536. Chinese Military Improves Capabilities While America Sleeps

Chinese Military Improves Capabilities While America Sleeps

Stu Cvrk

Stu Cvrk
November 25, 2021

News Analysis

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is undergoing a massive buildup in capabilities while the world is distracted.

The PLA has embarked on a massive buildup in recent years that has been cleverly camouflaged by the pandemic, a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) charm offensive on the diplomatic front, and the supposed “benevolence” of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The goal is to become the world’s dominant military power in all facets of kinetic warfare by 2049, the centenary anniversary of the CCP’s takeover of China and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). A key element of their misdirection campaign, while this modernization effort has been underway, has been fomenting domestic political discord in the United States by supporting activist organizations such as Black Lives Matter and exploiting the legacy and social media sympathetic to China.

While many Americans have been purposely distracted accordingly, major advances in capabilities have been made by the PLA on all fronts.

Here is a short list based on recent media reports:

Hypersonic Missiles: The general officer in charge of the U.S. Space Force admitted on Nov. 20 that the United States was “behind” China and Russia in the deployment of hypersonic missiles.

In 2019, the PLA-Rocket Force (PLARF) was the first to deploy the Dongfeng-17 (DF-17) medium-range ballistic missile, which mounts the DF-ZF Hypersonic Glide Vehicle, after displaying it for the first time last fall in Beijing, marking the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party’s rule.

“The DF-17 is the first deployed hypersonic strike weapon for the PLA and can travel at speeds of more than 7,000 miles per hour—enough to outrun current U.S. anti-missile interceptors,” according to The Washington Times.

This new class of missiles greatly decreases defensive reaction times, and the ability to detect pre-launch actions is complicated, as the weapons do not require easily detected launch preparations, which complicates the tactical decision-making thought process of commanders.

The Chinese have also built silhouettes in the sand in the shape of an American aircraft carrier and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers in the Taklamakan desert, as part of a new target range complex for long-range missile practice—a very aggressive preparation for potential future hostilities.

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A satellite picture shows a carrier target in Ruoqiang, Xinjiang, China, on Oct. 20, 2021. (Satellite Image ©2021 Maxar Technologies/Handout via Reuters)

Nuclear Weapons: There has been a disciplined, decades-long campaign by the CCP to rapidly acquire, re-engineer, and integrate nuclear weapons technologies into an array of sophisticated weapons, missiles, surveillance systems, communications, and command and control capabilities. This culminated in the breakout deployment in Inner Mongolia of an estimated 300 new intercontinental ballistic missile silos.

As reported by the Financial Times just last week, U.S. experts in the Pentagon are forecasting that the PLARF will quadruple its nuclear warhead arsenal to over 1,000 by 2030, which, combined with a massive buildup of conventional warfare capabilities, will change the strategic balance in East and South Asia. The deployment of road-mobile Dongfeng-26 (DF-26) intermediate-range ballistic missiles also continues apace.

The transformation of China’s strategic rocket force from an antiquated mixture of older Soviet technology, plus indigenous modifications into a modern capability that is nearing parity with the United States, is breathtaking both in its scope and also the rapidity in which it was accomplished.

Lastly, with the delivery of two new SSBNs over the past two years, the PLA-Navy (PLAN) now have six operational Jin-class Type 094 SSBNs, which gives the PRC a viable third leg of its nuclear triad.

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Chinese military vehicles, carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles, drive past Tiananmen Square during a military parade in Beijing, China, on Sept. 3, 2015. (Andy Wong/Pool/Getty Images)

Ships: In a single generation, the PLAN has developed capabilities that are direct challenges to the U.S. Navy, including overhead surveillance satellites, long-range hypersonic missiles, and modern ships and aircraft. The Chinese have recently eclipsed the U.S. Navy in the number of hulls available for naval missions.

According to a recently-released media summary of a U.S. Department of Defense report on Chinese military capabilities, “The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has numerically the largest navy in the world with an overall battle force of approximately 355 ships and submarines, including approximately more than 145 major surface combatants.”

A third PLAN aircraft carrier, the Type 003, is currently under construction near Shanghai; it is reportedly equivalent in size to America’s new Ford-class nuclear aircraft carrier. A special-purpose ship is also being built to support sea launch and recovery of rockets and space vehicles.

