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Stephen Kotkin: China, Russia, and American Freedom

interview with Stephen Kotkinvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Stephen Kotkin: China, Russia, and American Freedom 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
Analysis and Commentary

Lanhee Chen: China Steps Back On Promise To Hong Kong

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Friday, May 29, 2020

China has now moved to exert more control over Hong Kong, ending the special treatment that was guaranteed to it when the former British colony was turned over to Beijing’s control in 1997. At the time, China promised Hong Kong would be governed for 50 years under the principle of “one country, two systems.” In other words, Hong Kong would retain its own legal system and police force through 2047.

In the News

Pompeo Says Hong Kong 'No Longer Autonomous from China'

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia VOA News
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he has reported to the U.S. Congress that Hong Kong is “no longer autonomous from China” and “Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws,” given facts on the ground.

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by John Yoo, Robert J. Delahuntyvia Strategika
Friday, May 29, 2020

As the confrontation between the United States and China intensifies, Taiwan will occupy a pivotal place. Since becoming the site of the exiled Nationalist Chinese government after the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) conquest of mainland China in 1949, the island state has become a flourishing and prosperous liberal democracy boasting the 21st-largest economy in the world.

Featured CommentaryAnalysis and Commentary

Recognize Taiwan

by Seth Cropseyvia Strategika
Friday, May 29, 2020

On 12 May, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters stated that his nation will support Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Assembly at the organization’s meeting the following week. The Assembly governs the World Health Organization, the international body tasked with fighting pandemics like COVID-19. China has excluded Taiwan from the WHA since 2017, after participating in sessions as an observer since 2009.

Background EssayAnalysis and Commentary

Taiwan: “The Struggle Continues”

by Gordon G. Changvia Strategika
Friday, May 29, 2020

“Reunification is a historical inevitability of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” declared Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office in May, promoting the idea that Taiwan will be absorbed into the People’s Republic of China. In history, however, there is nothing foreordained, predestined, or inevitable. Just ask Henry Kissinger.

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The Grumpy Economist: Welcome To The ‘Careful’ Economy

interview with John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist | A Podcast with John H. Cochrane
Thursday, May 28, 2020

What the future looks like under a half-speed reopening.

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Pacific Century: Sinocism Talks Hong Kong

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, May 28, 2020

The importance of the recent National People’s Congress meeting in Beijing and its decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong.

In the News

The Pacific Deterrence Initiative: Peace Through Strength In The Indo-Pacific

quoting General Jim Mattisvia War on the Rocks
Thursday, May 28, 2020
The credibility of American deterrence rests on a simple foundation. America prevents wars by convincing its adversaries they cannot win. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said it succinctly: Deterrence is achieved when the enemy decides, “Not today. You, militarily, cannot win it, so don’t even try it.” Currently, in the Indo-Pacific, that foundation of deterrence is crumbling as an increasingly aggressive China continues its comprehensive military modernization.

Raghuram Rajan: Covid-19 Will Be A 'Crushing Blow' For Emerging Markets

interview with Raghuram Rajanvia BBC
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan discusses the world post-COVID-19 and notes that many developing countries will struggle to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.