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Donald Trump

Donald John Trump, born June 14, 1946, was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, after he defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the general election of 201

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US presidential election: China, Trump and red lines on Taiwan
For Beijing, there is one very clear red line on Taiwan. If the self-ruled island moves toward independence, Beijing has said that it would be justified in “reunifying” Taiwan with the mainland by force, a position it spelt out 15 years ago in its Anti-Secession Law. Despite dramatic lows and opposing stands in their relationship, both sides of the Taiwan Strait have so far managed to avoid crossing that line and engaging in a direct confrontation. But in the last few months, in the lead-up to the US presidential election, Washington has tried to capitalize on anti-China sentiment by offering strong support for the island. Beijing has branded the actions “US provocations” and promised to def
America’s ‘old friend of the Chinese people’ is stepping down
The United States ambassador to China is stepping down amid a spiraling rivalry between the world’s two largest economies, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated on Twitter. If confirmed, the departure of Terry Branstad, whom Beijing once billed as “an old friend of the Chinese people,” would deal another blow to the deeply fraught US-China relationship amid fears of the Cold War-style confrontation, analysts said. “I thank Ambassador Terry Branstad for his more than three years of service to the American people as US Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China,” Pompeo tweeted overnight. “President Trump chose Ambassador Branstad because his decades long experience dealing with China mad
Who does China want to be the next US president?
While Joe Biden’s campaign is pitching American voters a “return to normalcy” after the Trump era, few expect the same when it comes to US- China relations. While the former vice-president is currently ahead in the polls, many pundits expect the race to tighten. China is likely to become one of the key foreign policy areas where the two candidates look to gain an edge by exploiting their rival’s perceived vulnerabilities. Both Donald Trump and Biden once bragged about their connection to Chinese President Xi Jinping, but have markedly shifted their stance in the past few months, sparring fiercely over who will be tougher on the Communist Party. With the future hanging in the balance, Beijing
US-China military clash is possible before presidential vote, says ex-Australia PM
The former Australian prime minister has warned of the growing risk of military conflict between China and the United States amid rising nationalism in both countries in the run-up to the US presidential election. Kevin Rudd, who led Australia from 2007 to 2010 and again for three months in 2013, said on Thursday that a build-up of Chinese and US forces in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait raised the possibility of a “conflict through miscalculation and escalation” ahead of the November 3 vote. “There’s a real danger that with a collapsing diplomatic relationship ... if you have an incident of a ship colliding with another ship, an aircraft colliding with another aircraft … then you have
News or propaganda? Not all media outlets in China are created equal
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Explains unravels the ideas and context behind the headlines to help you understand news about China. In response to growing worries in the US over foreign meddling in elections, American social media companies have taken upon themselves to identify accounts run by foreign governments. YouTube in 2018 began adding labels to state-owned media. Facebook followed suit several months before the 2020 presidential elections, while Twitter has taken the extra step of limiting the spread of posts made by outlets and people affiliated with a foreign government. But blanket labeling of Chinese media as “state-affiliated,” as Twitter does, glosses over the important
TikTok’s challenge to Trump will not be easy
Many analysts think TikTok is unlikely to win its challenge to Donald Trump’s order banning the popular video-sharing app if it does not sell to a US company. The US president signed an executive order on August 6 banning TikTok within 45 days unless it is sold to US owners, citing national security concerns. Trump made the order under a 1977 law that lets the president block transactions and seize assets in response to an “unusual and extraordinary threat.” Trump issued another order a week later giving ByteDance, its Chinese owner, 90 days to divest its US operations, including all data gathered in the United States. The lawsuit, to be filed by TikTok on Monday, challenges the August 6 ex
Joe Biden vows to end US reliance on Chinese medical equipment
American Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday vowed to end the United States’ reliance on China and other countries for medical equipment should he be elected. The outcome of the November election could alter the future of US-China relations, which have deteriorated under the Trump administration, although analysts say Washington’s skepticism of Beijing will likely continue under a Biden presidency. Biden also accused President Donald Trump of failing to acknowledge the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic and putting his own interests before those of the American people. Addressing the Democratic Party convention to formally accept his nomination, Biden accused Trump of “coz
Don’t expect US-China relations to improve under a President Biden
As the US heads toward its November elections, Republicans and Democrats are pitching two distinct visions of America. Except when it comes to China. The proposed 90-page Democratic Party platform contains passages that echo some of the rhetoric that has defined the attacks on China made by President Donald Trump’s administration even as it criticizes the “reckless” trade war it started with China more than two years ago. The Democratic platform, crafted as a statement of the agenda of the party and its presidential nominee, Joe Biden, “lambasts the Trump administration’s handling of China in all issue arenas: trade, human rights, national security, public health and so on,” said Allen Carls
Why can the US force TikTok to sell?
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Explains unravels the ideas and context behind the headlines to help you understand news about China. When the US government made overtures about banning the popular app TikTok in the summer of 2020, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin cited the unanimous support from an obscure interagency committee. Named the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the high-level panel’s job is to review business and real estate deals involving foreign investment for potential national security threats. As the Chinese-owned app TikTok exploded in popularity in the US, during a time when US-China relations spiraled to new lows, the US government was
US to send its top health official to Taiwan. Beijing won’t like it
The United States will send its health secretary to Taiwan in the highest-level official visit to the island since 1979, in an announcement that has drawn warnings from Beijing. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will lead a delegation “in the coming days,” according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto US embassy in Taipei in the absence of formal diplomatic relations. Azar will be the first visiting cabinet member of the Trump administration and the highest-level US official to visit the island since Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.  In response to the US announcement, Beijing warned Washington not to “send the wrong s