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Politics of China

War From Cyberspace

As Obama appoints Howard A. Schmidt to a new cybersecurity post, former cyberczar Richard Clarke shows America is the most vulnerable country in the world.

Future War: Taiwan

A plausible scenario for a Sino-American clash in the Taiwan Strait.

Wagging the Dog

In an unequal friendship, does the weaker have the whip hand? America is the stronger partner in any relationship. But the Taiwanese, the Israelis and the Georgians don't seem to know this.

Odom's Russia: A Forum

Seven seasoned observers react to William Odom's interpretation of post-Soviet Russian reality, and Odom replies.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Communism and fascism, cousins in disrepute.


Obama Turns Toward Taiwan

After a cooling period that began in the later Bush administration, U.S.-Taiwanese relations are warming back up.

Xi's Reforms Face Big Obstacles

The old ways are too entrenched for the new president to uproot.

The Next Hu

There are already signs that Xi Jinping's successor will be Guangdong's new party secretary, Hu Chunhua.


Would China Really Just Shrug at U.S.-Sponsored Taiwan Independence?

"Strategic ambiguity" isn't perfect, but it beats plunging two countries into war.

The Ticking Taiwan Time Bomb

China and Taiwan may be quiet now—but it's the calm before the storm.


Why China can't threaten the U.S. anytime soon.

Books & Reviews

China's Power Paradox

China has striven to moderate at least the appearence of its global ambitions.

Off-Center on the Middle Kingdom; Review of Richard Bernstein's and Ross H. Munro's The Coming Conflict with China

Bernstein and Munro reject the view that Sino-American relations are fundamentally sound because China is weak, needs us as a trading partner, and relies on the United States to hold back Japan.

Beyond Bolivar

Just why is Latin America the way it is? Indeed why is it not like anywhere else? The questions are addressed by three Latin American authors.

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April 20, 2014