Category Archives: U.S.

Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence – The New York Times

Now, under the terms of Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.

The commutation also relieved the Department of Defense of the difficult responsibility of her incarceration as she pushes for treatment for her gender dysphoria — including sex reassignment surgery — that the military has no experience providing.

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Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence – The New York Times

Davos elites suffering acute anxiety over the dawning of the Trump era – Business Insidere

“Regardless of how you view Trump and his positions, his election has led to a deep, deep sense of uncertainty and that will cast a long shadow over Davos,” said Jean-Marie Guehenno, CEO of International Crisis Group, a conflict resolution think-tank.

Moises Naim of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was even more blunt: “There is a consensus that something huge is going on, global and in many respects unprecedented. But we don’t know what the causes are, nor how to deal with it.”

Davos elites suffering acute anxiety over the dawning of the Trump era – Business Insider

DEUTSCHE BANK: The risk of a full-blown trade war between the US and China is rising – Business Insider

The risk of a serious trade war between the world’s two largest economies has sharply increased, according to analysts at Deutsche Bank

And it may be down to a product known as distillers’ dried grains, an ingredient in animal feed.

Last week China increased anti-dumping tariffs on US imports of the grains from 33.8% to as much as 53.7%.

DEUTSCHE BANK: The risk of a full-blown trade war between the US and China is rising – Business Insider

Pacific conflict looms between America and China

Put together the three Ts — Taiwan, Tillerson and trade — and there seems little doubt that Trump’s America is steaming towards a confrontation with China. That is all the more likely given that China, under President Xi Jinping, has itself moved in a markedly more nationalist direction.

In his speech in Davos this week, Mr Xi will doubtless present himself as the voice of calm in the Pacific. In reality, China is putting increasing military, diplomatic and economic pressure on America’s allies in Asia. Countries such as South Korea and Singapore had got used to the idea that they can enjoy very close economic relations with China, while still looking to the US for their security. But that may be changing. The Chinese government is now threatening to discriminate against South Korean companies unless the government in Seoul reverses its decision to deploy a US missile shield on its territory.

Pacific conflict looms between America and China

Trump risks ‘war’ with Beijing if US blocks access to South China Sea, state media warns | World news | The Guardian

“Tillerson had better bone up on nuclear power strategies if he wants to force a big nuclear power to withdraw from its own territories,” said an editorial in the Global Times, a Communist-party controlled newspaper.

“China has enough determination and strength to make sure that his rabble rousing will not succeed … Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish.”

Trump risks ‘war’ with Beijing if US blocks access to South China Sea, state media warns | World news | The Guardian

Russia calls US troop buildup ‘a ‘threat’ – CNN.com

Russia has criticized US troop deployments in Europe, saying that the deployment of thousands of US soldiers as part of continuous troop rotations to Eastern Europe is “a threat” to Russian security.

When asked about US and NATO troops in Poland, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told journalists on a conference call Thursday that Russia’s response was a natural reaction to an increase in military strength by a neighbor.

Russia calls US troop buildup ‘a ‘threat’ – CNN.com

Tillerson sets stage for showdown with Beijing over South China Sea – CNNPolitics.com

Analysts said Tillerson’s testimony, combined with his future boss’s earlier pronouncements, signaled that a Trump administration is poised to take a much tougher stance on China.

Since winning the election Trump has lashed out at China on Twitter, made clear he’s serious about wringing a new trade deal from Beijing and upended US policy toward Taiwan — an issue of deep sensitivity for China.

“All the quotes taken together do signal that, like Trump and some of his advisers, are poised to take much firmer stance on China in the South China Sea and across the board,” said Ashley Townshend, a research fellow, at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Tillerson sets stage for showdown with Beijing over South China Sea – CNNPolitics.com

Mattis Puts Russia On Top of His Threat List, Defends NATO – USNI News

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis placed Russia as the top threat facing the United States – especially with its attempts to break up NATO – during his confirmation hearing to become the Pentagon’s top civilian official.

“Russia has chosen to be a strategic competitor” by actions such as seizing Crimea, backing separatists in Eastern Ukraine, trying to intimidate other bordering nations – including NATO allies on the Baltic Sea and Poland – and supporting President Bashar al Assad in the Syrian civil war, he said while testifying Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mattis Puts Russia On Top of His Threat List, Defends NATO – USNI News

Defense secretary nominee Mattis warns world order under historic threat | Fox News

Defense secretary nominee Gen. James Mattis issued a grave warning Thursday at his Senate confirmation hearing, saying the established world order is under its “biggest attack” since World War II as he called for boosting military readiness and America’s alliances.

Under questioning from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., about Russia and other threats, Mattis said the U.S. should “recognize the reality” of dealing with Vladimir Putin’s government and that he’s trying to “break” the North Atlantic alliance.

Defense secretary nominee Mattis warns world order under historic threat | Fox News

Chinese Media Has Told Rex Tillerson to ‘Prepare for a Military Clash’ | TIME

The U.S. Secretary of State nominee has provoked fury with his hawkish remarks on the South China Sea

China’s state media has responded forcefully to suggestions by U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson that China should be barred from the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, warning that any such attempt would force a “devastating confrontation” and both sides should “prepare for a military clash.”

Chinese Media Has Told Rex Tillerson to ‘Prepare for a Military Clash’ | TIME