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New Global Times’ Game: Retake Diaoyu Islands From Japan

Plus why Google, Ebay, and all U.S. tech companies have and will continue to fail in China. Thursday links.

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China’s state-run newspaper, the Global Times, has released an online game called “Recover the Diaoyu Islands.” In the game, the player is on a PLA mission to reassert sovereignty over the Diaoyu/Senkakus Islands. South China Morning Post has the story; here’s a link to the game (h/t Sinocism, which has a new Linked In page).

Former Ebay China Executive, Wang Jianshuo, has a thoughtful piece on why U.S. Tech companies are destined to fail in China. According to Wang, companies like Google can dominate small countries like the Netherlands because the market isn’t big enough to make it economical to establish a meaningful domestic competitor. If it were economical though, a Dutch company could make a better search engine for Dutch people than Google. This problem doesn’t exist in China, which has over half all online users. Hence why Baidu thrives.

After Presidents Xi Jinping and Enrique Pena Nieto announced they will pursue a strategic partnership, Mexico announced that is now formally recognizes a “one China policy” and considers Tibet and Taiwan to be “an inalienable part of Chinese territory. Beyond BRICS notes that Pena Nieto’s processor, Felipe Calderón, hosted the Dalai Lama at the Presidential Palace in 2011.

China will overtake Canada and Mexico to become the United States’ largest export market by 2022, according to a new report, Xinhua News Agency reports.

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A day before the Xi-Obama summit begins, three lawmakers from both parties in the House of Representatives will jointly release a bill that would allow individual hackers from foreign countries (China, for instance) to be “punished” for hacking, according to Reuters. Not many details have been released yet on how these punishments would be meted out.

South Korea “effectively accepted” North Korea’s proposal to hold working level talks between government officials over restarting inter-Korean economic projects like Mt. Kumgang and the Kaesong Industrial Complex. Seoul responded positively an hour after Pyongyang made the offer, Yonhap reports. Earlier, South Korea had rejected North Korean calls for talks to be held privately between businessmen and non-governmental sources.

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