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What is Missing from America’s China Policy? A Washington Examiner Symposium

What is Missing from America's China Policy? A Washington Examiner Symposium


The overarching deficit in U.S.-China policy is our lack of credibility as a champion, never mind the leading champion, of freedom. Post-World War II American foreign policy wasn’t perfect, but it was morally, strategically, and militarily convincing. Reeling from the horrors and devastation of fascism and “total war” and faced with Soviet atrocities and conquests, the United States resolved to stop expansionist aggression in its tracks and counter extremist ideologies with ideas of political liberty and human worth.

How to beat China’s propaganda machine

Studying Xi Jinping’s manipulation of language is a disorienting mental exercise. It is nonetheless crucial since Xi and the Chinese Communist Party routinely co-opt and redefine concepts the West generally agrees on in order to undermine U.S.-Western prestige, credibility, and predominance. In Beijing, the meaning of words is shamelessly subordinated to the political, geopolitical, and…

The trap of triumphalism in Ukraine

Defying the odds, heroic Ukraine could conceivably draw Russia into a stalemate and, with enough military aid, “win” this war. Russia’s failure to capture Kyiv and the ground it has lost in Kharkiv have given Western onlookers hope, and an excuse not to do more. But looking at the terrible atrocities Russia has committed, the…

Critical Juncture for Human Rights: How Ukraine Challenges Modern Western Assumptions

Ever-more shocking atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine are awakening Western consciences and exposing fault lines in the Western worldview. With crimes against humanity now on NATO’s doorstep, Westerners are focusing on human rights with concern and alarm not seen since the Cold War. As we do, we must admit that the West’s post-Cold War…

The Magnitude of the Russian Threat

Russia’s cruel war of aggression upon Ukraine must finally awaken the West from its post-Cold War slumber. This is merciless Putin’s war, waged against an innocent sovereign nation, but there will always be aggressors, and it is up to democracies to stop them before they are so emboldened and powerful that they threaten freedom itself….

The Russian Threat: Underestimating Russia, Underestimating Ourselves

The West has taken a hesitant, incremental, and minimalist approach to the mounting Russian aggression that is fueled by Vladimir Putin’s revanchist ambitions. Russia would not currently pose a grave threat to Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and beyond if the West had responded convincingly and promptly to Russia’s ever more hostile provocations. While it is true…