Pearls [China’s String of]

By gapthinking | July 5, 2018 | 0

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 | 0

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 | 0

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 | 0

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 | 0

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 | 0

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

My Library

By gapthinking | May 27, 2018

Essentials, Foundational The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn, 1962.  A conceptual framework for understanding how paradigm shifts in…

China’s Perspective

By gapthinking | May 18, 2018

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

Autonomous Vehicles

By gapthinking | May 11, 2018

A good overview of the state of the self-driving art is here.  Google’s Waymo will have a fleet of driverless…

My Meaning of Life

By gapthinking | May 5, 2018

To my family, friends and communities, I offer all the love, support, information, stimulation and engagement I can.  Every day,…

Robotics Tension

By gapthinking | May 2, 2018

“We’ll still need people, but robots . . . .” from a New York Times article about robots in the…

Graphene at the Gates?

By gapthinking | May 1, 2018

Incredibly disruptive AS it comes.  University of Manchester is where I’m starting my research. From Manchester’s Graphene site: “The world’s…

Game of Threes

By gapthinking | April 28, 2018

The geopolitical landscape through a potentially useful lens:  three competing powers, three areas of conflict and three fields of endeavour. …

Chinese Credit

By gapthinking | April 26, 2018

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

Virtual Reality

By gapthinking | April 24, 2018

“Reality is one of the few words that means nothing without quotation marks.” – Vladimir Nabokov.  To which, I might…

“Even As . . .”

By gapthinking | April 24, 2018

A rare uplifting vision of US civil society!  Even as the national discourse has become so toxic, Fallows and his…