The Fire Next Time

Featured image In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Western businesses abandoned Russia in droves. There was little pain, since investments in Russia’s economy have generally been modest. But the London Times asks a good question: what if China invades Taiwan? The headline is, “Western companies face ‘existential crisis’ as fears grow of Chinese invasion of Taiwan.” Days after the Ukraine conflict erupted, Apple, BMW, McDonald’s and other Western giants lined »

Inside the Biden family business (again)

Featured image Miranda Devine raises the question whether President Biden is “compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, given all the evidence on Hunter’s laptop about millions of dollars that flowed from China to his son [Hunter Biden] and brother, Jim Biden.” Her current New York Post column is “Amid Hunter’s ongoing scandals, Biden is going soft on China.” In the course of her column Devine discloses two JP Morgan Chase suspicious activity »

The China syndrome, pandemic edition

Featured image Yesterday I regretted that Tucker Carlson’s interview with Steven Mosher was not included in the FOX News clip of Carlson’s opening Thursday monologue. Today the New York Post delivers the substance of Mosher’s remarks in the illuminating column “China has helped spread four epidemics — and COVID’s not the last.” The column is an excerpt from Mosher’s Politically Incorrect Guide to Pandemics, to be published by Regnery later this month. »

Covid: Cui bono?

Featured image In his opening monologue last night Tucker Carlson took a look back at the origin of the Covid pandemic in China. Fox News has posted audio, video, and text of the monologue here along with the usual assaults inflicted by the Fox site. I have embedded the video below. Unfortunately, the segment is cut off at the point where Steven Mosher is introduced for an interview that updates his February »

Inside the Biden family business

Featured image The New York Post continues to mine the contents of Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop. Via Miranda Devine’s Twitter feed we are alerted to Jon Levine’s story “Hunter Biden’s laptop had contacts for Google execs, US officials for China policy.” I would have missed it otherwise and want to bring it to the attention of interested readers. It is an excellent story. New bombshells from Hunter Biden’s #laptopfromhell delivered by ⁦@nypost⁩ »

Apple’s China syndrome

Featured image Lawrence Franklin’s Gatestone column discusses recently leaked documents further revealing the enormities committed by China’s regime in its Xinjiang province. It also provides a useful review of the situation to date. What is to be done? Franklin modestly conclude: “Democratic countries should distribute these leaks globally as cautionary warning to all societies that the CCP’s projected panda bear image of China obscures the reality of a quite different animal with »

Biden’s China syndrome

Featured image Matt Ridley is the co-author of Viral: The Search For the Origin of Covid-19. It has just been published in an updated paperback edition (in the UK, anyway). He summarizes “The case for the lab-leak theory” in a timely column for Spiked. It seems to me that Ridley makes a powerful case. China has suppressed access to all information bearing on the lab-leak theory. Given that the CCP knows every »

Seven types of confusion

Featured image In 1930 William Empson elaborated Seven Types of Ambiguity for the literary crowd. The Biden administration is adapting the concept to give us Seven Types of Confusion. We can itemize the confusion that derives from gratuitous fabrication. We also have the confusion related to the persistent assertion of the thing which is not so, as Swift puts it in Book IV of Gulliver’s Travels. We continue with the confusion that »

Walk right back

Featured image “President” Biden made big news this morning with his announcement that the United States would defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion by China. See the triple-bylined AP story “Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan.” The AP reports from Tokyo: President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger” »

At the Bradley Prizes

Featured image The Bradley Foundation held its annual Bradley Prizes award ceremony this week in Washington on May 17. Moderated by the Wall Street Journal’s own former Bradley Prize-winning Kim Strassel, the event honored 2022 recipients Wilfred McClay, Glenn Loury, and Chen Guangcheng. Having been sent a link to view the ceremony via live stream, my wife and I watched at our kitchen table. When the great Bill McClay finished speaking, my »

The China syndrome

Featured image At FOX Business Bradford Betz takes up the concern expressed by Jeff Bezos about Elon Musk’s buyout of Twitter. Given Tesla’s reliance on China’s for car sales and lithium batteries, Bezos worries that China may influence (i.e, “gain a bit of leverage”) on Twitter. Betz gives us this tu quoque: Bezos’ commentary on Tesla’s relationship with China is peculiar given a Reuters investigation in December [accessible online here] that found »

In search of “the big guy”

Featured image We don’t need to be reminded not to get excited about Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden ever being brought to justice or even seriously embarrassed. The coverage of the longstanding grand jury investigation into Hunter Biden is nevertheless reaching a fever pitch. Today’s New York Post cover story reports that a grand jury witness was asked to identify “the big guy” in Hunter Biden’s laptop emails. Please spare me. The »

The case of the curious omissions

Featured image This week the Washington Post published a story on the contents of Hunter Biden’s very real laptop. The FBI have misplaced the laptop, but the Post has possessed the contents since June 2021. Now at least part of the story can be told. When the New York Post first broke the laptop story in October 2020, a few weeks before the presidential election, the Washington Post was not happy about »

The madness of slow Joe, Iran edition (3)

Featured image In addition to helping the Biden administration fund and facilitate the evildoing of the Iranian regime, the friends of Vladimir Putin are administering a dose of humiliation for good measure. The Putinites are rubbing it in and denying the administration so much as a fig leaf. Andrew McCarthy explicates one prong of the humiliation at NRO in “Russia and Iran Taunt Biden in Humiliating Revival of Nuclear Deal.” Mikhail Ulyanov »

The case for the lab-leak theory

Featured image We have featured the work of science writer Matt Ridley on several occasions over the years. Now he is the author (with Alina Chan) of the new book Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19. Brendan O’Neill has recorded a podcast with Ridley to discuss how the Covid-19 virus might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan and how scientists tried to suppress the lab-leak origin theory. Spiked has »

The Axis of Evil Reunites

Featured image When I was growing up, the USSR and Communist China formed the original Axis of Evil. Then, in later years, the “Sino-Soviet split” changed the geopolitical calculus. Now, it seems that a Russian-Chinese alliance may be re-forming. A week ago, it was reported that American diplomats went to their Chinese counterparts with evidence of an impending Russian invasion of Ukraine, in hopes that President Xi would try to talk Putin »

We are not a serious country (3)

Featured image It may be charitable to infer that President Biden and the officials running the show in his administration don’t have a clue. The question is implicit in Edward Wong’s February 25 New York Times story “U.S. Officials Repeatedly Urged China to Help Avert War in Ukraine.” Subhead: “Americans presented Chinese officials with intelligence on Russia’s troop buildup in hopes that President Xi Jinping would step in, but were repeatedly rebuffed.” »