America’s increasing resistance to China’s rise is rooted deeper than the will of the President and his trade war. Once having believed that Beijing could be socialized into the status quo international order through economic development, Washington has recalibrated its China stances to incorporate the growing belief that the country will pose a challenge, rather … More Washington’s Turn Against China
I never knew the origin of my own surname. It’s not a common surname, it stands out and it’s a question which confounded me for years. It’s trivial of course, yet always interesting to know. Sometimes people would ask me and I simply didn’t know. Why this is important? A surname reveals heritage, its an … More The Origin of the Surname “Fowdy”: A family history insight
It’s been close now to two years since that fateful day in which Britain voted to relinquish its membership of the Union and opt for a “new pathway” which its adherents claimed “would be in the world”. May I say that for as stupid as to how I may appear, I voted for that. I … More Brexit Isn’t Worth It.
I am surprised, but I am also happy. The past year has been unquestionably tense for those interested in Asian Affairs. For the first time in decades there was a seemingly serious, uncontrollable and ugly risk of a catastrophic land war on the Korean Peninsula. As North Korea pursued a defiant barrage of missile and … More The long and bumpy road to peace begins, but just who would have guessed it? (On Trump vowing to meet Kim)
This Friday marks one whole year since the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. In an election result which shocked the world the previous November, the tycoon had vowed to “Make America Great Again” and thus won the support of enough disillusioned blue collar Americans to win via the electoral vote. … More Repulsive, morally bankrupt and Dangerous: A Year of the Trump Administration
Once angry and disillusioned with the world, the populist right held strong appeal to me through its anti-elite message. The rise of Donald Trump and his supporters finally demonstrated to me that this kind of politics was immoral, contemptuous and outright dangerous. It is overwhelmingly worse than the “same old” politics it claims to oppose. Those … More Why I turned away from populist right politics
Will the decent GOP voters who thought he couldn’t be worse than “Crooked Hilary” re-think their position? Donald Trump somehow managed to become the President of the United States at the beginning of this year having scraped an election by snapping up a host of working class swing states in the North East and Midwest … More A few quick thoughts on Trump