Who are the Tea Party, what is Mr. Pence, and why has Trump been sucking up to Russia?

In proposing a de-facto trade war with the PRC, the new American administration proceeds on a path leading to direct confrontation with China. The recent break in protocol with Trump receiving a congratulatory call from the President of Taiwan is then seen through a considerably more ominous prism. And, just like Britain worked to secure Russia as an ally on the eve of World War I; so too, the United States dreads facing a united Russian-Chinese front in this new confrontation.

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