Defense secretary dismisses Sen. Ted Cruz’s accusations

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told CNN he won’t lose any sleep over criticism of US military forces from China and Russia and dismissed accusations by some conservative politicians and media figures that the US military’s latest recruiting efforts to attract more diversity and be more inclusive are weakening America’s security.

US sanctions Chinese officials over Uyghurs

The US is expected to announce sanctions Monday against China in coordination with the European Union for Beijing’s ongoing repression of Uyghur Muslims, a campaign that Secretary of State Antony Blinken has described as genocide.

China is winning the trade war

China was already outperforming every other major world economy last year as the coronavirus pandemic upended the globe. It looks like the country’s relatively sure footing also gave it the edge in its trade war with the United States.

Diplomats fear blow to US moral authority

Less than 24 hours after law enforcement officials violently dispersed peaceful protesters outside the White House with pepper balls and rubber bullets, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with survivors of China’s brutal 1989 crackdown on the pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.