FROM Clayton Dube
What happens to California if there's a trade war with China? Donald Trump is talking about a 45 percent tariff on imported goods from China. He’s picked a China hardliner to run the National Trade Council. How will that affect California’s tech, film and food products?
China wins the US presidential election The Trans-Pacific Partnership might have survived a Hillary Clinton presidency, but Donald Trump's victory means almost certain death for what was to be a signature legacy for President Obama. One big winner as a result is China. Clay Dube is Director of the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California.
Diplomacy and Big Business from Washington State to Washington, DC Seattle is under tight security for the first official visit to the United States by China's President Xi Jinping. Xi arrived today, but he won't get his 21-gun salute at the White House until Friday. His meeting tomorrow with the elite leaders of America's tech industry may be just as important. With the world's biggest Internet market at stake, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others may need China more than China needs them. Can they demand that China protect their intellectual property rights, or can China make censorship and Cyber-attacks the cost of doing business? And, what's the role of the Obama Administration, which has warned of possible sanctions over theft of trade secrets?
Echoes of History — in Washington and Los Angeles It's been almost 70 years since Japan surrendered to end World War II in Asia, and today Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress. He apologized for American casualties. Abe was applauded, but time has not healed all wounds. In the gallery was 87-year-old Yong Soo-lee, one of 53 surviving "comfort women" who were sexual slaves for Japanese soldiers. California's Democratic Congressman Mike Honda called it " shocking and shameful " that Abe did not apologize directly to them. Abe will be in Los Angeles Friday, and a "silent protest" is being planned. Photos from protests in San Francisco courtesy Seung Ku Kang
Free Trade: Obama's Legacy and Your Pocketbook The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be the biggest trade deal in American history. It started 13 years ago, with Chile, New Zealand and Singapore, and now involves the US, Japan and ten other countries, comprising 40% of the world's economy. It's being negotiated in secret, but enough is known to call it "insanely complex," so Congress will be asked to vote up or down instead of trying to amend it. It would bolster the President's "pivot to Asia," but many Republicans like it anyway. Liberal Democrats see a Wall Street giveaway and more lost jobs. We hear assessments of the potential impact on the US, the Pacific Rim and you.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.