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Trump’s Taiwan Policy: Bumbling Towards War?


Donald Trump is not yet President, but he has already brought the United States substantially closer to war with China. The President Elect took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, December 2nd and events went from bad to worse almost immediately. When challenged by media and foreign policy experts as […]


Asia’s March of Folly


In 1906 the HMS Dreadnought gently rode the Portsmouth yard slipways into the cold waters of the English Channel. Her launching immediately made every other battleship on Earth obsolete. The brainchild and driving passion of Admiral “Jackie” Fisher, First Lord of the Admiralty, the Dreadnought revolutionized naval architecture so thoroughly that she gave her name […]


Pacific Heat


Common Sense has been tracking the nascent arms race in the Pacific here, here and here, and what it portends for the future. As the Asian economies grow in relative and absolute importance, competition for resources and markets is increasing. Wealth brings the means and incentives to spend on armaments, and the burgeoning middle classes […]


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