Donald Trump’s candidacy plays into the hands of China’s propaganda apparatus, which seeks to portray the United States as bigoted and unstable. Already there are subtle signs China’s leaders are rooting for Trump to win. Possibly they’d prefer the flacid flexibility of Trump to the rigidity of Hillary Clinton, who has been outspoken in criticizing Beijing on human rights abuses.

The Sacramento Bee, March 2, 2016

In China, Trump provokes wariness and fascination

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The Sacramento Bee, Feb. 3, 2016

Kings dodged astrological disaster by pulling T-shirts 

The Sacramento Bee, Jan. 14, 2016

High stakes for China and U.S. in Taiwan’s election

McClatchy, December 23, 2015

Letter from Beijing: In 2015, smog struck fear into Beijing’s leaders

McClatchy, Jan. 17. 2o14

Letter from Beijing: Smog turns out to be the great leveler in China’s capital

The Sacramento Bee, Dec. 1, 2013

Final thoughts on opining, and the next big chapter

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