Hanoi Is Happy Cozying Up to Trump – Foreign Policy

As the world waits to see if U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un make any headway at next week’s summit in Hanoi, the hosts see a diplomatic coup of their own. Vietnam, among the world’s poorest pariah states only three decades ago, is a keen host of this most delicate of bilateral negotiations. Summits are not cheap, with Singapore estimating that the last one between Trump and Kim cost it around $12 million. They are also inconvenient, as roads close and security protocols interrupt daily…

‘Don’t poke China but keep it guessing’: Trump insider spells out US strategy, World News

There is scope for Beijing and Washington to build a cooperative relationship but the US has to keep China on edge, according to a top adviser to US President Donald Trump. Michael Pillsbury, director of the Centre for Chinese Strategy with conservative think tank the Hudson Institute, said Trump had no intention of branding China an “enemy”, but regarded it as a competitor that had to be checked and counterbalanced, and an “unpredictable” US was the way to do that. Pillsbury, described by Trump as the “leading authority on China”,…

World War 3: South China Sea confrontation as Donald Trump sending in US warships | World | News

The visit, which took place last Monday, was made by guided missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble. American warships have been conducting so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ patrols through the South China Sea in defiance of Beijing. Admiral Phil Davidson told the US Senate Armed Services Committee that China is seeking to dominate the region adding the country is “our greatest long-term strategic threat” rather than North Korea. He commented: “Through fear and coercion, Beijing is working to expand its form of ideology in order to bend, break and replace…

Vietnamese Intellectuals Call On Trump For Support in South China Sea Dispute

A group of 100 Vietnamese intellectuals and activists penned a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump urging him to help thwart China’s gradual takeover of the South China Sea, where Hanoi and Beijing are embroiled in maritime territorial disputes. In an appeal launched as Trump prepares to meet next week in Hanoi, Vietnam, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the group praised recent tough speeches about China by Trump administration officials and called for U.S. support in the dispute over islands and reefs. “China as an aggressive and unfettered ambitious…

States sue Trump over ‘crisis’; The world’s fastest hackers; Russian missile hoax?; Cyber attacks on Australia’s elections; And a bit more.

16 states sue Trump over emergency, border funds. “Contrary to the will of Congress, the president has used the pretext of a manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated for drug interdiction, military construction and law enforcement initiatives toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border,” says the suit, California et al. v. Trump et al, filed in the wake of President Trump’s Friday declaration that his inability to persuade Congress to give him money to begin extending barriers along the…

VIETNAM Vietnamese write to Trump asking for help against Chinese expansionism

The second summit between US president and Kim Jong-un is set for 27-28 February in Hanoi. The North Korean leader will arrive in Vietnam next Monday and will meet Vietnamese President and Communist Party leader Nguyễn Phú Trọng. Vietnam is committed to greater cooperation with North Korea and supports peace efforts in the Korean Peninsula. Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Vietnamese at home and abroad are signing a letter to be sent to Trump, warning against the threat of Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea. They hope that the second summit…

How Trump And Kim Jong Un Could Boost Vietnam’s Energy Sector

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Tuesday that the choice of Vietnam as the location for this month’s meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un show’s that the Southeast Asian country is headed in the right direction. Last week, Trump announced that the meeting would be held in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam on Feb. 27 and 28. “This important event has shown that Vietnam’s investment environment is good, that Vietnam’s development model is going in a right direction and especially that…

Trump adviser John Bolton to conduct pre-election visit to Australia

  Trump adviser John Bolton to conduct pre-election visit to Australia By Mike Head 18 February 2019 US National Security Adviser John Bolton, one of the Trump administration’s most aggressive advocates of wars and regime-change interventions, is expected to travel to Australia on the eve of the federal election that is expected to take place in May. Bolton will arrive in the midst of a gathering political crisis, with the faction-wracked Liberal-National Coalition government having lost control of parliament, accompanied by intense popular hostility toward the entire establishment. The visit…

Trump should ‘just say no’ to China trade deal

Many signs point to a trade deal of sorts with China coming together.  Top U.S. negotiators left Beijing on Friday without an agreement but both sides claimed progress and announced they will meet again next week in Washington.  Wall Street cheered the news. But there is still ample reason to be skeptical that China is serious about reform. The talks are the latest product of pressure President Trump has applied to China since taking office.  Last March, his top trade representative found that China systematically steals U.S. technology through unfair…

Lawrence Solomon: The strategy behind Trump flattering China and praising Kim Jong Un

“North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse,” President Donald Trump tweeted last week, in advance of his denuclearization talks with Kim later this month. “He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is.” Trump’s praise for the North Korean dictator — and hopes for a breakthrough in negotiating peace — won’t surprise his detractors, either. “Kim Jong Un has become yet another authoritarian ruler that Trump simply can’t resist…