FROM Rich Ellings
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?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.