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2017 is going to be stacked for China, and Trump isn't even the half of it

2017 is a big year for the Communist Party of China.<p>Next autumn, the party will host the 19th National Congress, which will likely determine the top leadership and set up the country's political future.<p>At the same time, China could be looking at an increasingly uncertain international situation in …

China is selling its giant hoard of U.S. government bonds, even before Trump arrives

Donald Trump isn’t even in office yet, but the prospect of his presidency is already reshaping the complex flows of international capital.<p>Take the U.S. dollar: It’s been rising fast since the businessman and reality-TV star stunned the world last month when he won in enough states to claim an …

Are the United States and China Destined for War?

Concern about an armed confrontation between the United States and China is growing.<p>U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has stated that the United …

Chinese foreign ministry says both sides working to resolve issue after underwater drone seized in South China Sea<p>The Chinese military is negotiating with US counterparts over the “appropriate handling” of an unmanned American submarine seized by the Chinese navy, officials have confirmed.<p>A …

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Where Trump Does (and Doesn’t) Have Leverage with China

It seems President-elect Donald Trump isn’t interested in business as usual with China. Just as his intervention at Carrier Corporation in Indiana indicates he will intervene in corporations’ decisions where American presidents typically do not, his protocol-breaking phone call with Taiwan’s …

Will Trump’s gestures to Taiwan ramp up military tensions with China? A defense analyst’s assessment

Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen two weeks ago, and then his remarks to Fox News indicating that the US doesn’t necessarily need to be bound by the “one-China” policy mark the first time that a US president has challenged the framework since President Jimmy Carter …

3D technologies reveal secrets of Ancient Egypt

348shares<p>Ancient Egypt has astounded the world for years in the sheer spectacle and ingenuity of their masonry in the pyramids and their concealed …

Will Donald Trump help this American imprisoned in Egypt?

TO AMERICANS who assume that Egypt, as a recipient of $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid, is a friendly ally, the case of Aya Hijazi might seem puzzling. The 29-year-old American, who grew up in Falls Church and graduated from George Mason University, has been imprisoned in Cairo since May 1, …

Syria's Opposition Wants Trump to 'Drive a Wedge' Between Iran and Russia

Assad's foes hope the Kremlin will warm to the U.S. and ease off in the Middle East.<p>The last person in the world one would expect to support Donald Trump's coming outreach to Russia would be Abdul Ilah Fahad.<p>He is the secretary general of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition …

Aleppo’s fall is Obama’s failure

<i>Leon Wieseltier is the Isaiah Berlin senior fellow in culture and policy at the Brookings Institution.</i><p>Contemplating the extermination of Aleppo and its people, I was reminded of a sentence that I read this summer. It appeared in an encomium to Elie Wiesel shortly after his death. It was a sterling …

Foreign Policy

INTERVIEW - Turkey could hold referendum on stronger presidency in March | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey may hold a referendum as early as March on constitutional changes to expand the president’s powers, a senior ruling party lawmaker said, a move that would help Tayyip Erdogan acquire the executive presidency he has long sought.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves the …

The fall of Aleppo deals a humiliating blow to years of Turkish policy in Syria

ISTANBUL, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The recapture of Aleppo by Syrian government forces deals a humiliating blow to years of Turkish policy in Syria, leaving in ruins its efforts to force President Bashar al-Assad from power and handing a major victory to main regional rival Iran.<p>But Turkey's support for …

China live-fires aircraft carrier group amid Taiwan tensions with US

China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group has conducted its first exercises with live ammunition, the country’s navy said, in a show of strength as tensions with the US and Taiwan escalate.<p>China’s first and only aircraft carrier led large-scale exercises in the Bohai Sea, the navy of the …

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China wants 23 northern cities put on red alert for smog | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Environmental authorities in China have advised 23 northern cities to issue red alerts, the highest possible air pollution warning, on Friday evening, against the “worst” smog the country has experienced since autumn, state media said.<p>China issued its first ever red alert for …

Chinese leaders pledge stable currency, less financial risk

BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders have pledged to keep its currency stable and reduce financial risks as they wrapped up an annual planning meeting.<p>A …

As Trump riles China, Taiwan tallies defense costs | Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Before getting too carried away with Taiwan’s elevated status under a Donald Trump presidency, President Tsai Ing-wen might want to check her bank balance.<p>A Javelin missile is fired during annual Han Kuang military drill simulating the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) …

Iraq boosts oil sales to China, U.S., India before OPEC supply cuts bite: sources | Reuters

SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) - Iraq is selling more crude oil to its biggest customer, China’s Unipec, people familiar with the matter say, digging a deeper foothold in the global supply market just before production cuts agreed with OPEC and other producers are scheduled to kick in.<p>A flame rises …

Vincent Tan Wants To Form A ‘United States of Asia’, But First, English

Get the latest viral stories daily! Like us:<p>Seems like an ambitious undertaking, but here’s what the businessman and investor has to say.<p>The chairman …

Asia

South China Sea: Beijing defiant over weapons deployment claims

Beijing has reacted defiantly to claims that it appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea.<p>A US think tank cited new satellite imagery in making the claims.<p>The Asia Maritime …

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