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Decertifying The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be A Foolish, Potentially Dangerous, Error

Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Reports are indicating that President Trump will decertify the nuclear weapons deal with Iran. This would be a foolish and potentially dangerous mistake.

United Nations Passes Watered Down North Korean Sanctions

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The Trump Administration’s effort to impose sanctions against North Korea suffered a significant defeat in the United Nations Security Council.

Why Negotiations With North Korea Are (Currently) Impossible

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Absent significant changes, expecting normal diplomatic relationships with the DPRK is a pipe dream.

North Korea Lashes Out At Chinese Pressure Over Nuclear Program

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North Korea is pushing back against increased pressure from China over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Tensions Rise On Korean Peninsula As North Korea Threatens Another Nuclear Test

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North Korea is threatening another nuclear test, the United States is threatening retaliation, and China is warning of a ‘gathering storm’ on the Korean Peninsula.

China Appears To Be Putting More Pressure On North Korea

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Has China finally had enough of North Korea?

Apparent Assassination Leading To Tension Between North Korea And China

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The apparent assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s eldest brother has raised red flags in China.

North Korea Conducts Another Nuclear Weapons Test As The World Runs Out Of Options

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North Korea conducts yet another nuclear weapons test, and it’s unclear what anyone can do to stop them.

Obama’s Visit To Hiroshima Brings Reflection, But No Apologies

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President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima left just the impression it should have.

China, U.S. Agree On North Korea Sanctions That Are Unlikely To Accomplish Anything

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Can anything restrain the North Koreans besides direct action by China? That’s unclear, but the new round of sanctions pending at the U.N. seem unlikely to accomplish much of anything.

China’s Economy Appears To Be Slowing Significantly, And That Could Have A Huge Impact

A dealer analyses the shares index to investors (not pictured) at a securities company in Chengdu, in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, 27 August 2007. Chinese share prices closed 0.83 percent up 27 August to record a sixth straight day of gains after more listed companies reported strong earnings for the first half, dealers said. AFP PHOTO/ LIU Jin (Photo credit should read LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s economy is still growing, but it’s most recently reported growth rate is slower than the nation has seen in quite some time.

U.S., South Korea Hint At Military Buildup In Response To Nuclear Test

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The United States and South Korea are hinting at increased military cooperation in the wake of last week’s North Korean nuclear test.

Kim Jong Un Claims North Korea Has Thermonuclear Weapons, But It Probably Doesn’t

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North Korea’s mercurial leader now claims to have thermonuclear weapons, but analysts are saying this is likely braggadocios nonsense.

Politinerds: Andrew Malcom On Russia, China, ISIS, And Syria

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Our guest this week on Politinerds was a Andrew Malcom, who makes a return appearance this time to talk about foreign policy issues ranging from Syria and Russia’s intervention in that conflict, the direction or lack thereof in American policy in the war against ISIS and the Syrian Civil War, and the issues at stake […]

Leaders Of China And Taiwan To Meet For First Time In 66 Years

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For the first time since Chang Kai-Shek escaped across the Taiwan Strait, the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China will meet this weekend.

President Obama Likely To Leave World In As Bad A Shape As He Found It, If Not Worse

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President Obama came to office inheriting the legacy of one unnecessary war, and another that had faded from memory. He will leave office with Iraq and Syria in crisis, Europe uneasy, Yemen and Libya unstable breeding grounds for terrorism, and China doing whatever it is they’re doing.

China Ends ‘One Child’ Policy Over Demographic Concerns

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Thanks mostly to well-founded demographic concerns, China is ending the ‘One Child’ policy, but it is probably too late for them to avoid the consequences of the forty year program.

As Far As Europe Is Concerned, The Debate Over The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Over

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Congress is set to debate the Iran nuclear deal next month, but as far as Europe is concerned the debate is already over.

Stock Market Drop Leads Trump And Walker To Say Dumb Things About China

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Yesterday’s stock market drop led some Republican candidates to say some particularly dumb things.

Meanwhile, China’s Stock Market Has Been Crashing For The Past Month

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In the past month, the Chinese stock market has lost more than 1/3 of its value.

More Immigrants To The U.S. Come From China And India Than Mexico

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The sources of new immigrants to the United States are changing, but it’s unclear if that will have any impact on the political debate over immigration reform.

China Warns U.S. About North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

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Chinese analysts are telling their American counterparts that North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is far more sophisticated than previously believed.

Government Cancels Hong Kong Talks As Popular Support For Protesters Wanes

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The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue, and may intensify, after efforts at talks between the protesters and ruling authorities collapsed: HONG KONG — The standoff between Hong Kong’s government and pro-democracy protesters intensified Thursday as the democrats demanded that the city’s top official be impeached over a multimillion-dollar payment from an Australian company and […]

The U.S. Should Stay Quiet About The Protests In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Protests

In the current situation, speaking out forcefully as some are demanding can only do more harm than good.

Hong Kong Rocked With Protests As China Tries To Limit Political Rights

Hong Kong Protests

The streets of Hong Kong have been filled with protesters upset over China’s efforts to control the city’s political future.

