Category Archives: China

The Unenforceable

The UN Security Council passed a new resolution [pdf] in regards to nuclear disarmament and proliferation yesterday. But does it matter? The resolution basically holds the status quo and reaffirms the commitment of ”well-behaved” countries to continuing to try and be on their best behavior while having no effective means of stopping the proliferation of […]

The US Abroad: Languages And National Interest In Central Asia

My last piece asked the question “How much longer will we remain militarily engaged in Afghanistan?”. With a presidential election approaching on August 20th, there could be a decent indication in the aftermath of some goal reached within whatever parameters the US has put up if it goes well. Afghanistan though, seems to not be […]

Preparing for the Next “Red Scare”

Are we always to be fearful and preparing ourselves for those who are rising economically behind us? The past twenty years has seen the exponential growth of wealth in China and with it, the positioning of the country as another Us vs. Them competition within our domestic politics and media. Most of rhetoric is framed […]

Beyond the subprime crisis

In my post about US debt to China, we found out that each and everyone of us in America owes the Chinese about $6,000. This is partly due to the fact we import more goods from China than we export to them, and because the Chinese government invests heavily in our currency. The two are […]

Things you might not have noticed

The possibility of a $700 billion bailout for Wall Street is looming large over the national conversation, so I’ll forgive you for not noticing these fun nuggets portending America’s doom: Congress is working on passing a $25 billion bailout for Detroit automakers And why $25 billion for companies that have long ago ceased to be […]

The Western Media and The New Red Scare

By Ian It appears that the current media buildup against China is working. A recent poll of Americans asked which country is the greatest enemy to the United States. China at 14% (up 3% from a year ago) was voted third behind Iran at 25% and Iraq at 21%. Compare this to North Korea who […]

Why the US won't boycott the Olympics

My theory on why the U.S. won’t boycott the Olympics: You don’t piss of your banker. As I wrote in a previous post about U.S. debt to China, it’s not unreasonable to think we owe the Chinese about $1.5 trillion. I wrote then that “As our biggest investors, we will have to afford the Chinese […]

The 'How Bad Can We Piss Off China'? Midweek Roundup

Art In Reality “Official” “Unofficial” I’m sure the truth is somewhere in between (but leaning more towards the “unofficial” side of things given that the Chinese typically show nice big banners of hanged criminals in their train stations – not really squeamish about a good shooting, them) Expect these throughout the torch relay run — […]

Terrorism is distracting America

John Kerry was right. In 2004, Kerry said “We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives but they’re a nuisance.” He said he we had to contain it, so “it’s not threatening the fabric of your life.” Bush’s response was predictably insulting, simpleminded and […]

What the U.S. owes China

Understanding the U.S. debt to China General Overview Current U.S. debt to China: $1.4 trillion (estimated) Real-time U.S. national debt clock U.S. Treasury bonds owed to Chinese investors Official Obama Administration comment on the China debt Paul Krugman, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, explains U.S./China finance Although the Chinese government keeps the […]