…China Is Iurching in the Right Direction…

Never mind “Thucydides’s trap.” Today’s rising power seems to have taken history’s lessons to heart. It is appropriate that Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are flying to Buenos Aires for their showdown summit at the close of a month that began with the centennial of the end of the First World War. America’s economic tussles … Continue reading …China Is Iurching in the Right Direction…

…China has a vastly ambitious plan to connect the world…

What is behind the Belt and Road Initiative? GROWING up in a military dictatorship, Than Swe, a young member of Myanmar’s business elite, saw the Western world as a protector and model. Even when Western governments imposed ever-tighter trade and travel bans to punish the junta that ran his country from 1988 to 2016, Mr … Continue reading …China has a vastly ambitious plan to connect the world…

…Why Kim Jong Un Went to China…

..............  Photograph from KCNA / KNS / AP Optimists say Kim Jong Un’s meeting with Xi Jinping may signal that North Korea wants China’s coöperation as it prepares for larger economic reforms. Pessimists call that reading naïve. As a signpost along the course of history, there is no ritual more pregnant with uncertainty than the … Continue reading …Why Kim Jong Un Went to China…