The Trump Effect (5)

Mark MacKinnon, the Globe and Mail's senior international corespondent, says, in a recent article in that newspaper, that "No matter what happens on U.S. election day, no one will ever say that Donald Trump did not leave his mark on the world during his time as President of the United States." I had hoped that … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)

Trumped?

The Economist said, a couple of days ago, that while the race for the White House is a little bit closer than it looks, Vice President Biden still looks heavily favoured to win, and to win convincingly, on election day: Former Bush (43) speechwriter David Frum suggests, in an article in The Atlantic, that we … Continue reading Trumped?

Good news!

After two years the Chinese government has, finally, allowed consular access to the "Two Michaels," as international conventions and good diplomatic manners require. A report in the Globe and Mail says that "Dominic Barton, ambassador to China, met over the internet with businessman Michael Spavor on Friday and [Michael] Kovrig, a former diplomat, on Saturday. … Continue reading Good news!

Warming up Cold War 2.0

The New York Times News Service, in a report published in the Globe and Mail, reports that "The Trump administration is pushing the sale of seven large packages of weapons to Taiwan, including long-range missiles that would allow Taiwanese jets to hit distant Chinese targets in the event of a conflict, say officials familiar with … Continue reading Warming up Cold War 2.0

A timely warning

The generally non-partisan Macdonald-Laurier Institute has published a new report, authored by retired CBC journalist Terry Milewski, who has tracked pro-Khalistan/Sikh separatist groups for decades, which says that Pakistan is the driving force behind the Khalistan (Sikh) separatist movement which seems to have many (too man) supporters in Canada. Mr Milewski notes that considerable pressure … Continue reading A timely warning

Cold War 2.0: Stepping up the pressure

I see, in an article in the Hong Kong Press Press, that the US is stepping up the pressure on Beijing by reasserting its security guarantees to Taiwan. Now, I need to make my (longstanding) position clear. Taiwan is part of China. It is Chinese by geography, by ethnicity and by political will. But the … Continue reading Cold War 2.0: Stepping up the pressure

Preparing for Cold War 2.0

Nadia Schadlow, who is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and, most recently, was U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, has penned a useful article in Foreign Affairs in which she says that "No matter who is U.S. president come January, American policymakers will need to adopt new ideas about the country’s role in the … Continue reading Preparing for Cold War 2.0

And I disagree, again

So, yesterday, I said I disagreed with the Globe and Mail's John Ibbitson about how much we should "welcome" a Biden-Harris administration in Washington. He was right to point out that, in general, Canada fares better when Republicans (Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush) are in the White House rather than Democrats (Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Obama). Donald J … Continue reading And I disagree, again

Did I speak too soon?

Just yesterday I gave a "thumbs up" to Canada's diplomats, who are led by Canada's Foreign Minister, The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, and, indirectly, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But then I saw a report by Steven Chase in the Globe and Mail in which he tells us that "Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Ottawa … Continue reading Did I speak too soon?