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Expanding the Intellectual Capital on Challenges: China

Paul Morris     June 13, 2018 THREE KINGDOMS: AN INTRODUCTION In western civilization, the classics of military strategy are often cited but rarely read. In contrast, Luo Guanzhong’s classic  Three Kingdoms   forms a subconscious foundation for the masses in eastern civilization to discuss strategy. Historical figures such as Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and the great strategist Kongming resonate more than most contemporary figures today. The  Three Kingdoms  is considered one of the four classics of Chinese literature with widespread availability in print, DVD, audio, cartoon, video games, and film.[1] In 2008, the film  Red Cliff  (the most well-known battle in the  Three Kingdoms ) broke box office records for the highest grossing film in China. On par with the significance of the Napoleonic and Peloponnesian Wars, the  Three Kingdoms documents the fall of the Han Dynasty and one of the most significant battles in Chinese history. Three Kingdoms  is based on the historical facts of the 

DIME, not DiME: Time to Align the Instruments of U.S. Informational Power

DIME, not DiME: Time to Align the Instruments of U.S. Informational Power Donald M. Bishop     June 20, 2018 The officers I teach at Marine Corps University have long absorbed that American power has at least four  elements —diplomatic, informational, military and economic. They use the shorthand DIME.[1] When they think of the  instruments  of informational power, however, what they call to mind is military information operations. Their response tells a much larger story. First, U.S. informational power is much larger than military information operations alone. Their thinking also signals that the several instruments of U.S. informational power are hardly acquainted. The challenges to American leadership and the international order—whether from nations like North Korea, China, Iran, and Russia, or from Islamism, runaway nationalism, terrorism, and disinformation—all have military, political, and economic dimensions, yes. All these adversaries, however, propagate ideas that challe

Swiss Time Bank

Time Bank: Swiss Time Bank A student studying abroad in Switzerland observes the country in Switzerland: While studying in Switzerland, I rented a house near the school. The landlord Kristina is a 67-year-old single old lady who worked as a teacher in a secondary school before she retired. Switzerland's pension is very rich, enough not to make her worry about eating and drinking in her later years. However, it is puzzling that she actually found a "work" - to take care of an 87-year-old single old man. I asked if she was working for money. Her answer surprised me: “I did not work for money, but I put my time in the ‘time bank’, and when I couldn’t move at old age, I could withdraw it.” The first time I heard about the concept of "time bank", I was very curious and asked the landlord thoroughly. The original “Time Bank” was an old-age pension program developed by the Swiss Federal Ministry of Social Security. People saved the time of taking care of the elderl

Mapping Belt and Road Initiative

https://www.merics.org/en/bri-tracker/mapping-the-belt-and-road-initiative *The BRI has a growing security component* It is clear by now that the BRI is about much more than gaining market access and shares, securing trade routes and energy supplies as well as exporting Chinese industrial overcapacities to far-away construction projects. The initiative is a key part of Xi Jinping’s grand foreign policy design to increase China’s influence in its regional neighborhood and beyond. Over the past year, three themes have emerged that provide the context for Xi’s signature initiative: the BRI is a long-term project, it has a global scope, and it is not limited to economic goals, but also has a growing security component. ✔First, the BRI is here to stay. Initial doubts about the initiative’s longevity have been dispersed. In the fall of 2017, the BRI was introduced into the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) constitution. The CCP is also ensuring a flow of financing into BRI projects. Even as

One Bill One Ruin (OBOR)  / Bankrupt Ruin Initiative (BRI)

Posted on  June 19, 2018  by  Nepal Matters for America “One Bill One Ruin (OBOR)  / Bankrupt Ruin Initiative (BRI)” Jennifer Loy interviews  Priyajit Debsarkar,  author of  Pakistan’s Atlantique Attack & Arbitration  and  the previous book  The Last Raja of West Pakistan,   on China ’s OBOR/BRI and the motivations behind it. In a simple way, can you explain China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR)/Belt Road Initiative (BRI)? My honest candid explanation would be one Belt of Debt, Road to nowhere. One Road Multiple traps. One Bill One Ruin (OBOR)  / Bankrupt Ruin Initiative (BRI). Do you believe Xi Jinping’s intentions are truly economic and almost nation-building, or do you think there are military motives as well? Most certainly martial myth of double digit growth to keep the deep seeded socio- economic issues at bay. Domestic debt, poverty and climate change linked pollution are the key spheres that President Xi should concentrate on. The BRI is an incredible endeavor, a modern

World Security Update: JustSecurity

Be sure to visit  www.justsecurity.org  throughout the day for the latest analysis from the  Just Security  team.       The KOREAN PENINSULA North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is visiting China today and tomorrow, according to Chinese state media. The trip follows Kim’s summit with President Trump in Singapore last week and is his third visit to China in three months, Jeremy Page and Chun Han Wong report at the  Wall Street Journal . The announcement of the visit marked a departure from protocol, as Beijing usually waits until after North Korean leaders have left to acknowledge their visits.  Lucy Hornby and Charles Clover report at the  Financial Times . It is expected that Kim will discuss sanctions and – at least in general terms – the commitments towards denuclearization that he made at the Singapore summit,  the  BBC  reports. “We hope this visit can help to further deepen China-North Korea relations, strengthen strategic communication between both countries on important issue