America is Losing the Education Race Against China—Bigly

We are no longer living in the unipolar world of the immediate post-Cold War period. This is especially clear when it comes to observing the nearly 30 years war the Chinese Communist Party has waged upon U.S. economic interests—using the very free trade so worshiped by our elites as a cudgel to diminish

By | 2017-09-15T11:33:47+00:00 September 12th, 2017|

When Did ‘Tariff’ Become a Bad Word?

"Another Revelation of Strength," political cartoon, 1898. President Trump last month empowered U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to investigate China’s theft of American intellectual property (IP), which costs America up to $500 billion annually. A new report from Axios, however, reveals that Trump’s aggressive action on IP theft may just be the beginning.

By | 2017-09-09T09:42:57+00:00 September 6th, 2017|

Unstoppable Easternization?

The Financial Times’ Gideon Rachman has written an excellent new book, Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump. “The central issue,” Rachman argues, “is how the rise in Asian economic power is changing world politics” and we need to “understand how the governing elites of the big global powers see

By | 2017-09-02T14:06:03+00:00 August 30th, 2017|

Censorship: Another Cheap Chinese Import We Don’t Need

Chinese censors nearly won again. Cambridge University Press last week confirmed it would comply with requests from Chinese authorities to block access in China to certain articles published in The China Quarterly, a top peer-reviewed journal. Three days later, the publisher reversed course, announcing it would keep the journal intact, and make the

By | 2017-08-31T16:26:46+00:00 August 28th, 2017|

Victory: What It Will Take to Win

Editor's Note: This essay was originally published in the Fall 2001 edition of the Claremont Review of Books. The editors are grateful for permission from the Claremont Institute to republish the article here. Read Angelo Codevilla's response to President Trump's August 21 speech on Afghanistan. "It is not that they love peace less,

By | 2017-08-25T16:01:05+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|

If This is Strategy . . .

Strategy is neither more nor less than a map for getting from here to there—a reasonable plan for using what you have to accomplish what you want. President Trump’s August 21 speech, touted as “a new strategy” for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is not a strategy, because it did not even try to

By | 2017-08-25T14:40:36+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|

Tackling the ‘China Question’

It is an open secret in Washington, D.C. that China, to put it mildly, is “ripping us off” on trade. This fact is tacitly acknowledged by congressmen, Republican and Democrat alike, businessmen, and economists, and yet the “China question”—how to correct the U.S. trade asymmetry—is conspicuously absent from policy discussions. Or, rather, it

By | 2017-08-18T14:34:34+00:00 August 16th, 2017|

Don’t Let Venezuela Distract from the North Korea Crisis

President Donald J. Trump has marched headlong into another escalating crisis—this time with the imploding Venezuela. And this one is altogether avoidable. Although the growing unrest in Venezuela threatens to destabilize Latin America, it appears the president believes he can link the troubles there with the showdown with North Korea. This is a

By | 2017-08-15T18:51:17+00:00 August 12th, 2017|

China and Russia Buy Time on North Korea

A shocking event has occurred in the meandering psychodrama of America’s relationship with North Korea: the world’s great powers have unanimously voted to intensify sanctions against the Hermit Kingdom, as Kim Jong-un continues to push his nuclear weapons program. The United Nations Security Council—which includes North Korea’s two biggest benefactors, China and Russia—seems

By | 2017-08-10T10:58:00+00:00 August 7th, 2017|