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Those Cassandras who believe Cathay is about to rule waves after launching its first aircraft carrier are getting way, way ahead of themselves. One swallow does not make the spring, and one aircraft carrier does not make a battle fleet in being. The Red Chinese Navy is not about to steam up Chesapeake Bay and... Read More
Once, while driving in rural Virginia, I saw a billboard that proclaimed, "Jesus Saves." Some wag had scrawled across the bottom, "But Moses invests." Today, change that to "the US borrows while China lends." As my friend and veteran columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave writes, while the US has wasted $1.5 trillion on its Afghan and... Read More
China used to be one of the world’s leading naval powers. But in the 1400’s, the isolationist Ming Dynasty ordered China’s large fleets dismantled and its ports closed. The next time Chinese warships put to sea was during the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 when they were quickly demolished by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Now, China... Read More
One day, the emperor of ancient Babylon summoned his treasury overseer and exclaimed, "I need more money to wage war on those filthy Hittite terrorists! "But I looked in my great treasure chest and it's nearly empty. There are hardly any gold coins left," he thundered. "Oh Light of the Euphrates," groveled his terrified minister,... Read More
The current Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule has captured world attention and sympathy. Protests from Katmandu to New York have ensured it stays on TV screens almost everywhere — except China, of course. China's government, which has been preparing a massive, carefully orchestrated Olympic summer extravaganza in Beijing, has been deeply embarrassed and lost a... Read More
Diplomacy is the art of discreetly convincing other nations to do things you want them to do by convincing them it's in their best interests. The deft French have turned diplomacy into an art form, both in foreign and boudoir affairs. Few, by contrast, would accuse the Bush Administration of any diplomatic finesse. To the... Read More
NANJING — This ancient Chinese imperial capital, former headquarters of Generalissimo Chiang-kai shek, and site of the infamous 1930's massacre of 300,000 Chinese by Japanese troops, is haunted by its magnificent but often sinister history. History has also been on US Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld's mind. Last June, Rummy warned China's military buildup was threatening... Read More
In the latest issue of National Review, the usually sound John Derbyshire goes off the deep end in defending a double standard for the US and China in the matter of surveillance operations (aka spying). According to Derbyshire, whose rhetoric is reproduced with tremulous flattery in WFB's otherwise predictably unreadable column of April 18, it... Read More