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Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

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
Trump, Sessions, nativism,

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
clean energy

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
Mnuchin tax plan

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 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

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

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
Trump, Mexico, China

Before Trump Started Making Deals, China and Mexico Were Sending Back U.S. Jobs

More than 6 million Americans are directly employed by majority foreign-owned firms, and over 12 million American jobs are linked to foreign investment. These jobs pay one-third more than the economy wide average, 40 percent are in manufacturing, and there has been significant growth in Rust Belt states.

January 19, 2017
Trump voters

New Poll Shows Only White Americans Think Favorably Of Trump

Trump responded to the polls this morning in the most Trumpian way possible: by re-whining the story of how the system is rigged against the racist, misogynist white male trust fund kid-turned-adult billionaire who, despite no previous experience in government or the military, and a lack of coherent policy proposals, was elected president.

January 17, 2017
Trump, China

Trump Team Struggles For Cohesion On Tougher China Policy

The incoming U.S. administration’s tough talk against China has set the stage for showdowns on everything from security to trade and cyberspace, but contradictory signals are sowing uncertainty over how far President-elect Donald Trump is prepared to go in confronting Beijing.

January 14, 2017

How Trump-o-nomics Will Bring Back The ’80s

The 1980s became known as the “Super Dollar era,” as the dollar appreciated significantly against both the Japanese yen and the German deutschemark, then the U.S.’s most significant trading partners. Not surprisingly, the U.S. trade deficit skyrocketed, as imported goods became more price competitive and U.S. exports suffered abroad.

January 10, 2017
Trump, China

China Critic Lighthizer Named As U.S. Trade Representative

Lighthizer is not expected to be the Trump administration’s leading voice on trade policy. Last month, Trump’s team said that task would fall to the U.S. Commerce Secretary nominee, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross.

January 3, 2017
Taiwan, Trump, China

China Considering Strong Measures To Contain Taiwan

Three sources said one possibility being considered was conducting war games near the self-ruled island that China considers as a breakaway province. Another was a series of economic measures to cripple Taiwan.

December 31, 2016
Trump, Navarro, China

Trump Picks ‘Death By China’ Author For Trade Advisory Role

President-elect Donald Trump named Peter Navarro, an economist who has urged a hard line on trade with China, to head a newly formed White House National Trade Council, the transition team said on Wednesday.

December 21, 2016
Seth Meyers analyzes latest Trump tweets

#EndorseThis: Will Trump Tweets Replace White House News Briefings?

In “Tweetin’ with the Prez,” Seth Meyers reviews Trump’s latest online humiliations, with a focus on his China blowup over the undersea drone picked up (and then returned) by the Chinese Navy. As usual the Late Night host offers accurate context for that episode, far less flattering than the spin offered by Trump’s minions.

December 21, 2016
China Navy, American drone, South China Sea

China Returns Underwater Drone, U.S. Condemns ‘Unlawful’ Seizure

The taking of the unmanned underwater vehicle in international waters triggered a diplomatic protest and speculation about whether it would strengthen U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s hand as he seeks a tougher line with China.

December 20, 2016
Obama says Russia responsible for election hacks

Obama: Russia Responsible For Hacks During Presidential Election

“This happened at the highest levels of the Russian government,” Obama said when asked at his year-end White House press conference whether Russia’s president was personally involved in the hacks. He added that “not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin.”

December 16, 2016
China Navy, American drone, South China Sea

China’s Navy Seizes American Underwater Drone In South China Sea

A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the U.S. and a demand for its return.

December 16, 2016
White House, China, Trump

White House: ‘One China’ Policy Should Not Be Used As Bargaining Chip

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States is committed to the “one China” principle and will not use the Taiwan issue to gain leverage in any dealings with Beijing.

December 12, 2016
Donald Trump, China

Trump Says U.S. Not Necessarily Bound By ‘One China’ Policy

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of “one China,” questioning nearly four decades of policy in a move likely to antagonize Beijing.

December 12, 2016
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor Branstad Chosen As U.S. Ambassador To China

Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, a transition official said on Wednesday, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing.

December 7, 2016
Trevor Noah demonstrating how Trump mispronounces "China"

#EndorseThis: Freaked Out Over Trump’s China Fiasco?

The Daily Show host is deeply concerned over protocol offenses against China, our biggest commercial partner – a rising superpower with a thermonuclear arsenal. And Trump can’t even seem to pronounce its name properly.

December 7, 2016