Good Thursday. Want this by email? Sign up here. America is pushing China around on trade. It might work. The Trump administration is using the current trade truce with China to flex its diplomatic muscles in a bid to get its own way. So far, it looks like the strategy may be succeeding. The U.S.…
HONG KONG — The growing tensions over trade between the United States and China temporarily eased after a meeting between President Trump and China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, earlier this month. But at the same time distrust between the two countries, and now Canada, has escalated over the detentions of a leading Chinese executive in…
WASHINGTON — The American government’s broadcast service to the world has a problem: It is becoming the news itself. TV Martí, which aims broadcasts at Cuba, aired a segment in May that called the financier and Democratic donor George Soros, a longtime opponent of authoritarianism, “a nonbelieving Jew of flexible morals.” Voice of America, the…
Good Wednesday morning. (Was this email forwarded to you? Sign up here.) As China softens on trade, U.S. plays hardball ... The Trump administration, believing Beijing will struggle to change its trade stance, plans to hammer home the idea that it is interested only in strong commitments. China has begun to make good on some…
SYDNEY, Australia — The Facebook group was supposed to be a fun distraction from high school exams. Its creators, a crew of Melbourne students who had bonded over weekends in Chinese language school, had noticed a Facebook group called “Subtle Private School Traits.” They started joking about their own experiences: the struggles and joys of…
MOSCOW — Russia’s Museum of Cosmonautics displays with rightful pride artifacts from its early years of storied achievements in space exploration: the first satellite, the first dog in space, the first man and, soon thereafter, the first toolbox. Labeled in blocky Cyrillic writing a “panel with instruments for technical service and repair,” the toolbox held…
Yet for all of the talk of Ms. Butina looking to make connections with influential Americans, she hardly comes off as a character out of “Red Sparrow,” a spy thriller about a Russian femme fatale. If anything, what stands out in the court papers is the absence of the most headline-grabbing accusations that were made…
Yet for all of the talk of Ms. Butina looking to make connections with influential Americans, she hardly comes off as a character out of “Red Sparrow,” a spy thriller about a Russian femme fatale. If anything, what stands out in the court papers is the absence of the most headline-grabbing accusations that were made…
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors appear to have struck a plea deal with Maria Butina, the Russian woman accused of running a secret campaign to influence powerful American conservatives, according to court papers filed Monday. The prosecutors and Ms. Butina’s lawyers jointly requested a hearing for Ms. Butina to change her plea. The move is almost…
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