“One of the things that really, really irritated me during my trips to Africa is you go to an African city and there is a stadium invariably built by the Chinese,” Assistant Secretary of State Tibor Nagy told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“It’s an incredible deal,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. “What I’ll be doing is holding back on tariffs. China will be opening up, China will be getting rid of tariffs. China will be buying massive amounts of products from us.”
“The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan said, “The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”
Rival China said the results reflected a desire of Taiwanese for better relations with the mainland. In another victory for China, voters rejected a proposal to change the name of its Olympic team to Taiwan from the current Chinese Taipei.
In a message released by the Chinese embassy, Xi Jinping said that during the visit, he was “once again deeply touched” by Duterte’s “sincerity and determination to grow our bilateral relations and by the friendly sentiment of the Philippine people toward the Chinese people.”
Xi Jinping: “We have reopened the door of friendship and cooperation bringing real benefits to our peoples and making an important contribution to regional peace, stability and prosperity.”
Xi Jinping told South Korean president Moon Jae-in that he would “make time” to visit North Korea next year, Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for South Korea’s presidential office, said at a briefing after a bilateral meeting between Xi and Moon.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence: “We will work with these nations to protect the sovereignty and maritime rights of Pacific islands as well. And you can be confident, the U.S. will continue to uphold the freedom of the seas and the skies.”
“It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia. The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously.,” the US National Defense Strategy Commission said.
“I don’t want my son to die in prison. I hope the authorities will let him receive medical treatment. Huang Qi’s current condition is extremely urgent,” Huang 85-year-old mother, Pu Wenqing, who travelled to Beijing in October to make a case for her son, said.
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