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 …

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

War in the grey zone ~ weaponizing regulators

There is a chilling report in The Economist which says that "As the trade war chips away at its allure, China wants to retain the affection of foreign businesses. It has promised to level the playing field between them and their domestic rivals. This pledge is meant as reassurance that Chinese firms will receive no … Continue reading War in the grey zone ~ weaponizing regulators

Wither Hong Kong?

There is an important opinion piece in the Globe and Mail by Tom Grimmer, a Canadian consultant and commentator who is based in Hong Kong, that I think is a "must-read" for everyone who wants to understand what's going on in Hong Kong. He analyzes the nature of the people who are out in the streets … Continue reading Wither Hong Kong?

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”

Is the F-35 a 6th generation fighter?

There are a lot of definitions of jet fighter "generations." I think that one of the most commonly accepted was published by the semi-official Air Force Magazine in 2009. It defines the generations as: 1st Generation ~ Jet propulsion: e.g. the F-80 Shooting Star and the German Me 262; 2nd Generation ~ Swept wings; range radar; infrared missiles: e.g. … Continue reading Is the F-35 a 6th generation fighter?

Saving the liberal world order: what middle powers might be able to do …

I said, yesterday, that Canada should be doing what it can, hopefully even playing a leading role in restraining Cold War 2.0, which is both unnecessary and, in my opinion, ill-conceived. Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, a political scientist and former foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written a … Continue reading Saving the liberal world order: what middle powers might be able to do …