China’s Rising Influence: Restraint, Humility, and the ‘Ungrateful Fool’

Washington Examiner, December 4, 2017

In the humidity of late summer, I walked into the master practitioner’s office in Hong Kong.

He was a distinguished doctor of Chinese medicine, who counted movie stars such as Jackie Chan, Mark Wahlberg, and others as former patients. He was also a well-respected martial arts master, whose lineage intertwined with that of the legendary Bruce Lee.

I was visiting from Washington, D.C., and was seeking martial arts instruction and medical treatment.

Back home, blaring news headlines provided daily reminders of China’s growing political and economic power, while talking heads and policy types regularly pontificated about a future in which China might displace U.S. global leadership.

Rising global influence was now China’s new bragging right. In the office of the master practitioner, however, a quieter commodity prevailed — traditional Chinese culture.

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Ying Ma Talks to Fox Business Network About Trump’s Asia Trip

“After the Bell,” November 10, 2017

Ying Ma discussed President Trump’s trade rhetoric and policy with “After the Bell” on the Fox Business Network. The President recently outlined his views on a five-nation tour in Asia.

To view the interview, click HERE or the player below.

How the Conservative Foreign Policy Establishment Failed Americans Long Before Donald Trump

Breitbart, October 27, 2017

Former President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Senator Bob Corker and other Republican luminaries have publicly criticized President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in recent days.

Yet, long before Trump took over the national political conversation, the conservative foreign policy establishment had systematically betrayed conservative principles and abandoned intellectual rigor for ideological rigidity in foreign policy.

Many individuals and institutions participated, but one example of how a major conservative think tank went about the task shows the insidiousness of the betrayal and offers insight into the intellectual disorderliness that led to Trump’s rise.

It was the fall of 2005, and the Iraq War was raging. I had just graduated from Stanford Law School and given up a lucrative Wall Street law firm salary to spend a year as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

A few weeks into my fellowship, AEI issued what I perceived as a very unsubtle threat against me. I was told to stop conducting research on national sovereignty and international law and instead work on democratization in Asia. AEI understood that I was exploring opportunities in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, and if I did not listen they would make sure I did not succeed.

I had been a conservative my entire adult life. Never did I imagine that this venerable institution of conservative thought would threaten me for attempting to put conservative thoughts on paper, but it did.

(Read the rest of the article HERE.)

China vs. USA in the Trump Era

Originally published on Fox News, July 16, 2017

Chinese leaders are determined to challenge U.S. dominance in Asia and had never planned on asking for American permission, no matter who occupies the White House.

U.S. global leadership also is not premised on blindly following the preferences of other countries. Additionally, under Trump’s predecessor, U.S. foreign policy bounced between setback and blunder, especially in Asia. The Trump administration would be wise not to rush into the same exercise.

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Ying Ma Discusses Asia and the U.S. Presidential Race on The John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show, February 17, 2016

Ying Ma appeared on The John Batchelor Show to discuss the Ben Carson for President 2016 Campaign, the current foreign policy debate in the U.S. presidential race and China’s recent installation of air-to-surface missiles on Woody Island in the South China Sea.

To listen to the program, please click HERE. (The interview begins at 10:20.)

How to Save U.S.-China Ties

NationalInterest.org, June 17, 2015

–By Ying Ma

China’s large-scale construction of artificial islands in the hotly disputed waters of the South China Sea has led many in Washington to call for a tougher stance against Beijing. While China no doubt bears much responsibility for pursuing murky and ambitious territorial claims with aggressive actions, contending with China’s rise also requires a lot more than just getting tough.

During the course of the Obama administration, Beijing has reacted negatively not just to the administration’s gestures of goodwill but also to its more confrontational actions and rhetoric. A look back at the missteps early in the Obama administration would offer a useful guide to prescribing future action. The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power, a new book by noted China scholar Thomas Christensen, provides precisely such a guide.

To read the entire piece, please click HERE

Washington Needs to Press Japan on History

WSJ.com, April 27, 2015

–Column by Ying Ma

During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington, D.C. this week to discuss trade and security issues and address a joint session of Congress, his penchant for whitewashing his country’s World War II history will be closely scrutinized.

Already, a bipartisan group of Congressmen have called on Mr. Abe to “squarely face history.” In a letter last week to Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae, 25 members of the House of Representatives urged the Japanese leader to use his upcoming visit to “formally reaffirm and validate” past apologies issued by Japan for its wartime aggression.

However, many others in Congress are either unfamiliar with Japan’s historical amnesia or happy to gloss over it themselves. Those who care about the U.S.’s moral leadership and interests in Asia should urge Mr. Abe to get right with history.

To read the entire column, please click HERE. 

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