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China’s Government Is Like Something out of 1984

A video screen in Beijing broadcasts President Xi Jinping’s address at the Communist Party congress, October 25, 2017. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)The Chinese technological revolution is overseen by an Orwellian dictatorship.

The Chinese Communist government increasingly poses an existential threat not just to its own 1.4 billion citizens but to the world at large.

China is currently in a dangerously chaotic state.

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Is Trump’s Unorthodoxy Becoming Orthodox?

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Morristown municipal airport, August 4, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)The U.S. has become no better friend to an increasing number of allies and neutrals, and no worse an adversary to a shrinking group of enemies.

When candidate Donald Trump campaigned on calling China to account for its trade piracy, observers thought he was either crazy or dangerous.

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The Cult of West-Shaming

A soldier facing the Tiananmen Gate stands guard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, in 2016. (Jason Lee/Reuters)If the West is guilty of carbon crimes, racism, and bigotry, what are China and Iran? Woke elites prefer not to say.

An ancient habit of Western elites is a certain selectivity in condemnation.

Sometimes Westerners apply critical standards to the West that they would never apply to other nations.

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Is America Becoming Sinicized?

A fan wears a LeBron James jersey with an NBA logo covered by a Chinese flag sticker during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, October 10, 2019. (Xihao Jiang/Reuters)China does not fool around.

A little over 40 years ago, Chinese Communist strongman and reformer Deng Xiaoping began 15 years of sweeping economic reforms. They were designed to end the disastrous, even murderous planned economy of Mao Zedong, who died in 1976.

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In Its Fight With China, the NBA Shows Its True Colors

Freedom is good and worth fighting for. From what we know, this was the platitude that was sloshing around Daryl Morey’s brain on Sunday when the Houston Rockets general manager posted an image on Twitter expressing support for the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The anodyne and approachable graphic—“Fight for Freedom, Stand With Hong Kong”—seemed intended to appeal to no-information users looking to feel slightly better about themselves by retweeting it.

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Trump Previews His Response to the Next Recession

There is often little use in psychoanalyzing Donald Trump: His behavior is so erratic, his thinking so shallow that any definitive assertion about his character or temperament is disproven within minutes. Moreover, given that the president is angry more or less all the time, it’s particularly difficult to isolate moments when he is especially angry, let alone single out moments when he is angry about something important.

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What Hong Kong Means for the U.S.

A protester carries an American flag during a march in Hong Kong, China, August 3, 2019. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)The protesters in the streets of Hong Kong have once again reminded us of the power of the U.S. example — even as our leaders seem less committed to it.

The protests in Hong Kong are heartbreaking to witness. I recall the gloom that accompanied the handover-of-sovereignty ceremony in 1997. Prince Charles was there. So was Tony Blair.

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