Is China Totalitarian? | The National Interest

Some four decades ago, Deng Xiao-ping, the paramount leader of Communist China, took command of a country that had been nearly wrecked through Mao Zedong’s radical Marxist experiments like the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution and announced a new economic policy of “socialism with Chinese characteristics.” Many experts in the West predicted that political liberalization would soon follow the economic “liberalization” initiated by Deng. Others were skeptical that the Communist Party would relinquish any meaningful degree of its political power. After all, they noted, Deng stressed that “we…

China, Southeast Asia Set Aside Mistrust to Fight Deadly Virus | Voice of America

TAIPEI – China and 10 Southeast Asian countries are linking up to fight a deadly coronavirus outbreak that’s threatening tourism and trade ties. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a negotiating bloc with members that dispute Chinese maritime sovereignty claims and worry about the pace of Chinese investment abroad, signed a healthcare resolution with China February 20. The two sides agreed to accelerate information exchanges, combat any fake virus-related news and support small businesses that are hobbled by the outbreak. China and ASEAN are “major tourist destinations” for each…

Continuing PRC efforts to intimidate Taiwan a…

“Big Nations Should Not Bully the Small” The People’s Republic of China always refers to its Three Communiqués with the United States as if they were the Ten Commandments, but it both selectively quotes and unilaterally interprets the Communiqués as it wishes. There is, for instance, one passage from the 1st Communiqué of Feb. 28, 1972 that we never hear repeated by Beijing: “The Chinese side stated: …All nations, big or small, should be equal: big nations should not bully the small and strong nations should…

SCHAEFFER: The Battle Of Leyte Gulf: Introduction

As the World War II generation slips away from us, part of the reason I write these great battles series (and am grateful to Ben Shapiro, et. al. for giving them a public platform) is to remind us of our past and the incredible sacrifices and bravery of those on whose shoulders we stand.  In mortal combat the essence of the human condition is at its most acute and focused, allowing us to see in clear terms both the best and worst in us. And so it was at The…

Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons Get a Longer Range and Greater Precision

Last night, in Hanau, Germany, nine people were killed before the alleged assassin killed himself and his mother. Tobias R. broke out into a killing spree with the apparent motivation to cleanse Germany from foreign influences. Almost all his victims had foreign roots. Hatred toward foreigners in Germany has reached new levels. We need to understand the cause for this hatred and where it is leading. Tobias R. published a confession on his homepage prior to the shooting and left a letter for investigators to find in his apartment. Investigations…

The pitfalls and promise of a US-India partnership driven by China

The writer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of ‘Fateful Triangle’ It is quite possible that the “C” word will not be mentioned publicly during Donald Trump’s visit to India this week. A recent report indicated that the US president had no idea that China and India share a 2,500-mile border. Arguably, though, Mr Trump’s trip would not be taking place without shared concerns about China’s rise, which have driven the US-India partnership over the past two decades. The results of these shared anxieties about Beijing’s…

2021 Pentagon Budget Request Hints at Russia and China as the New Focus of US Empire

The Pentagon recently announced it fiscal year 2021 budget request. At $705 billion, it indicates a shifting focus from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a greater emphasis on the types of weapons that could be used to confront nuclear giants like Russia and China. To use the Pentagon’s exact wording, the U.S. is seeking to procure “more advanced high-end weapon systems, which provide increases standoff, enhanced lethality and autonomous targeting for employment against near-peer threats in a more contested environment.” This is not to say that the U.S.-led wars in…

Malaysian Defense Market, Forecast to 2024 – There is a Visible Trend Toward Upgrades & Offsets in Line With the Increased Focus on the Indigenous Industry

The “Malaysian Defense Market, Forecast to 2024” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This research explores Malaysia’s defense outlook from 2019 to 2024. With a shifting political landscape, conflicting claims to islands in the South China Sea and budgetary restraints, Malaysia’s defense approach for the coming years reflects a changing environment. This analysis covers aspects of the defense industry, including budgets, drivers and restraints to growth and trends in the sector, as well as defense equipment acquisitions including historical and forecast adoptions. The study also provides insights on how…

LOOK: PH Air Force sends 3 jet trainers for patrol duty in West Philippine Sea

The PAF puts on display three AS-211 trainer jets it was deploying for maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea. PHOTO FROM TOW FACEBOOK PAGE MANILA, Philippines —Three trainer AS-211 aircraft were deployed to Palawan on Monday to increase maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea. The jet trainers were expected to support the Philippine military’s Western Command in its mission to protect Philippine territorial integrity in its jurisdiction, which included the West Philippine Sea. The jets would become part of the Tactical Operations Wing (TOW) West at the Antonio…