China has gradually isolated itself in the Asia-Pacific through its belligerent wolf warrior diplomacy and maritime ambitions.
Risking a nuclear conflict with China undermines the livelihood and prosperity of all. But such a choice can and should be avoided in the foreseeable future.
When it comes to Taiwan, America can only protect its interests if it commits in a transparent manner to a diplomatic resolution rather than a military one.
As Ukraine fights for sovereignty and territory, Taiwan is increasingly inspired to think more highly of its own self-defense.
Western commentators hoping that the Evergrande crisis is a sign of Chinese decline are mistaken. The CCP will neither let Evergrande blow up or bail them out.
Rather than helping Taiwan prepare for conventional defense by hitting targets in the Chinese mainland — a strategy that could further provoke the PRC while failing to match the PLA’s superior firepower — the United States should encourage Taiwan to develop its asymmetric capabilities.
Russia does not possess enough latent power to seek military entanglement, but it might not have to if the U.S. and China were to fight a long and costly war. Russia would be thrilled with a conflict that saps the strengths of both its largest competitors.
"I am not saying go to war with China, as that would be the apocalypse. The one thing the United States needs to do is redefine national security. We need a new understanding of our national security in this new era."
The dispute over the WTO’s interpretation of a "public body" represents a more fundamental question of whether the WTO system can handle the state capitalism of China.
Even the presence of nuclear-powered submarines presents a variety of challenges for Australia. Would these submarines be permitted to dock in New Zealand, a sworn opponent of nuclear proliferation with whom Australia maintains significant interoperability and operational overlap? Would these submarines be more obvious to Chinese passive sonar in the South China Sea than their diesel power counterparts?