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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.
 
Thomas Jefferson wrote from Paris to Edward Carrington, whom he sent as a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1786 to 1788, on the importance of a free press to keep government in check. He concluded that if he had to choose between "a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."
 
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the United States has underscored the vital importance of the alliance between our two nations. Military defense as well as economics is involved.
 
As a North Korean medium range Pukguksong missile arched across the sky landing menacingly in the Sea of Japan, the intended political target of the nuclear capable rocket was the visit of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States.
 
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.
 
President Tsai Ing-wen is looking more and more like President Donald Trump. They both were suspected of schizophrenic disorders during their presidential election campaigns. Symptoms abound after their inauguration. They seem to be paranoid and phrenetic.
 
Early last Monday morning, a youth working the so called graveyard shift at a local convenience store nearly lost his left arm in an attack by a would-be-robber.
 
The reportedly acrimonious telephone conversation between Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and United States President Donald Trump is extremely unfortunate, both because of current tensions in the region and the close historically rooted alliance between our two nations. Australia is crucial to U.S. defense and security in Asia, and beyond.
 
Afghanistan's seemingly endless conflict continues as civilian causalities in the protracted war are nearly double what they were a decade ago.
 
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...
 
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