American Basketball vs. Chinese Hardball. Guess Who Won.

BEIJING — Back in the Cold War, the sclerotic Soviet system proved no match for the lure of American soft power: bluejeans, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, Coca-Cola, Hollywood. All became symbols of American freedom and prosperity that no amount of communist prohibitions could stop. Today, China poses a far more formidable yet lucrative challenge for some of the most famous icons of American culture — Apple, Disney, Lady Gaga, and lately the National Basketball Association. Selling the best of American creativity and talent increasingly demands submission to the views of…

Here Is How America Can Increase the Pressure on China

Key point: Checking Beijing’s expansionist ambitions can be done without risking too many lives or breaking the bank. The following is adapted from a recent report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Tightening the Chain: Implementing a Strategy of Maritime Pressure in the Western Pacific. The U.S. military has a problem in the Western Pacific: the tyranny of distance and time. Delivering military force across the vast Pacific Ocean has never been easy, even for a country as blessed in resources and ingenuity as the United States. The…

‘Disturbingly lightweight’: Penny Wong targets Morrison over China and ‘negative globalism’ | Australia news

Penny Wong labels Scott Morrison’s warning against negative globalism “disturbingly lightweight” in a speech targeting his handling of foreign affairs and the China relationship. In a speech to the Australian Institute of International Affairs on Monday Labor’s shadow foreign affairs minister will argue that Morrison makes decisions against the national interest for “short-term political gain”. In a draft of the speech, seen by Guardian Australian, Wong also takes aim at Morrison for echoing Chinese propaganda by suggesting legitimate questions about the Liberal MP Gladys Liu’s links with China were racist.…

Australian Minister Slams Chinese Communist Party | Voice of America

SYDNEY – One of Australia’s most senior government ministers has accused the Chinese Communist Party of behaving in ways that are “inconsistent” with his country’s values. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warned Canberra would work to counter foreign interference in Australian universities, as well as cyber espionage. Peter Dutton’s comments are some of the most uncompromising language yet from an Australian government minister on the perceived threat posed by China. Tensions between Canberra and Beijing have risen in recent times because of allegations of cyber attacks by China, and that…

COMMENTARY: Canada needs to plan ways to meet China’s military challenge – National

Forget for a moment Canada’s grave dispute with China over the extradition proceedings in Vancouver involving a Huawei executive. As the New York Times reminded readers last week, China has even gone after that most Canadian of bears, Winnie the Pooh. The orphaned bear cub from White River, Ont., a First World War vet of sorts and an honourary member of the Winnipeg-based Fort Garry Horse — hence Winnie — has been banned from television and the internet by Communist China’s ridiculously sensitive and self-centred government, because…

Drivers And Risks Of China’s Pressure On Vietnam – Analysis

A concoction of regional and domestic factors is driving China’s increased pressure on Vietnam in the South China Sea, but this strategy entails serious risks for Beijing and, if overplayed, may backfire. While Hanoi’s options to respond are currently limited, they may gain potency as Beijing’s intimidation tactics galvanize support among ASEAN and the international community. China has been stepping up its efforts to interfere in the legitimate and lawful maritime economic activities of neighboring coastal states, as well as applying pressure on foreign companies to cease upstream activities not…