Angry US-China rivalry intensifies despite Trump talk with Xi Jinping

President Trump has enraged the Chinese Communist Party by signing legislation Thursday that will help American diplomats fight Beijing’s attempts to isolate Taiwan, a sign that antagonism between China and the United States continues to ramp up. “We strongly urge the US to correct its mistake, refrain from implementing this act and obstructing other countries’ pursuit of relations with China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday. “Otherwise, it will be met with resolute countermeasure from the Chinese side.” Trump signed the bill into law on the very same…

Trump pledges to work with China’s Xi Jinping to fight coronavirus

President Trump announced Friday that he and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have pledged  to cooperate in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe. “Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet,” Trump said on Twitter early Friday. “China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!” added Trump, who notably refrained from referring to COVID-19 as the “China…

Donald Trump as Winston Churchill?

“In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.” — Winston Churchill President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea asking for aid, while denying any coronavirus cases: report Iranian official maintains Tehran has ‘no knowledge’ of American hostage’s whereabouts Unemployment claims surge to 3.2 million as coronavirus devastates economy MORE says America is fighting a war on “an invisible enemy — the war is against the virus, that’s the war.” He sees himself as “a wartime president,” implicitly invoking the image of Franklin Roosevelt during World War II or…

Will the Philippine-US military alliance survive Duterte and Trump?

MANILA — In mid-March, Philippine and American military officials met at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila to confront the biggest question currently facing their alliance: What to do after Aug. 9? The date marks the official termination of their Visiting Forces Agreement, 180 days after Manila served the notice of repeal to its lone mutual-defense treaty ally. “The unilateral abrogation of the VFA has triggered a major crisis in the alliance,” said Renato De Castro, a regional security expert and professor at De La Salle University in Manila, during a recent…

6 Asian states favor US over China, Trump less popular: poll

In this Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, the Chinese and U.S. national flags are raised in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Kyodo) TOKYO (Kyodo) — People in Japan and five other Indo-Pacific countries expressed favorable views of the United States over China, but such views do not generally extend to U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a recent survey by a U.S. research group. According to the Pew Research Center survey, 68 percent of respondents in Japan had a favorable opinion of the United…

Former Obama official attacks Trump administration over Navy readiness

Tommy Vietor has previously defended Qassem Soleimani. On Wednesday, Vietor joined that inauspicious record to a provision of masterful hypocrisy. The former chief spokesperson for President Barack Obama’s National Security Council did so with this tweet. I’m sorry, but any former Obama national security official who criticizes others about force readiness is not being very honest. By withholding defense spending as leverage for even higher domestic spending, the Obama administration hollowed out the military during its second term. Officials like Vietor didn’t just preside over greatly reduced force readiness, they…

Trump administration considering doing away with America’s male-only draft system

As America gears up for possible military confrontations in the Middle East and South China Sea, the Trump Administration is considering doing away with the country’s all-male draft system.  Back in 1981, the Supreme Court ruled the male-only draft is constitutional, and it’s been in place ever since. Every year, millions of American men turn 18 and fill out their Selective Service card; it’s become something of a rite of passage.  But women are playing a greater role in today’s military, including serving in combat units since 2015. Now the…

Trump and Modi Don’t Shape U.S.-India Ties Alone

When it comes to pure political theater, few can match Donald Trump and Narendra Modi. But during their recent encounter in New Delhi, the U.S. president and Indian prime minister were upstaged by the avoidable tragedy unfolding across town. In the Indian capital’s worst communal violence in decades, clashes between Hindus and Muslims left over 50 people dead and injured more than 200. At least some local police, who fall under federal jurisdiction, failed to protect residents or even incited rioters. The calamity thrust upon the U.S. president a difficult test of how to react while…

To understand Trump, Putin and Erdogan, read this Greek classic

US president Donald Trump with Russian president Vladimir Putin during the Helsinki summit, July 2018 | Commons Text Size: A- A+ In 416 BCE a mighty army from Athens, the superpower of the day, showed up on the small and neutral island of Melos in the Aegean Sea. The Athenians told the Melians to submit and pay tribute or be obliterated. Stunned, the Melians appealed to morality, justice, law, even the gods. There’s been a misunderstanding, the Athenians replied: You simply have a choice between doing as…

A Biden presidency could not turn back the clock on Trump

Just after the 2016 election of US President Donald Trump, a Harvard professor remarked to me: “I think the US can survive four years of Trump. Eight years and we’ll really be in trouble.” Now with the emergence of Joe Biden as the probable Democratic candidate to run against Mr Trump in November — and the political and economic confusion caused by coronavirus — the Democrats are daring to hope that Mr Trump will indeed be gone by January. If that were to happen, many would echo Gerald Ford, who…