While most of the PLAN deployments are in areas close to the Chinese mainland, a growing number of operations are being conducted in distant waters, including the Western Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and Eastern Atlantic Ocean. The PLAN maintains an out-of-area naval base a in Djibouti and are also funding the construction of new sea ports at Gwadar, Pakistan, Hambantota, Sri Lanka, and—until recently—at Khalifa port in the United Arab Emirates.

Coast Guard and Maritime Militia: China’s coast guard is the largest by far of any country in East Asia and includes the 12,000-ton China Coast Guard (CCG) 3901 cutter No. 1123, which is the largest coast guard vessel in the world.

In February, in a sign of increasing Chinese belligerence on the high seas, Beijing “released a draft law that would empower the Chinese Coast Guard to use actual ‘military force’ against foreign vessels, and that could potentially be applied in disputes in the South China Sea,” according to The National Interest.

China also operates a sizable maritime militia that includes a large number of research and fishing vessels for the purposes of asserting and defending PRC maritime and territorial claims in the South China Sea and other near-seas regions.

According to a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies: “The militia as currently constituted in the South China Sea operates from a string of 10 ports in China’s Guangdong and Hainan Provinces. Remote sensing data indicates that roughly 300 militia vessels are operating in the Spratly Islands on any given day.”

Chinese coast guard and maritime militia units are also being deployed to “protect” Chinese fishing fleets in such locations as the Galapagos Islands and Second Thomas Shoals (the Philippines).

Aircraft: The PLAAF is the third largest in the world, with over 2,800 total aircraft of which approximately 2,250 are combat aircraft and a continuing stream of regular capability upgrades.

The fifth-generation stealth J-20 fighter jet has been deployed for years in significant numbers, with a “maiden flight of the twin-seat variation” conducted recently, according to state-run Global Times. Many experts consider the J-20 to be a copy of the United State’s J-35 stealth fighter in terms of both stealth and conventional capabilities—with blueprints and other technology probably obtained illegally from U.S. firms such as Honeywell.

A recent Pentagon annual report to Congress discussed the extended range nuclear-capable H-6N bomber and stated, “The PLAAF publicly revealed the H-6N as its first nuclear-capable air-to-air refuelable bomber.”

Meanwhile, development continues on the new H-20 stealth bomber, which some consider to be a “B-2 copycat.” Conventional aircraft production and deployment continue as well. For example, the latest variant of the JH-7 fighter bomber, designated the JH-7A2, was demonstrated at a Chinese airshow earlier this year. The upgrades include improvements to “its surface attack capability by becoming capable of carrying extra surface attack weapons including stand-off air-to-surface missiles, laser-guided bombs and munitions dispenser,” according to state-run Global Times.

If aircraft production and deployment continue at the current rate, the PLAAF could very well have the largest air force in the world by 2049—and certainly achieve China’s goal of deploying more stealth fighters than the United States by 2025.

A Taiwanese Air Force F-16 in foreground flies on the flank of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6 bomber as it passes near Taiwan on Feb. 10, 2020. (Republic of China Ministry of National Defense via AP)

Space: From almost no space capability in the 1980s, the Chinese regime has borrowed and stolen missile, satellite, command and control, telemetry, and surveillance technologies. These have been fused into a robust multi-purpose space capability consisting of navigation satellites (Beidou), a network of signals intelligence and imagery systems, a variety of redundant communications satellites, a newly-tested potential first-strike strategic suborbital-launched hypersonic glide vehicle capability, and an emerging anti-satellite capability that is approaching parity with U.S. capabilities.

Regarding the latter, China recently launched what it claims to be a “classified space debris mitigation technology satellite.” While advertised as a capability for “peaceful use of space,” the reality is that the technology is dual-use and could be deployed as an anti-satellite capability. This is entirely consistent with China’s civil-military fusion strategy in which its defense industrial base and civilian technology development and industrial base are merged (and difficult to separate) in support of CCP strategic goals and objectives—with Chinese dominance of space being one such goal.

As further proof of that “fusion,” Defense One reported: “The infrastructure of China’s space program is also heavily militarized. The launch sites, control centers, and many of the satellites are directly run by the PLA.”

