China’s future

Remember, back in 2013, well before the Liberals won the 2015 election, when Justin Trudeau said: "There's a level of admiration I actually have for China, because [of] their basic dictatorship." He doubled down on those remarks, explaining that "his comment was a reflection on a growing economy." In fact, he wasn't alone in that … Continue reading China’s future

Indian foreign policy: “alliances are burdensome”

There is a very interesting article on the United States Naval Institute (USNI) News website by John Grady, a veteran military and foreign affairs journalist, about changes to India's foreign policy. India's foreign policy has been complicated from the very beginning (1947) of its modern independence. India has (almost) always been a proud, more-or-less liberal … Continue reading Indian foreign policy: “alliances are burdensome”

China has much to celebrate, but …

Today, October 1st, is the (official) 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist victory in the great civil war (1927-1949). Cary Huang is a veteran China watcher and a journalist with the South China Morning Post. In that journal, he says that "As China marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the communist People’s Republic on … Continue reading China has much to celebrate, but …

An interesting proposal

Carlo Dade, who is the Director, and Sarah Pittman, who is a policy analyst at the Trade and Investment Centre at the Canada West Foundation make an interesting proposal in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail. "The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership [the CPTPP] – also known as “the largest, most complex, and potentially … Continue reading An interesting proposal

It needs repeating

A few days ago, I said, regarding both energy and environmental/clime change policies, that: "The very clear and obvious better choice is to build pipelines so that all Canadians can use Canadian oil, gas and natural gas, to fuel their cars and heat their homes rather than having tankers bring Arab and Iranian oil into … Continue reading It needs repeating

It’s a global issue

Gerald Butts made an important point on social media just yesterday (6:23 AM · Aug 23, 2019) ... ... the environment, he is saying, is a global issue. On that point, I agree, 100%. A couple of months ago I said that "The [global warming] problem is global and the solutions need to be global, … Continue reading It’s a global issue

Alternative history (2): More on the Brexit

This post is, mostly, conjecture. I remain convinced that a hard head says that the Brexit is a mistake but I am also persuaded that Britons voted, in a slight majority, with their hearts, not their heads, and I hope they were right. Lawrence Summers, a noted economist, the former president of Harvard University and … Continue reading Alternative history (2): More on the Brexit