Make China Great Again?

Yesterday, I asked: "Why" is China drifting away from Deng Xiaoping's vision and back, it seems to me, towards Maoism. In an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, award-winning author and scholar Professor Julia Lovell of the University of London draws an interesting parallel with Donald Trump. Xi Jinping, she suggests, at "The plenum resolution … Continue reading Make China Great Again?

Why, indeed?

So, a few days ago, I saw this: "One of Sun Yat-sen’s final speeches was to the Students’ Union of the university in 1923, when he said he got his revolutionary and modern ideas in Hong Kong after seeing the security that people enjoyed there without a corrupt government ... [then he went on to … Continue reading Why, indeed?

Is this the future?

What will people do when their electric cars ~ too often "fuelled" by coal-fired electrical generating plants ~ need an urgent re-charge? Apparently, they will call for a diesel generator towed by a gas-powered van to come to the rescue. China is, some sources report, leading the world in electric car production, but most of … Continue reading Is this the future?

Warning (2)

Dr Andrew Erickson is a Professor of Strategy at the US Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, where officers from the United States and around the world come to study maritime warfare. In a recent article, he says that "To the extent that any nation has a grand strategy, China surely does. The vision … Continue reading Warning (2)

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 bit of a farce

David Rosenberg, who is the chief economist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, says, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that "It is hard to believe, based on the country’s economic record of the past four years, that Canadians opted for four more years of centre-left policies. At the margin, with the NDP … Continue reading A bit of a farce

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