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Caucus Brief: Twin Historic Traumas Shape Xi Jinping's China Presidency
March 3, 2015
Twin Historic Traumas Shape Xi Jinping’s China Presidency. “It was a homecoming for Chinese President Xi Jinping. To mark China’s Spring Festival, Xi made a visit in mid-February to the small northern village of Liangjiahe, where he was banished in 1969 as a raw 15-year-old during the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution, where he worked for seven years and where he joined the Communist Party. His father had been persecuted and jailed in one of Mao Zedong’s purges, and Xi suffered humiliation, hun... More
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Forbes on Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address to Congress
March 2, 2015
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement in advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to both Chambers of Congress: “At a time when our allies across the globe continue to have questions about this Administration’s commitment and competency, the United States’ support for Israel should be unwavering. Instead, we see the White House prioritizing risky negotiations with a nuclear obsessed Iran over the concerns of a trusted ally, and Democratic Mem... More
Executive Action and the Rule of Law
February 26, 2015
The rule of power. For much of human history, governments and their laws were based solely on who had the power. The American experiment turned that notion on its head. Rather than on the rule of power, our founders established the United States of America on the rule of law. It was a somewhat novel concept in practice, that those governed by the law were both subject to it and protected by it. Most exceptional, however, was the system of checks and balances the rule of law created – it separate... More
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Caucus Brief: Asia's New Triple Alliance
February 25, 2015
Asia’s New Triple Alliance. “Democracy has not featured as a theme of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. He took office promising to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, not to remake those countries in America’s image. The Arab Spring turned into a nightmare, leading Obama to back strongmen in Cairo and Riyadh. Outreach to autocrats in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, and Havana has sometimes taken precedence over ties with U.S. allies. But in India last month, Obama changed tack, recognizi... More
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Caucus Brief: Fretting About the Yuan
February 24, 2015
Fretting About the Yuan. “American protectionists have long insisted that a fundamentally undervalued yuan is to blame for the large U.S. bilateral trade deficit with China. They call on the U.S. Treasury to declare Beijing a “currency manipulator” and impose punitive tariffs. The Obama Administration has resisted this step, but it also has pressured China to allow the market to determine the yuan’s value in the expectation it would rise more quickly against the dollar. So it’s worth savoring th... More
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Caucus Brief: China Protests Modi's Visit to Disputed Border Region
February 23, 2015
China Protests Modi’s Visit to Disputed Border Region. “China said on Friday it had lodged an official protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to a border region claimed by both countries. China disputes the entire territory of Arunachal Pradesh, calling it south Tibet. Its historic town Tawang, a key site for Tibetan Buddhism, was briefly occupied by Chinese forces during a 1962 war. "The Chinese government has never recognized the so-called 'Arunachal Pradesh'," a statement on the... More
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