Taiwan’s President: Go South, Young People!

In a previous blog posting I discussed PRC President Xi Jinping's major policy for not only rejuvenating his country's increasingly sluggish domestic economy but also to bring about a regional burst of infrastructure development: the "One Belt, One Road" initiative along the old Silk Road. Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen faces corresponding domestic challenges to stimulate Taiwan's economy, … Continue reading Taiwan’s President: Go South, Young People!

China: Pulling the Red Carpet Out From Under President Obama

Proper Greeting on the tarmac: Premier Zhou Enlai Greets President Nixon in 1972 with a handshake that changed history. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- China, the land of Confucian etiquette, is where diplomatic protocol was first invented.  The sage himself famously wrote in his Analects: “You peng zi yuan fang lai, bu yi le hu!” which roughly translates as … Continue reading China: Pulling the Red Carpet Out From Under President Obama

Anti-TPP Tea Party Forces Seek Another Republican Scalp –Speaker Ryan

2016 so far is proving to be a banner year for the isolationist, xenophobic and anti-immigration forces which are rallying against the inevitable changes brought about by globalization.  Their rhetoric strikes a sympathetic chord with a substantial portion of an apprehensive population.  In this they bear a striking resemblance to their spiritual forebearers of  well … Continue reading Anti-TPP Tea Party Forces Seek Another Republican Scalp –Speaker Ryan

Brexit: A Warning Sign for TPP?

Those in the Washington establishment, strong supporters of globalization, have been giving assurances to Asian trade partners NOT to worry about all the anti-free trade rhetoric being hurled about in the current U.S. presidential campaign.  (NOTE: Both of the likely nominees of the major parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who famously reversed her position, have come … Continue reading Brexit: A Warning Sign for TPP?