Biden tries sunny message, but Trump signals 2024 comeback – Manila Bulletin

SAN DIEGO, United States – An “optimistic” President Joe Biden insisted on Friday that Democrats would win next week’s midterm elections but polls showed Republicans likely to deliver a drubbing, spurring Donald Trump to signal plans for a White House comeback bid. At a communications company in San Diego, Biden highlighted his successes in passing legislation to pour federal funding into semiconductors and other high-tech industries, as well as strong employment figures. While acknowledging that voters were “struggling with inflation,” now at the highest rate in four decades, Biden focused…

Inflation, Trump style – Manila Bulletin

SPEAKING OUT Ignacio R. Bunye The galloping inflation has been very much in the news because of the very negative effects on almost everybody especially the ordinary Juan and Maria. Inflation has forced the US Fed and other central banks to increase their benchmark interest rates making it more expensive to borrow. The increased interest rate on the US dollar has made the greenback a more attractive investment alternative, causing foreign investors in the Philippines to withdraw their “hot money” and park them in the US in search of better…

Brazil’s Bolsonaro a ‘cheap copy of Trump’: Lula – Manila Bulletin

SAO PAULO, Brazil – President Jair Bolsonaro is a “cheap copy” of former US counterpart Donald Trump for his constant criticism of Brazil’s election system, the rival running to replace Bolsonaro said Monday. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (left) and Jair Bolsonaro (AFP/Getty Images) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the leftist who led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, accused the far-right incumbent of taking a page from Trump’s script, attacking the South American giant’s electronic voting system. Bolsonaro regularly alleges — with scant evidence — that the system is plagued…

Biden backs Trump rejection of China’s South China Sea claim- POLITICO

“Nowhere is the rules-based maritime order under greater threat than in the South China Sea,” Blinken said, using language similar to Pompeo’s. He accused China of continuing “to coerce and intimidate Southeast Asian coastal states, threatening freedom of navigation in this critical global throughway.” “The United States reaffirms its July 13, 2020 policy regarding maritime claims in the South China Sea,” he said, referring to Pompeo’s original statement. “We also reaffirm that an armed attack on Philippine armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft in the South China Sea would invoke…

Biden backs Trump rejection of China’s South China Sea claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Sunday upheld a Trump-era rejection of nearly all of China’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea. The administration also warned China that any attack on the Philippines in the flashpoint region would draw a U.S. response under a mutual defense treaty. The stern message from Secretary of State Antony Blinken came in a statement released ahead of this week’s fifth anniversary of an international tribunal’s ruling in favor of the Philippines, against China’s maritime claims around the Spratly Islands and neighboring…

Sharp jump in US Navy transits to counter China under Trump

WASHINGTON — Activity by the U.S. Navy in its campaign to challenge China’s efforts to restrict transit in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait increased sharply over the past two years. According to U.S. Navy data, war ships maneuvered close to artificial islands claimed and developed by China 10 times in 2019 and another 10 times last year, at least double the annual number going back to 2014. And Navy ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait 13 times in 2020, the highest number of transits in at…

Joe Biden to ‘cooperate with China’ and offer ‘more stable approach’ to Trump trade war | World | News

President Trump has long accused China of unfair trading practices and the theft of intellectual property, while in China, the view exists of the US seeing the country as a threat and so, tries to curb its rise as an economic global superpower. Negotiations are ongoing but have proven very difficult between President Trump and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping. Mr Trump’s tariffs policy is aimed at encouraging American consumers to buy home-grown goods by making imported items from China much more expensive. President Trump has…

Patrick Buchanan: What Trump will leave in Biden’s inbox | Opinion

Dismissing President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 election remains undecided, Joe Biden has begun to name his national security team. Right now, it looks Democratic establishment all the way. Antony Blinken, a longtime foreign policy aide, is Biden’s choice for secretary of state. Jake Sullivan, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, is said to be his choice for national security adviser. Biden’s urgency in naming his foreign policy team is understandable. For if his election is confirmed by the Electoral College, then he will find himself on Jan. 20…

Patrick Buchanan: What Trump will leave in Biden’s inbox | Columns

Dismissing President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 election remains undecided, Joe Biden has begun to name his national security team. Right now, it looks Democratic establishment all the way. Biden’s urgency in naming his foreign policy team is understandable. For if his election is confirmed by the Electoral College, then he will find himself on Jan. 20 with a lineup of foreign policy crises. First is Afghanistan. While a Beltway battle has erupted over the wisdom of Trump’s decision to cut in half — to 2,500 — the number…