China’s Race for Scientific and Technological Supremacy

January 13, 2020

Science and technology will become the lifeblood of the Chinese economy in this decade and will remain its lifeblood in the future. That is, in part, because China has become sufficiently advanced to be able to effectively compete with the US and other technological leaders in the West. It is also...

The Great Firewall of China

September 23, 2019

Over time, empires and nation-states have erected walls to protect their people and limit their interaction with the “outside world.” Now, walls are not only built in stone, but also in the digital world. For instance, while the Chinese were long shielded by the Great Wall, today they are...

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

September 04, 2019

President Xi Jinping, the modern-day emperor of China, clearly has a deep sense of history. On September 8, 2013, he gave a speech at Nazarbayev University in Almaty at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Xi quoted a Chinese saying — “ near neighbor is better...

American Privilege Is No Longer Invisible

August 08, 2019

After US President Donald Trump, in his tug of war with China over trade, formally accused Beijing of currency manipulation, the Chinese shot back with this message: “Today some in America are obsessed with American privilege to the point of destroying international rules and the international...

Reassessing China’s Social Credit System

August 02, 2019

Wired takes a new look at China’s social credit system that has been nearly unanimously maligned in the West as a totalitarian tool that should frighten any freedom-loving citizen of a Western democracy out of his or her wits. The Chinese claim it is an efficient management tool. Wired clearly...

China Renounces the Goal of Cultural Superiority

May 17, 2019

Xi Jinping finds an alternative to exceptionalism to consolidate China’s bid to lead the global economy. Raising the debate to the level of universal principles, Chinese President Xi Jinping has framed his response to US President Donald Trump’s doctrine of America First, a specific brand of...

The Decline of the West or the Demise of Pax Americana?

February 21, 2019

A global order based on winning and losing is in itself a losing proposition. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. This week on Fair Observer, Daniel Wagner reminds those who may not be paying attention that we are witnessing the rapid decline of the US empire and the inexorable rise of...

Obama Snub: Why Diplomatic Gaffes Matter

September 06, 2016

Whether intentional or not, the Obama airport episode will make the US look diminished to Chinese audiences. It was pretty humorless as diplomatic gaffes go. After touching down in China for the G20 Summit, US President Barack Obama was not provided a staircase—or the accompanying red...

China is the Pot Calling the Kettle Black

July 18, 2016

Beijing calls out nationalism elsewhere but exploits and encourages its own. Often feeling insecure from Western-induced barbs, the Chinese Community Party (CCP) is taking its turn for viewing the other side from a pedestal. The rise of Donald Trump and Brexit have allowed the CCP a renewed...

The World This Week: Can the Dragon Keep Breathing Fire?

March 06, 2016

China’s current economic model has run its course, and the country needs innovative ideas instead of yet another stimulus. The Chinese economy has been breathing fire since Deng Xiaoping initiated market-oriented reforms in 1979. Since 2015, the Chinese economy has sputtered. Its growth rate...

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