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The Contemporary China–Wilhelmine Germany Analogy, part 2: Differences

imagesThis is the second half of my series on the analogy of China today with Germany in 1914. This was originally written for the Lowy Institute in Sydney. China today = Wilhelmine Germany is a pretty common analogy in international relations writing, especially in the op-ed ‘literature’ on China. I thought it deserved a little more deconstruction given how much we use it.


The Contemporary China–Wilhelmine Germany Analogy, part 2: Differences

imagesHere is part one.


My Latest for Lowy: “On the Contemporary China-Wilhelmine Germany Analogy, part 1: Similarities”


My Latest for Lowy: “On the Contemporary China-Wilhelmine Germany Analogy, part 1: Similarities”

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There is so much analogizing of contemporary China to Wilhelmine Germany (here’s yet another one), that I thought a longer treatment would be in order. I wrote this originally for the Lowy Institute, whose blog I write for.


My February Diplomat Essay: Sketching a Sinic ‘Monroe Doctrine’ in Asia

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The pic is President James Monroe. It comes from the White House website.


Should Expat English Teachers Be Afraid of the North Korea and China Situation?

North and South Korea are technically still at war and of course we all know the supporting allies for each country are China and the United States, respectively. There are various opinions on the whole entire conundrum, but one thing we can all agree on, especially those of us actually in South Korea, is that the situation can be a little disconcerting.

For those of us who are here teaching and have been through those school days designated for mock disaster/war rehearsals, I’m sure we can agree that the situation on the peninsula went from being an online news story we read in the comfort of our own homes to a stark reality.

Not only do we as expats come to appreciate the tension more, but many of us start to look more meaningfully into the situation as a whole. This includes forming our own opinions on China and the presence of the United States in this region of the world.


Strays

Cats: The internet is full of them. So, in a vain attempt to pull more traffic to Monkeyboy Goes, I’ve finally stooped to this….

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Through the course of my monkeying around in Asia, I have come across many a stray cat and dog. Whenever I see one I can’t help but whip the camera out.

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For those with a keen eye, you’ll notice that some of the furry creatures captured here are far from stray…. Whatever, I needed a title.


My December Newsweek Japan Essay: Japan as a Unique Bulwark to Chinese Hegemony in Asia

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I recently joined Newsweek Japan in a more official capacity as a regular contributor. I am pleased to do so, as I increasingly think that Japan is the primary bulwark to Chinese hegemony in Asia. So more and more, my research interest is drifting toward the Sino-Japanese competition as weightier than the inter-Korean competition.


The Weekend Warrior’s Guide to… Hong Kong

“A Weekend Warrior: A person who holds a regular job during the week which restricts their ability to party/go on trips/partake in awesome activities, and thus plans epic weekend adventures to compensate.”

So you pile out of Hong Kong International Airport, whisk over to your hotel and ponder at the enormity of Hong Kong. Be sure to follow this Weekend Warrior’s guide to experience the best of the Special Economic Zone before the untold horrors of Monday morning begin anew.

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Hong Kong By Day


4 Hypotheses on Why China Suddenly Declared this New Air Defense Zone

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If you haven’t yet seen the zone’s geography, here it is to the left, complete with its overlap with the Korean and Japanese zones. The most important conflict of course is over Senkaku, but Korea watchers will also note that the Ieodo submerged reef, which Korea claims, is also in the zone. Gotta wonder what the Chinese were thinking by giving Korea and Japan common cause over anything. Foolish.


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