China's newly minted big money men project larger-than-life personalities, but their good fortune can be rescinded at a moment's notice if they displease the reigning commissars.
For Philip J. Cunningham's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
In China it is politics, or the perception of such, that is the surest route to getting stamped "banned by Beijing."
What goes around, comes around, especially with a man who flip-flops his position on an almost daily basis.
Imagine being guest of honor at a state dinner planned to trumpet bilateral ties only to have your host lean over and whisper, "We're bombing Syria tonight."
THAAD offers little protection to South Korea, while greatly exasperating ties with China.
The $500 million bill that Uncle Sam has come knocking for is a pittance compared to the destruction the U.S. wreaked on Cambodia by incessant B-52 bombing during the Vietnam War.
If the Russians are looking to invade Americans' privacy, the U.S. government is already there.
All administrations lie, spin and deceive, but judging from early indications, the new U.S. team is off the charts.
If the CIA has indisputable evidence that Russia threw the U.S. election, it should put up or shut up.
When push comes to shove, the status quo must — and will — be maintained.