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CHINA/CRIME/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think.. LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 22, 2017 05:25am and 05:33am
CHINA/CRIME/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump on Sunday [11-19-17] said he should have left three college basketball players in a Chinese jail, after the father of one of the players minimized the U.S. president’s role in securing their release…
Later on Sunday, Mr. Trump tweeted that he ‘should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead.’…
Three University of California at Los Angeles basketball players were freed from custody in China last week after being accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton boutique at a mall near their luxury hotel. Mr. Trump said he intervened with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to secure their release, and later said the three young men should thank him.
On Friday, the elder Mr. Ball played down Mr. Trump’s role in the players’ release, in an interview on ESPN…
The players themselves— LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, all freshmen—have apologized for their conduct on the team trip and thanked both U.S. and Chinese authorities for helping secure their release. Had they been convicted, they could have been sentenced to 10 years in Chinese prison. The players have been suspended indefinitely from the team.”
-Gabriel T. Rubin, “Trump Says He Should Have Left UCLA Players in Chinese Jail,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 19, 2017 07:03pm
CHINA/CRIME/SPORTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 19, 2017 06:36pm
CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A month before President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing, Chinese officials presented an offer they thought Washington couldn’t refuse.
China proposed that during the trip, Mr. Trump and his counterpart, Xi Jinping, unveil a plan to widen foreign firms’ access to China’s vast financial industry, according to people with knowledge of the matter. It was a move previous U.S. administrations had sought for years…
The financial opening initially attracted wide attention from market participants, and Beijing called it evidence of its commitment to market liberalization. U.S. reaction has been tepid. A White House spokeswoman on Friday called it ‘welcome but long overdue’ and said: ‘It is also only one of a plethora of problems China needs to address in order to provide fair and reciprocal access to its market.’
The Trump administration, which recently completed a comprehensive review of China policy, is rejecting the longstanding practice of eking out concessions from Beijing on trade and market access around high-level meetings.”
-Lingling Wei, Jacob M. Schlesinger, Jeremy Page, and Michael C. Bender, “U.S. Rebuffs China’s Charm Offensive, Edging Closer to Trade War,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 19, 2017 06:22pm
CHINA/CRIME/SPORTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 19, 2017 12:42pm
CHINA/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “China is sending an Envoy and Delegation to North Korea – A big move, we’ll see what happens!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 16, 2017 07:43am
CHINA/CRIME: “To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You’re welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made… your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 16, 2017 06:30am and 06:34am
CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The failing @nytimes hates the fact that I have developed a great relationship with World leaders like Xi Jinping, President of China… They should realize that these relationships are a good thing, not a bad thing. The U.S. is being respected again. Watch Trade!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 15, 2017 11:39am
CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/NATIONAL SECURITY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR: “A trip to Pyongyang by a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping offers a chance for Beijing to manage relations with its troublesome neighbor after months of frayed ties and stepped-up U.S. pressure to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program.
The two sides will ‘exchange opinions on matters of mutual concern’ during the envoy’s visit later this week, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. The trip’s main objective, he said, would be to brief Pyongyang after of the twice-a-decade party congress in Beijing last month—what he termed as ‘common practice.’
The congress granted Mr. Xi a second term and elevated him in the Communist pantheon to Mao-like status. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un congratulated Mr. Xi on the congress, and Mr. Xi responded with a call for both sides to promote better relations, according to North Korean state media.
Chinese and North Korean officials have held high-level meetings about once a year in recent years, and the envoy’s visit fits that timeline.”
-Te-Ping Chen and Johnathan Cheng, “China Envoy’s Task: Manage Ties With Nuclear North Korea,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 15, 2017 10:25am
CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A report to the U.S. Congress released on Wednesday accused Chinese state media entities of involvement in spying and propaganda and said their staff in the United States should be required to register as foreign agents.
The annual report of the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission said that while China had tightened restrictions on domestic and foreign media, Chinese state media had rapidly expanded overseas.
The commission, created by Congress in 2000 to monitor national security implications of U.S.-China trade relations, said China’s state media expansion was part of a broader effort to exert greater control over how China is depicted globally, as well as to gather information.
