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

I really don’t understand …

... what Xi Jinping and the small handful of men and women who surround him are thinking. I cannot make any strategic sense out of their handling of the Hong Kong situation. It seems to me, and I would be very grateful if someone would tell me why and how I am wrong, that a … Continue reading I really don’t understand …

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

An interesting proposal

Carlo Dade, who is the Director, and Sarah Pittman, who is a policy analyst at the Trade and Investment Centre at the Canada West Foundation make an interesting proposal in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail. "The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership [the CPTPP] – also known as “the largest, most complex, and potentially … Continue reading An interesting proposal

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?

Hong Kong (9)

A friend sent me the link to this video from Fox News; please pay attention to the remarks by Brigadier General (retired) Robert Spalding of the Hudson Institute at about 1:00 to 1:30. Dr/Gen Spalding is quite right: "A little bit more than 240 years ago, those kids would have been our founding fathers, actually … Continue reading Hong Kong (9)

A new Hong Kong strategy?

Those who know me, personally, will also know that the ongoing political crisis in Hong Kong is at the top of my mind, but I have refrained from discussing it because I'm not sure I understand enough of the nuances. Maybe I still don't, but here goes ... I think I might understand why the … Continue reading A new Hong Kong strategy?