Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times These days, Harvard Professor Graham Allison is hailed as something of a prophet. Officials he met in China recently referred to him as the man who “predicted” a clash between the United States and China, he says. “It was not a prophesy,” he adds. “I simply pointed out the recurring patterns of history.” “Today, the conversation has moved to the more urgent question, which is, what’s to be done, and how to escape Thucydides’ Trap?” He is talking about his ground-breaking, best-selling book, published in 2017, with the ominous title, Destined for War: Can America and China escape Thucydides’s Trap? The book, whose title refers to an ancient Greek historian’s chronicle of upstart Athens taking on Sparta, caught global attention for its study of 16 periods of power rivalry over the past five … [Read more...] about US, China: Frenemies?
Is democracy compatible with economic growth
Yet there still exist misleading opinions that distort the actual human rights situation in Vietnam. No matter what tricks and machinations the hostile and reactionary forces resort to, they cannot deny the achievements of Vietnam in ensuring and improving further the rights of its people. The consistent view of the VCP and State of Vietnam is that human rights are guaranteed and enforced by the Constitution and law. Since its birth, the State of Vietnam has placed human rights in the center of its tasks. In the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh solemnly declared to the world, “Vietnam has the right to be a free and independent country and in fact is so already. The entire Vietnamese people are determined to mobilize all their physical and mental strength, to sacrifice their lives and property in order to safeguard their independence and liberty.” Subsequently, human rights-related contents were developed … [Read more...] about Impossible to distort the truth about human rights in Vietnam
The European political year, grinding back into gear for 2018, is full of doubt, even woe. In the continent’s major countries politics are stuck, or likely to stick, in cul-de-sacs from which exit is difficult. Only in France, under the banner not so much of the tricolor as the injunction En Marche! (Let’s Go!), is there official optimism and vigor. Germany, Europe’s leading economy, has yet to agree on a government. Talks between the governing Christian Democrats and the opposition Social Democrats on the formation of a third coalition are due to start on Jan. 7. A coalition agreement may take a long time – and even if successful, the marriage will be even more loveless, and thus more fragile, than the two preceding. Yet Germany remains strong in its economy and forecasts are bullish for this year, its businesses apparently insouciant about the politicians’ dilemmas. By contrast, Italy’s growth, up a little from the stagnation of recent years, … [Read more...] about There’s a better way to unite Europe