Reihan Salam writes: Trump ought to play against type by championing the interests of ordinary Chinese workers. That would pressure the Chinese party-state right where it is most vulnerable—and drive home the point that our quarrel is not with the Chinese people, but with the Chinese party-state. – The Atlantic
by Elizabeth Economy via The Diplomat
2019 should be a year of celebration; it marks 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China. Bilateral trade and investment between the two countries has grown exponentially from $5 billion in 1980 to $710 billion in 2017; student exchange and tourism numbers have soared; and peace has been maintained in the Asia-Pacific.
Why are the United States and its allies so consistently surprised, wrong-footed, and reactive in the ongoing confrontation over nuclear weapons with North Korea? In a National Interest op-ed, Nick Eberstadt outlines two unpleasant but inescapable reasons. First, the “North Korean nuclear crisis” is a drama set directed by Pyongyang. Second, North Korean leadership clearly has a strategy, while the great powers just as clearly do not. If the US wants a sense of where the “nuclear crisis” is heading next year, it needs a sense of where North Korean strategy will be taking it. Finish here.
by Gordon G. Chang