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Trump is a bigot and a hypocrite, but he’s right to condemn China


Donald Trump taints everything he touches. If he supports a cause, he damages it. If he takes a stance, the instinct of most self-respecting liberals is to rush to the opposing side. So when Trump rails against China, a favourite bete noire, it can make a progressive pause. That’s especially true when the US president … Continue reading

President Trump has tools to pressure China. Will he use them?


Much of the focus on China in recent months has been over the coronavirus that originated there late last year. But that has hardly slowed Beijing’s assault on fundamental freedoms and human rights, from the brutal repression of the Uighurs to choking off Hong Kong’s limited autonomy. Congress has acted with admirable alacrity and unanimity … Continue reading

Caught in a superpower struggle: the inside story of the WHO’s response to coronavirus


When a pandemic strikes, the world’s leading experts convene – physically or virtually – in a hi-tech chamber in the basement of the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization. It is called the “strategic health operations centre”, or SHOC, an appropriately urgent acronym for a place where life and death decisions are taken, and … Continue reading

Trump doubts China’s official COVID-19 numbers


President Donald Trump cast doubt on the Beijing regime’s official numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths inside China, while responding to questions during an April 1 CCP virus task force briefing. Trump was asked whether he had received an intelligence report concluding that Beijing concealed the true extent of the outbreak, as reported by Bloomberg, … Continue reading

Coronavirus drives the U.S. and China deeper Into global power struggle


Many experts warn that an international health and economic crisis calls for more cooperation, not confrontation, between Washington and Beijing. When President Trump took the podium at the White House briefing room one afternoon last week, his prepared remarks included a reference to the “corona virus.” But a close-up photograph revealed that Mr. Trump had … Continue reading

Photo shows “corona” crossed out and replaced with “Chinese” in Trump’s briefing notes


President Trump’s notes from Thursday’s coronavirus briefing show someone crossed out the word “Corona” in coronavirus and replaced it with the word “Chinese.” This picture captured by Washington Post Photographer Jabin Botsford, comes as Trump has stepped up his efforts to scapegoat China for the spread of the coronavirus. The change in tone from the White House comes as the … Continue reading

Rulers for life? How Russia’s Putin and China’s Xi are posing a challenge to the West


Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin’s sudden announcement this week of constitutional changes that could allow him to extend control way beyond the end of his term in … Continue reading

What Americans don’t understand about China’s power


Chinese leaders stretching back to Deng Xiaoping have often thought in terms of decades. A decade encompasses two of China’s famous five-year plans, and it’s a long-enough period to notice real changes in a country’s trajectory. As it happens, I spent time in China at both ends of the decade that just ended, first in … Continue reading

Be sceptical of Trump’s new trade deal with China


As with so many assertions from President Trump, skepticism is in order about his announcement Friday of a “phase one” trade deal with China. Start with the seemingly straightforward issue of exactly what Mr. Trump got in return for reducing some U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports and forgoing others that were set to take effect … Continue reading

Is it possible Trump is on the right track with China?


“Trump’s trade war is losing, not gaining, support,” Paul Krugman wrote this week in his column “Why Is Trump a Tariff Man?” So why does the president avoid making the deals that might end this perpetual state of economic uncertainty? In a word, freedom. “Tariffs let him exercise unconstrained power, rewarding his friends and punishing … Continue reading

Trump says U.S. hasn’t yet agreed to roll back tariffs, despite China’s insistence that he has


President Donald Trump dealt a blow Friday to investors who were hoping the United States and China were inching closer toward a partial trade deal that would roll back billions in tariffs. Speaking to reporters, Trump said the US has yet to agree to wiping tariffs, undercutting a statement from China’s Commerce Ministry indicating openness … Continue reading

‘I will not accept a bad deal’: Trump’s China trade rhetoric turns harsh at UN


U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a stinging rebuke to China’s trade practices on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, saying he would not accept a “bad deal” in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Four days after deputy U.S. and Chinese negotiators held inconclusive talks in Washington, Trump’s remarks were anything but conciliatory and emphasized the need … Continue reading

Protesters call on Trump to ‘liberate’ Hong Kong as violent clashes continue


Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urged U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district as police fired tear gas after protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic. Demonstrators flooded … Continue reading

China refutes Trump’s claim it’s the source of fentanyl in the U.S.


