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Foreign Policy

Old Problems Trump New Thinking: China's Security Relations with Taiwan, North Korea, and Japan

by Thomas Christensenvia China Leadership Monitor
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Recent months have hardly been proud ones for People's Republic of China (PRC) security policy. On diplomatic policies toward Taiwan, Japan, and North Korea, respectively, Beijing has appeared bullying, emotional, and ineffective. Given the widely negative reaction to the passage of an antisecession law, it remains to be seen whether recent trips by Taiwan's opposition party leaders to the mainland in April and May will improve relations across the Strait or will polarize Taiwan politics and destabilize cross-Strait relations. With respect to Japan, government inactivity in the face of acts of vandalism and racist sloganeering on the streets of its major cities seemingly contradicts the PRC's effort to put a smiling face on a rising China. On North Korea policy, Beijing either has decided to live with a nuclear Pyongyang or, more likely, has simply been ineffective in trying to lure the Democratic People's Republic of Korea back to the six-party talks. These outcomes do not match the Chinese Communist Party's self-styled image as a peaceful, responsible, and constructive rising power.

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Echoes of the Gipper

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

What would Ronald Reagan say? By Peter Robinson.

Chinatown Revisited

via Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Los Angeles, it is widely believed, was able to become a major city only after stealing water from farmers elsewhere in California in the 1920s. The problem with this belief? It’s false. By Gary D. Libecap.

The Sage of Fresno

by Jonathan Kayvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Victor Davis Hanson, down on the farm. By Jonathan Kay.

Freedom Is Not Free

by William C. Edwardsvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Not all threats to our freedom come from beyond our borders. By William C. Edwards.

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Labour’s Labor Problem

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Why Tony Blair’s Labour Party has kept the labor movement at arm’s length. By Gerald A. Dorfman.

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The Adventures of the ARA in Minsk

by Alexander Lukashukvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

From 1920 to 1923, a group of Americans working for the American Relief Administration, an organization directed by Herbert Hoover, helped provide famine relief in the war-torn Soviet republic of Belarus. Their efforts have now been largely forgotten, but journalist Alexander Lukashuk has made use of the extensive collection of ARA letters and documents housed in the Hoover Archives as well as in Belarusian archives to tell their story.

Slouching Toward Byzantium

by Robert Conquestvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Robert Conquest on the United Nations, the European Union, and the decline of the West.

Political Reform

China under Hu Jintao

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Contrary to hopes expressed by both Chinese intellectuals and foreign observers that the new Hu Jintao administration would be more open to political change and to freer expression of ideas, Hu's government has backed away from some of the tolerance that existed (though insufficiently) under Jiang Zemin. While Jiang Zemin did not shy away from criticizing presumed Western efforts to "divide" and "Westernize" China, the Hu administration has actively backed a campaign to criticize "neoliberalism" and has cracked down on the expression of liberal opinion. For the moment at least, Hu seems determined to address the problems facing China by strengthening the Chinese Communist Party rather than adjusting the relationship between the party and society through greater openness.

Party Affairs

National People's Congress Completes Jiang-Hu Succession

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Saturday, April 30, 2005

At its annual meeting in March 2005, China's parliament formally transferred former top leader Jiang Zemin's last official post to his successor Hu Jintao. The transfer completes an unprecedented process of orderly leadership succession that began two and a half years ago. Since the National People's Congress, Jiang has assumed a nearly invisible public posture consistent with those of other retired elders among the Chinese leadership. Meanwhile, Hu has been depicted as moving carefully in new policy directions while maintaining continuity with the policies associated with Jiang Zemin.

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