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Three Kinds Of Power

Donald Trump on the campaign trail was a big man when it came to China. Beijing, he promised, would quickly be brought to heel under a Trump administration. Trump failed to accomplish his China goals, but he is not alone in that: Barack Obama failed in much the same way, as did George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, among others. The last president to get what he wanted out of China policy was Richard Nixon, who understood that China was a threat and an annoyance to the Soviet Union and wanted to make it a bigger threat and a bigger annoyance, which he did.

Read Here | National Review

Why China’s Economy Will Continue To Grow And Attract Investment

Widespread lockdowns and border closures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic have interrupted supply chains and largely paralysed the global economy. Yet its real weakness is not its vulnerable production networks but souring attitudes towards globalisation – and China in particular.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Hong Kong And Other Disagreements Dominate US-China Hawaii Meeting

The disagreement between China and the US on Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang was laid bare in a meeting between top diplomats from the two countries in Hawaii on Wednesday, despite Beijing’s announcement that the dialogue had been “constructive” with agreement to improve worsening bilateral ties.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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China Is Foolish To Make An Enemy Of India

While India may pose little threat to China today, one day it will. This is a country that is younger and hungrier than its neighbour to the north and that will, given its size and increasing ties to democratic partners such as the U.S., Japan and Australia, inevitably rival China in military capability.

Read Here – Bloomberg Opinion

Australia Exposes China’s Many Hidden Hands

China’s state-owned enterprises may be curbing investment in Australia as relations between the two countries deteriorate, but there are rising concerns that they may be stepping up community infiltration instead. Reports suggest that the Covid-19 crisis may have led to an upsurge in  activity by agencies run by Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) such as the United Front, a body President Xi Jinping once referred to as his “magic weapon.”

Read Here – Asia Times

The Ugly End Of Chimerica

Washington’s policy of engagement toward Beijing has been embraced, with a few bumps along the way, by eight successive U.S. presidents—an incredible record of continuity. The approach was born in 1972, when the fervently anti-communist President Richard Nixon and his national security advisor, Henry Kissinger, set off for Beijing to make a game-changing proposal: The United States and China should end their decades-long hostility by allying against the Soviet Union.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Australia, India Join Forces In A Flex At China

China has drawn Australia into its security tensions with India after New Delhi and Canberra signed a defence accord that could see their two military forces sharing facilities in sea straits hotly contested by Beijing. As China and India mobilise more troops and equipment along their fractious Himalayan border, the Chinese Communist Party-backed Global Times said that Beijing could view the India-Australia accord as a direct threat.

Read Here – Asia Times

The Chip Wars Of The 21st Century

Controlling advanced chip manufacturing in the 21st century may well prove to be like controlling the oil supply in the 20th. The country that controls this manufacturing can throttle the military and economic power of others. The United States recently did this to China by limiting Huawei’s ability to outsource its in-house chip designs for manufacture by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), a Taiwanese chip foundry.

Read Here – WarOnTheRocks

Welcome To A World of Bubbles

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Plans for so-called air bridges and travel bubbles—agreements between countries allowing citizens to cross borders without needing to quarantine—provide hope for a resumption of travel… But rather than reuniting a fractured world, the reopening of travel based on separate international circles of trust risks introducing new divisions.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

The Folly Of Decoupling From China

China’s economy is not a discrete organism that can easily be separated from the global economy but rather a Siamese twin, connected by nervous tissue, common organs, and a shared circulatory system. The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the hidden vulnerabilities of this interconnected system of supply chains, especially for medical equipment.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

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