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One China Policy to Stand

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By Debbie Gregory.

It took nearly three weeks for President Trump to contact Chinese President Xi Jinping, but in the call Trump affirmed the “One China” policy that Beijing insists upon with regard to Taiwan, but which Trump in December was threatening to ignore.

In a statement, the White House said Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi “discussed numerous topics, and President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our One China policy.” It described the call as “extremely cordial” and said the leaders had invited each other to visit.

Trump’s December phone call with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, hinted that the United States might no longer abide by the One China policy.

The Chinese state news media said that Mr. Trump had “stressed that he fully understood the great importance for the U.S. government to respect the One China policy,” and that “the U.S. government adheres to the One China policy.”

It also said the two leaders had agreed on the “necessity and urgency of strengthening cooperation between China and the United States.”

On February 14th, the government of China awarded Trump the valuable rights to his own name in the form of a 10-year trademark for construction services.

After a decade spent trying to gain the rights to his name back from a man named Dong Wei, the move has raised questions about the extent to which his political status may be helping his family business.

Over the past decade, Trump has lodged 126 trademark applications in China for the TRUMP name, on everything from pet-care products to computer software to lingerie to golf clubs, according to records at the Trademark Office. Some 77 have been registered, while 49 remain pending.

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Navy Officer Facing Espionage and Prostitution Charges

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By Debbie Gregory.

The Navy is weighing charges of espionage against a Taiwan-born navy officer who became a naturalized U.S. citizen, in a highly secretive case in which he is accused of providing classified information to China and Taiwan, according to U.S. officials.

Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, a U.S. naval flight officer with an extensive signals intelligence background, was assigned to the headquarters for the Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, which oversees maritime patrol aircraft such as the P-8A Poseidon and P-3C Orion spy planes and the MQ-4C Triton surveillance drone.

Lin is accused of communicating secret information “with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation,” and of violating military law by patronizing prostitutes and committing adultery.

Lin, who moved to the United States when he was 14 years old, was once a poster boy for the heights that immigrants can achieve in the United States and in the military.

He enlisted in 1999, and three years later he attended Officer Candidate School, receiving his commission in May 2002, according to his Navy biography.

He went on to serve in a variety of roles as a flight officer, and attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, R.I., from December 2010 to February 2012.

The redacted charging documents say Lin allegedly transported secret information out of the country without permission and then lied about his whereabouts when he returned to duty. The charging documents allege he successfully committed espionage twice and attempted espionage on three other occasions.

Overseeing Lin’s case as convening authority is Adm. Philip S. Davidson, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk.

Lin was arrested about eight months ago and is being held at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The case remains under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI.

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