Biden doubles-down on Trump’s Taiwan policy, but will it last?

The Biden administration may decide to de-emphasize Taiwan's gains to curry favor with China. © Reuters

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rand Corporation. He formerly served as an intelligence adviser at the Pentagon. It is an open secret that Taiwan welcomed the Trump administration’s policy to significantly strengthen U.S.-Taiwan relations, and it was jittery about the transition to the Biden administration. Early indications, however, are… Continue reading Biden doubles-down on Trump’s Taiwan policy, but will it last?

How Long Can the Biden Administration Stall a Crisis in Taiwan?

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There’s no relationship between two countries on Earth quite like that between the United States and Taiwan. The island nation is America’s ninth-largest trading partner and one of the main global customers for U.S. arms exports. As containing China’s regional ambitions has become a guiding aim of U.S. policy in East Asia, the defense of… Continue reading How Long Can the Biden Administration Stall a Crisis in Taiwan?

After Trump setbacks, Kim Jong-un starts over with Biden

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2021, file photo provided by the North Korean government shows missiles during a military parade marking the ruling party congress, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. Last year was a disaster for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who helplessly watched his country's economy decay amid pandemic border closures while brooding over the collapse of made-for-TV summits with former President Donald Trump that failed to lift sanctions from his country. Now he must start over with President Joe Biden, who has previously called him a thug and accused Trump of chasing spectacles instead of meaningful reductions of Kim’s nuclear arsenal. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Last year was a disaster for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He helplessly watched his country’s already battered economy decay further amid pandemic border closures while brooding over the collapse of made-for-TV summits with former President Donald Trump that failed to lift crippling sanctions from his country. Now he… Continue reading After Trump setbacks, Kim Jong-un starts over with Biden

US to reverse Donald Trump’s ‘draconian’ immigration policies, Joe Biden tells Mexican President

Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart have agreed to work together to reduce "irregular migration".(AP; Alex Brandon)

The United States plans to reverse the Trump administration’s “draconian” immigration approach while working on policies addressing the causes of migration, President Joe Biden told his Mexican counterpart, the White House said on Saturday. In a Friday call with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Biden outlined his plan to create new legal pathways for… Continue reading US to reverse Donald Trump’s ‘draconian’ immigration policies, Joe Biden tells Mexican President

China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus looks into a souvenir shop displaying various of stickers, one of them showing a former U.S. President Donald Trump caricature, in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday. In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday expressed hope the Biden administration will improve prospects for people of both countries and give a boost to relations after an especially rocky patch, while getting in a few final digs at former Trump officials. “I think after this very difficult and extraordinary time, both the Chinese and American… Continue reading China hopes for cooperation, better relations under Biden

How does Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution work?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters in Washington, on Jan. 7, 2021.Erin Scott / Reuters

Following the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, a growing number of Republican leaders and Cabinet officials said that they believe Donald Trump should be removed from office before January 20. Four of them called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked, and… Continue reading How does Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution work?