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Iran Restarts Nuclear Work as US Officials Bicker Over Policy
Mike Pompeo, the Trump administration’s secretary of state, has rebuked lawmakers for naysaying his department’s policies on Iran, saying that delicate efforts were underway to pressure the Islamic State to give up its nuclear weapons...
China Formally Purges Former Interpol President
The former Interpol president and vice-minister of public security in China, Meng Hongwei, has been formally expelled from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and removed from office, according to a statement from the Chinese authorities....
Trump Could Maintain Tariffs on China for a ‘Substantial Period’
Ahead of a much-anticipated new round of talks between Beijing and Washington, President Donald Trump said on March 20 that the United States could keep its tariffs active on China for a “substantial period.” According...
Trump’s Summit With Kim Jong-un Sends Signal to China
U.S. President Trump, refusing to accept North Korean requests for a complete lifting of sanctions, chose instead to walk away from the Hanoi talks between him and Chairman Kim Jong-un without a deal. Afterward, Trump...
Fresh US-China Trade Talks Highlight Need for Enforceability
Recent trade discussions with China’s Vice Premier Liu He in Washington have yielded important results, according to U.S. President Donald Trump and officials in his administration, but a lasting deal will hinge on whether Beijing...
President Addresses Nation on Immigration Crisis and Border Security
Speaking from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump said that Americans were facing “a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice” in regards to immigration policy and humanitarian concerns at the southern U.S. border....
Readers Criticize Seattle Times Op-Ed for Pro-Beijing Slant
An op-ed in The Seattle Times has received heavy condemnation online for what readers saw as the author's one-sided view that the U.S.-China trade conflict is recklessly hurting business in Washington state. Robert Spitzer, co-leader...
Xi and Trump Negotiate 90-Day ‘Cease-fire’ in China-US Trade War
With the United States and China increasing tariffs on each others’ exports since the start of the trade war this spring, the meeting between the countries’ leaders on Dec. 1 in Argentina at the G-20...
‘First Step Act’ Prison Reform Bill Faces Challenges in Senate
A major bipartisan prison reform bill that passed the House this May is running out of time to be voted upon by the U.S. Senate, as politicians debate its pros and cons. If passed, the...