Jim Mattis moved to reassure Asian allies Saturday that the United States can work with China on reining in North Korea's nuclear weapons program without compromising its opposition to Beijing's "militarization" of the South China Sea.
On April 22, the Trump Administration said it would honor an Obama-era agreement to resettle refugees stuck in Australia's controversial offshore detention camps. This means that after nearly four years, 25-year-old Sudanese refugee Aziz may finally get a new home.
President Barack Obama begins his 11th and final presidential trip to the Asia-Pacific in earnest on Friday, visiting China to nurture what has become arguably the world's most important relationship and cementing an eight-year "pivot to Asia."
There were no smiles or warmth and no lingering chit-chat, but the leaders of China and Japan actually shook hands in front of the cameras. And even that small step is a good sign for a troubled relationship.
The protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989 were a huge news story around the world. But part of the reason for that was a fluke of history. The foreign media was already in Beijing — at the invitation of the Chinese government.