Twitter knocks Trump for ‘glorifying violence’ with tweet; COVID testing rises but not enough; Navy’s Pacific FONOP; A boon for disinfo bots; And a bit more.

President Trump threatened to send the National Guard to Minnesota in a tweet just before 1 a.m. this morning. An hour and 12 minutes before that, the Minnesota National Guard confirmed in its own tweet that 500 of its soldiers had already been ordered up by Gov. Tim Walz that very evening. It was an admittedly chaotic evening for Minneapolis (more on that below); but it was the president’s next tweet that raised even more eyebrows. In a new first, Twitter added a “glorifying violence” warning to a Trump tweet. The…

Trump intrudes in China-India border standoff

  Trump intrudes in China-India border standoff By Keith Jones 29 May 2020 US President Donald Trump intruded into the tense border standoff between China and India Wednesday with a spurious offer to mediate and even “arbitrate” “their now raging border dispute.” Announced in a tweet, Trump’s “offer” was a provocation meant to signal to Beijing that Washington is involving itself ever more directly in Sino-Indian relations, and doing so as part of an across-the-board ratcheting up of its strategic offensive against China. Hundreds of Chinese and Indian troops are…

Donald Trump mediation offer: Will troubled beast of east China see reason?

It is safe to estimate that US President Donald Trump is not diplomatic in his diplomacy, which he often expounds bluntly on Twitter. In one of his latest tweets, Trump offered to mediate or arbitrate between India and China. India is now experienced in shrugging off his mediation offers. It is definitely new for China, a country that has been on the target of Trump over a range of issues – trade, strategic defence and now coronavirus pandemic. Trump even called it China virus. Trump may already know that India…

President Trump offers to ”mediate or arbitrate” between India and China to ease border standoff

By Lalit K Jha (Eds: Updating with more inputs) Washington/New Delhi, May 27 (PTI) In a surprise move, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered to “mediate or arbitrate” the raging border dispute between India and China, saying he was “ready, willing and able” to ease the tensions, amid the continuing standoff between the armies of the two Asian giants. Trump previously offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, a proposal firmly rejected by New Delhi which maintains that there is no role for any third…

Opinion | Trump Is Playing the China Card. Who Believes Him?

There is a long history of American presidential candidates using China as a campaign cudgel — from Bill Clinton blasting President George H.W. Bush in 1992 for dealing with a Chinese premier known as the “Butcher of Beijing” to Donald Trump’s 2016 attack that the Obama administration had allowed China to “rape” the United States while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. This election year, China-bashing will reach a new level, as Mr. Trump seeks to capitalize on high voter disapproval of China, Beijing’s failure to contain the coronavirus and…

Trump backs Aust push for COVID-19 probe | The Grenfell Record

Donald Trump has enthusiastically told his 80 million Twitter followers he is behind the Australian-backed push for an independent COVID-19 inquiry. The US president retweeted an AAP Newswire/SBS story on Monday detailing how 116 countries are supporting the probe. “We are with them!” the president wrote above a link to the story. Trump’s tweet will likely add to rising tensions between the US and China. China is slapping punitive tariffs of more than 80 per cent on Australian barley imports. The tariffs come one week after China imposed a ban…

Trump backs Aust push for COVID-19 probe | Crookwell Gazette

Donald Trump has enthusiastically told his 80 million Twitter followers he is behind the Australian-backed push for an independent COVID-19 inquiry. The US president retweeted an AAP Newswire/SBS story on Monday detailing how 116 countries are supporting the probe. “We are with them!” the president wrote above a link to the story. Trump’s tweet will likely add to rising tensions between the US and China. China is slapping punitive tariffs of more than 80 per cent on Australian barley imports. The tariffs come one week after China imposed a ban…

US vs China: Trump pulls Taiwan stunt in dangerous game of chicken with Beijing | World | News

The move is likely to anger China’s President Xi Jinping, coming as it does just one week before Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen‘s inauguration for a second term in office, and given the fact China claims the disputed island as part of its territory. In a statement issued on its Facebook page, the US Pacific Fleet said the USS McCampbell had passed through the narrow strait yesterday, showing pictures of the ship under way. Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said the ship had sailed south on what it called an “ordinary mission”, and…

Trump, Abe must reinvest in China deterrence

Recent weeks have seen China engaging in various illegal maritime incursions and other aggressive behavior toward Vietnam, Japan and other Indo-Pacific states. These unsettling series of actions by Chinese naval, coast guard and maritime militia vessels are a deliberate attempt to test the resolve of the US, Japan and the broader region at a time when governments are distracted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Indo-Pacific region mustn’t wait for a convenient time to respond to Beijing’s unlawful assertions of territorial sovereignty. While the challenges posed by Covid-19 have occupied every leader’s waking hours and will require…