threatening US national security -SCMP

Tencent chairman pledges to advance China chip industry after ZTE 'wake-up' call: reports -Reuters

THE PERILS OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY How China's state-backed companies fell behind Efficiency plummets over 10 years, exclusive data show -Nikkei

DANDONG BANK CASES STUDY Secondary Economic Sanctions: Effective Policy or Risky Business? -Atlantic Council

Qualcomm to meet China regulators in push to clear $44 billion NXP deal: sources -Reuters

Mahindra and Boeing team up to make F/A-18 fighters in India Hindustan Aeronautics also in deal to supply jets to Indian military -Nikkei

Taiwan Reaches Preliminary Deal to Upgrade 2 Diesel-Electric Subs The Taiwanese government and Dutch firm RH Marine reached a deal to upgrade two diesel-electric submarines. -The Diplomat

DEEP DIVE Taiwan’s Indigenous Defense Industry: Centralized Control of Abundant Suppliers -GTI

Alibaba’s Southeast Asia empire While Amazon has taken only baby steps into the fast-growing Southeast Asian market, Alibaba and its Ant Financial spin-off have marched in with all guns blazing. -Tech in Asia

ComfortDelGro-Uber deal is off Taxi giant ComfortDelGro Corp and ride-hailing firm Uber have agreed to dissolve the strategic agreement that they entered into last December. -The Straits Times

Go-Jek spending $500m for regional expansion The Jakarta-based company is spending US$500 million to move into Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines – all countries where Grab is currently the dominant player. -Tech in Asia

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331 cryptocurrency traders in Japan logged over ¥100 million in income in 2017, tax returns show -The Japan Times

NEED A POLITICAL RISK POLICY? Cross-strait risks cannot be ignored, insurer warns offshore wind farm firms chasing lucrative Taiwan projects -SCMP