Putin's open military move vs Ukraine right before the G-20 is an open insult to Trump, a public sign he thinks the president is a patsy. Trump should meet Putin in Buenos Aires and warn him more sanctions and Ukraine aid will be forthcoming - or be judged globally as a wimp.
Already bigger than their counterparts in the U.S., the Chinese urban middle class shop in malls, buy seaside condos, and push their kids to go to university. China hopes their consumption habits will offset any tariff-driven decline in exports.
A wedding I attended in Atlanta this past weekend between a brilliant Afghan writer seeking asylum and a Chinese-born PhD. candidate at Stanford was the perfect example of the idiocy of current Trump efforts to slash legal immigration.
Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 2016 and 2001, and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.