6:00 AM, Feb 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political committee for former Montana senator Max Baucus, a Democrat, wrote a large check to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just days before being confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to China. According to the DSCC's public filings, Friends of Max Baucus made a donation of $475,000 to the organization on January 31. Read a copy of the filing here, where Baucus's donation is listed on page 6.
Three days before the donation, Baucus appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations committee for his hearing, where he said he was "not an expert on China" and appeared unfamiliar with aspects of the Obama administration's policy on China.
On February 6, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Baucus as ambassador.
Baucus had announced last year that he would not seek another term in the Senate in 2014. The leading Democratic contender for the open seat was erstwhile lieutenant governor John Walsh, who was actually appointed to the vacated seat by Montana's Democratic governor and sworn in on February 11. The move was designed to give Democrats a small incumbency advantage before the November election. The Cook Political Report says the race still leans Republican, with first-term congressman Steve Daines the most likely GOP nominee for the seat.
11:26 AM, Jan 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House press secretary Jay Carney is concerned that the press in China -- the foreign press there -- is facing "restrictions."
11:38 AM, Jan 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Max Baucus, President Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to China, was remarkably candid at his confirmation hearing in the Senate:
"Senator, I'm no real expert on China," Baucus, who has has spent years in the Senate, admitted. "But it's my strong belief Chinese people are just as proud as we Americans are proud."
America’s Pacific ally displays confidence – and makes a needless slip.11:33 AM, Jan 21, 2014 • By JOSEPH A. BOSCO
Much good news is emanating from Japan, one of America's most important allies, though some of it comes with an unnecessary taint. After decades of economic stagnation and foreign policy reticence stemming from its postwar legacy of pacifism, Japan is back as a strong and confident alliance partner.
9:52 AM, Jan 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As China gains strength, militarily and economically, the strategic interests of the United States will lie increasingly in the Pacific. As China commissions aircraft carriers, we redeploy ours with plans to have some 60 percent of the fleet and 6 of our 11 carriers in the Pacific by 2020.
Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The political debate over what to do about global warming rages on, largely because liberals refuse to have an honest discussion about their plans to deal with it. The heart of their every proposed “solution” to climate change is a radical economic program that would threaten the livelihood and well-being of millions, based on computer models of dubious accuracy trying to project weather patterns decades into the future. Via Bloomberg News, last week we got an unsettling glimpse into just how extreme the economic plans of the climate commissars really are:
Jan 13, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 17 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"Walmart recalls donkey meat in China,” announced a headline on FoxNews.com last week. The Scrapbook, for one, was incensed: How dastardly to lace edible meat with donkey! We hungered for more information: What were the tainted goods? Were the “100 percent beef” hamburgers at Walmart’s Beijing branch strangely Eeyore-like? Or perhaps it was the “100 percent pork” sausages at the chain’s Shanghai outlet that tasted oddly of burro?
8:21 AM, Dec 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden talked up the pool reporter covering him in China today to the vice president of China. According to the pool report, Biden told the Chinese VP that "he is a very important man. Seriously he is important."
7:30 AM, Dec 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At an event today in China, Vice President Joe Biden encouraged youth to challenge authority. The event took place at the U.S. consulate.
Via the pool report:
11:55 AM, Dec 3, 2013 • By GARY SCHMITT
Absolute coherence when it comes foreign policy is a rare thing. International relations will forever be a mix of principles, interests, circumstances, and necessities. But recognition of that fact doesn’t mean one has to jump to the opposite conclusion that foreign policy is simply a grab bag of decisions, lacking any coherence whatsoever. But, more and more, this appears to be the case when it comes to the Obama administration’s so-called “pivot” to Asia.
Misreading reading scores.
9:14 AM, Dec 3, 2013 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
We’re going to hear a lot in the coming days about how the “Chinese” education system is superior to America’s. That’s because the results of an international exam were released today, and American students fared predictably poorly. And it was “Asian nations [who] dominated the test,” reports the Associated Press. “The top average scores in each subject came from Shanghai, China,” says the AP.
Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By GARY SCHMITT
While Washington and the world have been focused on the nuclear agreement reached with Iran last week in Geneva, on the other side of the globe, one of the parties to that deal, China, was at the very same time making the peaceful resolution of its dispute with Japan over a group of small islands in the East China Sea even less likely.