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Commentary > China Post > Frank Ching
The telephone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Feb. 9 moved the two countries back from the edge of a precipice.
 
These are dark days for Hong Kong. Its freedom index has just been further downgraded by Washington-based Freedom House to 61 points out of 100, continuing the downward spiral of recent years -- a result of increasing interference by Beijing in the territory's domestic affairs despite China's promises of autonomy.
 
In the confusing environment generated by U.S. President Donald Trump, in which he has criticized his allies more than America's opponents, the trip by Defense Secretary James M. Mattis to Seoul and Tokyo was reassuring...
 
Donald J. Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20 as the 45th President was a defining moment in American history, as the United States turned inward, discarding the mantle of leadership that it had assumed over the last 75 years.
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Rex Tillerson, picked by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of state, stirred up a hornet's nest when he condemned Chinese actions in the South China Sea, comparing the construction of artificial islands in disputed waters with Russia's seizure of Crimea and saying that China's access to the islands "is not going to be allowed."
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Taiwan's leader, President Tsai Ing-wen, arrived in Honduras Sunday for a closely watched four-nation Central American visit. But (in China at least) there was much more interest in her stopovers in the United States: Houston on the way out and San Francisco on the way home.
 
Twenty years ago, Hong Kong was handed over to China by Britain, its colonial master for 156 years. The decision had been made earlier by China's diminutive but doughty leader Deng Xiaoping, and the reputedly unbending "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher had little choice but to acquiesce.
 
China's craving for hegemony
As 2016 draws to a close, China's economic, political and military posture is higher than ever.
 
During the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump didn't disguise his admiration for the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin. And now, as president-elect, Trump has nominated ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson, a recipient of Russia's Order of Friendship, as secretary of state.
 
This month marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who is revered as the father of modern China throughout the Chinese-speaking world.
 
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