Russia and Germany are signed on to Beijing’s project. They are both cooperating as well as investing in the “One Belt, One Road” project (OBOR) announced in 2013. Does this portend the awakening of Mackinder’s powerful Heartland thesis? The possible … Continue reading
Posted in China, Europe, Foreign Policy, News and Analysis, Russia & Eurasia
Tagged Alfred Thayer Mahan, China, Chinese Navy, Europe, Germany, Halford Mackinder, Heartland, Land Power, Nicholas Spykman, One Belt One Road Project, Rimland, Russia, Sea Power, Xi Jinping
Year of the Rat, sixteen years later, is still recommended to those who wish to understand how the Executive Branch under the Clintons and Gore through money, power and influence has historically exposed the Democrat political party, and allowed American … Continue reading
Posted in 2016 Presidential Campaign, China, Defense and National Security, Foreign Policy, News and Analysis
Tagged Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Chinese Espionage, Clinton Inc, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Year of the Rat
Despite the media buildup for the speech, it’s clear that on the matter of the US-Russian relationship Trump doesn’t represent a real change from the policies of the Obama/Hillary administration. A contest between Hillary and The Donald means the Russians emerge as the winners—no matter who wins. Another Russian reset is in the cards, compounding the American weakness that Trump says he wants to do something about. Continue reading
Posted in 2016 Presidential Campaign, China, Europe, Foreign Policy, Israel, Middle East-North Africa, News and Analysis, Russia & Eurasia, Southeast Asia, Uncategorized
Tagged Cold War, Council on Foreign Relations, Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Richard Haass, Russia, Russian Reset, Ukraine, UN, United Nations, US -Russian Relations, Vladimir Putin, World Trade Organization
The public needs to understand the larger strategic context of the 2016 presidential campaign, but is not getting enough information on the stump about the most important duty of the next president; keeping the United States the preeminent power in the world system as China (and Russia) mount new challenges. Continue reading
Posted in 2016 Presidential Campaign, China, Foreign Policy, News and Analysis, Russia & Eurasia
Tagged China, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Moscow-Tehran Axis, North Korea, Russia, Russian Separatists, South China Sea, Syria, THAAD, Theater High Altitude Air Defense, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping
The Middle East will remain a boiling cauldron as both al-Qaeda and ISIS continue their wars for territory and subjugation in Syria and Iraq, while targeting Saudi Arabia. Both groups are casting their eyes on other parts of the Middle East with Jordan and, ultimately, Saudi Arabia coming in their cross-hairs.
Posted in China, Europe, Foreign Policy, Israel, Middle East-North Africa, News and Analysis, Russia & Eurasia
Tagged Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Charlie Hebdo, China, Hezbollah and Hamas, Hong Kong, ISIS, Martin van Creveld, Multiculturalism, Muslims in Europe, One Country-Two Systems, Paris Terrorist Attacks, President Ronald Reagan, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Saudi Arabia, The Suppressed and Hidden History of Islam
2014 opens with gathering storm clouds and the U.S. ship of state under the command of an administration pursuing increasingly dubious foreign policies and facing declining public approval. The chickens stirred up by the “Leading from behind” approach are coming home to roost, particularly in the Middle East with the White House tilt to Iran.
Posted in China, Foreign Policy, Middle East-North Africa, Uncategorized
Tagged Al Qaeda, Benghazi, China Lake, Egypt, Erdogan regine, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Muslim Brotherhood, NATO, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Taliban, Turkey, Vietnam
On November 23, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced the establishment of an East China Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and demanded that all aircraft entering or transiting the zone file flight plans with Beijing. China then deployed fighters to patrol the zone; threatening military action against anyone who did not acknowledge it’s authority in what is otherwise considered international…
Posted in China, Defense and National Security, Foreign Policy, Trade & Economics, United Nations
Tagged ADIZ, Beijing Dictatorship, Communist China, East China Air Defense Identification Zone, East China Sea, EEZ, Exclusive Economic Zone, Joseph Biden, LOST, Obama, Pacific Rim, Peoples Republic of China, PRC, Shinzo Abe, Territorial Boundaries, UN Law of the Sea Treaty, US Trade Deficit, US-China Relations, Xi Jinping
We still don’t know the answer to that question, but a critical segment of the Keystone XL Pipeline is mighty close to conclusion. The map segment referred to as the “Gulf Coast Project” is nearly complete, as a finite pipeline capable of carrying Canadian oil sands from Hardisty, Alberta to Nederland, Texas.
Posted in America, China, China, Constitution, Defense and National Security, Energy Security, Foreign Policy, Private Property Rights, Sovereignty, Trade & Economics, Transportation
Tagged Beaumont Enterprise, China, common carrier, Cushing Oklahoma, Dan Wallach, Gulf Coast Project, Hardisty Alberta Canada, Jim Prescott, John Kerry, Keystone Pipeline, Keystone XL pipeline, Nederland Rotary, Nederland Texas, oil sands, private property rights, State Department, TransCanada
Beijing views India, Japan, and Russia as strategic rivals, where India must be checked by the geopolitical alignment of China with Pakistan and trade routes must be secured by the so-called “String of Pearls” for the acquisition of vital resources, … Continue reading
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Tagged Beijing, China, Chinese cyber attacks, Chinese Diaspora, Chinese passport, Chinese Politburo, East China Sea, India, islands dispute, Mao, Maoist, Panama Canal, Pax Americana, Pax Sinica, People's Liberation Army Navy, PLAN, Red Chinese, Red Middle Kingdom, Sea Lines of Communication, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, SLOC, South China Sea, Strait of Malacca, strategic Chinese investments, String of Pearls, Subic Bay, Taiwan
The summer and fall of 2010 were marked by diplomatic clashes between an increasingly assertive People’s Republic of China and the United States and its allies running from the Korean peninsula through the South China Sea to Southeast Asia.
President Barack Obama opened his remarks welcoming President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China to a state visit on January 19 with a reference to a visit by Deng Xiaoping to the White House in 1979.
Gary Locke has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of Commerce. This post requires that its holder think in national terms, but it is not clear from Locke’s record that he is inclined to do so.