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Analysis and Commentary

Americans Are Real Victims Of Our Trade War With Mexico And China

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Friday, June 7, 2019

America has declared war on China and Mexico, but it is a new style of warfare. Or at least it seems so. With the latest volley of levied and threatened tariffs on Chinese and Mexican exports, POTUS has thrust the U.S. into a new phase of economic warfare against both competitors and friends.

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Could Tiananmen Square Happen Today?

mentioning Michael R. Auslinvia NewsMax
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thirty years after the massacre of Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is at its weakest state, despite appearances it is stronger than ever, according to Claremont McKenna professor Minxin Pei.
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Area 45: What’s Next For North Korea With Thomas Henriksen

interview with Thomas H. Henriksenvia Area 45
Friday, May 31, 2019

Will Kim Jong-un ever give up his nuclear ambitions or allow economic reforms into North Korea?

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The Remarkable Survival Of Free Thought And Activism In China

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia The Diplomat
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thirty years ago this week, thousands of students occupied Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, engaging in a hunger strike to call for political and economic reform. Other citizens across the country –professors, workers, even Communist Party cadres — were slowly joining in their demands for democracy and transparency.

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Pacific Century: Professor Rana Mitter on the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the May Fourth Movement

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoo, Rana Mittervia The Pacific Century
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Professor Mitter discusses the Tiananmen Square Massacre thirty years later and the 100th Anniversary of the May Fourth Movement as well as and the future of Chinese pluralism after the coming to power of Xi Jinping.

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The Libertarian: Trump, Trade, And China

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Are tariffs a necessary evil when it comes to stopping Chinese predation?


The Global Crisis Of Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 17, 2019

There is nothing inevitable about the expansion of democracy. Among countries with populations above one million, there were only 11 democracies in 1900, 20 in 1920 and 29 in 1974. Only for the past quarter of a century has democracy been the world’s predominant form of government. By 1993, the number of democracies had exploded to 77—representing, for the first time in history, a majority of countries with at least one million people. By 2006, the number of democracies had ticked up to 86.

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Did China Break The World Economic Order?

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia The New York Times
Friday, May 17, 2019

Last Friday, the White House raised the tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports up to 25 percent. On Monday, China retaliated with tariffs of its own. The trade war is now full-on — except that it’s not really about trade.

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Trump’s New Chokehold On Huawei Threatens The Telecom Firm And U.S.-China Trade Talks

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia The Los Angeles Times
Thursday, May 16, 2019

When the Trump administration blocked U.S. firms last year from providing critical parts to ZTE Corp., it quickly paralyzed the Chinese telecom company and threatened to force it into bankruptcy — until President Trump issued a last-minute reprieve as a favor to Chinese President Xi Jinping.


Michael Auslin: "Promise Fatigue" With The False Promises Of The PRC

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his RealClear Politics article "Trump Has 'Promise Fatigue' From Dealing With China."