The Trump Doctrine’s “Europe Card”

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Score one more for the Trump Doctrine.

Yesterday, President Trump declared a big “free and fair trade” win for his America First agenda at the expense of the European Union. But this deal is actually a two-fer. Continue reading

Leaked Chinese Memo Warns Of “Thucydides Trap” With US, “War Is Unavoidable”

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A series of leaked internal documents reveal that China’s military reforms are aimed at allowing Beijing to “manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war” and overtake the United States in military strength, according to the Express.

The leaked documents were published by the Central Military Commission in February for the purpose of spreading President Xi Jinping’s “thought on strengthening the armed forces”.

If the reforms go ahead, they will lead to heightened tensions with China’s neighbouring countries, including Japan, in the East and South China Seas and the US. –Express Continue reading

Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

With all the voices warning of the rise of fascism in America, it would serve us well to define fascism to ensure we understand each other and can discuss the matter with intelligence and civility. Our friend Sheldon Richman is helpful for this point with his thorough entry in The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. Here is an excerpt: Continue reading

Trump Puts Europe on Notice

 

President Donald Trump’s “America first” policy has world leaders “quaking in their boots,” Charles Krauthammer said after the inauguration. President Trump’s tough stance against NATO is forcing Europe, especially Germany, to rethink how it will defend itself without America’s help. On today’s program, Stephen Flurry discusses what to expect in Europe as America turns inward. Continue reading

Diplomat says China would assume world leadership if needed

 

  • China’s response came over Trump’s pledge to put “America first”.
  • In Davos, President Xi Jinping portrayed China as leader of a globalised world.
  • China is the world’s second-largest economy after the US.

BEIJING: China does not want world leadership but could be forced to assume that role if others step back from that position, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, after US President Donald Trump pledged to put “America first” in his first speech.

Zhang Jun,, director general of the Chinese foreign ministry’s international economics department, made the comments during a briefing with foreign journalists to discuss President Xi Jinping’s visit to Switzerland last week. Continue reading