Category: Thinking About China

Taiwan: Piggybacking on the 4th Industrial Revolution for New Military Prowess

Commentary The existential threat to Taiwan is self-apparent, or at least it should be to anyone who has watched how, in recent weeks, China has bracketed the island with missile tests, military exercises, and increasingly hostile incursions by the PLA Air Force. Equally self-evident is Taiwan’s need to beef up its defenses. Besides the usual…


Canada Partners With the WEF to Unleash Digital IDs—Is the US Next?

Commentary The World Economic Forum (WEF) is actively promoting digital IDs. The Known Traveler Digital Identity (KTDI) is a WEF initiative that, according to its website, “brings together a global consortium of individuals, governments, authorities and the travel industry to enhance security in world travel.” As you can probably tell by the name of the initiative,…


Military Fallout From Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

Commentary Military fallout from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit is stretching from Beijing to Taipei and Tokyo to Washington. Remarking on her recent visit to Taipei, Pelosi vowed that China would not be able to isolate Taiwan. She also defied the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), saying that Beijing does not get to dictate…


China in the Process of Housing Deleveraging

Commentary China has always been hoping to avoid the mistakes committed by its predecessors. A decade ago when China was forced by the U.S. to appreciate its currency value, China refused to do so aggressively. From 1985 to 1987, USD/JPY fell from 260 to 120, or the Japanese Yen appreciated by more than double. Chinese…


Biden Must Walk His Talk in Asia

Commentary President Joe Biden reportedly agreed to a meeting with China’s dictator, Xi Jinping, to be held on the sidelines of an upcoming conference in Southeast Asia. One of two upcoming summits in November—the Group of 20 nations (G-20) summit in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Thailand—will be the likely location….


Chess Pieces: Taiwan and the Great Game

Commentary In diplomacy, there always is the public face and the secret or sub rosa dimension. Secrecy is a hallmark of diplomatic relations. During the Nixon-Kissinger secret negotiations with China, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger both wanted to conduct their diplomacy such that “the success of the secret negotiations with China overshadowed the fact that…


A Whiff of Recession Is in the Air

Commentary Economic indicators in the United States and communist China reflect that, despite denials by leaders in both countries, the two biggest economies in the world have been contracting since 2021. And recession poses real problems for Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): problems that are strikingly similar to those faced…


How Patriots Should Respond If Trump Is Indicted

Commentary It’s been a tumultuous time for the 45th president of the United States. With the FBI raid of his home in Florida and the deposition by New York Attorney General Letitia James for a civil investigation pertaining to financial statements, “tumultuous” is actually an understatement—”hellish” sounds more appropriate. Political opponents and ideological enemies are…


Efforts to Repeal American Shipping Laws Only Aid China

Commentary America’s shipping industry isn’t a whipping boy—it’s one of our strengths. Sadly, the Jones Act, which promotes U.S. shippers, is treated like it is. Irrational political voices have argued that repealing the law would do many things, but policymakers should be cautious about taking such a drastic step. Some have asserted, for example, that repealing…


Why Does the Taiwanese Government Act Like It Is Safe?

Commentary The tragically, almost comically, outdated bureaucracy, its minuscule conscription training, and cutbacks to its military make it appear like the Taiwanese government knows something the rest of us don’t. Wartime mobilization plans in Sweden and Finland, until the fall of the Soviet Union, touched upon almost every aspect of not only military but civilian…