The Skeptics

Trump's Challenge to 'One China' Is Playing with Fire

When President-elect Donald Trump took the congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on December 2, he violated a strict protocol that had been in place for more than three decades. Since the United States switched its diplomatic recognition from the Republic of China (the official name of the noncommunist remnant based on Taiwan) to the communist regime in Beijing in 1979, there has been no official contact between the U.S. and Taiwanese presidents.

Is China a Playground Bully, or a Calculating State?

China, Salvatore Babones tells us, has disrespected “Superman”—that is, America—by tugging on his cape—that is, its unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Babones suggests three explanations for China’s behavior: a desire to test President-elect Trump, a move on the part of the PLAN to turn the South China Sea into an “internal Chinese lake” and/or a belligerent action flowing out of China’s larger “bully” disposition.

How China Could Strike Back at Donald Trump over Taiwan: Unleash North Korea

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to take a brief congratulatory phone call from Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is turning into one of those unprecedented diplomatic developments where the aftermath proves to be more significant than the actual event. Just as President Obama took a chance by talking with an Iranian president directly for the first time since 1979, Trump’s communication with the leader of Taiwan is historic not because of what the two talked about, but rather for the fact that it happened at all.

Trump's Team Should Ditch the 'Clash of Civilizations'

If there is one common thread that connects President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign-policy appointments, it is the belief that the United States is engaged in a civilizational war against “radical Islamic terrorism.” Indeed, while Trump himself—with his ambivalence towards books—may not even know it, the incoming administration seems to have fully embraced the ideas of Samuel Huntington, not only on the clash of civilizations, but on American decline, the idea of a West encircled by enemies, a