William Lind: China’s fateful decision about North Korea

A poster depicting North Korea's military power is displayed in the communist state and released by North Korea Central News Agency, 31 January 2003.

Summary: William Lind gives a brilliant analysis of the situation in East Asia -- North Korea's provocations, China's fateful choices, and the response of our allies if they choose unwisely. Trump's visit to Asia provides an opportunity for him to display Bismarck-level geopolitics.   "The North Korean Threat to China" By William S. Lind. From … Continue reading William Lind: China’s fateful decision about North Korea

Stratfor describes a paradise lost to China’s ambition

Taklamakan Desert in China's Xinjiang Uygur province

Summary: Stratfor describes the next phase of China's expansion and its likely consequences. China's political and environmental problems are typical of what global growth will create during the next several decades. We must learn to manage this process better as we go from today's 7 billion people to the almost inevitable 10 billion by 2050. … Continue reading Stratfor describes a paradise lost to China’s ambition

Stratfor on China’s political scandal (it’s bigger and more interesting than ours)

Guo Wengui

As American politics has become dominated by scandals, real and imagined, China has a real scandal. All the key elements of modern China have collided -- its technology, its new business tycoons, the Party, and its people's aspirations for control. While there is little doubt about the outcome, the path to get there will reveal … Continue reading Stratfor on China’s political scandal (it’s bigger and more interesting than ours)

Stratfor explains how China’s Belt and Roads Initiative might reshape Europe

The Turkey Istanbul tunnel under the Bosphorus

Summary: Monday's post looked at how China's Belt and Roads Initiative was spurring growth in the less developed areas of Asia and Africa -- and linking those nations more tightly to China. Here Stratfor looks at how the B&R initiative links to Europe, the end of its new Silk Road. China uses the EU's weakness as an … Continue reading Stratfor explains how China’s Belt and Roads Initiative might reshape Europe

China builds a new world in which *it* is the great power

China dragon

Summary: US borrows trillions to wage war in foreign lands. China helps build other nations' transportation infrastructure to connect them for mutual trade. Which program will work better? Their secret advantage over America is seen in every day's news headlines. This is how great nations rise, reported by the NYT: "Behind China’s $1 Trillion Plan to Shake … Continue reading China builds a new world in which *it* is the great power