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U.S. President Donald Trump gave his Taiwanese counterpart Tsai Ing-wen a slap in the face on Thursday. It was a shrewd and cold snub, and one that Tsai asked for.
 
From his resounding setbacks in Congress to his stunning policy flip-flops, Donald Trump has faced a steep learning curve in his opening months at the White House.
 
A foundation created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam recently announced it's giving US$100 million to investigative news outlets and other initiatives, a rare boon for media institutions under duress.
 
In a few weeks, Tsai Ing-wen will mark her first anniversary as president of Taiwan.
 
The South China Sea issue continues to be a hotly debated issue at ASEAN meetings and the issue will be one of the points expected to be raised at the 30th ASEAN Summit.
 
Leaders of 10 Asian countries are meeting this weekend to discuss topics including North Korea, territorial disputes in the South China Sea and improved economic integration of the region.
 
For Donald Trump, self-proclaimed master negotiator, making deals with Congress was supposed to be easy. "This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we've had in decades, maybe ever," Trump predicted shortly after taking office.
 
U.S. media coverage of President Donald Trump, who marks his first 100 days in office, has ranged from negative to lukewarm, except for praise from pro-Trump media.
 
The hand-wringers of the past five months who forlornly expected that wider Asia was poised to be cashed out by an America under President Donald Trump are probably breathing a bit easier lately.
 
One thing President Ma Ying-jeou dared not do while Sunflower student protesters occupied the chamber of the Legislative Yuan in 2014, his successor Tsai Ing-wen did last Wednesday.
 
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