China’s contradictions. All of the following occurred in the past 24 hours: The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, published an op-ed that insisted China had no interest in being an adversary of the U.S. China’s Ministry of Commerce said that an American trade delegation would arrive for “productive and constructive talks” with a Chinese working group next week. And last but not least, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave the Central Military Commission its first order in 2019: to train the armed forces with a focus on combat readiness because “the world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century.” To us at GPF, that reinforces our view that China and the U.S. want short-term accommodations, even as they lock themselves into a long-term competition.
Receiving the tomos of autocephaly. That’s a fancy way of saying that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has secured its independence from Russia. With the latest Orthodox sch
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