01/01/2019

ESSENTIAL #1: “HOW TO REPAIR THE US-CHINA RELATIONSHIP—AND PREVENT A MODERN COLD WAR” FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER, THE WASHINGTON POST

From the article: “Forty years ago, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and I normalized diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, putting an end to three decades of hostility. This led to an era distinguished by peace in East Asia and the Pacific region. China’s spectacular economic growth, in conjunction with its continuing integration with the much larger U.S. economy, has enabled the two countries to become engines of global prosperity. Scientific and cultural exchanges have blossomed, and the United Stateshas since become the topforeign destination for Chinese scholars and tourists. The 40thanniversaryof this relationship is a testament to the ability of countries with different histories, culturesand political systems to work together for the greater good. Yet, today,this critical relationship is in jeopardy.” 

ESSENTIAL #2: “HOW TRUMP CAN CHALLENGE CHINA” REIHAN SALAM, THE ATLANTIC

From the article: “President Donald Trump has good reason to denounce China’s tolerance of intellectual-property theft and various other trade abuses, as even his harshest critics will acknowledge. And there are tentative signs that U.S. negotiators are securing concessions from Beijing on market access for U.S. firms and the protection of their intellectual property. But a face-saving deal along these lines won’t really change China’s behavior. To do that, Trump ought to play against type by championing the interests of ordinary Chinese workers. That would pressure the Chinese party-state right where it is most vulnerable—and drive home the point that our quarrel is not with the Chinese people, but with the Chinese party-state.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “POPE FRANCIS ACCEPTS RESIGNATIONS OF VATICAN PRESS OFFICE DIRECTORS” HANNA BROCKHAUS, CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY

From the article: “Pope Francis Monday accepted the resignations of Press Office Director Greg Burke and Vice Director Paloma Garcia Ovejero, who have served at the head of the Holy See’s press office as the pope’s spokespersons since August 2016.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “BIG WASHINGTON CLEAN-UP BILL LEADS HOUSE DEMOCRATS’ LIST” DAVID MORGAN, REUTERS

From the article: “When the Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives in three weeks, their first order of business is expected to be a wide-ranging bill about political corruption, voter disenfranchisement and cleaning up campaign finance.”

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