Trade war explodes as Trump clashes with US firms over ‘order’ to abandon China, block fentanyl shipments

President Trump’s trade war with China boiled over Friday as Beijing slapped retaliatory tariffs on America and the president declared he’s ordering U.S. companies to prepare to leave the country and relocate back home — prompting pushback from corporate America. “Our great American companies are … Read More

Weekly Update by Mark Armstrong – 23 August 2019

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Greetings from Tyler, Amid considerable stupidity and the incredible admission from the Editor in Chief of the New York Times this week, something else stands out.  We’ve known for years that the “diplomatic” statements that come from the likes of … Read More

Weekly Update by Mark Armstrong – 16 August 2019

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Greetings from Tyler, The Hong Kong airport is back open after being shut down completely this week, with over a thousand flights canceled.  Riot police showed up in force, and Chinese officials are issuing one stern warning after another as … Read More

Trump Seeks out Personal Meeting With Xi Jinping to Resolve Hong Kong Crisis

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Protesters occupy the departure hall of the Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration in Hong Kong on August 12, 2019. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images) “I know President Xi of China very well. He is a great leader who very much … Read More

Hong Kong protests: US lawmakers warn China may be preparing Tiananmen Square-style crackdown

U.S. officials warned Wednesday that China could be preparing for a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown in response to Hong Kong protests, as footage captures the menacing movement of military convoys near the border and Beijing ratchets up its rhetoric toward the demonstrators. House … Read More

Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas Amid Continuing Pro-Democracy Rallies

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People holding umbrellas gather at Victoria Park to take part in an anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, Aug. 11, 2019. Suzanne Sataline contributed to this report from in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters Sunday … Read More

China Further Weakens Yuan to 11-Year Low After US Blacklists Beijing as ‘Currency Manipulator’

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In a statement on 6 August, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) slammed Washington’s decision to designate China as a “currency manipulator”. China’s yuan has continued its nosedive, weakening to 7.0488 to the US dollar on Wednesday, about 0.4 percent … Read More

East Asia Is on the Razor’s Edge After North Korea Missile Launches

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A single miscalculation could plunge the Korean Peninsula into a conflagration with grave consequences for Japan, China, Russia—and the United States. AFP Contributor SEOUL—The defection on Thursday of a North Korean soldier weaving his way across the DMZ is the … Read More

FBI’s Wray sounds alarm over China, warns of ‘severe counterintelligence threat’

FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Congress on Tuesday that China poses “a more severe counterintelligence threat” to the United States than any other country. Wray, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed the threat when asked about whether the bureau was prepared to … Read More

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