Testing to Destruction

Here’s a proposition I hope we never have the opportunity to test. Generals in the People’s Liberation Army apparently have the impression that the PLA can defeat the U. S. military on the field of battle: For years, Chinese military planning assumed that any attack by the People’s Liberation Army on Taiwan or a disputed […]

The Fourth Of July, Brought To You By China

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Chances are the fireworks that you may enjoy later today aren’t exactly red, white & blue: On Independence Day, celebrations across the United States depend on China. The sparklers, bottle rockets and Roman candles you’ll be using this Fourth of July almost certainly came from there. So did the professional-grade pyrotechnics that’ll be launched above […]

No ‘Hard Choices’ In China

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The more than one billion people who live in the People’s Republic of China won’t be able to buy Hillary Clinton’s new book for new: Hillary Clinton’s new book will not be sold in mainland China, despite efforts by her publisher, Simon & Schuster, to sell the memoir there. Chinese publishers have declined to purchase […]

Tiananmen Square 25 Years Later

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After two and a half decades, the images of June 4, 1989 resonate with many, unless you happen to live in China.

China’s Plan For The Collapse Of North Korea

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China sends a message to Kim Jong Un.

North Korea On The Verge Of Collapse? Don’t Count On It

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Predicting the end of the DPRK is a fool’s errand.

Kim Jong Un’s Uncle Executed By Dogs?

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If a report out of a Singapore newspaper is to be believed, the execution of Jang Soong Thaek, uncle to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was particularly brutal: BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, […]

South Koreans Expand Air Defense Zone In Challenge To China

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The ongoing client in the seas and skies in the Western Pacific took a new turn when South Korea announced an expansion of its own air defense zone: SEOUL, South Korea — Defying both China and Japan, South Korea announced on Sunday that it was expanding its air patrol zone for the first time in […]

Biden: U.S. Won’t Recognize China’s New Air Defense Zone

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The U.S. position on China’s new air defense zone is exceedingly clear. The question is where it goes from here.

US Orders Airliners to Comply with Chinese Notification Demands

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Even as it defies China’s illegal territorial claims with military flights, the Obama administration is urging US airlines to comply.

U.S. Challenges China’s Claim Of Expanded Air Defense Zone With B-52 Patrol

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China sends a message, and the U.S. responds. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

China Relaxes One Child Policy

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China’s Communist Party has announced a significant change to the nation’s infamous “One Child” policy.

Indian Army Mistook Jupiter, Venus For Chinese Spy Drones

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The Indian Army apparently thought that they were being spied on by the Chinese, but it turned out they were looking at a more extraterrestrial observer: New Delhi, July 23: Phew! Science has saved a Roman god and a goddess from possible Armageddon launched from the Earth by the mighty Indian Army, egged on by […]

Further Signs Of Economic Contraction In China

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A new report released this morning shows slowing in China’s manufacturing sector: HONG KONG — China’s manufacturing sector contracted in July at the quickest pace since last summer, according to the early reading of a survey released on Wednesday. The survey came in at an 11-month low of 47.7 points for July, down from the […]

The End of the Affair

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To maintain growth China needs to consider its priorities.

China’s Increasing Dependency Ratio

Relevant to the discussion of China’s slowing economic growth rate from yesterday, China’s working age population peaked in 2011: ON JANUARY 18th the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that the number of working-age Chinese shrank last year by a total of 3.45m. In the slow-moving world of demography, that is a big turning point. […]

Snowden Says He Hasn’t Given Any Information To Russia Or China

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While he still apparently sits in a transit area of the Moscow Airport nearly three weeks after leaving Hong Kong, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is pushing back on claims that he has shared information with the Russians or the Chinese: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, in an interview on Saturday and then again Tuesday afternoon, vehemently denied […]

New Law In China: Visit Your Parents

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There’s a new law in China that makes it a requirement to visit your parents: Hong Kong (CNN) – Lola Wang, a 28-year-old marketing officer in Shanghai, makes a six-hour trip to Shandong to see her parents twice a year — once during the Lunar New Year and again during the National Day holiday in October. “I […]

Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong For Russia And Parts Unknown

Edward Snowden

Despite an extradition request from the United States, Edward Snowden left Hong Kong overnight on a flight to Moscow and parts unknown.

Report: Edward Snowden Charged With Espionage And Other Charges

Edward Snowden

Not surprisingly, Edward Snowden has been formally charged in connection with the leak of classified NSA documents.

Do Personal Relationships Matter In International, Or Domestic, Politics?

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Does it matter if political leaders like each other on some personal level? Sometimes it does.

Chinese To Press Claim For Okinawa?

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With China’s growing economic power, we’ve also seen a growth in Chinese interest in controlling the sea lanes around it while also pressing claims for lands that may or may not have been under Chinese control. For more than a year, for example, there’s been a standoff between China and Japan over a bunch of […]

Hong Kong Can Refuse U.S. Extradition Requests

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As I noted last night in connection with the case of Edward Snowden, the United States does not have an Extradition Treaty with the People’s Republic of China, but does have one with Hong Kong that was entered into about two years prior to the city’s 1999 turnover to Chinese control by the British. As […]

Edward Snowden, Leaker Of NSA Data Mining Stories, Steps Forward

Edward Snowden

Meet Edward Snowden, the 29 year old CIA/NSA contractor who has confessed to leaking the details of the NSA’s data mining projects.

China Pressuring North Korea To Return To Nuclear China

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China appears to be applying some pressure to North Korea on the nuclear issue: BEIJING — The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, bluntly told a North Korean envoy Friday that his country should return to diplomatic talks designed to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, according to a state-run Chinese news agency. “The denuclearization of […]

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