Lastly, the Chinese have also demonstrated a satellite precision tracking and maneuvering capability aimed at detecting a nearby U.S. satellite and maneuvering a Chinese satellite away.


While the rest of the world has been distracted, including by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, the Chinese PLA has been engaged in a massive modernization program aimed at eclipsing the United States as the world’s top military power by the PRC’s centenary celebration in 2049.

New aircraft, ships, missiles, satellites, weapons systems, command and control systems, and surveillance capabilities are being developed, produced, and deployed in great numbers at an astonishing rate. All of this modernization and development has been fueled by a misguided U.S. policy that amounts to appeasement of the Chinese regime.

The U.S. foreign policy establishment—with the able assistance of Henry Kissinger’s “China Hands” since communist China was “opened” in 1972—has facilitated the economic and military growth of the Chinese regime through misguided efforts that are theoretically aimed at “bringing a rogue nation into the international family of nations.” In other words, China had unfettered access to the international system, Western capital, technology, and markets. As if promoting Western values—for example, democracy, free enterprise, and the rule of law—has ever worked with a communist government! That policy has led to the dangerous emergence of a highly aggressive communist-led regime in Beijing that is increasingly asserting itself on the world scene—and is backed by the growing military might of the People’s Liberation Army.

Stu Cvrk retired as a captain after serving 30 years in the U.S. Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and the Western Pacific. Through education and experience as an oceanographer and systems analyst, Cvrk is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a classical liberal education that serves as the key foundation for his political commentary.

535. (Video) ‘Happy’ Peng Shuai Videos & Photos Raise More Suspicions; Why IOC Accepts China’s ‘Peng’ Propaganda

“She is safe and well…but would like to have her privacy respected at this time,” the IOC relays this message, apparently from Peng Shuai. Certainly, in many of the videos recently released by Chinese Communist Party media, she is smiling. But, I think I would find a way to smile for the cameras too, if my life depended on it. The world-champion Chinese tennis player leveled an allegation of unprecedented magnitude against one of the Party’s untouchables: Zhang Gaoli, who once held a position equivalent to Vice President. Her explosive post on Weibo (i.e., China’s Twitter) was rapidly “disappeared,” not long before her account was also gone. Then she was gone. She’s seen for the first time now in videos in which she’s oddly silent, though seeming to enjoy herself. But what of the allegations that she’s risked her safety and career to make? With all the attention on her reemergence, what of the retired CCP official who used his power to exploit her, only to later discard her? And what about these videos of Peng Shuai “safe,” with mysterious elements that raise more suspicion than they put to rest.

533. (Video) Chinese tennis star returns amid further worries; US project to develop hypersonic defense tech

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai reappears after vanishing from the public eye. The International Olympic Committee confirmed her whereabouts, but her return is only prompting more doubts. Reporters or special agents? Some Chinese reporters appear to be tasked with special objectives. One professor, who worked in China, shares details about his unexpected interactions with them. A new U.S. project, aimed at countering Chinese military aggression, will develop new technology to defend against weapons that could bring nuclear warheads to America. China calls Australia “naughty,” while Australia responds by calling China “silly” and “funny,” over nuclear submarines.

532. (Video) Workers housing collapses in China, kills 4; China’s birth rate lowest in 43 years: data

Chinese real estate company Evergrande’s crisis isn’t over. Hundreds of home buyers are protesting, as construction on their future homes has been suspended for months. Reports of China’s so-called tofu buildings strike again. Four are dead after a residential workers’ dorm collapsed in the middle of the night. China’s birth rate plummets to its lowest point in four decades, despite authorities’ efforts to encourage a baby boom. A young man from Wuhan announces his decision to quit the Chinese Communist Party. He’s one of around 400 million Chinese people that have abandoned their ties to the CCP. China is exerting pressure on a small European country related to tensions over Taiwan. But the United States is defending the country and is offering a trade deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

531 (Video) Taiwan deploys F-16V jets amid China threats; China and the growing arms race in Asia

Asia’s arms race is growing. Aggression has led countries in the area into a deadly game of keeping up with the Joneses. Beijing is nearing an initial capability to invade Taiwan, warns a U.S. congressional advisory body. On the other side, Taiwan is preparing for all possibilities with an advanced model of fighter jet. A record-high number of Americans have died from drug overdose, and chemicals from China are playing a major role in it. Reports emerge of discrimination in China’s education sector. Practicing a spiritual meditation system may lead to teachers losing their jobs. The German chancellor says her country was naive at first—when it comes to dealing with China.

