Some U.S. intelligence officials fear that the Chinese government is conducting sophisticated “kidnapping” programs in the United States in order to spirit their nationals back to the mainland, where they face arrest and imprisonment on political and corruption charges.
Seventy-one countries—more than a third of the world’s total—witnessed declines in political rights and civil liberties in 2017, Freedom House’s annual survey reported last month. “A quarter-century ago, at the end of the Cold War, it appeared that totalitarianism had at last been vanquished and liberal democracy had won the great ideological battle,” Michael J. Abramowitz, the president of Freedom House, wrote. “Today, it is democracy that finds itself battered and weakened.”
Joshua Cooper Ramo – How does this guy become an analyst for NBC Olympic coverage? And get on the boards of Starbucks and FedEx? Do we know so little of Chinese culture that we allow this buffoon to guide us?
“Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation,” said Ramo, who sits on the boards of Starbucks and FedEx while working as co-CEO of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s consulting firm.