The Trump Effect (5)

I've been wondering about the "Trump Effect" on the defence and fiscal priorities of America's allies for several years now, ever since he was elected, and even before. I had hoped that the Trump Effect might spur some Western laggards, like Canada and Germany and many other allies, to pick up a greater share of … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)

The Trump Peace Plan

On the subject of the Trump Mideast Peace Plan, I agree with both The Economist which says, "as a blueprint for a two-state solution it was dead on arrival," and with the Globe and Mail's Mark MacKinnon who writes that "President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan ... aims to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almost … Continue reading The Trump Peace Plan

The simple answer

If you want to know why so many Euro-American thinkers actually support US President Donald J Trump's trade war tough stand against China, just look at this animated chart from the Financial Times ... ... it shows how, in just under 20 years, since 2000, just before China joined the WTO in late 2001, until … Continue reading The simple answer

The Trump Effect (5)

As I predicted late last month, President Trump did, indeed, chastise Canada and others for being "delinquent" in meeting their (specifically NATO) defence burden-sharing promises. How he will punish the "delinquents" remains to be seen, but we might get a hint from how he is, currently, treating Japan. The Financial Times discusses the president's transactional … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)

How to help Hong Kong

Kurt Tong is an American diplomat ~ he was the former US Consul General in Hong Kong from 2016 to 2019 ~ and businessman. He has, just recently, written an excellent article in Foreign Affairs in which he lays out what the US (and others) can and cannot do to help preserve Hong Kong's (limited) … Continue reading How to help Hong Kong

The Palmerston effect; or who is the puppet master?

There is a video, published by The Guardian, making the rounds on social media which shows Princess Ann, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Mark Rutte (I think) and Justin Trudeau chatting, it appears, about President Trump who made long, rambling press conferences of his meetings with President Macron and Prime Minister … Continue reading The Palmerston effect; or who is the puppet master?

More from Kevin Rudd about China

Following on from yesterday ... I have cited and discussed the views of former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is pretty well known China watcher, on more than one occasion, because I believe he usually has something very useful to say. Mr Rudd begins a very worthwhile analysis in the Sydney Morning Herald with … Continue reading More from Kevin Rudd about China