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A Space Race of its Very Own

With China’s recent announcement, amid familiar fanfare, that it was preparing to launch the first module of its ‘go-it-alone’ space station, I figured it was time to look at China’s progress on its self-imposed space-race.

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One Relationship, Two Perspectives

The US-China-Taiwan relationship has been ever-present in the news this past week – the US finally agreed to sell F-16 upgrades and improved radar systems to the Taiwanese, and in response the Chinese have threatened to, again, cut off military contacts between the US and China. However, while the US-Taiwan arm sale has garnered the majority of attention, it is the slightly less covered story of a Taiwanese spy that reminds us of the relationship’s true depth.

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The 'Basketbrawl' and US-China Relations

I’ve been very interested in the relatively recent coverage of the Georgetown-Bayi Rockets brawl. The coverage has been worth a read less as an account of the game’s events and more for the low hanging analogy that it presents for US-China relations. Sport has often been used to represent pseudo-war between states, but this was no ‘Miracle on Ice,’ not yet at least.

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