The Philippines Muddies The Waters Of East Asia’s Geopolitics

Rodrigo Duterte, who famously told President Obama to go to hell, is bringing Russian trucks and guns to his country.  But the Americans aren't worried.  According to Reuters: U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim played down any U.S. concerns about Duterte’s outreach to China and Russia and noted that the United States, a former colonial power, was … Continue reading The Philippines Muddies The Waters Of East Asia’s Geopolitics

The Five Maps That Show The Challenges To China’s New Silk Road

It's the geopolitical dream of every Third Way thinker since Mao: a non-European superpower finally taking the rug out from the dastardly Western imperialists. From Reuters: Xi said China's Belt and Road plan would be open to all. He said deep-seated problems in global development had yet to be addressed effectively, with international trade and … Continue reading The Five Maps That Show The Challenges To China’s New Silk Road

Why Taiwan (Still) Could Start World War III

Surely you know already the tripwire: Taiwan is a de facto country but a de jure province of mainland China.  The People's Republic wants to bring it back under mainland China's rule, while the people of Taiwan want exactly the opposite.  Moreover, Taiwan's military security is guaranteed by the United States via the Taiwan Relations Act … Continue reading Why Taiwan (Still) Could Start World War III