Tom Clifford

Tom Clifford is an Irish journalist, currently based in Beijing.

US Vs. Iran: The Gulf of Tonkin Precedent

Are the warmongers in the U.S. faking attacks from supposed Iranian sources? The lessons of the Vietnam War provide a clear warning.

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US-China Trade: It’s Politics, Stupid!

A better safety net for Americans is the issue that should be addressed with at least as much vigor as tariffs on Chinese goods.

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Japan Enters a New Imperial Era

Japan enters an era of “beautiful harmony” as a new emperor ascends to the throne. But beneath the surface is a rising militarism.

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The Hanoi Summit, from Beijing’s Perspective

The failure to reach an agreement between Trump and Kim is not considered a failure by China’s leaders.

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Britain’s Gunboat Diplomacy in the South China Sea

Sending its new aircraft carrier to the South China Sea is another desperate attempt by the former power to punch above its weight class.

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China’s “Interesting Times”

As China rings in the New Year, a brief look at some of the problems the country is facing.

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China’s Interesting Future, in 2019

If China has a problem, so does the global economy.

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How the UK Always Plays Ireland

The Brexit episode is but the latest historical episode proving that the UK’s political rhetoric is just self-serving when it comes to Irish matters.

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Japan’s Looming Imperial Abdication

Japan’s succession will provide the country with symbols of its past, though some will try to hijack them as markers for the future.

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China’s Biggest Political Summit

For all of China’s active global summitry, the most complex diplomatic exercise is entirely domestic – the CCP’s Party Congress, held every five years.

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