China said Tuesday that it’s not the source of the fentanyl that’s killing Americans, contrary to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent tweets blaming China for the drug deaths. At a briefing for the National Narcotics Control Commission, China reiterated that it is making extensive efforts toward controlling the synthetic opioid and should not be labeled … Continue reading

Donald Trump scolds General Motors for moving plants to China after bailout


President Donald Trump scolded General Motors on Friday for shifting car production to China, despite getting a taxpayer bailout. “They moved major plants to China, BEFORE I CAME INTO OFFICE,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “This was done despite the saving help given them by the USA. Now they should start moving back to America again?” … Continue reading

Aides admit Trump was lying about those “phone calls” with China


At last week’s G7 summit in Biarritz, Donald Trump gave an entire network of world leaders whiplash when he declared, contrary to weeks of threats, that not only did the Chinese seem amenable to a trade deal, but that he’d actually heard from Beijing’s top officials that very week. “China called last night our top … Continue reading

Trump says China has blinked in trade war – talks on again


President Donald Trump said Monday that China called to say it wants to go back to the bargaining table and restart trade talks with the United States. Trump says Chinese officials called Washington to urge a return to negotiations after an impasse provoked stock market chaos last week, USA Today reported Monday. The president was … Continue reading

US Republicans look to punish Chinese leaders over Hong Kong crackdown


Trump hasn’t rushed to condemn China, but behind the scenes, senior administration officials and lawmakers are brainstorming ways to punish China for the clampdown in Hong Kong. President Donald Trump hasn’t exactly gone after China’s chiefs for cracking down on protesters in Hong Kong. Trump said earlier this month that he wanted to see the … Continue reading

Trump and Europe must make up and work together to confront China


The clear imperative for the Western world to come together and confront China’s rising internal repression and external economic aggression should have been enough to overshadow any differences between strained allies at this weekend’s Group of 7 meetings. But no such luck. The members of the G-7 — which includes the United States, France, Britain, … Continue reading

White House insists Trump has authority to block American companies from doing business in China


White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow asserted President Trump’s threat to block trade between private Americans businesses and China, saying he has “emergency economic power authority” to do so. “Do you believe that the president does have the authority to block private businesses from investing in China?” CBS News’ Margaret Brennan asked Kudlow on “Face the … Continue reading

China-Japan relations won’t be altered by Trump’s ridiculous ‘unfair military alliance’ remark


Tokyo (and probably the whole world) was shocked when Bloomberg News reported on June 25 that: “President Donald Trump has recently mused to confidants about withdrawing from a longstanding defense treaty with Japan, according to three people familiar with the matter, in his latest complaint about what he sees as unfair U.S. security pacts… “… … Continue reading

China’s top negotiator underperformed his job in the China-US trade talk


Liu He, China’s Vice Premier and the top negotiator for the current China-US trade talk, did not do his job good enough as he either said too much yes during the face-to-face talks, or significantly underestimated the ultimate terms, including the last-minute requests, demanded by the Trump administration. As I said last year, Trump could … Continue reading

China in deeper trouble if Trump not granted Nobel Peace Prize


U.S. President Donald Trump wants the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian committee would owe him this honor if the Trump administration could really complete a denuclearization deal with North Korea. According to a Feb 19 Reuters news, Trump does not need Prime Minister Abe’s nomination, he “has already been nominated by two Norwegian lawmakers. ‘We … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 3, 2018


Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen apologizing after a mid-term defeat at the provincial level will not demonstrate strength on her part, but she shows respect and stability in maintaining her appointees and policy toward China. Having not stood her ground on information about proposal that would have set Taiwan’s team name at the Olympics in Japan … Continue reading

Beijing joins the ‘Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit is Yalta 2.0’ Debate


