Author: GREGORY CLARK

PEARLS AND IRRITATIONS

Amnesia over Ukraine

The West seems to have forgotten there are several precedents for a solution in Ukraine. When North Ireland was torn apart by sectarian religious violence the solution eventually became obvious -. separate the two, by barbed wire if necessary. When Spain was being hit by sectarian language differences, in Basque

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Postings

Postings2-China-US recognition

China-US recognition The key clause in the Jan 1, 1979, joint communique for the establishment of US-China relations said: The Government of the United States of America acknowledges the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China. The US at the time claimed that

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PEARLS AND IRRITATIONS

Russia and Ukraine

The threat of an increasingly aggressive NATO moving into Ukraine -Russia’s backyard – was real and had to be stopped. Most impartial observers agree. Strong personal and historical links were an even larger reason. Many Ukrainian families have connections with the other side of the border with Russia. They speak

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PEARLS AND IRRITATIONS

Ukraine on the boil.

So the inevitable has happened. Did the Kiev authorities in Ukraine really believe they could continue forever to ignore the Minsk autonomy agreements they had signed in 2015 while maintaining a constant bombardment on civilians in the two pro-Russian holdouts of Donetsk and Lugansk? It was inevitable Moscow would eventually

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PEARLS AND IRRITATIONS

The Afghanistan failure is history repeating itself but there may be profound consequences.

Who rules eastern Europe commands the Heartland  Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island; Who rules the World-Island commands the world. — Halford Mackinder, Democratic Ideals and Reality, 1904 Mackinder’s thinking, still not completely outdated,  has had more influence than is often realised. It inspired Hitler’s attack on the Soviet

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NBR

Fujitsu and UK scandal

I find it hard to understand the logic of anti-tobashi reasoning set out in Richard’s posting below. The logic seems to say this:  when markets collapse it may be inevitable that some banks will be reluctant to extend loans to some distressed borrowers. But so be it.  Those who cannot

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Book Excerpt

THE SINO/SOVIET DISPUTE

The Sino/Soviet Dispute The Background to the Dispute – Summary   When the Chinese Communist armies defeated their Nationalist opponents in 1949 only two things stood between them and final victory – the island of Taiwan still occupied by the fleeing Nationalist armies and a scattering of islands close to

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Book Excerpt

THE SINO/INDIAN DISPUTE

THE SINO/INDIAN DISPUTE An outline of the Tibetan question is needed to understand the very important role that country has played in Sino/Indian relations.  India had, on gaining independence in 1947, inherited the British “special position” in Tibet, along with the Mission in Lhasa and trade agencies in larger towns.

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The Australian

Communism in Asia

(Reprinted from “Australian,” 22nd and 23rd December, 1965) I. THE 20-YEAR MARCH OF THOSE GROUPS WHICH THE WEST WANTS TO COUNTER The ancient Chinese had a saying: “Know your opponent and yourself and in a hundred battles you will have a hundred victories.” Throughout the 20 years since the war,

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LIFE STORY

Chapter 1 – Growing Up

BETWEEN FOUR WORLDS: CHINA, RUSSIA, JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA.BETWEEN FOUR CAREERS and FOUR LANGUAGES Summary This is the story of an Australian boy, born in England in 1936 to the economist, Colin Clark, taken to live in wartime Queensland and then raised on a small farm outside Brisbane. At age 16

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LIFE STORY

Chapter 3 – Discovering China

BETWEEN FOUR WORLDS: CHINA, RUSSIA, JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA.BETWEEN FOUR CAREERS and FOUR LANGUAGES Into China – via Hong Kong and Taiwan, plus Japan 1. Suez Canal Lessons2. Journalist Spies3. Chinese Reality4. Learning the Language5. Into Taiwan6. Hospitality, KMT Style7. Gently into Japan The two years in Hong Kong (December 59-February

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