As 2013 comes to an end, we draw upon some lessons of this past year, particularly in regards to the concept of "soft power", which is discussed often on this forum and in the Western media. … [Read more...] about Errors of Soft Power, a Year-end Review
Chinese Foreign Ministry recently described French President Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama as an act that would "gravely hurt the feelings of the Chinese people". It is the kind of phrase you are looking for in every Chinese official indignation - ok, feelings hurt, this isn't something good. However, this is the first time I actually didn't let it just pass, and asked … [Read more...] about (Letter from Arctosia, Opposing Viewpoint) A country’s hurt feelings
In a surprise move to some, the United States reactivated a $6.46 billion Taiwan arms sales proposal and sent it to Congress for approval yesterday. (As late as September 28, the proposal was said to be frozen by the White House even as Taiwan lobbied Congress.) Some Chinese now believe China and Wen Jiabao were "played" by the US: "Premier Wen had just said to save the US … [Read more...] about US arms sales to Taiwan "a slap to Wen Jiabao's face"?