Morning Joe Rips Trump and Ivanka For ‘Implicit Quid Pro Quo’ With China: ‘Utterly Outrageous’

Joe Scarborough declared it “the swampiest swamp of all.” The Morning Joe host is referring to a New York Times report from the weekend connecting the dots between President Donald Trump‘s attempts to rescue Chinese telecom giant ZTE from bankruptcy, and new trademarks awarded to daughter Ivanka Trump‘s businesses by China.

It’s “an exchange for family members getting sweetheart business deals,” Scarborough said.

Later, the Morning Joe panel addressed the apparent conflict of interest in depth:
John Heilemann joked that China “was the centerpiece of [Trump’s] campaign — Make China Great Again.” Heilemann noted that Trump family self-enrichment is constant, but every once in a while something happens that is so “flagrant” it attracts attention. “It’s utterly outrageous, and yet it goes on everyday,” Heilemann said. “This seems like such a flagrant conflict that violates everything that when you go to the White House, it’s what Continue reading "Morning Joe Rips Trump and Ivanka For ‘Implicit Quid Pro Quo’ With China: ‘Utterly Outrageous’"

Trump Throws Chuck Schumer a Shoutout on China Trade Talks: We ‘Have Long Agreed’

The White House announced over the weekend that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had come to an agreement that would see China reduce its trade deficit with the US, and in exchange the US would remove tariffs. The halt on tariffs cooled off a potential trade war between the two countries, but it’s not clear that the new agreement is much of a win for Trump. “I ask Senator Chuck Schumer, why didn’t President Obama & the Democrats do something about Trade with China, including Theft of Intellectual Property etc.?” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. “They did NOTHING!” “With that being said, Chuck & I have long agreed on this issue!” he added. “Fair Trade, plus, with China will happen!”

Pear Video produces hundreds of news videos a day across China — with no full-time video journalists

Wei Xing — the founder of Chinese startup Pear Video (梨视频), which produces more than a thousand viral news clips a day — doesn’t fear rapid change. In almost two decades in Chinese media, he’s moved from working at newspapers in Shanghai to setting up some of the most innovative digital media outlets in China: The Paper — which is overseen by Shanghai United Media Group, a conglomerate owned by the Chinese Communist Party, but has touched on some controversial topics — and its English-language sibling Sixth Tone. Not content with working only on text-focused ventures, Wei launched Pear Video in 2016. With a cash injection of more than $15 million from China Media Capital and a reported Series A funding round of nearly $100 million, Pear now claims it’s China’s leading short news video platform, generating around 500 million daily views. (The publicly traded unit of People’s Daily, the Continue reading "Pear Video produces hundreds of news videos a day across China — with no full-time video journalists"

Is there a big enough global audience interested in China to sustain the South China Morning Post’s ambitious new sites?

If you concocted news sites in a lab for maximum hipness, high polish, and most evocative noun names, you’d get Abacus and Inkstone. These separate verticals — new offshoots of the Alibaba-owned South China Morning Post, the storied English-language newspaper covering China, based in Hong Kong — are highly designed, efficiently product-managed, and precisely targeted at the types of topics meticulous consumer surveys have determined are what news readers want more coverage on, but which few existing news sites cover satisfactorily. Abacus covers tech in China broadly, and Inkstone is a daily digest on Chinese life and politics, with an eye towards explaining China for people who might just be glancingly interested in the country or newly aware of its influence in global politics. A third site, name undisclosed and launching sometime in June, will focus on food and travel. These new verticals will be workhorses in trying to fulfill SCMP’s
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GOP Rep. Kinzinger: I Was ‘Blown Away’ By Trump’s Announcement on Saving Jobs in China

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger stated that he was “blown away” by Donald Trump’s change of heart in regards to economic dealings with China, as the president recently tweeted his support for a massive Chinese phone company.
Cuomo first asked the Illinois Republican whether Trump’s apparent “softening” on China came in light of turmoil in Asia and the need for allies to combat Pakistan and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, and if that was correlated with the president voicing his support for ZTE. “ZTE, the large Chinese phone company, buys a big percentage of individual parts from U.S. companies,” tweeted Trump on Monday. “This is also reflective of the larger trade deal we are negotiating with China and my personal relationship with President Xi.”