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    Why China’s Economic and Military Growth Does Not Mean World Leadership

    Despite China’s 8.7 percent economic growth last year, double-digit annual increases in defense spending since the early 1990s, and holding $800 billion in U.S. treasuries, it is far from overtaking the U.S. role as global leader.  Its closed economy, undervalued currency, and state-controlled exports keep getting in the way. In … More

    Obama's "Reset" Button Quickly Changing to "Panic"

    Given Iran’s well established pattern of behavior (and Russia’s, and China’s) we were highly skeptical about President Barack Obama’s “Reset Button” approach to U.S. diplomacy. And now it seems that the failure of Obama administration’s Iranian engagement strategy is about to shift the focus of U.S. diplomacy from “reset” to … More

    American Confusion, European Disunion

    President Obama’s decision to skip the annual U.S.-EU summit in Europe, May 24-25, has not endeared him to some Europeans; many of whom once again feel spurned by the man they have so greatly admired, and whose election they so ardently wished for. As reported by The New York Times, … More

    “China Rising?” The Post Gets It Mostly Right

    Something odd happened today at the Washington Post.  The editors at the Post wrote a solid editorial on China and, a page later, the esteemed George Will got caught in the web of China myths. The main point of the Post editorial is spot on: the Obama administration largely misplayed … More

    Why China is Not an Economic Threat to the United States

    Recent reports of China’s economic growth contrasted with the U.S. economic downturn have left Americans increasingly concerned that China is becoming a new superpower, controls American finances and will surpass the United States as the world’s leading power. The reality is that the fundamentals of the American economy are stronger … More

    Fine, Now Sell Taiwan the F-16s

    The Department of Defense today notified Congress on the sale of $6.4 billion in arms to Taiwan, including patriot missiles, black hawk helicopters and assistance for its military communications network. This almost clears the books on sales committed to by President George W. Bush since 2001. President Bush himself closed … More

    Growing Momentum for Iran Sanctions in Congress, But Not So Much at the U.N.

    The Senate yesterday passed a bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran and on companies that assist Iran’s oil industry. The legislation, S.2799, targets companies that supply Iran with gasoline and other refined products or help it to expand its refinery capacity. Although Iran possesses the world’s third largest … More

    The President Looks Inward

    In publicizing the President’s State of the Union address, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett announced that one of the achievements of which the administration was most proud in its first year in office was its action to repair “badly frayed global alliances” and “to restore America’s leadership in the world.” That … More

    China No Help In Recession

    China announced last Friday that its economy grew 8.7% last year. Among other things, this will prompt a chorus of claims that China is leading the world out of recession. Wrong. The typical way of thinking about this is to take China’s and every other country’s GDP growth, add it … More

    Beijing Extends Helping Hand—and Its Reach

    In the course of an eventful week, the People’s Republic of China has had a chance to display the full range of modern capabilities that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is acquiring. At one end, on January 11, the Chinese announced that they had successfully engaged in a mid-course interception … More