Category China

Tillerson Meetings in China

Tillerson was warmly received in Beijing by Wang Yi, Yang Jiechi and Xi Jingping.  The time and place for an imminent summit meeting between Trump and Xi have yet to be confirmed and announced.  Instead, Tillerson is saying Trump would look forward to meeting Xi in China, and Xi is saying Mr Trump would be […]

US-China Trade, Currency and Military Skirmishes – Part 2 – The Military

As I was making the final edit of this post, analysts are beginning to observe that the US and Russia are on the verge of plunging into a new Cold War. This will have potentially game-changing effects on the entire global scenario. All minds are straining to assess what this will mean. Unlike the Cold […]

Trump Is Setting Japan Up For A Jewish Treat

By acting too much like an eager beaver, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has become a prey to Donald Trump and his team of distressed financial specialists. Trump grew up in Queens, New York and went on to become a real estate developer in New York City and New Jersey. Having gone in and out […]

Who is Steve Bannon?

“[Trump is a] blunt instrument for us,” Bannon told me. “I really don’t know whether he really gets it or not.” -From Vanity Fair (August, 2016), courtesy of Truthstream Media Who is Steve Bannon? He is a frustrated, angry White male who studies Sun Tzu’s Art Of War in order to plot a comeback. Or […]

Politics Of Coal (as in Charcoal)

This is the first addendum to the topic of US-China trade skirmishes.  It illustrates the difficulties encountered by China in having to deal with an American administration that carries heavy doses of conflicts of interest.  This email deals with one of them – coal. Why Did Trump Talk About Reviving America’s Coal Mines? If I […]

Trade, Currency and Military Skirmishes – Part 1

Donald Playing God After only 7 days into the Trump administration, the time it took God to create heaven and earth,  it had already become clear that skirmishes between the US and China will be inevitable. I use the word “skirmish” here, but everybody knows that it can potentially be a euphemism if the discords […]

China’s “Moderate Prosperity”

At the malls and in tourist towns in China, it is very obvious that there are lots of little children all over, especially yearlings and two-year-olds, and lots of pregnant ladies carrying more to arrive. It looks like there is indeed a baby boom, judging by our part of China. The country’s two-child policy may […]

Mobilization

Over the 3-week spring holiday period, China reportedly will be handling over 3 billion passenger-journeys, 2.5 billion by its rail systems! All passengers must be ID-matched to their tickets. This can only be accomplished through its massive systems engineering and management approach. Technology is used to realize processes and projects to unprecedented scale and stability. […]

Doublewood: Roadmap for US-China Relations

Attached is a draft summary of my working paper on A Roadmap For US-China Relations. Matters On Hold At the moment, given the instability in US domestic politics, I believe that China is unlikely to rush into any major initiative with the new American administration. It will spend some time observing. There will be contacts […]

Xi Jingping’s Speech

Xi And I Philosophically and analytically, Xi and I have astonishingly congruent sensibilities. For us to simultaneously make the analogy from Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities is coincidental, but not surprising. It reinforces the notion that the world is indeed at a critical crossroad, resonating the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution and the social […]

Update: A Tale Of Two Speeches

Xi Jingping delivered his keynote speech at Davos today. He began with a paraphrase from the start of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale Of Two Cities: “This is the best of times. This is also the worst of times …” thus he began his keynote address to the annual assembly of the World Economic Forum. […]

Michael Pillsbury In Beijing

Michael Pillsbury, Donald Trump’s supposed go-to man on China, was in Beijing this past weekend. He made a speech in a seminar attended by members of Chinese think-tanks. Referring to his principal’s idea of “making America great again”, Pillsbury said: “If America were to be great again, the road must lead to Beijing.” The Chinese […]

A Tale Of Two Speeches

Xi Goes To Davos For the first time, China’s president will attend  the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland.  He will deliver a key-note speech there on January 17. Davos, as this forum is commonly called, has become one of the world’s most important and exclusive regular gatherings of political and business leaders […]

Trump’s No-Go Logo

Are you superstitious?  But this can only be inauspicious? When I watched CNN broadcast of the vaudeville that was Donald Trump’s first “press” conference, I could not keep my eyes away from the not-so-little, red-and-white logo in the front of Trump’s podium. It must surely be the No-Go sign, whether in China, or America, or anywhere in the world! Well, when enlarged, […]

Donald Trump Weighs In

Dysfunctional Transition After a bitterly divisive election, we now find ourselves in a series of unprecedented domestic feuds during the presidential transition.  They even spill over into foreign affairs, making us look like two nations at logger-head with ourselves.  Surreal! Being a feisty boxer, Donald Trump has been characteristically mouthing off and compulsively tweeting.  His […]

Doublewood: Malacca Strait

Below details out the US-China confrontation in the South China Sea, highlighting the Malacca Strait and bringing into focus the real strategic stakes that are in play. This is a timely piece, as the specific issues and contentions are now shifting into the broader regional as well as global issues. At the start of 2017, […]

Adapting To Polycentric Reality

One way to understand polycentrism is to draw a parallel with ecosystems. During polycentric times, the key to success is adaptability. In fact, it is the same story as with evolution. Size and overwhelming strength, if not managed and applied appropriately, can be a dangerous liability. It is a lesson we have learnt from the […]

Doublewood: A Polycentric World

The key to looking at all the current global dynamics is to understand the nature of a polycentric reality in the world’s power configuration. Polycentrism is a little-understood phenomenon in the post-WWII world, although it was not an unusual set of circumstances in other periods of world history. Here, I will not elaborate on the historical […]

Trump’s Taiwan Call – Part 2

It is impossible to know with Trump whether some “move” of his is just a poorly controlled impulse (like his Twitter messages) or a calculated effort to create or build a negotiating position. However, we know he doesn’t care about any other countries, so it is unlikely he has the best interests of the people of […]

Doublewood: Cyber-Knights Around Donald’s Rectangular Table

Trump’s IT Roundtable This is not exactly a new Camelot, nor is Donald Trump simply trying to beg these cyber tycoons for more jobs in the US, as Obama did a few years ago. This looks like a board meeting at a large corporation. In fact, in my opinion, this symbolizes Trump’s attempt to acknowledge […]

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Liberty Blitzkrieg

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus