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Trump Predicts North Korea ‘Economic’ Rocket Under Peace

President Donald Trump proclaimed high hopes Friday night for peace with North Korea that will lead to a different kind of rocket as U.S. officials left the nation. The president predicted North Korea could become an “Economic Powerhouse,” one that becomes “a different kind of Rocket – an Economic one!” Trump had branded the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “Little Rocket Man” and later told Fox News’s Sean Hannity it was part of a strategy to bring Kim to the table. North Korea has been known to parade its missiles…

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China Blames Greedy Nurse for Dozens of Fraudulent Child Vaccinations

The Chinese government announced on Sunday that 29 children in the northern city of Shijazhuang were given incorrect vaccines by a nurse who was working for “personal gain.” According to China’s state-run Global Times, police have detained the nurse and suspended the business license of the community health center where she administered the vaccines. Authorities also removed two local health officials from their posts. The vaccine incorrectly administered to the children reportedly costed 100 yuan per dose, while the correct vaccine costs 600 yuan per dose. The Global Times report…

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Venezuelan President Guaido Urges China, Russia to Drop Support for Maduro

Venezuela’s President Juan Guaidó pleaded with China and Russia to drop their support for Nicolás Maduro’s socialist dictatorship in remarks Thursday. Guaidó, who became president last week invoking Venezuelan constitutional protections for democracy, “sent communications” to both Moscow and Beijing, who accuse him of staging an illegal coup to remove Maduro from power, seeking relations, he said. “What most suits Russia and China is the country’s stability and a change of government,” he told Reuters. “Maduro does not protect Venezuela, he doesn’t protect anyone’s investments, and he is not a good…

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Watchdog: Afghanistan Loses More Ground to Taliban amid Peace Talks 

The government of Afghanistan lost more territory to the Taliban in recent months, further plunging the number of districts under the control or influence of Kabul to unprecedented lows, a U.S. watchdog agency revealed in its latest report to Congress on Thursday. Citing the American-NATO mission Resolute Support (RS), the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) noted that as of the end of October 2018, “Afghan government control [74] or influence [145] over [the 407] districts declined by nearly two percentage points since July to 53.8%. Population control…

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China Trade Meeting Still on Contrary to Report, Says White House Official

D.C.-based trade meetings with China’s top economic official are still on for the end of the month, a White House official said, refuting reports Tuesday they were called off. “There’s no cancellations, none. zero. Let me just try to put that to rest,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said as he briefed reporters at the White House late Tuesday. Kudlow was addressing an afternoon report that the meetings were off.  On meetings with Chinese officials, Kudlow says “there’s no cancellations, none. zero. Let me just try to put that…

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China’s Economic Growth Slumps to Slowest Pace Since 1990

China’s economic expansion last year slumped to its slowest pace in 28 years as the country came under pressure from the Trump administration’s tariffs. China announced Monday that its economy grew 6.6 percent, the slowest pace since 1990. The year prior, China’s economy grew at a 6.8 percent rate, revised down from 6.9 percent earlier. The slowdown was expected by economists. In fact, investors in Asian stocks appeared to be relieved it was not even worse than forecast, bidding up share prices after the announcement. Industrial output grew 5.7 percent…

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Mnuchin Blinks: Proposes Lifting China Tariffs Immediately, According to Report

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has proposed lifting all or some of the tariffs on China, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Treasury officials have advocated lifting tariffs on Chinese imports to “give Beijing a reason to make deeper concessions in ongoing trade talks between the two countries,” the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people close to the matter. That would be a sharp reversal of the administration’s earlier stance. The tariffs were put on Chinese goods in the first place to give Bejing an incentive to make concessions to U.S. demands…

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Pinkerton: Jeane Kirkpatrick’s 1979 Warning on ‘Dictatorships and Double Standards’ Shows America How to Win Against China

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Jeane Kirkpatrick’s “Dictatorships and Double Standards,” an essay that changed the world.  Commentary magazine, which published all of its 9,800 words, calls it “The Classic Essay That Shaped Reagan’s Foreign Policy”—and few would argue.   In 1981, Kirkpatrick was named by President Ronald Reagan to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the rest is history.  The decisions made by Reagan in the early 80s, with Kirkpatrick as a key adviser, led, just a few years later, to the fall of…

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Canada: China Has Detained 13 Canadians Since Huawei CFO Arrest

Canada’s government revealed on Thursday that China has detained 13 of its citizens since the arrest in Vancouver of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou last month. Chinese officials subsequently released at least eight of those Canadians. The two highest-profile Canadians China arrested – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – are still in detention. A third Canadian whose arrest was widely reported, teacher Sarah McIver, was released and allowed to return to Canada. A delegation of Canadian legislators is currently en route to China to discuss the incarceration of…

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Jill Abramson: NYT Publisher Drafted Letter Apologizing to China for Damning Report

Fired New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson alleges the storied newspaper’s publisher drafted a letter apologizing to the Chinese government over a report it published detailing corruption inside the communist nation. In her forthcoming book, Merchants of Truth, Abramson writes publisher Arthur Sulzberger drafted a letter “all but apologizing” to Chinese officials for a report on how several of the country’s top lawmakers used their immense power for financial gain. Abramson claims the letter was written with “with input from the Chinese embassy.” The 2012 report, titled “Princelings’ in China Use Family Ties to Gain Riches”, eventually won…

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