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China, India taking advantage of US: Donald Trump

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Washington: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump accused China and India of taking advantage of the US as the eight top tier candidates clashed over issues ranging from trade to foreign policy to immigration.

“If you look at the way China and India and almost everybody takes advantage of the United States — China in particular, because they’re so good,” real estate mogul said during Tuesday night’s fourth Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee.

“It’s the number-one abuser of this country. And if you look at the way they take advantage, it’s through currency manipulation,” he said, calling the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) among twelve Pacific Rim countries a “terrible deal.”

“It’s not even discussed in the almost 6,000-page agreement. It’s not even discussed,” Trump complained before the Kentucky senator Rand Paul suggested to the moderators that “we might want to point out China is not part of this deal.” Nor is India.

Trump also faced skepticism from his rivals over his plans to deport 11 million illegal immigrants with Ohio governor John Kasich calling it “silly”.

“Come on, folks, we all know you can’t pick them up and ship them back across the border. It’s a silly argument. It’s not an adult argument,” he said.

Jen Bush, son of a former president and the brother of another also rejected Trump’s call for deportations, saying it hurt the party’s ability to reach out to mainstream audiences: “They’re doing high-fives in the Clinton campaign right now when they hear this.”

But Texas senator Ted Cruz called Bush’s plan “amnesty.” He joked that party elites and the mainstream media were easy on Bush because they don’t feel the economic threat that immigrants pose to working-class Americans.

If people were coming across the Rio Grande with journalism degrees, Cruz said, the American media would suddenly see immigration as a major problem.

On the question of how to handle the Islamic State and Russia, Trump called for the US to stay out of more confrontations saying “We can’t continue to be the policeman of the world.”

“If Putin wants to go and knock the hell out of ISIS, I am all for it,” Trump said, noting that he had met Russian President Vladimir Putin through a “60 Minutes” episode.

Bush quickly shot back. “Donald is wrong on this” he said. “We are not going to be the world’s policemen, but we sure as heck better be the world’s leader.”

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who is running neck and neck with Trump in polls, blasted the media for what he characterized as lies about his past. Carson also said the press is treating Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton more favorably.

“I have no problem with being vetted. What I do have a problem with is being lied about,” Carson said.

(Arun Kumar, IANS)

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China on Consecutive Missions To Moon and Mars

The 2011 Wolf Amendment, motivated by security concerns, bans NASA scientists from working with Chinese citizens affiliated to a Chinese state enterprise or entity

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China plans another Moon mission in 2019, targets Mars in 2020: Report

Riding on its success of landing a rover on the far side of the Moon earlier in January, China’s space agency is planning to launch another mission to the Moon by the end of 2019 and a mission to Mars as early as 2020, the media reported.

The plans underscore China’s ambitions in space at a time when the US is curtailing NASA’s budget and increasingly handing over space exploration to commercial adventurers, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

The China National Space Administration is working to send a probe to the Red Planet, said Wu Yanhua, deputy chief of the agency.

“China will carry out its first-ever exploration mission to Mars around 2020,” he said.

On January 3, China’s robotic spacecraft Chang’e-4 landed on the far side of the moon, a first in the human history of space exploration.

The 1.3-tonne lander, which made a soft landing on the Moon, put potato seeds and silkworm eggs housed in a chamber, and fed natural light and nutrition, on the Moon.

The space agency plans to launch a Chang’e-5 mission at the end of 2019 with the goal of collecting samples from the near side of the moon, Wu said. They would be the first samples retrieved since 1976.

China is also building its own space station, called Tiangong or Heavenly Palace, which is expected to be operational in 2022. But the agency is still deciding whether to send astronauts to the Moon, Wu said.

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China plans to land Mars in 2020 VOA

It also deployed a small rover called Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, to explore the surrounding lunar terrain, which is believed to be older than that on the near side.

“All these are first-time breakthroughs for humankind,” Wu said, adding “they are bound to make significant impacts on both China and the world.”

Meanwhile, China also said it has shared data with NASA about the Chang’e-4 lunar mission.

That claim could not be immediately substantiated, but it could raise eyebrows on Capitol Hill because NASA and the Chinese agency are prohibited from cooperating without congressional approval, the report said.

Also Read: China Exchanged Data With NASA On Its Recent Mission To Moon

The 2011 Wolf Amendment, motivated by security concerns, bans NASA scientists from working with Chinese citizens affiliated to a Chinese state enterprise or entity.

“Expanded international cooperation is the wish of all scientists,” Wu said. “It takes joining of forces among the world’s big space powers to really make a difference in human space exploration.” (IANS)