Doing the right thing

This article, in the Hindustan Times and this in the South China Morning Post, both deal with the same issue: China is trying to wear down Japan’s ability to assert sovereignty over the disputed Senkaku (尖閣諸島 in Japanese) or Diaoyutai (or Diaoyu Islands (釣魚臺列嶼 in Chinese) which are, in reality, little more than a few (eight)…… Continue reading Doing the right thing

The Gretzky version

Professor Peter Harris (University of Colorado) suggests, in an article in Business Insider, that President-elect Biden will find it difficult, likely impossible to achieve anything like bipartisan support for his foreign policy. Even many Democrats, Professor Harris, says will not accept Biden’s views. Instead, he argues, President-elect Biden should borrow “from Wayne Gretzky, he should…… Continue reading The Gretzky version

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?