Trump’s Asia trip shows U.S. at risk of being sidelined in the region’s economic future

WASHINGTON — For all of President Donald Trump’s efforts to build personal relations with leaders and to reassure allies during his first Asia trip, the most significant thing that has happened may have been what did not happen. From Tokyo to Seoul to Beijing, Trump has received maximum ceremonial honors — a “state visit-plus,” the Chinese… Please follow and like us:

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All eyes on Donald Trump: What to look for in UN debut

United Nations – There is little doubt who is headlining this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Diplomats have been heard chatting about US President Donald Trump’s arrival in the corridors of UN headquarters for weeks. There is a mild sense of foreboding about what the US leader will tell his foreign counterparts when he ascends… Please follow and like us:

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Trump Boom: Jobs Up, Trade Deficit Drops

The Trump boom continued on Friday, as the government released its latest jobs figures. The unemployment rate for July dropped to 4.3 percent, the lowest since the Dot-Com boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The unemployment rate was last this low in March 2001. The economy added 209,000 jobs in July, much more than… Please follow and like us:

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Are America’s wars just and moral?

“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans. What justifies America’s participation in this slaughter? Columnist Eric Margolis summarizes… Please follow and like us:

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Donald Trump bats back ‘Fake News’ about Russia, Germany

President Trump fired back at critics in the news media Tuesday, dismissing the brouhaha over Russia and strained relations with Germany. “Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News,” Mr. Trump tweeted. News reports after the long holiday… Please follow and like us:

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Dollar and Chinese currency: Mysteries revealed

The Trump administration’s exchange-rate hawks contend that the US should designate China as a “currency manipulator.” In reality, the problem is the strengthening dollar, despite massive debt US owes to foreign countries. For years, China pegged its currency to the US dollar. Due in part to pressure from its trading partners, Beijing in 2005 appreciated the… Please follow and like us:

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China Hopes Xi Trump Meeting Will Inject Stability Into Relationship

Chinese President Xi Jinping will be looking for signs that U.S. foreign policy is shifting more toward his own this week when he sits down for his first face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The two days of talks are seen as a high-stakes moment crucial to injecting stability into… Please follow and like us:

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China Begins Opening Up $9 Trillion Bond Market

China, the world’s third-largest bond market accounting for $9 trillion in debt instruments, has started the process of opening up to foreign investors. Two major investment banks, including Citigroup, have announced plans to join the fray and several others are expectantly watching the unfolding situation. It’s not a sudden desire to liberalize, but pressure from shrinking… Please follow and like us:

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