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Trump Ends Tough Talk Against China Over North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump struck a conciliatory tone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping Saturday despite criticizing China last week for not helping to crack down on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The Trump administration and China now intend to move forward with military and security cooperation between the two counties. But President Xi also stressed the importance of talks with North Korea—an idea not embraced by the Trump administration.

July 9, 2017

Facing Down The North Korean Threat

In the 1960s, when Chinese tyrant Mao Zedong was striving to build nuclear weapons, he inspired great anxiety in the United States. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson considered launching an attack to prevent it, before deciding not to. When China advanced to building ICBMs, Johnson deployed an anti-ballistic missile system to intercept them in flight. A few years later, however, it was dismantled.

July 9, 2017

Danziger: Despicable Meme

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of the Herblock Prize and […]

July 8, 2017

China Wants To Step In As A Rift Between The US And Its European Allies Widens

“[Trump’s] rhetoric certainly leaves the road open for China. The question is: Is China ready to take it?,” said François Godement, director of the Asia and China program at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Some reports indicate that China could take a more prominent role, in partnership with Germany.

July 7, 2017
A combination photo shows a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) handout of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released on May 10, 2016, and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump posing for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA handout via Reuters/File Photo & REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Trump On Course Toward War With North Korea

The combination of Trump’s ignorance and belligerence has worried U.S. and international nuclear experts from the start of his presidency. Now North Korea’s response to Trump—fast improving ballistic technology and Kim Jong-un’s own brand of belligerence—has the world growing alarmed.

July 6, 2017

North Korea Has One Last Chance To Engage With The West

Moon, who won elections in South Korea in May, has tried to engage with North Korea by inviting them to co-host the Winter Olympics and trying to provide Pyongyang with life-saving Malaria medication, both of which were turned down. Moon asked Obama for advice on how to deal with his northern neighbor and discussed recent talks with U.S. President Donald Trump. Obama meanwhile “wished Moon success during his leadership,” according to a spokesperson from the Korean Presidential palace.

July 5, 2017
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Why The Opioid Flood Is So Hard To Stop

Two thirteen year old boys, Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth, were best friends growing up in Park City, Utah. When their parents found each of them dead over a two-day period last fall, they had little idea of what might have killed them. Upon searching their social media accounts, they found conversations with another local teenager and talk of “pink”—the alias for U-47700, an extremely powerful opioid…

July 2, 2017
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Danziger: Guanxi In Oz

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for theRutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from theWall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of […]

June 15, 2017

Rights Groups Urge Ivanka Trump To Speak Up After Arrest Of Labor Investigators

The case of three labor rights activists detained in China for trying to investigate a factory that makes Ivanka Trump brand shoes highlights the pervasive problem of labor abuses and lax enforcement by authorities. But rights activists said President Donald Trump’s daughter, who is also his assistant, could help make a difference if she speaks out about the case.

June 13, 2017

New Documentary Exposes Deadly Conditions Faced By Smartphone Workers In China

At 24, Yi Yeting was diagnosed with leukemia after three years of nonstop exposure to benzene, a toxic chemical endangering the health of a million-plus Apple workers in Shenzhen. “We are all benzene patients,” the victim-turned-activist told attendees at an organizing rally in February 2014. “For those of us who are alive, we need to fight for our rights.”

June 12, 2017
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Trump’s Climate Decision Weakens America On The World Stage

That means America has abandoned a role it has held since the end of World War II as the unquestioned leader of the free world, the widely respected force for global good, the premier defender of human rights. There is, after all, no human right more basic than the right to clean air and water, the right to live on a planet that provides basic resources, the right to an Earth that is a friendly host to the human species.

June 6, 2017
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Danziger: The Apprentice Goes To Washington

Danziger notices what should be obvious to Trump — that his repudiation of the Paris climate accord again elevated the most sinister figure in the White House.

June 2, 2017

North Korean Envoy Says Kim Planning Next Nuclear Test

Echoing the official stance of his government, Choe asserted North Korea’s right to maintain and develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent to foreign invasion. Though he said he was unaware of a specific date for another nuclear weapons test, he stated that one would be conducted on leader Kim Jong Un’s terms regardless of U.S. pressure.