530. (Video) NBA’s Kanter slams CCP over forced organ harvesting; UN seeks info on missing Chinese tennis star

In the thick of preparing for the Winter Olympics, Beijing is suffering from a scandal exposed by a top Chinese athlete. The United Nations is concerned about her whereabouts—and an international tennis association is considering cutting business ties with China. NBA player Enes Kanter is speaking out, pointing the spotlight on the widespread killing of Chinese prisoners of conscience for their organs. U.S. President Joe Biden is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, meaning U.S. government officials wouldn’t attend, though American athletes would still compete. Beijing rolls out new technology for use in its Xinjiang region. It’s a kind of emotion sensor, reportedly used to detect potential terrorists. A top university in Europe is found to be leaking technology to China’s military, all because of one staff member there.

529. Beijing Exploits UN System

Beijing Exploits UN System

Increasing illiberal influence globally through small donations

Anders Corr

Anders Corr
November 20, 2021

News Analysis

Beijing expertly leverages international organizations to maximize the regime’s growing influence, according to a new study. The regime’s financial contributions to these organizations are small, segregated, and targeted for maximum advantage.

Yet the Beijing regime seeks to portray itself as a responsible member of the international community. Even as it commits multiple genocides, according to the U.N. definition, and threatens war against the United States and allies, Beijing exploits democratic voting structures in international organizations while denying those structures to its own citizens.

Analysis of a new report released by the Center for Global Development (CGD) reveals that China’s contributions are tightly controlled, segregated from dilution by the far larger and less strategic donations of global democracies, and leveraged for maximum advantage to itself, rather than to the broader goals of the international community.

While the U.N. system supposedly seeks to promote human rights and democracy, Beijing instead uses it to deny sovereignty to democratic Taiwan, along with other illiberal goals under cover of “peace and development.”

Peace for Beijing means continuing human rights abuse and the taking of territory from its neighbors without provoking self-defense by the world’s democracies. Development means increasing China’s own economic power, especially at the expense of its major geopolitical competitors, the United States, Europe, Japan, and India.

As noted by the CGD authors, China “has become a top donor to multilateral institutions and funds devoted to infrastructure and agriculture but its contributions to funds focused on public goods like climate and global health remain disproportionately low.”

China is the world’s second-largest economy, but typically ranks between 10th and 30th in funding of multilateral institutions. Beijing has an increasing voting share in these organizations, but it often earmarks contributions to allow the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to use its “donations” and loans for global influence operations or export goals.

“Chinese firms, many of which are particularly competitive in high value infrastructure sectors, have been particularly successful in MDB [multilateral development bank] procurements,” according to Scott Morris, Rowan Rockafellow, and Sarah Rose, who co-authored the report.

CCP leader Xi Jinping’s 2015 creation of the $3 billion South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund engages with multilateral actors to implement the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal agenda. But between 2013 and 2018, 91 percent of its completed projects were in public and economic infrastructure, from which Beijing benefits because of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that exports China’s excess industrial production.

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a summit for the Belt and Road Initiative, at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing, on May 15, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s polluting and subsidized iron, steel, and prefabricated building industries are overproducing, and the United Nations, in contradiction to its own Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) is there to help the Beijing regime find more markets.

In 2017, China’s Ministry of Finance signed an agreement with five multilateral development banks to promote connectivity and infrastructure, which suits its attempts to control the rollout of the 5G infrastructure Beijing uses for espionage.

Instead of pledging donations of COVID-19 vaccines to the international COVAX access facility, as have many countries in addition to their financial contributions, Chinese pharmaceutical companies have benefited from COVAX agreements to buy 550 million vaccines from China through mid-2022. This, despite the CCP’s culpability in the initial spread of COVID-19 due to its initial cover-up of the Wuhan outbreak in 2019, and the lackluster effectiveness of Chinese-made vaccines compared to their Western counterparts.

