John and Misha are joined by Tom Tugendhat MP, from London, for a discussion with Michele Flournoy, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Obama Administration, on the China challenge, whether the US is maintaining its edge in the Pacific, the role of allies, the impact of new technologies, and the threat of war.

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  1. colleenb Member
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    No. Oh maybe I should listen to the podcast first.

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  2. Barry Jones Thatcher
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    Typical “think tank” verbiage. Also for all the effort the US put into “Kremlinology” and trying to learn how the Russians thought, we still missed it by a mile…

    As for Chinese students in US universities, here is a double barreled thought Рno family members of the CCP can get a student Visa. I have heard it said the CCP is the real enemy so hit the CCP where it might hurt 

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  3. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
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    “Tit for tat trade war against China is not a strategy”

    No, it’s a strategy. It may not be the best possible strategy, it may be a suboptimal strategy, it may be a terrible idea. But it’s still definitionally a strategy. This wouldn’t irk me as much except by defining it as not a strategy you excuse yourself from explaining why it isn’t a good strategy. I’m left hearing “This is bad and I won’t tell you why.”¬†

    Thanks for the input, if I were putting my ideas up for a vote I’d consider it, but I’m more interested in reason and argument.

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  4. colleenb Member
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    @colleenb

    Agree with Barry and Hank – this was disappointingly ‘old Washington’ thinking. No humility about maybe we need to do something different, etc.

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