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Commentary > China Post > Arthur Cyr
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the United States has underscored the vital importance of the alliance between our two nations. Military defense as well as economics is involved.
 
The reportedly acrimonious telephone conversation between Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and United States President Donald Trump is extremely unfortunate, both because of current tensions in the region and the close historically rooted alliance between our two nations. Australia is crucial to U.S. defense and security in Asia, and beyond.
 
The polite, low-key visit of Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain to President Donald Trump has generated relatively little media attention. That is unfortunate, because our alliance remains vital.
 
"Nattering nabobs of negativism" is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative pronouncements of Spiro Agnew, vice president in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption.
 
"America has two fundamental powers. One is the power of intimidation ... the other ... is the power of inspiration." That statement by retired Marine Corps General James Mattis indicates a perspective that emphasizes discipline, discretion and awareness of the limits of military force alone.
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"Success cannot be advertised; failure cannot be explained. In the work of intelligence, heroes are undecorated and unsung, often even among their own fraternity."
 
"You have heard of the patience of Job," wrote Jesus' disciple James, underscoring the importance of patience as well as faith in handling severe reversals and frustrations (James 5:11).
 
Just before Christmas, a summit in Moscow brought together the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey. President Vladimir Putin of Russia orchestrated this major meeting.
 
Christmas season is also the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in the history of the United States. On Dec. 16, 1944, Nazi Germany launched an enormous offensive through the quiet, thinly-defended Ardennes Forest in Belgium. Adolf Hitler and planners in Berlin achieved total surprise. German forces rapidly gained ground.
 
The telephone conversation on Dec. 2 between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan was relatively brief but continues to reverberate prominently in news, diplomatic and political dimensions.
 
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