China “Unexpectedly” Returns U.S. Citizen Just Days After Conviction for Espionage…

Chinese government officials returned a Texas businesswoman, Ms. Phan-Gillis, to the United States just days after convicting her of espionage charges:

WASHINGTON – […] Phan-Gillis was arrested in 2015 on charges of having spied for the United States in 1996. The Obama administration and United Nations condemned the arrest as a case of “arbitrary detention,” but Chinese authorities proceeded with a case against her that culminated in her receiving a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence on Tuesday. Within days, however, she was returned unexpectedly home — deported, rather than being required to serve her sentence.

[…] “Consular officers most recently met with Ms. Phan-Gillis on April 10, 2017,” a State Department official told the Washington Examiner. “We regularly raised Ms. Phan-Gillis’ case with Chinese officials, including at the most senior levels. Beyond what we have already said, we will not discuss the specific nature of our conversations about this case.”

Her return gives the Trump administration something to celebrate on his 100th day in office, a significant milestone for his team. “This is a day of great celebration for her family and all Texans,” [Senator] Cruz said. “I applaud the State Department and thank President Trump for his leadership in securing Sandy’s release.”  (link)

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140 Responses to China “Unexpectedly” Returns U.S. Citizen Just Days After Conviction for Espionage…

  1. M33 says:

    Simply… Wow!

    This winning is great stuff!!

    Liked by 30 people

    • drdeb says:

      I will never get tired of winning, President Trump!

      Liked by 13 people

    • And highly addictive… I think I’m hooked! 😛

      Liked by 2 people

    • mikeyboo says:

      And gratitude also to President Xi of China!

      Liked by 11 people

      • sunnydaze says:

        Yes. They are excellent negotiators and FINALLY have somebody who will negotiate with them instead of just taking orders and requests.

        Liked by 4 people

        • ladypenquin says:

          President Trump brought up the technique of negotiating tonight at his rally in PA. As in you don’t ask them to help with North Korea and in the next sentence accuse them of misdeeds – which, of course, may be true, but it’s insulting and not the way to diplomatically treat people.

          One thing that Trump gets, and Obama never did, was that regardless of differences in culture, politics, religion, etc. you always treat leaders of other countries with respect and hospitality, and when you visit other countries, our leaders are supposed to have the same comprehension about diplomacy and protocols.

          Obama, being without class and even adequate intelligence/wisdom was clueless and thus embarrassed the U.S. on all fronts, all the time.

          Liked by 18 people

  2. Obama wouldn’t have even brought the poor Woman’s plight up, because is would frustrate other issues. /s

    Liked by 12 people

  3. rsanchez1990 says:

    And no need to send a secret ransom payment in planes full of cash. Isn’t it great to have a respected President again?

    Liked by 39 people

  4. Brian L says:

    Stroke that panda fur, cuddle up with it, make it look at how closely intertwined our economies are.

    Liked by 22 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Because of TCTH, I knew exactly what our President was doing tonight in his rally speech regarding China. Not only did he educate the morons about negotiating, he also made it a point to talk highly about President Xi and everything he has done so far in regards to NK. He also reiterated his position that China can stop the little fat man in NK by sharing the fact that 93% of NK’s export and import happen with China. It is amazing to be able to watch and understand it in real time. Thank you SD for that!

      Liked by 22 people

      • ladypenquin says:

        President Trump did a great job in how he spoke about China tonight and their president. Gave him the respect and dignity which the leader of that country should get. Asians, and many other countries, have strong beliefs about not being embarrassed or dishonored.

        Ironic that the man, our wonderful President Trump, who our media want to trash and call “boorish” has more class and knowledge of such things in his pinky finger than Obama and his minions have – even if you multiplied Obama a million times, Obama has nothing but narcissism and ignorance.

        Liked by 11 people

        • filia.aurea says:

          A touch of narcissism is probably needed in all who rise to be POTUS, but a complete lack of appropriate cultural deference is indefensible. Barry was a man without cultural roots, as evidenced in so many of his foreign interactions. Nothing but an empty suit who created havoc. He must pay for his transgressions and dereliction of duty.

          Liked by 3 people

          • ladypenquin says:

            Good point – about Obama being without cultural roots. Likely so, and his value system was rooted in Marxist ideology – not much to hold onto their. Still, he strikes me as nothing more than a little boy who simply never grew up. He certainly appears to lack the capacity for empathy or sympathy, which I consider to be important character traits.

