Will Tianjin be better than Anchorage?

My latest editorial for CGTN asks whether the U.S. will avoid histrionics in its impending meetings with Chinese officials. Yes, it is better that U.S. and Chinese officials sit across from each other and start to work together. However, the world needs – and perhaps demands is the better word – leadership from both countries. … Continue reading Will Tianjin be better than Anchorage?

CGTN: Time to end all talk of a Beijing Olympics boycott

Public Domain image My latest editorial for CGTN explains why symbolism is at the root of any conversation surrounding a potential boycott of the 2022 Olympics. And such symbolism is worthless. I understand the importance of symbolism, and Western politicians not attending the Olympics would be a symbolic statement of protest. But I repeat: Who … Continue reading CGTN: Time to end all talk of a Beijing Olympics boycott

U.S./Denmark spy scandal ignored during G7 meeting

Somewhere in the United Kingdom there is a giant rug. And under that rug can be found the remnants of the recent spying scandal involving the United States and Denmark. The person holding the broom and therefore responsible for sweeping the scandal under the rug and out of sight? Almost certainly U.S. president Joe Biden. … Continue reading U.S./Denmark spy scandal ignored during G7 meeting

China benefits from U.S. stubbornness over Iran

One wonders how President Biden reacted to the news recently reported by CGTN and other Chinese news agencies in which China’s president Xi Jinping said his country and Iran have common interests they should further develop. President Xi added that Beijing supports Tehran’s “reasonable demands” regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the so-called … Continue reading China benefits from U.S. stubbornness over Iran

The Guardian: Are the U.S. and China heading toward a clash of civilizations?

A China expert offers evidence suggesting the U.S. and China are heading toward a clash of civilizations. What’s different with the challenge as laid out by Biden is in part personal. As vice-president, Biden was privately sceptical to the point of disdain of the notion that China and its ruling Communist party could ever become … Continue reading The Guardian: Are the U.S. and China heading toward a clash of civilizations?