KURTZ: Analysts on the Democratic Party’s Thaw with the Chinese Government, and How Normal is Winning Ratings?

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KURTZ: As tensions continue to rise with China and North Korea over the former U.S. ally of Taiwan, journalists are taking part in a question and answer session in Taiwan about the region.

In this week’s Media Buzz, it is Erin Moriarty with Brian Kilmeade and Martha MacCallum and Steve Doocy.

Steve, it has been 25 years since mainland China opened diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Doesn’t seem that long, but in fact there’s never been a period when there’s been formal, intense relations with one side. And there was always a question of: Will that pendulum swing back and how long would this current time be?

STEVE DOOCY, HOST, FOX NEWS TONIGHT: It’s going to happen. Not soon, but at some point it’s going to happen. There was an idea that President Trump might have a trade war with China as his easy shot in economic versus national security, but this is true for anybody. If you don’t have that relationship with those countries, those countries don’t care what you’re doing economically. They could care less. Those countries could care less. But China and Taiwan would care far less if we were kind of restricting their trade, but that’s not the situation, and of course, that doesn’t mean that they’re not of interest. Anybody dealing with China knows that they’re very complicated and they’re very savvy and they know exactly how to get what they want from America. And the same thing would hold true with Taiwan. And that’s where President Trump is pointing his finger at. It’s not talking about trade specifically, although we haven’t seen that in a while. We haven’t seen that trade war going down in his favor.

KURTZ: OK, Erin, in terms of the rules of journalism, in terms of dealing with China, is there a danger of being too focused on domestic political issues?

ERIN MORIARTY, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Well, there certainly is a danger. But, you know, we’ve been doing this with China for about 10 years now, and we’ve only had a few of these exercises like that, so I think we know what we’re doing. And, you know, I think for the American public, there’s really no question what’s going on in those meetings. It’s something that they’re going to have to get used to in their politics. It’s going to be a hot topic for the next few years in the presidential election. I think our viewers should be just fine with us talking about it.

KURTZ: Let’s talk about President Trump’s announcement this week of putting another 400,000 refugees on a waiting list. How realistic do you think that’s going to be?

DOOCY: We’re not at 400,000 yet. I mean, we’re not at that number. And so, we’ve got a long way to go. But look, what’s happened is on the global refugee crisis, you know, you go through just some of the numbers, and look, you got 4 million refugees who have fled Syria. The United States is somewhere around 11 percent of that. So, you got a big chunk that are coming to other countries. You’re talking about 50 million people, Steve, worldwide, that’s displaced. And yet, for all of that, we haven’t been willing to take a number that’s anything near that. And yet there is massive pent-up demand for these refugee people. Some of them may never make it to Europe, to the United States.

KURTZ: Erin Moriarty, thanks for joining us. When we come back, there’s a new ratings battle brewing in New York State. Where Democrats and Republicans are battling over seizing control of the state senate.




KURTZ: That Senate bill, some Republicans and one Democrat, Senator Jeff Klein are trying to pass. Which party control the state senate in New York State becomes critical because the Republicans and Governor Andrew Cuomo have clashed over several controversial proposals. So, which side is winning the battle?

We’ll discuss that when Media Buzz continues.

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