China Pushes Back
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  • The great difference here is that we are partnering with forward-looking, freedom-loving people, and China is throwing in with tyrants and rotten regimes. We are still winning.

    But, if we are pushed to the wall, I heartily recommend ceding Afghanistan to them…

  • Anthony

    “Behind the smiles, however, China has been fighting back.” Pretty much sums it up…as The Great Game continues and both China and U.S experience scheduled governance rearrangements in fall (October/November).

  • Mrs. Davis

    China is not so much fighting back as preparing for the future. They play the long game. And the game is for the World Bank and IMF. The United States will be a supplicant to them in due course and China wants to be in control when that happens.

  • Some Sock Puppet

    At least the daggers are finally coming out. I’m tired of the nationalists claiming victimization. Now we see evidence of their stunning amount of BS all along.

  • Eric

    The problem actually is all the countries to the south and east of China, except PRK, are worried about China and the PLA. They don’t like what has been going on in the Paracels and Spratlys. Or the recent sabre-rattling over Assam, Ryukyu and Taiwan. And the widespread blatant IT espionage. Even Burma is edging away from China.

    If the Chinese are annoyed at feeling straightjacketed then they can blame themselves more than the US.

    Ambrose Evans Pritchard has a piece on Thucydides today in the UK Telegraph in which he is addressing recent German behaviour. A lesson of history. But Mr Li Keqiang might wish to read and consider it too.

  • The Evans-Pritchard post was magnificent. The only thing it left me asking (and quite mournfully too) was: Where are our AMERICAN business editors with a like command of literature and history, and a comparable sensitivity to historical parallel? I suppose it must be a rare gift to be like us Yanks: So fiercely practical, so smartly up-to-date, so give-me-the-facts businesslike that we, of all chosen peoples, can safely dispense with culture, with continuity, even with memory. (As an old girlfriend of mine used to scoff [she’s since wised up considerably, BTW] “I don’t need to know that s***!”)

    Now as always I’m open to correction, but I can’t remember in my lifetime a political class more proudly philistine than our main gallery of leaders of the past two decades. Gingrich and Clinton MAY be the exceptions that prove the rule. Meanwhile, simpleton that I am, I keep waiting for one of our distinguished ex-presidents or senators to write a world-class biography of Hamilton, Madison, Franklin, etc. Ah, but what am I thinking? We’re AMERICANS, by god! – and so much too BUSY for that sort of effete, impractical nonsense.

    Not that I’m anyone to talk (am I ever?). My classical background is weak to nonexistent. But it seems to me, too, that old Thucydides’ warnings about the wages of arrogance are at least as applicable to the Anti-People’s Republic (APR) as to les Boches.

  • Gary L

    6.J R Yankovic is like: Meanwhile, simpleton that I am, I keep waiting for one of our distinguished ex-presidents or senators to write a world-class biography of Hamilton, Madison, Franklin, etc.

    Now, you have to have admit, they are all totally dedicated to providing full employment for America’s ghost writers.

  • @ #7: Thank God at least THEY’RE improving our employment numbers.

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