◎ Of the many foreign policy challenges confronting President Trump in 2019, ensuring the democratic security of Taiwan may prove as daunting, and as dangerous, as resolving the North Korea nuclear crisis.
◎ From its establishment, Communist China has been committed to the destruction or the drastic reconstruction of the global order
◎ Pence’s message to Beijing was firm and clear: “The United States … will not change course until China changes its ways.”
◎ Trump’s increasingly hard-nosed policies can steer China away from a course that is leading inevitably to outright conflict with the West.
◎ President Donald Trump has not hesitated to tear up international commitments made by his predecessors if he determines they are not in America’s national interest.
◎ Can the leaders of these small, weak nations be expected to muster greater courage and fortitude than one of the world’s great ethical icons?
◎ For Kissinger, changing the Communist Party’s approach to domestic governance was separate from, and subservient to, global realpolitik concerns.
◎ The outcome of the trade confrontation, and the lessons it teaches, will greatly influence the likelihood of actual conflict in the future.
◎ From Beijing’s perspective, virtually anything the United States does with Taiwan amounts to playing that particular “card.”
◎ China scholars and policy practitioners increasingly are accepting a painful and long-denied reality: four decades of Western engagement have failed to induce critical changes in the domestic and foreign policies of the Chinese Communist Party.