Reading the tea-leaves in Hong Kong

Reading the tea-leaves in Hong Kong

By Jonathan Power August 20, 2019 In 1995 in a little remembered event Li Ruthuan, a member of the Chinese Politburo (containing the top seven in the government), made a speech likening the Chinese take-over of Hong Kong to the case of a lady who had agreed to sell a 100-year-old Yi-Xiang teapot that was […]

Who is president Xi of China?

Who is president Xi of China?

By Jonathan Power June 25, 2019 Xi Jinping, president of China, remains an enigma. You watched him on television this past weekend reviewing the dancing in Pyongyang in the company of Kim Jong-un and his face is near to expressionless when in repose. He doesn’t stand like an arrogant man and we recall that time […]

The Ironies of a Successful U.S. China Policy

The Ironies of a Successful U.S. China Policy

The Ironies of a Successful U.S. China Policy Remarks to the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations   By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)    Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University New York, December 18, 2018 Three days ago, we celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s and Deng Xiaoping’s politically […]

Phantom democracy: A puzzle at the heart of Chinese politics

Phantom democracy: A puzzle at the heart of Chinese politics

The Goddess of democracy at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. Photo credit: AP The notion of a globally menacing ‘authoritarian China’ is too simplistic. Dig deeper, and you will find signs of local democratic experiments, thanks to its skittish rulers afraid of losing control By John Keane January 2, 2019 As China rapidly moves to […]

China’s 100-year plan is all about development, not deception

China’s 100-year plan is all about development, not deception

By Curtis Stone December 7, 2018 China went from being one of the poorest countries on the planet to one of the most powerful. China’s remarkable development has pulled hundreds of millions of its citizens out of poverty and greatly contributes to global peace and prosperity. Originally published by The People’s Daily Online, December 7, […]

The two sides of President Trump

The two sides of President Trump

  By Jonathan Power  October 9, 2018 What do we have to truly fear about President Donald Trump? Last week he pulled off the successful re-negotiation of the North America Free Trade area. Pundits thought, with Canada refusing to bend, it couldn’t happen. Maybe the deal now leans more in America’s direction but Trump has […]

Xi’s Long March on American Democracy

Xi’s Long March on American Democracy

  The United States can’t sit back and watch as China quietly colonizes the West.   By Michael McCaul Chinese President Xi Jinping is leading a Maoist Long March to achieve his dream of global power. Instead of retreating from Chiang Kai-shek’s forces, as Mao Zedong did, Xi is instead retreating from the Chinese people’s […]

A Relevant Nobel Candidate: China’s Xi Jinping and the Silk Road Initiative

A Relevant Nobel Candidate: China’s Xi Jinping and the Silk Road Initiative

By Jan Oberg Western mainstream media and politics disseminate so many negative aspects of China and consider it a serious threat to Western hegemony to such an extent that it is difficult to see any other – more relevant – perspectives. The China-initiated Silk Road and Belt Initiative (BRI), described in links like these, has […]