Media Mashup: September 24, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 6.33.07 AMChina: President Xi Arrives in the U.S. With Diplomatic Relations in Bad Shape

As the Obama White House basks in the glory of Pope Francis, another visitor–perhaps a more important one–arrives tomorrow in Washington. Chinese President Xi Jinping started his U.S. visit in Seattle and is working his way eastward. U.S.-China relations haven’t been this bad in years. Many disagreements exist between the two countries, including a military buildup in the South China Sea, cyberattacks against the U.S. and the China economy. Here is an overview from

China: U.S. Business Woman Charged As Spy

Chinese security officers secretively detained Phan Phan-Gillis, also known as Sandy, about six months ago while she was accompanying a delegation of officials and businesspeople from Houston in southern China. Her case had gone unreported until Monday, after her husband learned of her formal arrest and decided to speak out. For more details, see

China Intercepts U.S. Spy Plane

A Chinese military aircraft performed an unsafe maneuver while intercepting a U.S. spy plane last week, a Pentagon spokesman said. The incident was revealed the same day that President Xi arrived in the United States for a weeklong and potentially pivotal visit. For more, see

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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