An AFP article published on July 1 is probably the first one comparing the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit to the 1945 Yalta Conference where President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin agreed on certain post-WWII arrangements among themselves personally. Since then, a series of comments went on to argue that the … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, July 9, 2018


China is reaching out to the world. It doesn’t want tariffs imposed by the US. President Xi Jinping likely feels betrayed by the man who was so kind to him previously, President of the United States Donald Trump. The Western press will of course paint China and Trump as the villains—each in their different sectors—while … Continue reading

How China may benefit from Trump’s pullout from the Iran deal


Almost all the leading mainstream media across the Atlantic Ocean express worries about the U.S.-Europe ties after President Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8. The influential der Spiegel of Germany says “Trump strikes a deep blow to Trans-Atlantic ties”. The Observer editorial at the Guardian talks about “Europe’s duty … Continue reading

‘China Threat’ helps make Trump a great president


Further to the Pew Research’s 2014 finding that “…The ‘China threat’ in particular looms large in many American minds”, a new study finds that “trade and China”, alongside “immigration”, carried heavy weight in having Donald Trump elected as the President in 2016. The research paper approved on March 26, 2018 by the Proceedings of the … Continue reading

China again threatening to invade Philippines island of Pagasa


It appears that China, emboldened by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s kowtowing to China, is once again planning to invade the Philippines island of Pagasa. China’s plans to invade Pagasa, known as Zhongye by the Chinese, were first revealed in a world exclusive by China Daily Mail in January 2014. This led to representations by the … Continue reading

The coming China-Korea Reintegration


Trump confirmed personally that he would be meeting Kim Jong-un in May or early June. As I have said many times in the past three years, the United States has “no other choice but talk”. Therefore, it was Pyongyang to determine ‘when’, that is, after the nuclear and long-range missile tests have reached certain functional … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 12, 2018


As talks between Kim and Trump march forward, China is resigned to the new situation at its eastern border and is focusing on other areas, specifically trade. In truth, China’s main trade opponent is not the US, but Vietnam. Vietnam’s main edge in trade will be that it is less expensive. Vietnam is, in many … Continue reading

China is number one on Eurasia Group’s 2018 list of geopolitical risks


Eurasia Group, which was founded by Ian Bremmer in 1998 with a new and subsequently influential concept of “Global Political Risk Index” (GPRI) for the financial market, puts “China loves a vacuum” as the top risk for 2018. It says that when “China is setting international standards with less resistance than ever before … in … Continue reading

Israelis, Palestinians to attend forum in Beijing after Trump’s Jerusalem recognition


It is undeniably painful to the Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular for facing the cruel reality that the Trump administration officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. However, despite the high profile protests raised by President Erdogan of Turkey at the summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Dec 13, and … Continue reading

China appreciates Tillerson’s “Four Nos” on North Korea


“We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek a collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel,” U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson said on August 1. He got a feedback from … Continue reading

WSJ video shows Chinese students abroad don’t return home with western democracy


It has long been a puzzle why so many mainland Chinese students, after a number of years of living and studying in the Western countries, do not push for democratization after they have returned home. Some scholars even suggested that perhaps there were Chinese spies everywhere watching these students here and there overseas. In the … Continue reading

China supports two-state solution to settle the Palestinian issue


Standing next to the visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing, Xi Jinping states clearly that China supports the two-state solution which is in line with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. It is the loudest rebuttal to certain analysts’ ill-motivated question on China’s stand on and on for many years. Having said that, … Continue reading

China, Germany step up as U.S. retires from world leadership


The U.S. traditionally takes point in the search for common approaches to the big global issues of the day at G-20 summits. Not this time. When world leaders meet in Hamburg on Friday, China and Germany will move in to usurp the U.S.’s role. The U.S. traditionally takes point in the search for common approaches … Continue reading

Trump acting as a spokesman for China’s non-interference policy


U.S. President Donald Trump seems acting as a spokesman for China’s long-term non-interference foreign policy that even in the case of North Korea, Beijing refrains from exercising its power and influence to alter another sovereign state’s foreign policy forcefully. Who else can help China better to make all other Third World countries believe that Beijing … Continue reading

