303 Asia in the World


Jill Carr-Harris, Ellen Judd, and David Webster all are scholars familiar with Asian societies. Jill and David, more than Ellen, see China as a risk to peace.


  • Jill Carr-Harris
  • Ellen Judd
  • David Webster



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I think the discussion so far about the agressiveness of China is mistaken. China is surrounded by US and its allies warships and bases, and its actions militarily are largely defensive and protective. It also sees India as aligning itself with the west, which is strange given its history with the UK. And Taiwan? For good reasons it has been considered a part of China. Hong Kong?; it wants that entity not to ally itself to the west, not to become independent . This woman who accuses China as agressive militarily or socially is off the rails in my view, distorting the issues. Human rights? What do we really know? Much more could be said. US is a threatening agressor, not China.

I wish it were that easy to brush off problems. It might be possible for diplomats to strike some kind of new relationship with Xi, but it probably would not be any easier than making friends with Putin or Duterte or Bolsonaro. Do you, Morton, find it easy to make friends with EVERYONE? I don’t.

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