May 11, 2017
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Danziger: How Do They Say ‘Guanxi’ In New Jersey?

Danziger detects a pungent whiff of guanxi, or influence peddling, in the spectacle of Nicole Kushner Meyer — sister of presidential son-in-law Jared — hawking EB-5 visas in Shanghai while raising money for another family development. It’s just like Jersey.

May 8, 2017
Ivanka Trump

US Developer With A Trump Connection Courting Chinese Investors

Nicole Kushner Meyer, the sister of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, one of the president’s top White House advisers, spoke Sunday to potential investors in Shanghai after making the same pitch the day before in Beijing. Meyer told more than 100 people at a Beijing hotel that the $976 million project — twin 66-story towers with nearly 1,500 apartments — “means a lot to me and my entire family.”

May 7, 2017
Resistance

Trump: ‘Would Not Be Happy’ With Another North Korea Nuclear Test

U.S. President Donald Trump says he “would not be happy” if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, which would be its sixth. “I can tell you also, I don’t believe that the president of China, who is a very respected man, will be happy either,” Trump said of Chinese President Xi Jinping in an interview that aired Sunday on the CBS television network’s “Face the Nation” show.

April 30, 2017
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Danziger: Let One Hundred Labels Bloom

Would Ivanka Trump try to soft-soap the Chinese sweatshop workers who make her branded clothes (and must now re-brand them)? In a Danziger cartoon she would.

April 29, 2017

Trump Demands South Korea Pay For Anti-Missile System

In an interview with Reuters, Trump criticized the 2011 free trade deal made by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and finalized by Trump’s opponent in last year’s presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that allowed the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system to be established for free in South Korea.

April 29, 2017
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What Isn’t Donald Trump Hiding?

Yes, Donald Trump campaigned on draining a swamp full of elites. But we shouldn’t be so naive as to believe that he we speaking about all the elites. He meant just the elitists who want to help minorities.

April 17, 2017
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Mired In The Present, They Won’t Seize The Clean Energy Future

While Donald Trump is hectoring China over subsidies to steel and other smokestack industries, China is shoving government money into production of solar panels. China is also hot to dominate the manufacture of electric cars and the batteries that go in them. Our conservatives, meanwhile, are sniping at Tesla.

April 11, 2017
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Ex-Goldman Banker Mnuchin Installed As Treasury Secretary

President Donald Trump swore in former Goldman Sachs banker and Hollywood financier, Steven Mnuchin, as Treasury secretary on Monday, putting him to work on tax reform, financial de-regulation, and economic diplomacy efforts. At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump said Mnuchin would be a “great champion” for U.S. citizens.

February 14, 2017
China

China Gets An Early Win Off Trump, But Many Battles Remain

Combining public bluster with behind-the-scenes diplomacy, China wrested a concession from the United States as the two presidents spoke for the first time this week, but Beijing may not be able to derive much comfort from the win on U.S. policy toward Taiwan. In getting Trump to change course on the “one China” policy, Beijing may have overplayed its hand.

February 11, 2017
Rick Scott

Rick Scott Figures Some Dictators Aren’t So Bad — If They’ve Got Money

Governor Rick Scott recently warned Florida’s seaports that they could lose critical state funding if they make any shipping deals with Cuba. He later told reporters: “I don’t believe any port in our state, none of them, should be doing business with a brutal dictator.” These would be stirring words if they didn’t reek with hypocrisy.

February 7, 2017
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6 Countries Trump Has Already Insulted And Provoked

Here’s a list of six countries and major international institutions that Trump and his team have threatened—injecting anything but stability into international affairs. Certainly this behavior is silly, unnecessary, and stupid. The question is, will these provocations and others to likely follow lead to serious new international conflict.

February 5, 2017
TPP

Will The U.S. Economy Pay The Price For Pulling Out Of TPP?

The TPP was more than just a free trade agreement — it was part of the Obama administration’s “Asia pivot,” designed to counter China’s growing influence. It’s worth remembering that American trade policy doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Other countries respond to our decisions, and those responses can have real economic consequences

January 24, 2017