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 withContinue reading “More from Kevin Rudd about China”

Warning

Professor Michael Beckley (Tufts University) sounds a warning in Foreign Affairs in an article titled “The United States Should Fear a Faltering China ~ Beijing’s Assertiveness Betrays Its Desperation.” His thesis is both simple and compelling: China’s seemingly inexorable rise is faltering; Although the numbers still look good by First World standards they may, in fact,Continue reading “Warning”

A sad litany of failures

There is an interesting article by Rachel Browne in Global News‘ ‘Decision Canada 2019‘ section headlined: “In 2015, Justin Trudeau declared ‘Canada is back’— so where are we now?” It begins by remembering that “Right after Justin Trudeau led the Liberals to a strong victory in the 2015 federal election, he declared that he would also guide CanadaContinue reading “A sad litany of failures”

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 largetContinue reading “On Donald Trump (2)”

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 derisiveContinue reading “Canada and China”

The wrong message

This billboard …  … is provoking some controversy in Canada, not least because, while it features Maxime Bernier and his People’s Party logo, that party denies putting it up. In fact, as one can see by the text at the bottom, it was put there ~ several appeared across Canada ~ by the True NorthContinue reading “The wrong message”

War in the “grey zone”

I said, about 18 months ago, that “Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many,Continue reading “War in the “grey zone””

Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order

The Globe and Mail‘s award-winning international affairs correspondent Doug Saunders, someone with whom I (almost equally) often disagree and agree, has penned an insightful piece in the Good Grey Globe in which he says that “Suddenly, Canada finds itself almost alone in the world, with a Liberal government realizing that its optimistic foreign policy noContinue reading “Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order”

Philippines

I mentioned, just a few hours ago, that Canada needs to work at “Improving commercial, diplomatic and political relations with” many countries, including the Philippines which, today, is the second largest source (after India but ahead of China) of new Canadians.* Today is Philippines Independence Day and I wish all Filipinos, especially those who haveContinue reading “Philippines”

This time is different*

Michael J Mazarr, who is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and who was a professor and associate dean of academics at the U.S. National War College, and also was a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, near the very top of the Pentagon, has written a shortContinue reading “This time is different*”