Trump Angers China by speaking with Taiwan’s leader

LA TIMES President-elect Donald Trump had a potentially provocative phone conversation Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, which could upset delicate relations between the U.S. and the Chinese government. It is believed to be the first call between a president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since 1979, when the U.S. recognized the mainland government and cut ties with Taiwan. The Financial Times first reported the call. China has long been sensitive to any ...
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New Yorker: The Propaganda about ‘Russian Propaganda’

NEW YORKER late October, I received an e-mail from “The PropOrNot Team,” which described itself as a “newly-formed independent team of computer scientists, statisticians, national security professionals, journalists and political activists, dedicated to identifying propaganda—particularly Russian propaganda targeting a U.S. audience.” PropOrNot said that it had identified two hundred Web sites that “qualify as Russian propaganda outlets.” The sites’ reach was wide—they are read by at least fift...
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Putin says Trump clever, will understand new responsibilities

REUTERS U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV. Putin has spoken previously of his hope that Trump will help restore U.S.-Russia relations, and analysts said he was unlikely to want to dial up anti-Western rhetoric before Trump's inauguration in January. "Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessman. He is already a statesman, he is the head of the United Sta...
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Europe will send a rover to Mars but won’t protect Earth from an asteroid

WASHINGTON POST The European Space Agency just secured 436 million euros to send its first-ever rover to Mars in 2020. The news came as a relief to scientists behind the two-part ExoMars mission, who are still reeling after their spacecraft Schiaparelli crashed in an attempt to land on the Red Planet during the first part of the mission. But a proposal to survey a near-Earth asteroid — and eventually attempt to knock it off course — was not so lucky. Last month, more than 100 planeta...
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Outraged China Responds To Trump’s Twitter Attacks

DAILY CALLER China is absolutely livid over President-elect Donald Trump’s brutal Twitter comments on China’s monetary, trade, and military practices. Trump slammed China Sunday evening for manipulating its currency, engaging in unfair trade practices, and militarizing the South China Sea. While the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to be drawn into Trump’s Twitter war, stated-sponsored newspapers blasted Trump for his comments. Trump “threw a tantrum against China Sunday n...
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