Rare earth materials and an upcoming Chinese mistake

Yttrium, from Wikipedia China continues to make the news about its possible restriction on rare earth metals. This isn't new, as China had previously restricted rare earth metals in 2010 as a move against Japan. Should China decide to impose a ban, it will only hurt them long term though. In case you don't have … Continue reading Rare earth materials and an upcoming Chinese mistake

Five Basic Facts

Glenn Reynolds on China putting Muslims in Concentration camps: Nobody actually cares about what happens to Muslims unless it can be used to criticize the United States or Israel. You could extend this to blacks, gays etc etc etc Robert Stacy McCain (banned by twitter in 2016) on the latest round of de-platforming conservatives  Google, … Continue reading Five Basic Facts

Not Russia and Not Trump

by baldilocks We knew that Hillary Clinton’s server situation was really, really bad. Intentionally, bad. Mind-blowingly bad. How bad was it? The watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to produce records detailing the FBI response to warnings that a foreign power has comprised then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s … Continue reading Not Russia and Not Trump

A Three-Point Plan for China

China continues to push for world dominance and to replace the United States as the go-to world power. China's tactic of slowly pushing boundaries (see South China Sea) and hiding internal problems (see Uighur Muslim internment camps) is working, mainly because no nation has significantly challenged China's strategy. Worse, China is prepping the battlespace in … Continue reading A Three-Point Plan for China

Into Africa

by baldilocks The New Colonialism's tentacles are well in place. As part of the trillion-dollar international development strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese companies have been instrumental in providing artificial intelligence and facial recognition systems to African governments. In 18 out of the 65 countries assessed by Freedom house, Chinese companies including CloudWalk, Hikvision, and … Continue reading Into Africa

Screw your blue wave…a Chinese Red Tsunami is coming!

China will own your data and use it to manipulate you. They plan to do that for the whole world. The latest Bloomberg article showing Chinese insertion of spy chips into SuperMicro is just another step in their attempts to do this. Plenty of people think this is a pipe dream and conspiracy theory, so … Continue reading Screw your blue wave…a Chinese Red Tsunami is coming!

History Repeating in Africa?

by baldilocks China in Africa. Chinese corporations are all over Africa.  In June 2017 a McKinsey & Company report estimated that there are more than 10,000 Chinese-owned firms operating in Africa. What are Chinese corporations doing in Africa? That's a highly controversial issue. The reason Chinese corporations are in Africa is simple; to exploit the people and take their … Continue reading History Repeating in Africa?

An American in China

After four, lengthy visits to China, I have some suggestions for people who want to travel there. I would recommend that you skip Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong unless you want to do a quick tour upon arrival into the country before heading to the exciting part of the Middle Kingdom. Keep in mind that … Continue reading An American in China

Crime Stories in China

Almost everyone loves a good crime story or murder mystery, and the Chinese are no exception. Zhou Haohui, a 41-year-old school teacher, has written a series of potboilers called “Death Notice.” In fact, American readers can get a taste of the books when Doubleday publishes the first of three of the novels later this year. … Continue reading Crime Stories in China

On North Korea Watch the Generals & the Chinese

There is one aspect of the North Korea talks that needs to be brought up. While the US congress is asking for consultation on any deal President Trump makes the real question is going to be on the North Korean side. One of the problems with running a death camp the size of a small … Continue reading On North Korea Watch the Generals & the Chinese

An American and Chinese Hero

Claire Chennault, someone whom few people in the United States know but should,  may be the most beloved American in China. During World War II, Chennault headed a secret operation in Kunming called the First American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers. By December 1941, Kunming, a vital capital of a southwest China … Continue reading An American and Chinese Hero

Healthcare in China

Getting to see a doctor in China isn’t easy. After I had a persistent cough, however, I had to see a physician. Almost everyone goes to a hospital to see a doctor. That's the way the system works. What is interesting is how the healthcare system forces Chinese to do something they abhor: standing in … Continue reading Healthcare in China

China and Patience

The adage goes that you don’t want to see sausage or laws being made. The same can be said about reading or watching news. If you know something about a subject, you likely will be dismayed by the news. For me, that is the case when it comes to U.S. coverage of China. For the … Continue reading China and Patience

Marxism and China

In a rather neck-snapping series of pronouncements, Marxism has moved to center stage in China. On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched a high-profile campaign lauding the importance of the German philosopher. Communist Party newspapers hailed Das Kapital, Marx’s critique of capitalism, as “holy scripture.” State … Continue reading Marxism and China