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 …

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

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)

More about Hong Kong

Richard Lloyd Parry, writing, a few weeks ago in The Weekend Australian, said that "Noone with real power has the guts to admit it, but a few years ago the rest of the world gave up caring about the evils perpetrated by the government of China. Perhaps it was the moment when the People’s Republic … Continue reading More about Hong Kong

A couple of personal thoughts about Hong Kong

This is the fist of two posts (another will follow, tomorrow) about the situation in Hong Kong. Here are a couple of my, personal, thoughts: First: Xi Jinping cannot lose. The fact that he, his team, anyway, have backed into the wrong position is irrelevant. He is the Paramount Leader (最高領導人); the paramount leaders must … Continue reading A couple of personal thoughts about Hong Kong