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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Issue 72

Chinese Communist Party Propaganda
Background Essay
Background Essay

Beijing’s Woke Propaganda War in America

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Propaganda is older than the medieval printing press, and every communications innovation increases the propagandists’ reach. Westerners most often think of propaganda coming from its two ardent twentieth-century practitioners: the German Nazis and the Soviet communists.

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Featured Commentary

China’s Propaganda: Ludicrous, Malicious, Extremely Effective

by Gordon G. Changvia Strategika
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

“So let me say here that, in front of the Chinese side, the United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength,” said China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, at the now-famous showdown in Anchorage in the middle of March.

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A Day of Joy for the State within a State

by Christopher R. O'Deavia Strategika
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Among the container ships waiting for a berth at the port of Long Beach during the ocean-carrier traffic jam early this year were vessels of COSCO Shipping. The Chinese state-owned shipping company sails under the guidance of Captain Panda, a jolly stuffed-bear skipper decked out in crisp blue and gold nautical officer’s garb befitting the leader of one of the most powerful organizations of the Middle Kingdom.

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Issue 44

Preemptive Strikes and Preventive Wars

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by Williamson Murray Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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Issue 43

The Middle East: Terrorism Forever?

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by Reuel Marc Gerecht Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Issue 42

Europe: Death or Renewal

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by Erik Jones Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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by Ralph Peters Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Issue 41

Trump's China Challenge

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by Gordon G. Chang Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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by Miles Maochun Yu Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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America – Keep Your Eye On The Ball

by CAPT Chris Sharmanvia Real Clear Defense
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

China’s growing self-confidence should worry America. The country just celebrated another day without community spread of the Wuhan flu. Its government also announced plans to lift the two-and-a-half-month quarantine restrictions on the city at the crisis epicenter on April 8th. 

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Why China Must Be Held Accountable For The Coronavirus Pandemic

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

For the sake of morality, political governance, and the future, the world must ensure that the Chinese regime pays for its malfeasance.

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Has The U.S.-China Cold War Now Begun?

by Michael R. Auslinvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, March 27, 2020

Among the biggest victims of the coronavirus pandemic is the fiction of amicable U.S.-China relations. Those ties have been worsening for years, even before President Trump decided to call out Beijing’s predatory behavior starting in 2017. With the crisis now pitting America and China openly against each other, it seems impossible to salvage the old working ties. 

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Michael Auslin: Could Coronavirus Trigger War Between America And China?

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Friday, March 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses the coronavirus, China, and the political fallout.

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Beijing Fears COVID-19 Is Turning Point For China, Globalization

by Michael R. Auslinvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

While the world fights the coronavirus pandemic, China is fighting a propaganda war. Beijing’s war aim is simple: shift away from China all blame for the outbreak, the botched initial response, and its early spread into the broader world. At stake is China’s global reputation, as well as the potential of a fundamental shift away from China for trade and manufacturing. 

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China Boomeranging

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Its bad behavior in the wake of COVID-19 will leave it in its weakest global position in memory. And the U.S. will emerge stronger.

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The Coronavirus Is A Stress Test For Xi Jinping

by Elizabeth Economyvia Foreign Affairs
Monday, February 10, 2020

[Subscription Required] On February 4, Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the United States, prepared to address an audience of students, scholars, and businesspeople in San Diego, California. Before the ambassador could speak, a young Chinese man stood up and yelled, “Xi Jinping, step down!” Security quickly whisked the man away, and the event went on.

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From Washington To Wuhan, All Eyes Are On Xi

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 7, 2020

China’s leader knows that his reputation for competence is on the line.

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How Important Is the Mediterranean in American Strategic Thinking?

by Bing Westvia Strategika
Friday, January 10, 2020

In posing this question, the Hoover Institution advanced both a major and a minor subject. The major issue is defining what passes as strategic thinking in America; the minor subject is the role of the Mediterranean within that context.

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China in the Mediterranean and Implications for the United States and Europe

by Nadia Schadlowvia Strategika
Friday, January 10, 2020

Two decades ago, the strategist Mac Owens wrote a seminal essay on classical geopolitics. He described geopolitics as “the study of the political and strategic relevance of geography to the pursuit of international power,” adding that it involved the control of spatial areas that have an impact on the security and prosperity of nations. 

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