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COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM AND SHORT MEMORIES

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We might forgive NBC Sports for glossing over the evils of Soviet communism during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, if it weren’t for all those young men and women, born since the fall of Soviet Union, that have no memories of the Cold War or the “evil empire.” Given the U.S. education system these days, I doubt they learned much about it in school.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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CHINESE CHESS

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China extending its air-defense identification zone (ADIZ) to include the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, of which Japan has administrative control, is China’s latest move in the strategic chess game for power and influence in Asia. It’s one more step in China’s strategy to erode U.S. and its ally’s military superiority in the region. The Obama administration’s “pivot” or “rebalancing” to Asia is intended to counter China’s strategy, but it will only work if Washington firmly stands its ground when China challenges it.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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DETERRING CHINESE CYBER-ATTACKS: MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION

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When I was an analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency in the early 1980s we used to say that if grains of sand on a beach were bits of intelligence information Moscow would send a large bulldozer onto the beach and scoop up as much as it could. Beijing, on the other hand, would send a million Chinese and each person would put a handful of sand in their pocket. The Chinese, for all their progress, haven’t changed; that’s how they hack into U.S. networks and steal U.S. military and trade secrets.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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TIME FOR REGIME CHANGE IN NORTH KOREA

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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is the perfect example of what will happen when rogue regimes acquire nuclear weapons. They use them to intimidate their enemies, extort concessions from those that will negotiate with them, and sell the technology to the highest bidder. Regime change or war is the only way to stop them.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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MITT ROMNEY AND CHINA

Where does Mitt Romney stand on China? What kind of China policy will he pursue if elected?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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CHINA’S MILITARY POWER: A GROWING THREAT

China’s growing military power poses a serious long-term threat to U.S. national security interests and makes a future military confrontation with China increasingly likely, if not inevitable. Last week, the Department of Defense (DoD) provided Congress its “Annual Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.” It’s another in a long list of reports and assessments chronicling the incessant rise of China’s military power that increasingly will challenge America’s dominant power in Asia, the Pacific, and around the world in the 21st century. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WHO LOST TAIWAN?

In the early 1950s, one of the great debates in Washington, D.C., was over “Who lost China?” It was a highly charged and deadly serious partisan-political blame game to fix responsibility for allowing the Chinese Communist to seize control of China and drive the government of the Republic of China (ROC) to the island of Taiwan (Formosa). The world is vastly different now than it was then; but when it comes to finger-pointing, Washington, D.C. is not; and the seeds of a “who-lost-Taiwan” debate have been planted. (More)

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THE ULTIMATE EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO AMERICA: A NEW WORLD ORDER

America as we know it faces the ultimate existential threat—a new world order (not the conspiracy theory) at which America is no longer the hub—and it will take much more than a change of the occupant in the White House to stem the tide.

America has faced many existential threats in its 335-year history. In every case, it has emerged stronger, more prosperous, and better prepared for the next one. Politically, economically, and militarily we have become the hub of the modern world order. That order is now threatened by the confluence of our monumental national debt, a global economic crisis, political upheaval in the Arab and Muslim worlds, the rise of China, and the desire by many countries that have benefited from the current order to change it.  (More)

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TAIWAN’S NEEDS SHOULD GOVERN U.S. ARMS SALES

THIS POST IS FOR COMMENTS ON ED ROSS’ OP-ED IN DEFENSE NEWS

Has President Barack Obama changed the rationale that has underpinned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan for 30 years, adopting a new U.S. geo-strategic perspective on U.S.-China relations? If so, what risk does that entail for the United States? U.S. arms sales to Taiwan have been a contentious issue in U.S.-China relations since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in January 1979. Since then, U.S. presidents have strived to meet the requirements of the Taiwan Relations Act – to provide Taiwan the defense articles and services it requires to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability – as they worked to improve the on-again/ off-again U.S.-China relationship. (More)

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THE ONGOING CHINESE CIVIL WAR: Its Evolving Status Quo

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With all we see on our TV screens these days—union protests in Wisconsin, upheaval in the Middle East, the devastating earthquake in Japan—it’s no wonder that only die-hard China hands are paying close attention to the evolving status quo in the ongoing Chinese Civil War.

Which civil war is that? It’s the one that began in the 1920s between the Chinese Communists and Nationalists and was never settled by an armistice, peace treaty or surrender. It’s the one that resulted in three major Taiwan Strait Crises (1954-55, 1958, and 1995-96). It’s the one in which, today, China arrays 1500 short- and medium-rang ballistic missiles and its armed forces along the Taiwan Strait aimed at Taiwan, even as China and Taiwan enjoy an unprecedented level of cross-strait interaction. And it’s the one many U.S. policy makers wish would just go away.  (More)

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THE FUTURE OF U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS: The Kissinger Perspective

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Henry Kissinger’s January 13, 2010, column, appearing in the Washington Post, “Avoiding a U.S.-China cold war,” lays out the former Secretary of State’s vision for the future of U.S.-China relations on the eve of Chinese President Hu Jin-Tao’s visit to the United States. In classic Kissinger style he offers a geo-strategic vision for how the world’s two dominant powers of the 21st century should get along. “The aim should be to create a tradition of respect and cooperation so that the successors of the leaders meeting now continue to see it in their interest to build an emerging world order as a joint enterprise.” A lofty goal, to be sure, but is building a new world order with China as a joint enterprise in America’s best interest?  (More)

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THE PERENNIAL CHINA-POLICY DEBATE: Conciliation vs. Carrots and Sticks

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Bill Gertz of the Washington Times in his October 20 “Inside the Ring” column reports on the current China-policy debate within the Obama administration. He identifies two opposing groups—the “kowtow” group, and the “sad and disappointed” group. Twenty-five years ago we called them the “convert-them-to-Christianity-and-democracy” group and the “let’s-just-outsmart-them” group. The U.S. players in the perennial China-policy debate change as administrations come and go, but the fundamental differences between two classic approaches to China remain the same. (More)

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