Silk Road Summit: As China Leads, America Recedes

 AmazingXinjiang.com In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. --composed by Samuel Taylor Coleridge after awaking from an opium-induced dream; completed in 1797, published in 1816. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Those who have seen the rather sexually risqué Netflix TV series … Continue reading Silk Road Summit: As China Leads, America Recedes

Hillary Warrior Princess: Would a Clinton Presidency Lead to a Showdown With China?

980 × 551 - scmp.com By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea! You and me, you and me, oh how happy we'll be! Then Secretary of State Clinton and then Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi were anything but happy when they discussed freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The long march … Continue reading Hillary Warrior Princess: Would a Clinton Presidency Lead to a Showdown With China?

Trump, Hyde, Immigrants, and Gold Star Mothers

    War-Veterans.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------       I felt a special connection when I read Mrs. Ghazala Khan’s July 31st column in the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ghazala-khan-donald-trump-criticized-my-silence-he-knows-nothing-about-true-sacrifice/2016/07/31/c46e52ec-571c-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html.)  She described how she had a son who graduated from UVA and then went on to become an army captain.   So did I.   My boy was deployed to South … Continue reading Trump, Hyde, Immigrants, and Gold Star Mothers

European Terrorism and Asian Tourism

  Hong Kong victims of axe attack on German train South China Morning Post980 × 551 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One less conspicuous aspect of the axe attack last month (July 18th) on a German train, another in a series of relentless acts of terrorism in Europe this year, was the fact that members of a Hong Kong family were among … Continue reading European Terrorism and Asian Tourism

The Coming War Between China and Japan — Maybe Not In the Realm of Fantasy

YouTube1280 × 720 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One of Beijing's first responses to the recent Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling against its territorial claims in the South China Sea including its sacrosanct "nine-dash-line" was, according to a  July 16th report in the South China Post, to lash out at Japan.(http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1990349/china-japan-dont-get-involved-south-china-sea-row).  Beijing reportedly issued a warning to Tokyo "to not get … Continue reading The Coming War Between China and Japan — Maybe Not In the Realm of Fantasy

Why Not India? Just Look at a Map!

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second state visit to Washington in two years, according to the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/06/06/the-impressively-awkward-hugs-and-handshakes-of-indias-narendra-modi/),  occurred last month (June 7-8) with the usual Washington pledges to upgrade the relationship with the  world's most populous democracy.  I have pondered for a long-time why the U.S. has not vigorously pursued closer ties with a country … Continue reading Why Not India? Just Look at a Map!

Big Trouble in Little Okinawa: “Suitcase Murder” Underscores Tensions with Continuing U.S. Troop Presence

The horrific details sound eerily similar to those of the night stalker who prowled the fog-filled streets of Victorian London seeking female prey.  But this gruesome murder is NOT from over a century ago and it  does NOT involve Jack the Ripper as the perpetrator.  It happened less than two months ago and involves an American citizen stationed on foreign … Continue reading Big Trouble in Little Okinawa: “Suitcase Murder” Underscores Tensions with Continuing U.S. Troop Presence

Trump’s “China, China, Jobs, Jobs” May Be Robots

2016 is the year of Donald Trump, win or lose.  On Asian policy, his key slogan has been "China, China, jobs, jobs."  This involves his contention that the unscrupulous Chinese have "stolen" America's manufacturing jobs through such unfair trade practices as currency manipulation and IPR violations.  Trump's blue-collar base is convinced that he is the … Continue reading Trump’s “China, China, Jobs, Jobs” May Be Robots