Crashing Weibo US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan briefly crashed Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, as millions in the country discussed and debated her Asia trip. The microblogging platform apologized for a half-hour outage of its mobile app in the period immediately before Pelosi’s landing at 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, when countless messages
The economic focus is well recognized. Another aspect is the Biden administration’s use of these occasions to pre-empt what they see as the primary attack points in 2024. He must appear fearless and aggressive toward Russia and China, while still keeping one toe planted on the old Democratic (largely abandoned) platform of the primacy of negotiations. That the Biden administration’s game plan has been to exacerbate rather than negotiate seems fairly evident. The trap of American election politics is the perpetual campaign, perpetual showmanship and performance. It biases public focus toward rancor and hostilities rather than uniting around a forceful plan to address issues like climate change and the erosion of democracy. We continue to chase our own tails while our house is on fire!
One figure is duplicated - the steel production?
It's interesting to note which of these two super powers has done more to bring billions out of super poverty in the last two decades.
Amateur question - to what degree is this US/China microchip sparing effected by China's control over the precious metals that seem to be a key ingredient here? Don't they control a lot of mining operations in Africa and various areas all over the world?
It appears that the Biden administration is provoking both Russia and China—in effect forcing them further into alliance. I can’t make sense of what the objective would be in doing this?
Seems counterintuitive and dangerous.
I hadn’t realized that Mrs Pelosi has such a long history of poking the PRC authorities in the eye. Thanks for pointing that out
This article compares an invasion of Taiwan to the invasion of Sicily in WW2. He claims that the invasions would be similar. At this time, China possesses about half the lift capacity that the Allies brought there in '43. So another ex-communist country whose threats are only half covered by reality, like Russia. It reminds me of an American teacher who was hired to teach English in China. He was fired because he wouldn't take bribes for grades. The Chinese thought he was an idiot. Their problem is that you can't bribe your way across the water.