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?

China will not accept U.S. ‘theft’ of TikTok: China Daily

FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will not accept the “theft” of a Chinese technology company and is able to respond to Washington’s move to push ByteDance to sell short-video app TikTok’s U.S. operations to Microsoft, the China Daily newspaper said on Tuesday. The United States’ “bullying” of Chinese tech companies was a consequence of Washington’s zero-sum… Continue reading China will not accept U.S. ‘theft’ of TikTok: China Daily

Defense Secretary dismisses hundreds of members of Pentagon advisory boards including late Trump picks

Retired general Lloyd Austin speaks after being nominated by US President-elect Joe Biden to be US Defense Secretary, at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware on December 9, 2020. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has dismissed hundreds of members of 42 Pentagon advisory boards, including controversial late appointments by the Trump administration, as the Pentagon announced a review of the boards’ memberships Tuesday. The announcement comes after the previous administration appointed several loyalists to advisory boards in the final months of former President Donald Trump’s… Continue reading Defense Secretary dismisses hundreds of members of Pentagon advisory boards including late Trump picks

Taiwan says Chinese fighters, U.S. aircraft both entered defence zone

FILE PHOTO: Taiwan coast guard patrol boats along the coast of Pratas Islands January 27. sk/Photo by C.C./File Photo

TAIPEI- Six Chinese fighter aircraft and a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Sunday, the island’s defence ministry said, in an unusual admission of U.S. military activity. Tensions have spiked over the last week or so after Taiwan reported multiple Chinese fighters and bombers flying into the… Continue reading Taiwan says Chinese fighters, U.S. aircraft both entered defence zone

Taiwan to discuss supply chains with U.S. next week amid auto shortage

Staff wear protective masks at the Volkswagen assembly line Wolfsburg Germany, April 27, 2020. Swen Pfoertner/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua will hold a virtual meeting with the United States next week to discuss supply chains, with semiconductor firms present, her ministry said on Friday, amid a global shortage of chips used by automakers. The State Department said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations Matt Murray… Continue reading Taiwan to discuss supply chains with U.S. next week amid auto shortage

Outging US ambassador says world must end Taiwan’s exclusion

In this image made from a video screen shows and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft meeting virtually with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (unseen) on Wednesday night, Jan. 13, 2021. Craft's trip to Taiwan was canceled but Craft told Tsai: “The United States will always stand with Taiwan.” (The United States Mission to the United Nations via AP)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a final swipe at China, the Trump administration’s outgoing U.N. ambassador tweeted that it’s time for the world to oppose China’s efforts to exclude and isolate Taiwan, drawing sharp criticism from Beijing. To make the point even more graphic, Ambassador Kelly Craft accompanied the tweet with a photo of herself… Continue reading Outging US ambassador says world must end Taiwan’s exclusion

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?