On balance, China benefited disproportionately through multilateral engagement compared to its financial contributions, despite it being the world’s second-largest economy. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), for example, has committed $43.3 billion to developing China, but Beijing only co-financed ADB projects worth $6.1 billion (plus capital subscriptions of approximately $9.85 billion).

The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) assisted China in its 2001 accession to the World Trade Organization, which facilitated its economic explosion and military modernization. The UNDP in 2010 also supported Beijing’s South-South “cooperation,” which facilitates the CCP’s dominance of votes at the U.N. General Assembly. In 2016, the UNDP supported BRI, which promotes China’s exports and attempts at controlling ports that serve Beijing’s global naval expansion.

Given the regime’s ongoing genocide against Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Falun Gong, as well as its increasing military belligerence against democracies, anyone who supports democracy and human rights should take a stand against Beijing’s leveraging of the world’s international organizations for its own benefit.

To put an end to the regime’s global malign influence, the leading entities in the international system, including the United States, European Union, Japan, and India, should end their complicity in allowing Beijing a seat at the international table.

What used to be a friendly gesture of inclusion and engagement of China is now an unacceptable complicity in allowing the Beijing regime to take advantage of democratic international institutions for malign purposes and against democratic values.

Anders Corr has a bachelor’s/master’s in political science from Yale University (2001) and a doctorate in government from Harvard University (2008). He is a principal at Corr Analytics Inc., publisher of the Journal of Political Risk, and has conducted extensive research in North America, Europe, and Asia. He authored “The Concentration of Power” (forthcoming in 2021) and “No Trespassing,” and edited “Great Powers, Grand Strategies.”

528. The CCP’s Infiltration and Threat

Anders Corr

Anders Corr
November 18, 2021


The American promise, which includes representative democracy, liberty, equality, and other rights found in the Constitution, is under threat—most seriously by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The CCP controls the world’s largest economy by gross domestic product (GDP) when considering the purchasing power that China’s GDP buys. The CCP controls a military twice the size of the U.S. military by number of troops and is by certain measures, including supercomputing, artificial intelligence, and hypersonic missiles, more advanced than the United States in terms of military technology.

Diplomatically, China can muster more votes in the United Nations General Assembly than can the United States and its allies, on issues such as human rights for the Uyghurs or development economics. Beijing achieves this kind of political and economic influence primarily through monetary incentives, including development financing for entire countries, or targeted infusions of contracts and cash to powerful companies and influential individuals. The CCP engages in these forms of corruption, some of which are legal and others not, in the United States as well. This essay focuses on how the CCP infiltrates the United States, the threat this poses, and potential solutions that citizens can advocate.


In the United States, the CCP infiltrates economic, political, academic, and media elites in much the same manner that it attempts to do so in other countries.

Beijing chooses America’s most powerful economic interests and offers them privileged and highly lucrative access to Chinese markets, which consist of 1.4 billion people and a nominal GDP of $14.72 trillion in 2020. These companies include America’s biggest corporate names, including Apple, Boeing, Goldman Sachs, and J.P. Morgan.

Because these corporations make so much money in China, and because their China revenue could be cut off at any minute by the CCP, they are incentivized to comply with CCP wishes. They know that non-compliance could zero-out their China revenues, destroy their profitability, and tank their stock price. At times, the CCP seeks to use its influence in these big corporations to get board seats for CCP members. Sometimes they have no need for this, when existing board members, including U.S. citizens, know the rules of the game: Deliver for the CCP, or lose your company’s profitability and your leadership position in the process.

The CCP typically infiltrates political elites by delivering revenues through campaign donations, consulting agreements, or as direct bribes. These revenues are almost always delivered by middlemen, whether they be large corporations that manufacture in China, billionaires whose enterprises do extensive business in China, or nonprofit organizations with Chinese revenue streams.

U.S. billionaires linked to business in China, including Stephen Schwarzman, Larry Fink, and Michael Bloomberg, have been some of the most effective conduits of Chinese influence at elite political levels in both parties. But the CCP also attempts to access politicians through their family members, for example, business with both the Trump and Biden families.

