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Not China.
In the secret history of the Obama administration’s campaign to roll back Chinese inroads in Africa, Western shenanigans in the Democratic Republic of Congo will deserve a separate chapter. The West blocked China’s massive $9 billion dollar ore-for-infrastructure project in order to protect its flagship project—Freeport McMoRan’s Tunke Fungurume copper mine--and show the DRC who... Read More
Washington’s top China hands, James Steinberg and Jeffrey Rubin, just left Beijing. Judging from the Chinese reaction, it doesn’t look like they were able to deliver the kind of “strategic reassurance” that might elicit an enthusiastic or supportive Chinese position on Iran sanctions. Readers who have been following my analysis of China’s ambivalence about the... Read More
There’s nothing new about Kim Jung Il setting off atomic bombs and launching missiles in order to attract attention. The same thing happened in 2006. At the heart of North Korea’s seemingly reckless behavior is a strong desire to assert an independent economic and geopolitical role for itself in North Asia. Lips and teeth rhetoric... Read More
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