Pearls [China’s String of]

By gapthinking | July 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Pearls [China’s String of]

China now owns/controls many ports along the Belt and [maritime] Road.  Gwadar, in Pakistan; Piraeus, in Greece and in 2018,…

Mobile Pay

By gapthinking | June 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Mobile Pay

Mobile Pay – paying for goods and services by phone – is just one of the many ways that China…

Guns and Butter?

By gapthinking | June 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Guns and Butter?

China has two overarching and interrelated imperatives.  Provide improving economic and personal opportunities for its citizens, and reestablish its historic…

China’s Perspective

By gapthinking | May 18, 2018 | 7

China remembers its former greatness.  Magnificent civil engineering projects:  the Dujiangyan Water Project still functioning after 2400 years;  the Great…

Chinese Credit

By gapthinking | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Chinese Credit

The Chinese banking system has long been afflicted by massive lending to State Owned Enterprises (SOEs), organizations whose purposes did…

Made in China 2025

By gapthinking | April 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Made in China 2025

The formalized industrialization component of the grand ambition, now well under way:  including the Belt and Road initiative, the String…

South China Sea

By gapthinking | April 4, 2018 | Comments Off on South China Sea

The United States Energy Information Administration has estimated that 11 billion barrels of oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of…

Certainty

By gapthinking | February 4, 2019

Bewildered, bemused, besotted, be outraged.  How to explain and understand Populism, Tribalism, Brexit, Trump, Victimization, Political Correctness, Cultural Appropriation, unwillingness…

IF . . . Hypothesis Updated

By gapthinking | October 21, 2018

If the hypothesis proposed last June [http://gapthinking.ca/an-hypothesis/] remains tenable, and I think it does, interesting questions result.  The observed change…

Greenblatt on Politics in Shakespeare

By gapthinking | October 5, 2018

Context stimulates creative endeavour.  When Shakespeare was writing, Queen Elizabeth was aging, frail and without a successor;  Spain continued to…

Scheidel Compresses Inequality

By gapthinking | July 13, 2018

Scheidel, Walter.  The Great Leveler:  Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stome Age to the Twenty-First Century.  2017.…

Pearls [China’s String of]

By gapthinking | July 5, 2018

China now owns/controls many ports along the Belt and [maritime] Road.  Gwadar, in Pakistan; Piraeus, in Greece and in 2018,…

Mobile Pay

By gapthinking | June 18, 2018

Mobile Pay – paying for goods and services by phone – is just one of the many ways that China…

An Hypothesis

By gapthinking | June 10, 2018

“Animal Spirits” ran out of gas in January, 2018. From Investopedia:  “Animal Spirits is a term used by the famous…

Guns and Butter?

By gapthinking | June 7, 2018

China has two overarching and interrelated imperatives.  Provide improving economic and personal opportunities for its citizens, and reestablish its historic…

Kissinger on AI

By gapthinking | June 3, 2018

Henry Kissinger, eminent historian, philosopher and statesman, has joined the crowded debate over the long term threat to humanity posed…

Governing Investments

By gapthinking | May 31, 2018

An Oxymoron:  Governments make investments for their citizens.  Investment decisions by committee are a direct route to impoverishment.  Exponential wealth…