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September 17th, 2021 - 1:00 am § in America, Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

Biden is all about China

In Washington, “everything comes down to China.” At least, that’s how CNN sees it. (Read article here.) After describing how Biden’s administration justifies nearly all its domestic policies on a “need to strengthen the country to better compete with China,” CNN p[...]

September 16th, 2021 - 12:13 am § in Biden, China, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Politics

Should General Milley be fired?

General Mark Milley (bio here), as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is America’s highest-ranking military officer. Following revelations that, after the attack by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol, he twice called China’s top general “to assure him Trump did not have plans[...]

September 15th, 2021 - 4:50 pm § in America, Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

U.S., U.K. working to arm Australia with nuclear subs

The United States and United Kingdom are working together to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines, CNN reported on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (read story here). Australia has a small navy, with fewer than 20 large combat ships, which includes 6 diesel-powered submarines (details here[...]

September 4th, 2021 - 5:07 pm § in America, China, Misc., Russia

Is the movie “Reservoir Dogs” an allegory on nuclear war?

“Reservoir Dogs” was Quentin Tarantino’s (bio here) first film, released in 1992, and typifies his film work. On its face, it’s a crime noir movie about jewel thieves who come into conflict with the police and each other. Its explicit portrayals of violence grossed out audien[...]

August 17th, 2021 - 6:20 pm § in America, China, Foreign Affairs

Afghan debacle increases risk of war between U.S. and China

A couple days ago I wrote (here), “I’m concerned about a couple of things. One is whether our withdrawal from Afghanistan will be interpreted in Beijing as a lack of resolve and embolden China’s dictator to attack Taiwan.” I wasn’t imagining things. And it didn’t take lon[...]

August 2nd, 2021 - 11:45 am § in China, Foreign Affairs, Misc., Russia

Athlete’s defection spotlights Belarus dictatorship

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya (bio here), 24, is the big story of the Tokyo Olympics. Not for winning medals, but for seeking asylum. Tsimanouskaya was kicked off Belarus’ Olympic team for complaining about being put into a relay race without warning, and hustled to Tokyo’s[...]

July 26th, 2021 - 11:31 am § in America, Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

China wants to dictate our foreign policy, too

U.S.-China relations have been called “tense” and “stalemated.” That they are. After calling U.S. policy “misguided” and “dangerous,” a Chinese envoy told reporters the “fundamental reason” for tensions is America’s positions on issue[...]

July 14th, 2021 - 11:28 am § in Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

No “hotline” to Beijing?

     “The Biden administration is examining the possibility of setting up an emergency hotline with the Chinese government similar to the so-called ‘red phone’ established between the US and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, which allowed for direct communication with the Kr[...]

July 13th, 2021 - 1:58 pm § in America, China, Foreign Affairs

Navy secretary nominee pledges to defend Taiwan

Biden’s nominee for Navy secretary, Carlos Del Toro (photo, left; bio here), spoke of defending Taiwan in strong terms during his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Del Toro said, “It’s incredibly important to defend Taiwan in every way possible. We should be focused on[...]

July 7th, 2021 - 9:17 pm § in China, Foreign Affairs, Health

Are China’s Covid-19 vaccines no good?

CNBC is raising an alarm about China’s Covid-19 vaccines. Five of the six countries “with both high vaccination rates and high rates of Covid-19 infection … rely on vaccines made in China,” CNBC said in an article published here on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. CNBC said it ident[...]