US election 2016: China

President-elect Donald Trump with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, his pick for ambassador to China, at a rally in Des Moines on December 8. Branstad has known Chinese President Xi Jinping for more than 30 years. Photo: AP

US needs China by its side to retain leadership of world

You’ve long spoken about the “political awakenings”, from the Arab Spring to the Maidan protests in Ukraine, as a new element affecting world affairs. Now, a different form of awakening is sweeping Western democracies – populism that seems to have an affinity for Vladimir Putin.