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Analysis and Commentary

Intellectual Property And The Trade Deficit

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Monday, September 9, 2019

"The IP Commission estimates that between $200 billion and $500 billion a year of intellectual property is stolen from the U.S." I found this interesting tidbit in The Atlantic interview of Kevin Hassett, ex CEA chair. (HT Marginal Revolution)

In the News

New York Times Deletes Tweet Downplaying Mao Zedong’s Murder Of 45 Million People

quoting Frank Diköttervia Daily Caller
Monday, September 9, 2019

The New York Times deleted a tweet that downplayed Chinese Dictator Mao Zedong’s mass murder of at least 45 million people on the anniversary of his death Monday.

Analysis and Commentary

Understanding Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Motivation And Ambition

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, September 9, 2019

Apart from a brief flirtation with democracy immediately after the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911 and the emergence of multi-party democracy in Taiwan in 1992, autocrats have ruled China throughout its history.


Kevin Hassett Says Trump’s Trade War Is Worth the Cost

interview with Kevin Hassettvia The Atlantic
Sunday, September 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Kevin Hassett discusses China and the US-China trade war.

In the News

Trump's Silence On Hong Kong Is Making America Weaker

quoting Larry Diamondvia Post Bulletin
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

As China and its unruly possession Hong Kong teeter on the edge of catastrophe, President Trump has issued a series of messages with a common theme: If his friend Xi Jinping decides to crack down on the city's pro-democracy movement, the United States will understand.

In the News

China Keeps Booting US Journalists. We Keep Admitting Theirs.

quoting Hoover Institutionvia The Washington Post
Saturday, September 7, 2019

China’s Leaders can amass significant personal fortunes, using family members to conceal the wealth. They want to hide it because in public they must preserve the image of humble, sacrificing members of the Chinese Communist Party, even if they are really profiting nicely from capitalism. Thus, the secret wealth of these pooh-bahs is one of the most sensitive and taboo topics in China today.

In the News

Economy Lessons From Chanakya

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia The Week
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh advised his successor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to listen to ‘sane voices’ on the economy to be able to restore confidence in the government’s macroeconomic policies and policymaking. For a prime minister there is probably no one better to turn to for sane and sage advice on statecraft than Kautilya aka Chanakya.


US And China In The Early Stages Of A Second Cold War, Academic Says

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC International TV
Friday, September 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses world politics, Hong Kong, and the US-China trade war.

In the News

US-China Trade Dispute Is ‘Already In The Early Stages’ Of A Second Cold War, Niall Ferguson Says

quoting Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Friday, September 6, 2019
The world’s two largest economies are “already in the early stages” of a second Cold War, according to Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
Analysis and Commentary

Hong Kong Protesters Teach China A Thing Or Two, But They Need Their Own History Lessons, Too

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pencils sharpened. Check. Lunches packed. Check. Yellow helmets and gas masks. Check.