◎ As tensions rise in this new quasi-cold war period, the Coast Guard is edging closer to a continuing wartime relationship with the Navy.
◎ U.S. national security would benefit from Trump’s return to the core principles that guided his original instincts toward China and North Korea.
◎ The China threat toward Taiwan has to be confronted at some point.
◎ If Trump and Xi can make the tough decisions, they can avoid military confrontation that hardliners on both sides see as inevitable and even necessary.
◎ Moral, political and diplomatic pressure on human rights will go a long way toward encouraging the emergence of the normal China the world and the Chinese people long have been promised.
◎ Given significant developments across the Taiwan Strait over the ensuing two years, it is time for a more substantive conversation between the two democratic presidents.
◎ How did the failure to secure a declaration of all North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities, let alone a specific commitment to destroy them, somehow move the ball forward?
◎ A proposed schedule of nuclear and missile dismantling would be part of a good-faith showing by Kim.
◎ Is the United States government about to declare a clear and firm commitment to defend Taiwan?
◎ History has taught that an American president’s credibility on a major U.S. domestic issue can be transferable to tests of will in the international arena, for good or ill.