The report highlighted the rapid growth of the Xinhua news agency and noted that it had offices at the United Nations in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and San Francisco…
It quoted testimony to the commission by the U.S. Government-funded rights organization, Freedom House, as saying it was a ‘loophole’ that individuals working for Xinhua and China’s People’s Daily newspaper were not covered by the Foreign Agents Registration Act.”
-David Brunnstrom, “U.S. Congress urged to require Chinese journalists to register as agents,” Reuters, Nov. 14, 2017 09:06pm
CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/JAPAN/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At each stop on his 12-day, five-country Asia tour, President Donald Trump emphasized one aspect of his visit above all else: his personal rapport with the heads of state who hosted him.
He golfed with Shinzo Abe, complimenting the Japanese prime minister’s accidental backward tumble into a bunker as graceful. He convinced a reluctant South Korea President Moon Jae-in to meet him at the North Korea border, a visit that thick fog ultimately forced them to cancel. And he engaged in a favorite pastime—making jibes at the expense of the American press corps—along with the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
At the end of his stop in Beijing, Mr. Trump beamed while sitting next to Chinese President Xi Jinping as his host played a highlight reel of their time together. They watched an opera in the Forbidden City, a demonstration of the Chinese military’s precision near Tiananmen Square, and an acrobatic performance at a state dinner inside the Great Hall of the People.
The result is Mr. Trump returns to Washington from his first Asia trip with a good deal of bonhomie with his fellow leaders but few tangible outcomes.”
-Michael C. Bender, “Trump Wraps Up Asia Trip Focused on Personal Ties,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 14, 2017 03:08pm
CHINA/CRIME/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said Tuesday [11-14-17] that he had discussed the situation of three UCLA men’s basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China with Chinese President Xi Jinping, expressing hope that the three would soon be able to return to the U.S…
UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were arrested last week, accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team’s hotel. The Bruins had been in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai in which the three arrested players did not participate. Instead, Ball, Hill and Riley have remained in a hotel in China since being released on bail.
Beyond the president’s involvement, the UCLA shoplifting case has garnered additional attention because of the involvement of Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball. Their outspoken father, LaVar Ball, who has launched a sneaker and apparel company anchored in his sons’ basketball talent and stars in a reality show about the family that airs on Facebook, has said the situation ‘ain’t that big of a deal.’ “
-Louis Nelson, “Trump speaks to Xi about UCLA players accused of theft,” Politico, Nov. 14, 2017 07:11am
CHINA/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Xi of China has stated that he is upping the sanctions against #NoKo. Said he wants them to denuclearize. Progress is being made.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 11, 2017 06:32pm
CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump delivered a full-throated defense of economic nationalism here Friday [11-10-17], telling a Pacific Rim summit that the U.S. wouldn’t enter into multilateral trade deals, in a message that differed sharply from the one China laid out at the same forum.
The leaders of the world’s two largest economies presented alternative visions of the future of global commerce, with Chinese President Xi Jinping espousing multilateralism and globalization and Mr. Trump calling current trade rules unfair.
‘We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of any more,’ Mr. Trump told business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. The U.S. had opened its markets to the world, he said, but in return, others countries’ ‘cheating’ had disadvantaged American companies and workers…
Moments after Mr. Trump’s address, President Xi of China called for a more inclusive world economy that was ready for technological change, and brandished Beijing’s claim to being the guardian of free trade.”
-Jake Maxwell Watts, Chuin-Wei Yap, and Natasha Khan, “Trump, Xi Push Opposing Views on Trade,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 10, 2017 10:30am
CHINA/NORTH KOREA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “My meetings with President Xi Jinping were very productive on both trade and the subject of North Korea. He is a highly respected and powerful representative of his people. It was great being with him and Madame Peng Liyuan!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 9, 2017 06:44pm
CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I don’t blame China, I blame the incompetence of past Admins for allowing China to take advantage of the U.S. on trade leading up to a point where the U.S. is losing $100’s of billions. How can you blame China for taking advantage of people that had no clue? I would’ve done same!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 9, 2017 06:39pm
CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At a U.S.-China summit emphasizing personal rapport over progress on deep-seated differences, President Donald Trump blended tough talk with chumminess, calling Xi Jinping ‘a very special man.’
