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
July 20, 2021

Indonesia’s Balancing Act Between China and Taiwan

How Western Media Misunderstand Chinese Culture
July 07, 2021

How Western Media Misunderstand Chinese Culture

So Far, Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Proving Too Conventional
July 02, 2021

So Far, Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Proving Too Conventional

How China’s Growing Dominance Will Impact Sino-Gulf Relations

How China’s Growing Dominance Will Impact Sino-Gulf Relations

July 01, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through energy markets. Since March 2020, lockdowns around the world have led adults to work remotely and children to learn virtually. Last year, according to estimates, global energy demand and investment fell by 5% and 18%, respectively. Yet as...

How the G7 Intends to Build the World Back Better

How the G7 Intends to Build the World Back Better

June 18, 2021

The US Senate recently demonstrated that the only adhesive capable of uniting the two parties is a good, old-fashioned enemy. Although the Democrats and Republicans continue to bicker over the Biden administration’s infrastructure legislation, they achieved rare accord in passing a major...

NATO’s New Challenge in East Asia

NATO’s New Challenge in East Asia

June 16, 2021

US President Joe Biden used the occasion of his trip to Europe for the G7 summit to attend his first NATO meeting. His influence on the meeting appeared unambiguously when a communiqué by the NATO alliance designated China’s influence on the world stage as a military challenge.  NATO...

Does the World Need to Contain China?

Does the World Need to Contain China?

June 11, 2021

The rise of China has revived the rhetoric of Cold War-era containment to depict competition between dominant powers, although the state of international relations is fundamentally different. Containment strategy toward China featured prominently in former US President Donald Trump’s policy, and...

They Are Coming for Us

They Are Coming for Us

June 09, 2021

Quoting its favorite source for everything we need to know about the world, The New York Times clarifies the burning question of UFOs: “American intelligence officials have found no evidence that aerial phenomena witnessed by Navy pilots in recent years are alien spacecraft.” This is The...

What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit?

What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit?

June 07, 2021

Let me start with my friend and the boat. Admittedly, they might not seem to have anything to do with each other. The boat, a guided-missile destroyer named the USS Curtis Wilbur, reportedly passed through the Straits of Taiwan and into the South China Sea, skirting the Paracel...

The New York Times Has Feelings for China

The New York Times Has Feelings for China

April 23, 2021

A significant event took place this week at the annual Boao conference, China’s version of the Davos World Economic Forum. It offered clues about the state of a changing world. Obsessed by the Chauvin trial, US media paid little attention to it. The Washington Post lazily printed a 400-word...

The Matter of Xi’s Succession

The Matter of Xi’s Succession

April 21, 2021

At the all-important two sessions (lianghui) meetings last month, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials adopted a new and surprisingly unambitious Five-Year Plan, reoriented the country’s technology strategy and redoubled the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong. All of this was documented...

Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

April 14, 2021

Burma, as Myanmar was known then, won its independence from the British in 1948. Since then, bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar can at best be described as lackluster. They have lacked what experts would call “strategic compulsions.” Western allies of the US lack strategic calculus...

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

April 13, 2021

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel finds himself in a confusing moral quandary as he struggles to weigh the merits of his nerdish belief in cryptocurrency against his patriotic paranoia focused on China’s economic rivalry with the United States. Participating in “a virtual event held for...

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