Australia, China, and the Language of Humiliation

The recent visit to Taiwan by Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi triggered a temperamental reaction from China. Beijing’s subsequent military chest-beating in the waters around Taiwan was designed to demonstrate that it is willing to use its military might to absorb the island. It would have been a comical impulsive flexing of muscles were such an emotive response made by an individual, but it becomes quite serious when such behavior is exhibited by a state of China’s power. Read More »

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