The two countries’ rivalry will be more clearly on display as the two presidents move on to Vietnam on Friday and outline conflicting visions for Asia’s future to regional leaders. Mr. Trump is promoting a ‘free and open’ region to counter the Chinese president’s drive to make his country its dominant power.
In Beijing on Thursday, Mr. Trump spoke in unusually conciliatory tones during joint appearances with Mr. Xi, hailing their ‘very good chemistry’ while also expressing hope for forceful action from Beijing.
Mr. Trump blamed past U.S. administrations, rather than Beijing, for what he described as a ‘very one-sided and unfair’ trade relationship, adding, ‘but we’ll make it fair and it’ll be tremendous to both of us.’
While thanking Mr. Xi for his recent efforts to restrict trade and banking ties with North Korea, he urged further steps to press Pyongyang to halt its nuclear-weapons program.”
-Michael C. Bender, Jeremy Page, and Chun Han Wong, “In China, Trump Employs Tough Talk, Flattery With Xi,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 9, 2017 10:33am
CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the coming months and years ahead I look forward to building an even STRONGER relationship between the United States and China. 🇺🇸🇨🇳 https://t.co/mK3SB7t3EV”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 9, 2017 08:58am
CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Xi, thank you for such an incredible welcome ceremony. It was a truly memorable and impressive display! 📸https://t.co/J9x51h1LBe https://t.co/g4Z7mO5cV9”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 9, 2017 02:08am
CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP FAMILY/MELANIA: “I am leaving China for #APEC2017 in Vietnam. @FLOTUS Melania is staying behind to see the zoo, and of course, the Great WALL of China before going to Alaska to greet our AMAZING troops.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 9, 2017 08:17pm
CHINA/DRUGS/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump is looking to President Xi Jinping to ‘do something’ about America’s opioid epidemic, for which he blames China…
Buying opioids from China, despite legal prohibitions, remains as easy as providing money and a shipping address. A drug bazaar thrives on Chinese websites, providing one-stop shopping for users around the world.
On Weiku.com, a website based in the eastern city of Hangzhou, close to 100 Chinese companies say they sell fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. Vendors on one Beijing-based website, Mfrbee.com, sell chicken nuggets, basketball jerseys and carfentanil, the elephant tranquilizer that is 10,000 times as potent as morphine. A Shanghai-based chemical company, Shanghai Kaiwodun Biochemical, says it offers the designer drug U-47700 for $1,450 a pound…
Mr. Trump, who has accused China of being the main source of the ‘flood of cheap and deadly fentanyl’ into America, has pledged to raise the issue as a top priority when he meets Mr. Xi for talks on Thursday. In a news conference last week, Wei Xiaojun, a senior Chinese official, disputed Mr. Trump’s assertion, saying there was no evidence for it.”
-Sui-Lee Wee and Javier C. Hernandez, “Despite Trump’s Pleas, China’s Online Opioid Bazaar Is Booming,” The New York Times online, Nov. 8, 2017
CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Looking forward to a full day of meetings with President Xi and our delegations tomorrow. THANK YOU for the beautiful welcome China! @FLOTUS Melania and I will never forget it! https://t.co/sQoUWIGAiQ”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 8, 2017 10:40am
CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP FAMILY/MELANIA: “On behalf of @FLOTUS Melania and I, THANK YOU for an unforgettable afternoon and evening at the Forbidden City in Beijing, President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan. We are looking forward to rejoining you tomorrow morning! https://t.co/ma0F7SHbVU”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 8, 2017 09:27am
CHINA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Leaving South Korea now heading to China. Looking very much forward to meeting and being with President Xi!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 7, 2017 11:57pm
CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Getting ready to make a major speech to the National Assembly here in South Korea, then will be headed to China where I very much look forward to meeting with President Xi who is just off his great political victory.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 7, 2017 08:00pm