Tag Archives: China

Video: Robert Kaplan on China’s Navy

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The practical Chinese

Love this little tidbit from Jim Fallows at The Atlantic about Chinese companies building a railroad in Saudi Arabia: Some firms would have been put off by the fact that non-Muslims are barred from working in Mecca, so China simply … Continue reading

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Indonesia and India vs China, and Obama

Robert Kaplan takes his message to the New York Times as President Obama takes his to South Asia. A quote: THE 20th century saw great, land-centric Army deployments to Europe. George W. Bush unwittingly continued this tendency with great, land-centric … Continue reading

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Younghusband and Curzon in the NYT

The historical ones that is. The New York Times gives a short history of Sir Francis Younghusband’s expedition to open trade with Tibet, and the storming of Gyantse in 1904. The history comes from the usual source, but what is … Continue reading

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The Geography of Chinese Power

Our Bob has an article in the International Herald Tribune on, well, the geography of Chinese power. The article appears below, abridged — click the link for the full story. The Geography of Chinese Power Today China’s ambitions are as … Continue reading

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Kaplan in Tokyo Report, Part 2: Reception

Part 2 of my obsessive compulsory coverage of Robert D. Kaplan’s trip to Tokyo. Yours truly with Robert Kaplan, Tokyo, 12 March 2010 After Robert D. Kaplan spoke at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, I approached him and he graciously invited … Continue reading

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Kaplan in Tokyo Report, Part 1: Speech

What follows is a description of my experience, in fanboyish detail, of Robert Kaplan’s speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation on March 12, 2010. I was lucky enough to sit and chat with Mr Kaplan for more than a half … Continue reading

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Chinese Tourists need Housetraining

On the summit of Jebel Hafeet, on the border of the UAE and Oman, I found this graffiti — the characters for “China” spray painted on the rock. I saw similar graffiti in a natural valley in Sapa, Vietnam, back … Continue reading

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A Sobering Look at the Rise of China and Asia

China’s decade long surge into becoming an economic power house and global heavy hitter has given rise to a myriad of theories and assertions regarding the role of Asia in this century. It has been widely touted that the 21st … Continue reading

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The Latest Battlefield of the Monroe Doctrine

Chirol was highly critical of the US and international response in providing aid for the Haiti earthquake victims, which set off a comment thread with overwhelming criticism of Chirol’s premise that realistically, Haiti has always always been a disaster and … Continue reading

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