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    The United States Should Lead with Power and Purpose on China

    Recently I posted here on China’s unprecedented military buildup and the reasons for it. The Chinese Communist leaders are pursuing a “coercive but non-kinetic” policy – essentially bullying the smaller countries in the region with the threat of armed conflict – and rapidly developing the means to deny the American military access to … More

    Trying to "Contain" China Makes No Sense. So What's the Right Strategy?

    In 1962, the Beatles auditioned for Decca Records. Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro. And China invaded India. More than 2,000 died in the harsh mountain combat. A self-declared “non-aligned” power, India never expected to be attacked by a Cold War protagonist. Unprepared, New Delhi threw ground troops into the … More

    What Bitcoin Tells Us About Economic Freedom

    Chinese regulators are cracking down on Bitcoin, the anonymous open-source virtual currency. Officials at China’s central bank announced this week that they were banning all third-party payment processors from accepting Bitcoin, effectively shutting down the exchanges they are sold on. This is nothing new. Regulators have been interested in Bitcoin … More

    China’s Growing Navy

    China’s declaration of an air defense identification zone over Japanese-administered waters in the East China Sea and confrontation with an American guided missile cruiser is a useful reminder of China’s growing naval strength. In a recently released report, The Heritage Foundation noted that China’s navy is by far the largest … More

    China Promises Relaxed One-Child Policy: Will It Deliver?

    Chinese Communist party leaders recently declared in an official communiqué that the government could begin to slightly relax its infamous one-child policy. Though vague, the new plan will apparently allow certain couples to have more than one child, assuming one of the parents is an only child. But the U.S. … More

    China Goes to the Moon with Chang’e-3 Mission

    China launched its first lunar lander today. The Chang’e-3 spacecraft will carry a lunar rover to the moon, marking the first time a Chinese spacecraft has landed on another celestial body. The Chang’e-3 is part of a three-step robotic lunar exploration effort. Chang’e-1 and Chang’e-2 (launched in 2007 and 2010, … More

    Growing Tensions in the Air, Literally, over East Asia

    On November 23, the People’s Republic of China announced a new air defense identification zone (ADIZ) covering a large swath of the East China Sea. Most importantly, it covered the airspace over the disputed Senkaku islands. This move, effectively escalating tensions in Asia, led the United States to order two B-52s … More

    Lawmakers’ Currency Demands Could Backfire on U.S. Exporters

    A number of U.S. legislators want to give the Obama Administration the power to impose tariffs on imports from countries that manipulate their currencies. Such a policy could boomerang on U.S. exporters if other governments follow suit, since reductions in the value of the dollar in recent years could be … More

    Promoting Economic Freedom in Asia: Time for Secretary Lew to Step Up

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is touring Asia this week. He will visit Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam and end with a much-anticipated visit to China. What should he be promoting while meeting with high-level officials in the region? Well, economic freedom, of course. Asia is home to some of … More

    Cyber Attacks: Hopping the "Great Firewall"

    Google’s new Digital Attack Map reveals that the U.S. experiences daily cyber attacks. Though much of the map’s real-time cyber activity is untraceable, the map does confirm that China heavily targets the U.S. This underscores the need for the U.S. to make China feel a cost for its cyber espionage … More