Beijing’s Bid For Global Power
As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world seems to be witnessing one of those epochal clashes that can change the contours of global power. Just as conflicts between American president Woodrow Wilson and British prime minister Lloyd... Read more
The Jewish Card Shark Who Became a Chinese General
“I can go into China whenever I wish to,” Morris Cohen bragged to a studio audience during a 1960 broadcast of the Canadian quiz show Front Page Challenge. “Well, I’m interested to know how you can do that as you once worked for Chiang, Chiang Kaishek,” a panelist remarked.... Read more
Arthur Chin Was America’s First World War II Ace
On Aug. 3, 1938 Arthur Chin led a group of seven Gladiator biplanes from the Chinese Nationalist air force’s 28th Pursuit Squadron against a formation of much more advanced Japanese A5M fighters. In the sky over China’s Hubei province, Chin fought off several of the A5Ms. His own aircraft... Read more
The Warlord and His Gun Factory
“Armed force is the backing of justice.” That was Chinese warlord Yan Xishan’s motto. For decades in the early- and mid-20th century, Yan ruled Shanxi province, fighting both for and against fellow warlords, the nationalists, the communists and the Japanese. His rule was characterized by his search for the... Read more
Donald Trump Dreams of a Tri-Polar Planet
The pundits and politicians generally take it for granted that Donald Trump lacks a coherent foreign policy. They believe that he acts solely out of spite, caprice and political opportunism — lashing out at U.S. allies such as Germany’s Angela Merkel and England’s Theresa May only to embrace authoritarian... Read more
China’s Flawed Naval Fighter
China is developing a new carrier-based fighter aircraft to succeed the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark . The J-15—which is an unlicensed Chinese development based on a T-10K-3 prototype of the Russian Su-33 Flanker-D—has proven to be a disappointment in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy. The navalized Chinese Flanker derivative... Read more
China Is Muscling India Out of the Maldives
Two helicopters sit between Asia’s two great powers. India is fast approaching a deadline to withdraw HAL Dhruv utility helicopters from the Maldives, which appears to be the result of mounting pressure from China. While the helicopters may seem insignificant, a withdrawal would be another sign of India’s declining influence... Read more
Girding for Confrontation
On May 30, 2018, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command. which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command. The name change, Mattis explained, reflects “the increasing... Read more
China Apparently Is Developing a Stealth Fighter Drone
The Chinese military appears to be working on a fast, radar-evading robotic fighter plane that could be the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The Dark Sword drone, as it’s known, is the latest in a long line of jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles that the Shenyang Aircraft... Read more
The U.S.-China War of 2030
The People’s Republic of China and the United States appear ready to plunge off the precipice of a trade war. This war could have far-ranging effects on the economies of both countries, as well as the future of the global economic order. But as of yet, it does not... Read more
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