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    Oval Office Speech Should not Endorse China’s Renewable Investments

    In the 1990s, Gatorade ran its “I wanna be like Mike” campaign – a series of advertisements of kids aspiring to be basketball legend Michael Jordan. In light of the oil spill, President Obama is ramping up his “I wanna be like” campaign when it comes to America’s energy policy. … More

    Bringing Shangri-La Back to Earth

    US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was at the Shangri-La Dialogue (aka the Asia Security Summit), and according to The Washington Post, he has engaged in sharp exchanges with the Chinese participants. Who was Gates’ interlocutor at Shangri-La? None other than People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Major General Zhu Chenghu, who … More

    One Step Closer to Trade Sanctions Against China

    Tick, tick, tick — the sound of a Congressional trade bomb. By its own, not very exacting standards, Congress has patiently waited for change in Chinese currency policy. The single most likely time for that was the G-20 finance minister’s over the weekend in South Korea. But nothing meaningful from … More

    An Embarrassment in Shanghai

    As a world leader, the United States cannot be lackadaisical about the power of symbols and images. Ronald Reagan knew this and as one of his first official acts as president, he turned the lights back on the monuments in Washington, which had literally been darkened by President Carter during … More

    State's Schizophrenic Stance on Internet Freedom

    To fund or not to fund – the State Department’s Hamlet like approach to Internet freedom. Having unequivocally declared Internet freedom one of the Obama administration’s top priorities back in January, the State Department has been sending out confusingly mixed signals ever since. In fact, what is emerging is a … More

    Will Greece & Co. Poison US-China Trade?

    Uh oh. Just when it seemed Sino-American shouting over the undervalued yuan was quieting down, surprise guests are threatening to incite a riot. The problems in Greece, Portugal, and perhaps elsewhere in southern Europe are a threat to the euro. A damaged euro may mean the widely-anticipated change in Chinese … More

    Chavez Needed a Bailout - So He Made One Up!

    Last weekend President Hugo Chavez announced with great fanfare that Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), had signed an agreement with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to develop part of the Orinoco heavy crude area for which they had given Venezuela a $20 billion loan. As usual … More

    Rising and Falling on Internet Freedom

    Internet freedom could well be the defining issue of the 21st century, the issue on which authoritarian regimes stand or fall. Authoritarian regimes  are only too well aware that the greatest threat they face today is less from an outside military force than from populations empowered by information about their … More

    China and the Nuclear Summit

    While Chinese President Hu Jintao’s decision to attend the Nuclear Security Summit is being hailed as a sign of improving Sino-US relations, President Hu’s speech at the summit suggests that rough times still lie ahead. In his speech at the summit, President Hu apparently focused on the importance of honoring … More

    Russia Sets Limits on U.N. Iran Sanctions

    The Obama Administration continues to talk up the prospects for strong U.N. sanctions on Iran at the same time that it is becoming increasingly clear the United States is unlikely to persuade Russia and China to approve anything stronger than a mild slap on the wrist for their Iranian friends. … More