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20 September 2017 2:16 AM The Latest: Chinese expert says Trump speech sounded warlike

A Chinese expert on North Korea was surprised by the vehemence of President Donald Trump’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly, saying “his rhetoric is full of military force.” Cheng Xiaohe of Renmin University said in an interview Wednesday, “When I first listened to his remarks last night, it sounded as if the U.S. had nearly declared war on North

19 September 2017 9:40 PM Socialist Equality Group statement on the election

The New Zealand election on September 23 poses the urgent need for an internationalist and socialist movement of the working class. Whatever its outcome, the election will not address the great issues of the day that confront workers and young people: the failure of capitalism as an economic system; growing international tensions and the undeniable danger

19 September 2017 12:55 PM Why China Won’t Pressure North Korea as Much as Trump Wants

At the center of the North Korean nuclear crisis is a pivotal question: How much is China really willing to pressure and punish its longtime ally in Pyongyang? Recent conversations in Beijing and Washington suggest that Chinese leaders have decided to increase pressure substantially but are not—and probably never will be—willing to help President Trump 1

18 September 2017 2:33 PM North Korea says sanctions will accelerate nuclear programme

North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear programme. In a strongly worded statement, the foreign ministry called a new round of restrictions imposed by the United Nations "the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility". Meanwhile, the US and South Korea carried out joint military exercises 4

18 September 2017 10:01 AM Trump's first speech at U.N. will focus on sovereignty and calls for reform

President Trump takes to the world’s largest stage this week. And many onstage are worried. Trump will deliver his first address Tuesday to the full United Nations General Assembly, an annual meeting that draws diplomats and leaders from 193 countries. Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor Chinese President Xi Jinping are coming this year. That gives 2

15 September 2017 5:05 PM The Real Trump? Why The Donald Could Be More Bipartisan Than We Thought

Washington had a head-spinning Wednesday night and Thursday morning, even by the dizzying standards of the Donald Trump presidency. Over Chinese food, the president on Wednesday night met at the White House with the top Senate and House Democrats, Charles Schumer of New York and Nancy Pelosi of California. Trump’s flirtations with the leaders of the left have been striking 1

14 September 2017 12:08 PM The Finance 202: House Republican takes aim at derivatives to help pay for tax overhaul

President Trump meets at the White House on Wednesday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), on the right. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) A key House Republican is preparing to propose new taxes on derivatives as the party hunts for revenue to fund a tax overhaul. Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Ways and Means 5

14 September 2017 10:25 AM The Daily 202: Bipartisan initiative to thwart election hacking gains steam

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri during a meeting yesterday in Sochi. (Michael Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images) THE BIG IDEA: West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s son was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan and suffered traumatic brain injury. When he finally made it home, the Republican 3

14 September 2017 6:40 AM On standards in public life, and Jian Yang

My honeymoon was paid for by a week or so helping an arm of the expansionist and repressive Chinese government (the IMF was paying, and it involved helping run a course in some obscure provincial city on liquidity management and the implementation of monetary policy). In more recent times, I've also done a couple of lectures on New Zealand economic management 1

14 September 2017 2:53 AM Democratic leaders say they have reached agreement with Trump to 'enshrine the protections of DACA into law'

Democratic leaders said Wednesday night they have reached agreement with President Trump to provide legal status for 800,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally as children. The deal, announced after a dinner of Chinese food at the White House, could provide further momentum to a budding movement toward bipartisanship that began last week when Trump 2