Archive for the ‘China’ Category

January 4th, 2022 - 8:49 pm § in America, Biden, China, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs

What game theory predicts about China and “The Quad”

“The Quad” is a term for quadrilateral (i.e., four-nation) cooperation among the U.S., Japan, India, and Australian — who are joined by other European and Asian democracies — in opposition to China’s aggression and territorial ambitions. This article explains what game [...]

December 22nd, 2021 - 9:29 pm § in America, China

A reminder that Hong Kong’s freedom is gone

     The “Pillar of Shame,” 26 feet high, had stood on the University of Hong Kong grounds since 1997 “as a memorial to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.”      The sculpture by Danish artist Jens Galschiøt included an inscription that said, “The [...]

December 20th, 2021 - 1:18 pm § in China, Foreign Affairs, Politics

Hong Kong voters boycott election

What if they held an election and no one voted? “The quiet scenes at the polling stations spoke volumes,” NBC News reported (here). “Entrances at some of Hong Kong’s 630 voting sites were empty on Sunday as the Chinese territory held an election for its legislature in which none[...]

November 26th, 2021 - 9:26 pm § in China, Foreign Affairs

What crushing Hong Kong cost China

A generation of young Taiwanese, and any remaining hope of mutual reconciliation. “As authorities in Hong Kong arrested pro-democracy supporters, including opposition politicians and newspaper editors, a growing number of people in Taiwan have reflected upon the island’s future relatio[...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 1:13 am § in America, China, Environment, Politics

Major cities hire “chief heat officers”

Here in Seattle, we sweltered through prolonged 100-degree-plus heat last summer, and I began joking to friends about buying Arctic beachfront property while it’s available. The warming Arctic is no joke, though. Seattle isn’t one of the cities hiring “chief heat officers” &#[...]

October 31st, 2021 - 6:50 pm § in China, Humor, Misc.

Chinese farmer’s now-famous 70,000 chickens

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October 27th, 2021 - 6:22 pm § in America, China, Foreign Affairs

China’s hypersonic test “concerning”

China recently tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic delivery vehicle, although they deny it. Gen. Mark Milley, America’s top military officer, called the test “very concerning” (see story here). There are several things the Pentagon doesn’t like about these weapons in our adve[...]

October 25th, 2021 - 8:34 pm § in China, Foreign Affairs

China will freeze in the dark before it buys Australian coal again

China has an energy crisis. To be more specific, China has a coal shortage. Australia has lots of coal, but China doesn’t want it, even though its lights are going out. Beijing is throwing a hissy fit. A year ago, it blocked imports of Aussie coal because “after Canberra backed a call fo[...]

October 21st, 2021 - 10:30 pm § in Biden, China, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Law and Courts, Politics

Biden errs, then criticizes himself

Last week, The Hill says, Biden was asked about (in its words) “people who defy subpoenas from the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” an obvious reference to Steve Bannon (image left). Biden replied, “I hope that the committee goes after them and holds [...]

October 18th, 2021 - 3:55 pm § in China, Foreign Affairs

The nuclear chess game

China asserts it merely tested a reusable spacecraft, but some people suspect it was a hypersonic nuclear delivery vehicle. US disarmament chief Robert Wood said, “We are very concerned by what China has been doing on the hypersonic front,” the Guardian reported on MOnday, October 18, 2021 (rea[...]