Good morning. Today's newsletter is heavy on the theme of PRC influence and the growing concern from the West, particularly in the U.S.

Situational awareness: Between the North Korea crisis, the growing U.S.-China trade trade tensions, and the rising wariness about PRC activities in general, it sure feels like 2018 may be the most difficult year in U.S.-China relations in decades.

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