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US plans to sell Taiwan about $1.42 billion in arms - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion in arms, the first such sale under the administration of Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea. FILE ...and more »

US, Hardening Line on China, Approves $1 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan - New York Times

WASHINGTON — The State Department approved on Thursday selling more than $1 billion in arms to Taiwan in yet another sign that the Trump administration is embracing a far more confrontational approach with China. Heather Nauert, a State Department ...and more »

Why Trump's $1.42bn Taiwan arms sale could backfire with China - The Guardian

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping walking together in Florida in April. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP. The US announcement of a $1.42bn arms sale to Taiwan is a not-so-subtle warning shot across the bows of China's president, Xi Jinping, who is due to meet ...and more »

The Trump administration calls China's bluff on North Korea - Washington Post

This post has been updated, 7:05 p.m.. The Trump administration on Thursday announced sanctions against Chinese entities accused of aiding North Korea's illicit nuclear and missile programs. The action is a sharp turn in President Trump's approach to ...and more »

Arms to Taiwan and Action Against a Chinese Bank: Is Trump's US-China 'Honeymoon' Over? - The Diplomat

Is the Trump administration taking a warning shot across Xi Jinping's bow or is this a broader shift in approach? By Ankit Panda for The Diplomat. June 30, 2017. Is U.S. President Donald J. Trump's “honeymoon” period with China over? Two developments ...and more »

What Trump's new policy on North Korea means for China - South China Morning Post

In urging all sides to consider a new policy towards North Korea, including military options, President Donald Trump is signalling his intent to grab the proverbial bull by the horns. But no one should assume that the previous policy of relying on ...and more »

It's a Good Idea, but Congress Can't Require the US Navy to Make Port Calls in Taiwan - Lawfare (blog)

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to send the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018 to the full Senate. The bill contains a provision “re-establishing regular ports of call by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung, or any other ...and more »

US-China honeymoon over: Washington sanctions Chinese bank and sells arms to Taiwan - The Guardian

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP. Relations between the world's two largest economies look to be entering a new phase of turbulence after the US punctured Chinese celebrations of the ...and more »

Ex-nuke commanders: Talk to North Korea, open NATO-Russia dialogue - Politico

An international group of ex-nuclear commanders Wednesday issued the first in a series of recommendations to world leaders to head off the rising threat of a nuclear war — calling on the Trump administration to open direct talks with North Korea ...and more »

Mattis, McMaster, and North Korea - American Spectator

North Korea has the potential to become the greatest foreign policy crisis for the Trump administration. Fortunately, President Trump has a very capable Secretary of Defense, and an exceptional National Security Advisor that are uniquely qualified on ...and more »