FROM Clayton Dube
Russia, China, and cyber security The White House sanctions Russia for meddling in the 2016 election. Why now? The move comes after Britain escalates its fight with the Kremlin over the suspected poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on U.K. soil. Meanwhile, some experts argue China is better than Russia at infiltrating U.S. intelligence. How extensive is China’s spying network?
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.