I’m no expert, but …

Following on from my post of a few hours ago ... Let me repeat the first three words, in the title, with emphasis: I'm no expert. I know nothing about viruses and epidemiology and so on ... I do know a bit about radios and, especially, about the radio frequency spectrum, but those are not … Continue reading I’m no expert, but …

Relationships

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose insights into China have caused me to comment before, writes, in an article in Foreign Affairs, that  "despite the best efforts of ideological warriors in Beijing and Washington, the uncomfortable truth is that China and the United States are both likely to emerge from this [global pandemic] crisis … Continue reading Relationships

Doing the heavy lifting

Yesterday, I talked about standing up to China, the bully and restoring confidence in Canada. Today, I want to discuss how to do that. It's a bit disjointed, I'm afraid, because there are a lot of things wrong and fixing just one or two will not be enough. I said that Prime. Minister Justin Trudeau … Continue reading Doing the heavy lifting

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

Diplomacy with Chinese characteristics

I see an article in Axios which says that "A series of diplomatic incidents has undone decades of work building Sweden-China relations." This comes just as a very senior Chinese diplomat threatened to destroy Australia's economy, and as the Chinese had a small temper tantrum, also accompanied by trade boycott threats because the Netherlands changed … Continue reading Diplomacy with Chinese characteristics

Is the cure worse than the disease?

Richard Milne, the Nordic and Baltic Correspondent for the Financial Times, reports that "Jacob Wallenberg ... [the Swedish industrialist, whose family investment vehicle has controlling stakes in companies from telecoms equipment maker Ericsson to one of Europe's premier corporate banks] ... warned governments to weigh the economic threat from coronavirus more heavily or risk depression, social … Continue reading Is the cure worse than the disease?

We need to do better

Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg's Ottawa based Canadian economics reporter, says, in a recent (7 Jan 20) article, that "Economists expect Canada and the U.S. to compete for the top spot for growth among the Group of Seven countries in 2020, yet the latest population data reveal the two nations have starkly different forces driving their expansions." … Continue reading We need to do better

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”

Going green rather than going broke

Author and educator Dan Gardner says, in the Globe and Mail, that "One in three Canadians thinks nuclear power emits as much carbon dioxide as burning oil. Almost three in 10 think it emits more ... [and, he says] ... There are several reasons to marvel at these facts, which were uncovered by Abacus Data earlier this year. … Continue reading Going green rather than going broke

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 …