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Artificial Intelligence: From Qian Xuesen to Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Alibaba founder Jack Ma: AI will cause people ‘more pain than happiness’ Jack Ma has also said that humans only use 3% of their brain power, and science understands less than that about the brain. So to say that AI will surpass human potential is ludicrous. However, he would not mind if the super-processor enables […]

A New Normal

Rapid Changes In The World It is hard to believe that Xi Jingping and Donald Trump met as recently as April 6-7. The world has changed so much in the last couple of weeks that few could recognize it from what it was the week before the Xi-Trump meeting. Instead of a warming of US […]

Doublewood: One Belt One Road (OBOR)

One Belt One Road (“OBOR”) is the designation of China’s initiative in its foreign relations. It embodies China’s vision that peace in the world is best achieved through cooperative development, economic, social and cultural. Along the various routes that had represented the historical Silk Roads on land (the Belt)and the Maritime Route by sea(the Road), […]

Hitler’s Mein Kampf Back in Japanese Schools

Hitler’s autobiography ‘Mein Kampf’ joins Imperial Rescript’s return to classrooms… Actually, a lot has happened in Japan recently with the militarists dashing madly to bring Japan back to being a “normal nation”, meaning precisely what it was before it started the invasion of China (1937) and WWII. The push is led by Prime Minister Shinzo […]

“Arabella” Diplomacy

Ivanka Trump’s daughter, Arabella sang a song, recited the 3-character primer, and a Tang Dynasty poem in Chinese for President Xi Jingping and Madame Peng Liyuan. It is going viral in China. Forty-five years ago, an historic breakthrough in US-China relations was achieved through the Nixon visit to Beijing. It was dubbed the “Pingpong” diplomacy. […]

Xi-Trump Summit: According To The Script

This is what I understand to be the possible elements of a script anticipated on the Chinese side of the Xi-Trump summit. 1. Trump would kick off by asking for the sky from China. Xi and his entourage would remain silent, but flash broad congenial smiles at their host, saying without saying, “You are joking. […]

Xi-Trump Meeting

This Thursday, Xi Jingping and Donald Trump will meet for the first time.  Usually, meetings between US and Chinese heads-of-state require a long period of time to prepare.  This will probably go down in history as one that takes place under rather bizarre circumstances, but it may end up being quite significant. Bizarre Circumstances (1) […]

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 […]

Flynn’s Flimflam

None of you is old enough to remember the Watergate affair of 1972-1974. The abrupt resignation of Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s national security advisor, reminds me of the beginning of the fall of Richard Nixon. With respect to the current affair that may become known perhaps as Moscowgate, Flynn was thrust into the front line […]

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 […]

Why Donald Trump held hands with British PM Theresa May

Knowing that British Intelligence knows “things” that the British Government would like Donald Trump to know they knew, Theresa May hurriedly went to Washington to “hold his hands” immediately after his inauguration. Physically as well as figuratively, certain matters of state must be conducted P-to-P (person to person). When it comes to transmitting highly sensitive […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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