Germany warns that liberal world order would end if US cedes leadership to China and Russia


Germany’s veteran finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, urged the U.S. to limit Russian and Chinese influence or risk bringing about “the end of our liberal world order.” The comments by Schaeuble, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet since she took office in 2005, are one of the strongest expressions of concern among European policy makers … Continue reading

China leaves the U.S. no other choice but ‘talk’ for Korea


Had Pyongyang really possessed nuclear warheads, no president of the United States, anyone, whoever, would dare to put the lives of his soldiers in South Korea (28,500) and Japan (54,000) at risk. The THADD missile defense system is not a 100% guarantee. By that time, the serving American president has only one option, namely, break … Continue reading

China marks South China Sea claims with coast guard, marine militias


China’s growing use of non-conventional means to assert control over the South China Sea is raising concerns among neighboring countries and regional military planners. Analysts say that in “front line” flash points in the vast waterway, Beijing is deploying coast guard ships and armed fishing vessels instead of its regular navy vessels. China claims sovereignty … Continue reading

China’s most famous foreigner Mark Rowswell


Mark Rowswell liked to tell his Chinese audience a joke that when he showed his father his Chinese name 路士伟 , his Dad said, “it looks good, but … what are the plus and minus signs in the middle for?” Rowswell is a Canadian and began learning some basic Chinese at the age of 19. … Continue reading

China is trying to reshape the world In China’s image


China is one of the few countries in the world today with money to spend, and Xi Jinping is ready to write some cheques. China’s president will host almost 30 world leaders in Beijing on Sunday at the first Belt and Road Forum, the centerpiece of a soft-power push backed by hundreds of billions of … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, May 1, 2017


The news would have us think that China’s reverse-engineered copy of a Soviet-made diesel aircraft carrier is nuclear-powered and in full commission. It’s not. It’s simply being towed from one construction site to another. But, it is another milestone step in progress and the West needs to pay close attention. With all the excitement over … Continue reading

Soup dumplings and the so-called clash of civilizations


A London restaurant released a video clip to promote its dumplings Xiao Long Bao — a small one-bite steamed dumplings with hot soup inside. However, it generated angry reaction as “In the clip, people can be seen viciously bursting the defenceless dumplings with chopsticks, letting the delicious soup leak out into a row!” Many viewers … Continue reading

China could accept US strike on North Korea as prelude to Chinese occupation


A Chinese state-run newspaper said Saturday that China would not engage militarily if the US conducted a surgical strike on North Korea’s nuclear facility, noting it would only resort to diplomatic channels to oppose such a move. Beijing’s position was stated in an editorial in the state-run Global Times, a tabloid controlled by China’s Communist Party. … Continue reading

Drafting peace in the Pacific


We no longer live in a world without alliances. Yes, individual nations retain sovereignty within their borders. However, the days are over when a single nation will boss and police an entire region alone. One nation can no longer take out an “enemy” in another nation as the “lone ranger”. Any nation that tries will … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 10, 2017


Xi Jinping’s poker face waned. He’s not happy, though the reasons elude most Western readers. Though not democratic, Xi is a politician. He must balance wisdom with pleasing the veiled powers that overshadow the goings on of China. Those powers won’t hesitate to give the ax to any leader who fails to deliver on their … Continue reading

China have fished their waters dry, so now raiding other nations’ seas


The growth of China’s middle class over the past 15 years or so has driven up demand for all sorts of luxury goods in the country. For example, there’s been a growing interest in high-quality seafood—which comes at a most inopportune time. Efforts to boost China’s marine economy in recent decades, including offshore drilling and … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 3, 2017


China continues an uphill battle with the Western media. Sunflower students were cleared of all charges in their occupation of their nation’s legislature three years ago, almost to the day. Joined by leaders Lin and Chen, Joshua Wong from Hong Kong’s Umbrella movement urged the release of a Taiwanese college instructor, Lee Ming-che, from China’s … Continue reading

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