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Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan (R) welcomes Dominican Republic's Chancellor Miguel Vargas (L) during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing, China, May 1, 2018. EPA-EFE/IWASAKI MINORU / POOL
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The diplomatic ties between China and the Dominican Republic further deepen Taiwan's isolation.

[OP-ED]: The Art of the Bluff

 08/15/2017 - 15:13
Trump has made clear that the United States would respond to North Korean nuclear threats with a massive military strike, possibly involving nuclear weapons. EFE

How did we get here? Why does it appear that we’re on the brink of a war in Asia, one that could involve nuclear weapons? North Korea has had nuclear-weapons capacity for at least 10 years now. Have its recent advances been so dramatic and significant to force the United States to wage a preventive war? No. The crisis we now find ourselves in has been exaggerated and mishandled by the Trump administration to a degree that is deeply worrying and dangerous.

[OP-ED]: On North Korea, hope is not a strategy

 07/11/2017 - 15:46
Kim Jong Un is a young man but has been highly effective at preserving his authority. He has secured the support of the military and sidelined or killed anyone who threatened his grip on power -- including his uncle and, allegedly, his half-brother. EFE

In Washington, there is a conventional wisdom on North Korea that spans both parties and much of elite opinion. It goes roughly like this: North Korea is the world’s most bizarre country, run by a crackpot dictator with a strange haircut. He is unpredictable and irrational and cannot be negotiated with. Eventually this weird and cruel regime will collapse. Meanwhile, the only solution is more and more pressure. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong?

Microsoft urges governments to treat cyberattack as wake-up call

 05/15/2017 - 02:37
A close-up view of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) website with a cyber attack warning, as seen on a laptop in London, Britain, 13 May 2017. EPA/ANDY RAIN

The ransomware WannaCry, which requests a payment in the Bitcoin digital currency to regain access to computers, has hit computers of the National Health Service in the UK, large companies in France and Spain, the largest rail network in Germany, government offices in Russia and universities in China and Taiwan, amongst others.

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[OP-ED]: Retreat at Mar-a-Lago: Passing the baton to China

 03/22/2017 - 08:31
El primer ministro chino dijo que China está comprometida con la apertura de su economía, aunque el proceso se llevará a cabo gradualmente.

We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting at Mar-a-Lago between Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But after 75 years of American leadership on the world stage, we might be watching the beginning of a handover of power from the United States to China.

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Bad Manners

 12/05/2016 - 05:02
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen having a phone conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump late evening in Taipei, Taiwan, 02 December 2016. According to reports, the two presidents' phone conversation was an historic happening as the United States and Taiwan cut off diplomatic ties in 1979. Trump and Tsai discussed economic, political, and security ties, media added. EFE/EPA/OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN 

Last Friday, President-elect Donald Trump irritated China by having a direct phone conversation with Taiwan’s President. Under the One-China-Policy, Taiwan is not officially a state (the UN doesn’t recognize Taiwan as an independent country), although in reality the island benefits from a certain political status quo and the Military protection from the US.