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Washington Post (September 7)

2021/ 09/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Mr. Xi’s two predecessors allowed China’s people more personal freedom and provided a rising living standard,” but he “is reversing that by putting more of an ideological stamp on society.” Aside from widely publicized new limits on video games and screen time, on September 2, the television regulator “banned effeminate men on the screen” out of “official concern that Chinese pop stars, imitating the sleek look of some South Korean and Japanese singers and actors, were failing to encourage China’s young men to be masculine enough.” Mr. Xi may know best “about everything, on behalf of everyone. But the more power concentrates in one man, the more brittle the system may become.”


New York Times (August 28)

2021/ 08/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Under Xi Jinping, the Communist Party’s most powerful leader since Mao, China has taken a hard ideological turn against unfettered private enterprise. It has set out a series of strictures against “disorderly” corporate expansion. No longer will titans of industry be permitted to march out of step with the party’s priorities and dictates.”


Wall Street Journal (January 8)

2021/ 01/ 10 by jd in Global News

With 13 days remaining in Trump’s presidency, “the best outcome would be for him to resign to spare the U.S. another impeachment fight.” Though impeachment could send a valuable “message to future Presidents that Congress will protect itself from populists of all ideological stripes willing to stir up a mob and threaten the Capitol or its Members.” Doing this “so late in the term” wouldn’t be “easy or without rancor…. It is best for everyone, himself included, if he goes away quietly.”


Financial Times (April 23)

2015/ 04/ 23 by jd in Global News

“The closeness between America and Japan, forged in the ashes of war, goes beyond the ideological…. Theirs has been one of the closest and most enduring of postwar relationships. They stand shoulder to shoulder on most issues from terrorism to intellectual property.”