The Hanoi Summit – We Asked Lyle Goldstein What Happens Next in U.S.-North Korea Relations

The answer to why the Hanoi Summit was a failure is no particular mystery. If one wanted to truly defuse this most dangerous situation, one would want to send experienced diplomats, preferably ones who had brokered extremely challenging international deals in the past. These emissaries, moreover, should have possessed the qualities of patience, foresight, historical and cultural sensitivity, as well as flexibility and creativity. Regrettably, that was not the team that traveled to Hanoi. Of course, the American people also would have been better served by meticulous preparations for such…

China’s Growing Hawkishness

How to approach China’s rise is the “existential security question of the 21st century” for the United States, John Bolton said Sunday. President Trump’s national security adviser went on to lambaste Beijing’s aggression in the South China Sea. “Contrary to every pledge it’s made before to engage in peaceful negotiation to resolve territorial claims, [China] is taking over these rocks and shoals and islands, building military bases on them,” Bolton said. “It’s completely unacceptable. It’s why we continue to do freedom of navigation exercises and look at other ways to…

Plastic invades the once pristine waters of the Philippines (photos)

A new expedition finds pervasive plastic in the Verde Island Passage, home to one of the largest concentrations of marine life in the world. In 2006, a team of marine conservationists crowned the Philippines as the world’s Center of Marine Biodiversity, and in particular, they declared the Verde Island Passage as the “Center of the Center of Marine Shorefish Biodiversity.” Connecting the South China Sea with the Tayabas Bay and the Sibuyan Sea, the waters play home to numerous threatened sea turtles like hawksbills, olive ridleys, and green turtles, and…

UAH – News

Gen. Martin Dempsey spoke to defense and community leaders as part of UAH’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Michael Mercier | UAH In a connected world awash in 24-hour news cycle information and disinformation, the United States will continue its vital global leadership role as long as its leaders remember the reasons for established global alliances, Gen. Martin Dempsey told defense and community leaders at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Monday evening. “I am optimistic about the future for our country,” said Dempsey, a retired decorated four-star general, chief of…

EU, in Major Shift, Moves to Confront China’s Growing Assertiveness

The European Union moved Tuesday to recalibrate ties with China, promising to address growing threats to trade, economic growth and security posed by Beijing’s global assertiveness. In a sharp shift from attitudes just two years ago, when China was seen as a potential partner in maintaining global rules and institutions following President Trump’s election, the EU’s executive arm labeled Beijing an “economic competitor” in critical fields such as the development of 5G networks and a “systemic rival” politically. … Source link

China, the South Pacific and MacArthur’s ghost

U.S. President Donald Trump’s most important strategic adviser on China right now could wind up being the late Douglas MacArthur. Today China is pushing ahead with an aggressive strategy to dominate the so-called first and second island chains to China’s east and south. MacArthur was the first to emphasize how crucial these were to restraining Communist Chinese aggression into the Pacific during the Cold War, and protecting America’s own Pacific flank. China’s ultimate goal is to push the U.S. out of the region, intimidate U.S. allies like Japan, and project…

Brussels ramps up criticism of China’s investment strategy in EU

Brussels has branded China a “systemic rival” and threatened tighter rules on its investments in Europe as some of the largest EU countries push back on Beijing’s contentious Belt and Road Initiative. In a paper released on Tuesday, the European Commission and the EU’s diplomatic unit called on China to stop unfair treatment of European companies and investment practices that threatened the rule of law in recipient countries and risked plunging them into debt. “There is a growing appreciation in Europe that the balance of challenges and opportunities presented by…

An expert travel guide to Hong Kong

• If you have a cold, it’s considered polite, but not obligatory, to wear a facemask so don’t be alarmed by their ubiquity in winter. Cough etiquette hints are posted on some of the buses and hand sanitisers are available in the shopping malls. • Even if you’re not on business, there’s probably going to be an occasion when someone will produce a name card. Receive it with both hands, read it and treat it respectfully. In the same way, when you’re handing over a credit card, it’s polite to…

Do not trust the catalysts

Right up there with “bargain hunting” and “profit-taking” is the phrase “lack of catalyst” to describe stock-market movement. All buying is bargain hunting in that no one ever bought an issue believing that it was not a “bargain” or that it would go lower tomorrow. The idea that selling—and prices going down—is profit-taking after prices have moved higher is also false. Maybe the selling that made prices drop was not profit taking. Maybe it was selling those issues that did not move during the uptrend. By definition, a catalyst is…