30 noiembrie 2021

Beijing and Moscow need a strong demonstration of US and allied resolve


In a National Press Club speech in January 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson excluded South Korea and Taiwan from America’s defense perimeter in the Pacific. China’s Mao Zedong, North Korea’s Kim Il Sung and the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin immediately conferred on which non-communist neighbor would be attacked first. Kim beat Mao to the punch and China had to settle for participating in North Korea’s invasion of South Korea, for which they were both condemned as aggressors by the United [...]