There’s not much choice

"In just a few short months, the U.S.-Chinese relationship seems to have returned to an earlier, more primal age." former Australian prime minister and noted China watcher-scholar Kevin Rudd (who I have cited, more than once, before) writes in a thought-provoking article in Foreign Affairs. "In China, Mao Zedong is once again celebrated for having … Continue reading There’s not much choice

China is a bully

"China is a bully," says Scottish journalist Stephen Daisley, writing in The Spectator, and "the sooner the West understands that, the sooner we can begin to push back." I think that much, even most of the West does understand that. The evidence has been mounting for years, starting with China's push into the contested waters … Continue reading China is a bully

Standing up …

OK, a couple of days ago I said, "Prime Minister Justin. Trudeau should listen to former Prime Minister Turnbull, to his own national security and military advisors and to his allies who advise standing up to China." How? Well, for a start ban Huawei from Canada's 5G network. Don't do it on technical grounds. Do … Continue reading Standing up …

Justin Trudeau should listen

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that there is yet another case of Canadians being imprisoned in China on (most likely) trumped-up charges. The Globe and Mail says that "Peter Wang and Ruqin Zhao are Chinese-born engineers who worked in the Toronto area, described by a former manager as immigrants who sought a better … Continue reading Justin Trudeau should listen

Is India the answer?

There is an interesting opinion piece, by Vijay Sappini, in the Toronto Sun in which the author suggests that "As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads over the world, governments are struggling to grapple with the scale of the crisis and to get ahead of it when and where possible ... [and] ... A direct consequence of the crisis has been … Continue reading Is India the answer?

Lies, damned lies and statistics

There is an excellent article in The Tyee, by Andrew Nikiforuk, in which he says that "The world is now paying a frightful price for a historical accident. It is this: a highly disruptive and novel virus happened to emerge first in China, a high-tech surveillance state that, despite the experience of SARS, remains allergic … Continue reading Lies, damned lies and statistics

Taiwan election

In a paper published by the Brooking Institution, Kharis Templeman of Stanford University says that "Taiwan will hold its presidential and legislative elections on January 11, 2020 ... [that's just hours from now] ... The incumbent president, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), appears increasingly likely to prevail over her main challenger, Han Kuo-yu … Continue reading Taiwan election

What next?

Terry Glavin, writing in  Maclean's magazine, says, and I fully agree, that "It may well have been capricious in the extreme for Donald Trump’s White House to order that spectacular hit in Iraq, but lets face it: the airstrike target was the Lord of the Flies. He got nothing less than he visited upon countless … Continue reading What next?

A risk worth taking

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that "China’s new envoy to Canada warned that Beijing will launch tough countermeasures against Canada should Parliament act on a planned Senate motion calling for sanctions against Chinese leaders." This seems to be the normal reaction for Ambassador Cong Peiwu who is a career diplomat who has specialized … Continue reading A risk worth taking

Neat and cool and important, too

The digital newsletter Breaking Defense published this report, a few days ago, on 21 Nov: "Warships from several NATO allies tracked and knocked down ballistic missile targets from the sea for the first time sharing targeting information across a shared alliance network ... [that, alone, is significant; planners and engineers have been talking about this since the … Continue reading Neat and cool and important, too