US President Donald Trump has often become a target of ire for his controversial policy statements. But South Asia, including Nepal, may find a reason to cheer if he sticks to his campaign promise of withdrawing the US from two major free-trade pacts--referred to as TPP and TTIP--and imposing high tariff on goods imported from China and Mexico.
Our recent presidential election brought about a rare accord between the progressive and the populist fronts in rejecting the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. I have no problem with the rejection of a trade agreement that focuses primarily on the interests of transnational corporations, international financial centers, agribusiness and giant chemical companies and raises many questions about how it may serve the interests of the overwhelming majority of people in our country.
Annals of Diplomacy
March 6, 2017 Issue
Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War
What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?
By Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa
Hans M. Kristensen & alios i Bulletin of the Atoic Scientists
Ingress: "The US nuclear forces modernization program has been portrayed to the public as an effort to ensure the reliability and safety of warheads in the US nuclear arsenal, rather than to enhance their military capabilities. In reality, however, that program has implemented revolutionary new technologies that will vastly increase the targeting capability of the US ballistic missile arsenal. This increase in capability is astonishing—boosting the overall killing power of existing US ballistic missile forces by a factor of roughly three—and it creates exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike."
Laut Medienberichten möchte die Regierung Trump bilaterale Handelsabkommen stärken. Mit Deutschland soll es das nicht geben – sagt die Bundesregierung. Möglich seien nur multilaterale Abkommen mit ganz Europa.