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Trump to Bar Chinese Companies from Investing in U.S. Tech Firms

This should have been done a long time ago. But we finally have a president who recognizes that China is out to supplant us as the globe’s leading superpower and that its growing power, driven by a strongman consolidating his position, needs to be confronted. From the Wall Street Journal: President Donald Trump, already embroiled in a trade battle with China, plans to ratchet commercial

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China Backs Down to Trump

For the whole time I’ve been a reporter in Washington, about two decades, the common “wisdom” has been that you have to carefully kiss China’s ass so as not to disturb markets, cause it to “retaliate” through trade or by “calling in our debt,” and so as to turn China into a democracy. Meantime China has done what it wants – slapping tariffs on our

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WSJ: Trump’s Tariffs Could “Really Hurt” China

Maybe President Trump knows what he’s doing. If you listen to much of the press, Trump is recklessly getting the United States into a tit-for-tat trade war with China that hurts everyone. But from Trump’s point of view, as he tweeted this morning, the United States has already lost the trade war. Now, it’s time to play catchup. We are not in a trade war

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Trump Assesses $60 Billion in Tariffs on China

China has been stealing our intellectual property for years. Finally, a president is getting tough about it. “This is the first of many,” Trump said as he signed some $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods coming into the United States. Of course, reporters present tried to ask about whether he would testify before special counsel Mueller, which is all anybody in Washington thinks

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Trump Putting Together Massive China Tariff Package

The Chinese have been stealing our technology and cheating on trade for years, and we do nothing about it because businesses think it’s still worth it and past administrations don’t want to pick a fight. President Trump was elected on a nationalist platform that includes standing up for the United States. We shouldn’t be such pussies and worry about how other countries will respond. They

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Trump Keeps Promise to Confront China, Assess Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

This is why Americans – and yes conservatives, evangelicals, and what was once called the “moral majority – put President Trump in office. Despite his deep flaws, he is a man who is able to stand up to pressure, who despite all the press about him wanting to be liked doesn’t care what people think, and is willing to do what is right. To resist

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Trump Says China Not a Currency Manipulator

President Trump will not name China a currency manipulator this year, despite repeated campaign promises to do so on his first day in office, the Washington Examiner reported. Trump told the Wall Street Journal Wednesday that he will not officially name China a currency manipulator in a forthcoming report because the country, he said, hasn’t recently been artificially manipulating the yuan and because doing so

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Mattis: U.S. not Strong Enough to Deter Russia and China

Retired Gen. James Mattis said Thursday that he does not believe the U.S. military is strong enough to deter Russia and China, the Washington Examiner reported. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asked Mattis if America has a strong enough military to be able to deter against those threats and he responded “No, sir.”

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Obama Backs Down to China

This is the difference between strong leaders and weak leaders. And it will have consequences for the United States I was about to write a post – and would have before if I wasn’t trying to get in a little break for Thanksgiving – about how President Obama had finally made a bold move in the international arena and immediately reaped a reward. He stood

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Romney’s Nasty, Destructive China Bashing

Gov. Mitt Romney is playing an uncharacteristic game of populist nonsense with his vow to declare China a “currency manipulator” on Day One of his administration. Most American business leaders, whom this is designed to benefit, oppose the move and know it’s garbage as economic policy. The outrage is, with his knowledge of business and international finance, Romney realizes it’s garbage too. And yet, to

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Bowing to China, Part 2: No F-16s for Taiwan

President Obama has decided not to sell Taiwan the 66 F-16’s it has requested, according to reports, despite support in Congress for the sale and the prospect that the move would create thousands of new jobs. It’s the latest sign of extreme U.S. sensitivity to the feelings of China’s dictators, following Vice President Biden’s comment this week that he sympathizes with China’s one child, forced

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Biden Bows to China’s One-Child Policy

Oh no. While sucking up to the Chinese leadership traveling in China yesterday, Vice President Biden condoned Chinese policy that allows families to have only one child. From The Daily Caller: In explaining the demographic concerns of funding for future generations, Biden cited the Chinese policy. “But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China. You

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