FRANK CHING

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DURING the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump didn’t disguise his admiration for the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, and now, as President-elect, Trump has nominated Rex Tillerson, the ExxonMobil chief and a recipient of Russia’s Order of Friendship, as his Secretary of State. This all suggests that US relations with Russia…

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DESPITE the uproar in the United States over president-elect Donald Trump’s precedent-shattering December 2 phone call with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, the Chinese government has been restrained. On Sunday, Trump went further and publicly questioned the need for the US to continue its “one China” policy, adopted since…

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LAST week, President-elect Donald Trump confirmed his intention to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership “from day one” of his administration. In a clip posted on YouTube, he called the TPP “a potential disaster for our country” and said that he would instead “negotiate fair bilateral trade deals…

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THE surprise election of Donald Trump has left many people uncertain as to what he will be like as the 45thpresident of the United States. His victory speech was a pleasant contrast from his tone on the campaign trail. He actually called his opponent “Secretary Clinton” instead of “crooked Hillary”…

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China’s chief official newspaper, the People’s Daily, is gloating over the discomfort Washington finds itself in after Philippine President Rodolfo Duterte visited China and publicly said that he was leaving the United States, followed two weeks later by Malaysia’s prime minister, NajibRazak, who also tightened relations with China, including signing…

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s four-day visit to China was packed with drama, including his hyperbolic assertion that he was separating from the United States and that, from now on, “there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines and Russia.” However, after virtually throwing himself into China’s arms,…

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