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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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Let’s Get Into a Fight About Foreign Policy

Pity the poor optimist who was hoping to see Joe Biden or Kamala Harris tested on a core component of the job they’re seeking. The president of the United States, as the country’s primary representative abroad, commander of the armed forces, and overseer of all ambassadorial relations, has extraordinary power to shape global affairs. But on Wednesday night, as in the past three debates, a shockingly small portion of time and questioning was given over to matters of foreign policy.

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The U.S. and Chinese Presidents Should Go on a Weekend Retreat

If I had one wish it would be that the leaders and trade negotiators of the U.S. and China would go on a weekend retreat together — I’d suggest Singapore — with a facilitator — I’d suggest Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong — with no press or tweeting allowed and try to work out the basic trade and geopolitical understandings to govern their future ties.

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China Deserves Donald Trump

A U.S. businessman friend of mine who works in China remarked to me recently that Donald Trump is not the American president America deserves, but he sure is the American president China deserves.
Trump’s instinct that America needs to rebalance its trade relationship with Beijing — before China gets too big to compromise — is correct.

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