Academia, the mainstream media, and think tanks, all of which are at elite levels of knowledge production, and which together are largely self-referential and exclusive of alternate viewpoints and sources, have one thing in common: corporate funding. Substantial amounts of this corporate funding come from businesses that are reliant on trade with China to maintain their profitability, and thus their stock valuations. Academia is particularly reliant on direct business from China, in the form of tuition from Chinese nationals, which for state schools is in the form of much-needed and highly lucrative out-of-state fees.


The threat of CCP infiltration in the United States is multiple and global. It is global because the United States is the only country in the world with a military capable of containing or defeating China’s People’s Liberation Army. Once the U.S. military is defeated or neutralized, including through infiltration, Beijing will very quickly become globally hegemonic.

The United States, along with Europe, is one of only two regions in the world capable of using economic tactics, such as sanctions, to force Beijing into becoming a responsible stakeholder in the international community. If the United States and Europe are neutralized through infiltration, they will be unable to stop China’s economic rise. With the CCP in control of China, China becomes the economic vehicle that the CCP rides to global hegemony.


There are multiple overlapping solutions to Beijing’s infiltration of the United States. The most effective solution is to firewall off the economic means by which the CCP accomplishes such infiltration.

First, economic decoupling from China will weaken Beijing’s economic power through fewer trade and investment opportunities. It also cuts off the conduits upon which Beijing relies for political, economic, and ideological influence.

If Apple and Boeing aren’t manufacturing planes and iPhones in China, and not selling to China, then Beijing can’t use market access to compel these U.S. companies to influence U.S. politics in a manner that paralyzes our military and economic defenses against the CCP. Sure, these companies initially make less money selling to China, but they can divert their sales and manufacturing to U.S. communities and allies, strengthening the United States and its allies in the process. More manufacturing jobs in the United States means higher wages, more government revenues, a deeper and more diversified industrial ecosystem, and ultimately a militarily and economically stronger United States, relative to China, than previously.

Second, firewalling politics from the influence of money makes it impossible for Beijing to use the many corporate conduits of influence, including U.S. corporations, to paralyze U.S. defenses against the CCP. This would mean new laws, and strengthened laws, to end the revolving door between high government positions and the lobbying, think tank, and corporate job positions that provide outsized incomes in a quid pro quo for political influence when a candidate is in office. It would mean laws against China-linked corporations funding think tanks and universities that are then economically incentivized to support soft-on-China analysis and advocacy.

Third, firewalling the media from China-linked funding—especially, for example, direct Chinese state media advertising—would remove a means of influence over editorial and publisher decision making. The take-home profits of shareholders in a media company are directly linked to advertising, and if that advertising is from CCP organizations such as China’s state media, then a conduit is opened to influence publishers and editorial decisions, not to mention the advertising itself, which is often in the form of large inserts geared to appear as if they are legitimate news reporting when, in fact, they are CCP propaganda.

The key to ending CCP infiltration of the United States, and of any country, is to cut off the means that Beijing uses for such infiltration: money. America’s promise is in its ideas of liberty, freedom, equality, and property, all of which are interrelated—and which handily beat Beijing’s own communist ideology that is based on control of the many by the few.

To remain strong and robust, American values must be protected from the erosion of the CCP’s growing economic power, which can destroy our values where human willpower is weak. Where that weakness is found among American elites, and it often is, there America’s promise is most at risk.

Anders Corr has a bachelor’s/master’s in political science from Yale University (2001) and a doctorate in government from Harvard University (2008). He is a principal at Corr Analytics Inc., publisher of the Journal of Political Risk, and has conducted extensive research in North America, Europe, and Asia. He authored “The Concentration of Power” (forthcoming in 2021) and “No Trespassing,” and edited “Great Powers, Grand Strategies.”



527. (Video) China denies activist’s mom’s plea to see son; China: outrage after health workers kill dog

Anger flares after brutal action by Chinese pandemic prevention workers. Their killing of a pet dog was caught on tape. The United States and China engaged in top-level dialog, but without a major breakthrough. President Joe Biden and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping formally met for the first time since Biden took office. But after the meeting, Beijing again sent military aircraft flying over Taiwan, in an apparent threat to the self-ruled island. An elderly mother seeks to visit her only son, imprisoned in China. But she’s faced multiple rejections by authorities, all because of her son’s human rights activism. And, reports say Beijing is again lobbying U.S. business communities—this time, to influence legislation that would boost U.S. competitiveness.