China’s Policy of Illusory Security Is Destined to Fail in Afghanistan

October 19, 2021

Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has been transformed into a paranoid state fanatically motivated by ensuring security at any and all cost. This obsession stems from the desire to maintain the physical security of the Chinese mainland, to safeguard Beijing’s investments abroad...

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity
October 07, 2021

Taiwan Becomes a Point of Strategic Ambiguity

Lessons From 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy
September 28, 2021

Lessons From 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy

What Is the Ruckus Over AUKUS?
September 27, 2021

What Is the Ruckus Over AUKUS?

The West Struggles to Understand China’s Common Prosperity

The West Struggles to Understand China’s Common Prosperity

September 24, 2021

For most of the 20th century, Westerners had one word to sum up any thoughts they may have had about China: inscrutable. Several decades of globalization have radically changed that perception. Fully integrated into the world economy, China plays a dominant role today and is expected to become the...

The Handcuffing of Joe Biden

The Handcuffing of Joe Biden

September 17, 2021

The far right would like to impeach Joe Biden, kick him out of the White House, perhaps even throw him in jail. “Lock him up” has been a predictable chant at Trump rallies going back to before the 2020 election. Even Republicans in Congress have joined this chorus. Bipartisanship? As...

COVID-19: The Lab Leak Theory Makes a Comeback

COVID-19: The Lab Leak Theory Makes a Comeback

September 02, 2021

The sudden reemergence of the lab leak theory earlier this year — that COVID-19 was made in and escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology — has hit international media and occasioned nervous reactions from the Biden administration, which demanded a conclusive report on the origins of the...

The New American Art of Inconclusive Conclusions

The New American Art of Inconclusive Conclusions

September 01, 2021

In early 2020, as soon as the epidemic caused by a novel coronavirus began turning into a global pandemic, everyone, from scientists to politicians and media pundits, was eager to understand where it came from. Conveniently for US President Donald Trump, it came from China. That enabled him to...

Infrastructure: The Key to the China Challenge

Infrastructure: The Key to the China Challenge

September 01, 2021

China has been recognized by Washington as the major rival to the United States in nearly every field. However, this isn't the first time an Asian country has posed a threat to America's economic dominance. In the mid-1980s, Japan built up a massive trade surplus with the United States, igniting a...

Afghanistan: A Final Nail in the Coffin of American Foreign Policy

Afghanistan: A Final Nail in the Coffin of American Foreign Policy

August 27, 2021

When the United States began Operation Enduring Freedom, leading its forces into Afghanistan to empower local resistance to oust the Taliban, Afghans around the world cheered in sheer jubilance. The unipolar hero that is the United States of America had come to save the day and defeat the wicked...

What Starts in Afghanistan Does Not Stay in Afghanistan

What Starts in Afghanistan Does Not Stay in Afghanistan

August 16, 2021

The Taliban’s offensive in Afghanistan has shifted the Central Asian playing field on which China, India and the United States compete with rival infrastructure-driven approaches. At first glance, a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan would give China a 2:0 advantage against the US and India, but...

In China, Cuba and Ohio, Reform and Inertia Go to Battle

In China, Cuba and Ohio, Reform and Inertia Go to Battle

August 12, 2021

In August, the Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears in a single weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. This week, before glancing at political division in the US, we look at what is shaping up to be a game-changing development in China. Bloomberg’s reporters...

Is Spying an Art or a Crime?

Is Spying an Art or a Crime?

July 21, 2021

The New York Times on Monday reported that the US has accused China “of breaching Microsoft email systems used by many of the world’s largest companies.” On the same day, The Washington Post announced the findings of an investigation into “spyware licensed by an Israeli firm to governments...

Indonesia’s Balancing Act Between China and Taiwan

Indonesia’s Balancing Act Between China and Taiwan

July 20, 2021

On July 1, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrated its 100th anniversary. During his commemorative speech at Tiananmen Square, President Xi Jinping claimed that China has never oppressed the people of any other country. Xi is clearly ignoring China’s treatment of Taiwan. Since 2016,...

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