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”

One set of rules …

This story, on CBC News, caught my eye. It explains that "According to Toronto's 'Use of City Resources During an Election Period Policy,' city facilities and infrastructure can't be used for any election-related purpose by a candidate, registered third-party advertiser or political party. It also prohibits signs from being "erected or displayed" on or beside a … Continue reading One set of rules …

On Donald Trump (2)

A couple of days ago I discussed Professor Charles Kupchan's views on Donald Trump's isolationism. I concluded that "For Canada, I believe that the new Trump Doctrine will not lessen threats to our vital interests in the world. In fact, I believe that President Trump will continue to pressure Canada, and other allies, to take a larger and larget … Continue reading On Donald Trump (2)

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 …

What else would you expect?

About a week ago, I asked "is Justin Trudeau really so inept that he cannot be prepared for three or four or five debates ~ one every week? is that too much to ask of the would-be leaders of a G7 country? Is foreign policy too hard for Prime Minister Trudeau? Is he afraid that Paul … Continue reading What else would you expect?

Canada and China

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye just the other day: First, Campbell Clark says that "Dominic Barton is the catch that Justin Trudeau wanted to get last time. Now he’s going to China after times have changed ... [because] ... Two Canadians are in Chinese jails, and Beijing’s official mouthpieces regularly fire derisive … Continue reading Canada and China

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