Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald John Trump, born June 14, 1946, became the 45th President of the United States in 2017, after he defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the general election of 2016. He was preceded by Ba

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Buddha Trump popular for making Chinese companies great again
Donald Trump may have lost the presidential race in the United States but he is still the king of business – in China. Just months after leaving the Oval Office in Washington, “the orange one” is finding new fame as a star of e-commerce. A caricature of the former president dressed in a robe and sitting cross-legged in a Zen pose carrying the logo, “Make Your Company Great Again,” has become the latest hot-seller on China’s largest e-commerce platform, Taobao. Shoppers are snapping up the statue, which sells for as much as US$153 in several online shops. “Does it really work if I place it at home?” one potential buyer asked in a post on one e-shop’s website. Some shops described the statue
Trump hands Biden a headache with ban on Chinese tech companies
US President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps, including Alipay and WeChat Pay, this week, the latest escalation of the US-China tech war.  But it will be a problem the incoming Biden administration will need to manage, analysts said, and it remains unclear if he plans to implement the order, meant to take effect in 45 days. Trump should have left the presidency by then. The latest executive order from the White House cited national security concerns, saying the Chinese programs could provide the personal data of American citizens to the Chinese government.  The ban will likely only have a limited impact on the companies because of their li
Trump has put spotlight on pardons. How does it work in China? 
In his final weeks in office, US President Donald Trump has issued a wave of controversial pardons to family members, close allies and Blackwater guards who killed Iraqi civilians.  United Nations experts said the pardon of four Blackwater contractors violated international laws that obligate countries to hold their war criminals accountable for their crimes.  But controversial presidential pardons are hardly unique for outgoing presidents. US President Bill Clinton pardoned 176 people on his final day in office in 2001, including his brother. He received harsh blowback for the decision.  President George W. Bush appears to have learned from Clinton’s experience and issued a limited number o
Move aside KFC, Chinese fried food fit for a president
During his time in office, US President Donald Trump drummed up news at such a volume that individual moments that would otherwise define any other presidency were lost in the avalanche.   One such moment was when the Clemson Tigers college football team, fresh off their national championship, was served fast food in the form of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King during their White House visit.  The photos went viral because it highlighted the government shutdown at the time, but it also seemed to have been a good decision. It was also a reminder that Donald Trump may enjoy fast food more than any other president gracing the oval office.  Trump is also famously partial to KFC, which is som
Asia greets tight US election with a giant shrug
The close US election, with the twists and turns involved in the vote-counting process – as well as seeming rival claims of victory – was a messy outcome anticipated by the region’s investors and political punditry. Speaking to South China Morning Post reporters across Asia, observers and analysts said a rising stock market on Wednesday and Thursday reflected the distinct lack of panic in the region. Still, there remained some anxiety about the knock-on effects for security in flashpoint regions such as the Taiwan Strait and the Korean peninsula if Washington remains distracted with internal politics for an extended period. As of press time, the outcome was being decided based on the final
How everyday Chinese people saw the US election
With several key states across the US still counting votes, the 2020 US presidential election remained undecided when Inkstone went to press on Wednesday evening in Asia.  Sitting president Donald Trump expressed confidence that he would win during a late-night press conference, citing advantages in key swing states. Democratic Party challenger Joe Biden told a crowd in Delaware that he believes “we’re on track to win this election” as millions of votes remain to be counted.   The US election is closely watched worldwide, as the outcome has ripple effects that stretch beyond its borders. In China, people have found it “exciting” and “entertaining” to watch the democratic process unfold, desp
A fugitive tycoon is accused of a US presidential election misinformation campaign
In the run-up to the US presidential election, Chinese fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui is being accused of helping to promote unverified claims linking Democratic candidate Joe Biden to China.  Guo is most famous for making incendiary accusations against Beijing, fleeing China and finding sanctuary in the US.  The amplification of stories about Biden’s son Hunter and his alleged business ties to China was part of coordinated and sophisticated attempts to interfere with Tuesday’s US election, according to John Pan, a former collaborator with Guo, who is based in Australia. “Guo’s intention is to interfere with the US election,” Pan told the South China Morning Post in an interview. “He may not be
‘Shy Trump voters' may prove decisive in 2020
US President Donald Trump stirred controversy on Sunday when he tweeted out a video of a fleet of trucks, flying Trump flags, apparently harassing a campaign bus for the campaign of candidate Joe Biden.  This political brashness has manifested itself in the US with Trump boat parties, sales of memorabilia far outstripping Biden gear and political rallies that are attended by thousands despite the country being the global center of the coronavirus pandemic.  But these people are unlikely to worry Biden supporters. They have already been “priced in” as the core of Trump’s base.  The unknowable potential voter block is the “shy Trump supporter”: those who are traditionally apolitical but have f
China is contentious topic for US Senate and Congress candidates
In the 2020 US election, China has become an issue not just in the presidential race but also at the state and local levels. As President Donald Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden have sparred over who would be tougher against Beijing, candidates up and down the ballot have campaigned on concerns about China and Chinese influence. From Trump strongholds Montana and Georgia to swing states like Florida and Pennsylvania, candidates have sought to one-up their opponents with talking points such as Beijing’s culpability in the coronavirus pandemic, the US trade imbalance with China, and Chinese influence and interference in the United States. Montana In Montana, one issue is just how stro
Why China’s liberals like Trump
On the night of April 25, 2012, a bright yellow phone in Hillary Clinton’s home in northwest Washington rang. An urgent crisis was unfolding in the streets of Beijing, the former secretary of state learned on the secure call, and she had to act fast. In a move that risked angering China, she authorized an operation to pick up a Chinese dissident and shelter him in the US embassy. “Go get him,” Hillary recalled telling her staff in her 2014 memoir. The decision, she wrote, demonstrated America as a “beacon of freedom and opportunity.” Eight years later, on August 26, Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese rights activist whom the Obama administration eventually helped escape to America, spoke at the Re