China

The Road to Genocide

The Road to Genocide

The Uyghurs have the potential to threaten China's national unity, which is the real reason we are seeing the largest incarceration of an ethnic or religious minority since the Holocaust.

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
16 min read
Politics
Shanghai on the Edge of Madness

Shanghai on the Edge of Madness

Starvation will push and pull human psychology in unusual directions—it is one of the few things that can overcome fear of the authorities. When famine came to China 400 years ago, it made Chinese peasants receptive to the preachers of class war. When the government failed to provide crucial

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
6 min read
Politics
The New Great Game

The New Great Game

Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine will be remembered as one of the great crimes of the 21st century. The ensuing humanitarian crisis has already caused more than two million refugees to flee their homeland. With the imposition of sanctions, policymakers will have to weigh their political options as a

Joel Kotkin and Hügo Krüger
Joel Kotkin and Hügo Krüger
9 min read
Politics
The New Eurasian Century

The New Eurasian Century

The current crises in eastern Europe reflect more than just Kremlin mischief-making—they reflect the first fruits of an emerging world order that spans the vastness from Beijing to Berlin. Unlike the longstanding liberal status quo, with its roots in classical civilization and the Enlightenment, this emerging alternative draws upon

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
8 min read
Politics
Tibet’s Long Fight for Freedom

Tibet’s Long Fight for Freedom

In the eyes of Tibetan Buddhists, Tenzin Gyatso is the flesh-and-blood reincarnation of Avalokiteśvara, the thousand-armed bodhisattva of compassion. In the eyes of the Chinese Communist Party, he is “a wolf in monk’s clothing, a devil with a human face but the heart of a beast.” Tibet’s 14th

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
12 min read
Politics
Chinese Culture and the Red Line of Morality

Chinese Culture and the Red Line of Morality

Last week, members of China’s television, radio, and online entertainment sectors were made to attend a symposium in Beijing with the theme Love the Party, Love the Country, Advocate Morality and Art. They were instructed to abandon vulgarity, hedonism, the worship of money, and “extreme individualism.” These vague injunctions

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
6 min read
China
Time for Less Long-Term Thinking About China

Time for Less Long-Term Thinking About China

Today, an old friend and former colleague of mine, the Canadian diplomat and political analyst Michael Kovrig, will mark a horrifying milestone: 1,000 days in detention in a Beijing jail, held as a human bargaining chip. With the conviction last month on spurious espionage charges of another Canadian detained

Erik D'Amato
Erik D'Amato
6 min read
World Affairs
Welcome to Cold War II

Welcome to Cold War II

In early June, with little fanfare or press coverage, the US Senate passed a 2,400-page bill called “The United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA).” Heralded as “the most significant government intervention in industrial policy in decades,” the bill will pump over $200 billion into a diverse spectrum of

Ari David Blaff
Ari David Blaff
7 min read
Politics