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Does Beijing’s Belligerent Birthday Party Herald a New Arms Race?
China, Human Rights, Politics

Does Beijing’s Belligerent Birthday Party Herald a New Arms Race?

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer celebrating with barbecue and fireworks than with threatening to have my enemies’ “ heads bashed bloody .” Matthew Kroenig: Hi, Emma! I hope you had a happy Fourth of July. And the United States wasn’t the only major power celebrating a birthday this week. It was also the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Matthew Kroenig: Hi, Emma! I hope you had a happy Fourth of July. And the United States wasn’t the only major power celebrating a birthday this week. It was also the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer celebrating with barbecue and fireworks than with threatening to have my enemies’ “heads bashed bloody.” Emma Ashford: Yes, I do hope that metaphor sounds better in Chinese ...
Halifax Security Forum Event To Be Hosted In Jan In Taiwan Amid Rising Tensions With China
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Halifax Security Forum Event To Be Hosted In Jan In Taiwan Amid Rising Tensions With China

The Halifax International Security Forum (HFX) announced on July 22 that it's first major meeting in Asia will be held in Taiwan in January 2022. While the Washington based HFX is known to hold its annual conference in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia every year, it would mark the first time that it will venture into a foreign territory by conducting an additional event in Taiwan. “It’s our pleasure to co-host HFX TAIPEI with the Institute of National Defence and Security Research (INDSRTW), the top military-focused think tank in Taiwan, to celebrate the courage and achievements of one of the world’s most vibrant democracies,” HFX said in a Twitter statement. HFX president Peter van Praagh said, “HFX will celebrate the courage and achievements of one of Asia’s most vibrant democracies...
China Is Worried About a Post-U.S. Afghanistan
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China Is Worried About a Post-U.S. Afghanistan

But the idea that U.S. loss equals China’s gain is contradicted by China’s recent moves in Afghanistan. Since late May, the Chinese Embassy in Kabul and China’s Foreign Ministry have repeatedly urged Chinese citizens to leave Afghanistan. Beijing’s simultaneous criticism of the abrupt U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, as voiced by China’s ambassador to the U.N., Zhang Jun , and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, actually reveals a deep-rooted Chinese view that the sustained U.S. military presence in Afghanistan aided in securing Beijing’s interests there. The U.S. military exit from Afghanistan has predictably escalated internal turmoil and increased regional security concerns in neighboring countries like China. In the United States, though, there have been fears that China will ...
France Rejects Le Pen’s Far-Right Party
China, Environment

France Rejects Le Pen’s Far-Right Party

If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here . Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: France ’s far-right is beaten in regional elections, U.S. airstrikes hit Syria and Iraq, and the world this week . Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: France’s far-right is beaten in regional elections, U.S. airstrikes hit Syria and Iraq, and the world this week. If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here. The Far-Right Stumbles in France The French far-right fared poorly in regional elections over the weekend, failing to win control of even one of France’s 18 regions and potentially denting French politician Marine Le Pen’s chances ahead of next year’s presidential contest. Le Pen’s party, the National ...
Canada: Protesters Gather Outside Trudeau’s Office, Urge Him To Recognise Uyghur Genocide
China, Human Rights

Canada: Protesters Gather Outside Trudeau’s Office, Urge Him To Recognise Uyghur Genocide

Over 200 people across Canada on July 18 joined a rally outside PM Justin Trudeau’s office in Ottawa in a bid to call the Canadian government to take action to stop the Uyghur genocide in China. According to ANI, the demonstration was joined by women and children. An Uyghur Muslim, Bilal Malik, completed his 15-day march to Ottawa and reached Trudeau’s office to deliver a joint letter signed by various organisations, urging the Canadian government and Olympic committee to boycott the Beijing winter games, which is set to begin on February 4, 2022. Sunday’s protest was also against the 33 Canadian senators’ decision to not recognise the Uyghur genocide in China. A protester said that they were standing outside Trudeau’s office in a bid to tell the government that what they are doing is “un...
China Is Radically Expanding Its Nuclear Missile Silos
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China Is Radically Expanding Its Nuclear Missile Silos

For the past couple of months, a rumor has been going around Washington that China might be dramatically expanding its arsenal of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can strike the United States. I had heard that rumor and so had many of my colleagues. I’ve had a strange week. For the past couple of months, a rumor has been going around Washington that China might be dramatically expanding its arsenal of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can strike the United States. I had heard that rumor and so had many of my colleagues. According to a report released by the U.S. Defense Department last September, China had about 100 of those missiles but was expected to double that number in the coming years. Hearing that rumor, I decided that ...
Haitian Police Claim Arrest of President’s Assassins
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Haitian Police Claim Arrest of President’s Assassins

If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here . Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: Haitian President Jovenel Moïse is assassinated in Port-au-Prince, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshuffles his cabinet, and U.S. troops are targeted in Iraq and Syria . Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: Haitian President Jovenel Moïse is assassinated in Port-au-Prince, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshuffles his cabinet, and U.S. troops are targeted in Iraq and Syria. If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here. Haiti’s President Assassinated Haitian police say they have killed four and arrested two of the suspected perpetrators of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, who w...
The Chinese Communist Party Has Followed Sun Yat-sen’s Road Map
China, Human Rights

The Chinese Communist Party Has Followed Sun Yat-sen’s Road Map

But a century later, one of the striking accomplishments of the CCP is the degree to which it has fulfilled not Karl Marx’s dreams but those of Sun Yat-sen. Sun, a leader of the Revolution of 1911 who briefly became first president of the Republic of China in 1912, was no communist. But over his long career as a professional revolutionary, he sketched out many plans for how a strong government would develop China’s economy, achieve independence from the imperialist powers, and lead society toward democracy. With a great deal of razzle-dazzle, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is celebrating its centenary this month. Looking back on a century of party history, Chinese and foreigners alike emphasize themes of success, competence, ideological agility (or adaptability), and ruthlessness—or re...
Why Do Analysts Keep Talking Nonsense About Chinese Words?
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Why Do Analysts Keep Talking Nonsense About Chinese Words?

You quickly spot a friend on the other side of the room because you understand using a literal reading of a vocabulary item to explain the origins, evolution, and persistence of racism in the Anglosphere is completely ridiculous. Imagine that you are cornered at a party when the topic of race comes up. Your interlocutor tells you that, in the English language, “race” can refer to both a competition wherein one tries to outrun the others and a visually identifiable group of people sharing common ancestry. It is no wonder that racism has been such an intractable issue in the Anglosphere; the very word embodies a sense of competition among different peoples. Imagine that you are cornered at a party when the topic of race comes up. Your interlocutor tells you that, in the English language, “...
Biden Must Change the Narrative of Neglect for Southeast Asia
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Biden Must Change the Narrative of Neglect for Southeast Asia

“Diplomacy should be the first instrument of American power,” wrote then-U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden in a Foreign Affairs essay in early 2020 on restoring foreign policy after Trump. Southeast Asians are waiting, increasingly impatiently, for Biden to demonstrate that. When Biden won the U.S. election, many in the region were optimistic. Biden promised a return to conventional diplomacy, a responsible America, and a level of predictability in a volatile time. From the start, the new administration signaled its commitment to multilateralism and diplomacy. It engaged rapidly and enthusiastically with the Quad, even when China predictably threw tantrums in response. There have been a slew of meetings with the big powers and important groups: the G-7, NATO, and the leaders of Japan...