On China and North Korea, let Trump be Trump

Kim Jong Un’s announced new weapons test and his ultimatum to Washington to strike a deal before the year is out reinforce the urgent need for President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel ‘inappropriate’ press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release ‘lightly redacted’ version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of ‘unprecedented steps’ to ‘spin’ Mueller report MORE to return to the clear-eyed positions he took on issues involving China and North Korea during the campaign and as president-elect. In his run for the…

Ivanka Trump says she passed on offer from the president to run the World Bank: “He did ask me”

Ivanka Trump revealed in a recent interview that her father had considered appointing her to a job at the World Bank. “He did ask me about that, but I love the work that I am doing,” Trump told the Associated Press (AP), adding that “myself and Secretary Mnuchin, we oversaw the process of selecting the final candidate and bringing multiple candidates to the president ultimately for him to make the final decision.” “We had a strong preference, David Melpass was unanimously confirmed, and he’s going to do an unbelievable job.…

China and Japan inch closer for insurance against Hurricane Trump

TOKYO — Winter is over for the Sino-Japanese relationship, as ties warm by the day. Earlier this week, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi greeted his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, in Beijing with a broad smile, something he had not previously flashed to Japanese officials. China had maintained a hard line on Japan since September 2012, when a wave of anti-Japanese demonstrations swept the country. Beside Wang was “Japan hand” Kong Xuanyou, the vice foreign minister soon to arrive in Tokyo to serve as ambassador. The rapid rapprochement…

Trump Designates Iran as Head of the Terrorist Snake

Last week, I wrote to you about how Algeria could explode. This week, the timer has ticked closer to zero. North Africa is smoldering. An eruption anywhere in this region could set off a chain reaction igniting a landmass larger than the United States. A stream of migrants from one conflict zone could destabilize the next country over. The collapse of a government could give terrorists free rein to set up bases and carry on the fight in surrounding countries. Sitting on top of this time bomb is Europe. The…

World War 3: Trump SNUBS China’s navy invitation as relations with US sour | World | News

Whilst Washington will not mark the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy later this month, Japan and South Korea are expected to send vessels and officials. The US Embassy in Beijing’s defence attache office will instead represent the US at the fleet review on April 22. Pentagon spokesman Lt Col Dave Eastburn said: “The US government seeks a bilateral relationship that is results oriented and focused on risk reduction.” In an interview for the Japan Times he added: “The US Navy will continue to pursue its primary goal of…

Trump Administration to Snub China Navy 70th Anniversary Commemorations

In an act of diplomatic shade, the administration of US President Donald Trump will not send senior members of the America’s military or any of its warships to April events commemorating the upcoming 70th anniversary of the creation of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Many other countries, including long-term US allies South Korea and Japan, however, are scheduled to honor the occasion by sending high-ranking officials and vessels, according to the Japan Times. In a Friday statement from Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, the defense attache office in the US Embassy in Beijing will…

Trump: US-China trade deal could be reached in weeks – UNTV News

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte, Pag-asa Island and Chinese President Xi Jinping MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has told China to back off from the Pag-asa Island amid reports that hundreds of Chinese vessels have “swarmed” the island, also known as Thitu, in the West Philippine Sea. Speaking at PDP-Laban’s campaign rally in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Thursday night, Duterte said he will not allow China to occupy Pag-asa Island, which has long been held by Manila. “I assure you, unless China wants a war with us, eh ‘di…

Trump owes his ‘friend’ Xi a tough-love message

President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpColbert mocks Trump for ‘oranges’ gaffe Dem wins Trump district in swing-state Pennsylvania Trump says health care plan will be first vote after 2020 election MORE needs to give Xi Jinping a tough-love message when they next meet at Mar-a-Lago, or perhaps in a quasi-affectionate letter such as the ones he exchanges with Kim Jong Un. He would address him as President Xi, rather than using one of his Communist Party titles, because Chinese leaders seem to prefer the Western usage. It carries an aura associated…

World War 3: Trump US sends Marines to South China Sea island in warning to Beijing | World | News

Revisiting a strategy used in World War Two, the US Marines have been deployed in order to practise their tactic of taking small islands in the region. Deployed on the Japanese island of Iejima, the Marines captured an airfield as they practised their tactic of “securing advanced footholds”. Although the exercise was not an outward show of aggression towards Beijing, US Marine Corps General, Joseph Dunford admitted that it was essential that the US shows its dominance against Asian power. General Dunford said: “It is critical for us to be…