            Liked by 1 person

            • ladypenquin says:

              “hold onto there” (not their) 🙂

              Like

            • TakeBackOurRepublic says:

              Lack of empathy is trait of a narcissist. The following definition fits Obama like a glove.

              narcissism (när′sĭ-sĭz′əm)
              n.
              1. Excessive preoccupation with or admiration of oneself.
              2. A personality disorder characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, need for admiration, and lack of empathy. Also called narcissistic personality disorder.
              3. Pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one’s own body or self, considered in psychoanalytic theory to be a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.

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              • ladypenquin says:

                Most of us likely had Obama pegged from Day One, even if we didn’t know the extent of his issues. Looking back at his early speeches – he always reminded me of a carney barker, the used car salesman. Just too phony on too many points. But then, we’re discerning people – despite what the liberal elitists think about us. 🙂

                I’m just sorry no one leaked his college transcripts – bet the deception is in all those records.

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  5. Rickster says:

    The President just mocked the media for telling him to get tougher with China. Too frikin funny, he has them running in circles. Love our President muchly 🙂

    Liked by 39 people

  6. Sunshine says:

    I had a very bad day, really bad. You know what they say about bad days, they always end well.
    Thank You for the Great Panda FINALE.

    Liked by 35 people

    • Political Reviewer says:

      Sure hope and pray tomorrow and the next day and the next and the next…will all be so much better, Sunshine.

      Liked by 15 people

    • NJF says:

      Sending you a Trumptastic Hug!!!

      Liked by 8 people

      • ladypenquin says:

        Have you noticed what great new vocabulary we have with President Trump? Delighted to have such positiveness. He speaks plain and I’m sure the snobby elitists would grade his speech patterns as much lower than their lofty vocabulary… But behind his words is a brilliant mind, so they don’t even recognize how they’re being fooled. In the meantime, we’re having a great time just being ourselves and bringing America back into focus.

        Liked by 1 person

    • WSB says:

      The Sun will come out tomorrow, Sunshine. No matter the worst, if you can wake up and put your face in the sunshine for just a moment, God has graced you with another day for a purpose!

      And PDJT does tend to brighten up dark days!

      Best wishes.

      Liked by 11 people

    • JC says:

      Hang in there, Sunshine. One bad day out of the way… check. Prayers for more great days in a row than you can count.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Dekester says:

      Best wishes Sunshine.

      Liked by 2 people

    • ladypenquin says:

      Hope tomorrow is better for you Sunshine. And on the bright side, China has a great Giant Panda exchange/breeding program with the United States,
      May you have peace in your life.

      Liked by 4 people

  7. Minnie says:

    Diplomacy finally reappearing after the past 8 disastrous years

    Liked by 18 people

  8. ALEX says:

    Respect. Seeing our President have a personal relationship with any Asian President, let alone the President of China is something I never expected…Not like this and so quickly…

    President XI definetly wants to be part of the established order/norms and as Sundance wrote earlier, it seems Russia too….Great stuff and thanks for concentrating on foreign affairs as you mentioned you would Sundance…This is real important stuff happening….

    Liked by 19 people

    • Yes, it is extremely important! This is like the star fish story where millions have been washed upon the beach. Then a beach comber comes across a little boy who is picking up ones he’s walks by and throws them back into the life nurturing ocean. The beach comber ask why he’s throwing the few back into the ocean, because there’s million that won’t be saved. The little boy says “it make a difference to THAT ONE”. Sorry for butchering the story, but it applies for this lady.

      President Trump is stealing my heart.

      Liked by 13 people

      • Lack is not all says:

        Yes Mz and what a difference. In medicine one life at a time is all a med wants to save

        Like

      • ladypenquin says:

        Mz Molly, that’s a wonderful story and analogy. And I heard it many, many years ago from my chemistry professor/advisor in college – who was something of a philosopher about life.

        The other nugget of wisdom he shared with me when life seemed muddled and confusing was that there were no guarantees in life. Only way to get a guarantee was to buy a Mickey Mouse wrist watch. I’ve never forgotten either of those thoughts and to this day they seem applicable.

        President Trump understands about starfish, I’m sure of it. 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

    • nobaddog says:

      We might have had a great relationship with Russia if the dims hadn’t made Russia and Putin a toxic subject for the President. Im sure he had to do things differently not to play into the “Russians did it” fake news story to be safe. Just think if peace broke out between the superpowers and we all cooperated on world problems like terrorism and liberal violence. Well at least terrorism and Islamic extremist.

      Liked by 3 people

  9. I was enjoying the read of the article and scrolling down through the pictures while drinking coffee…..BIG mistake! When I saw that panda bear waving, the coffee came out my nose I was laughing so hard. Other than that…I think this is just more winning for President Trump and shows how incompetent the previous administrations have been.

    Liked by 21 people

  10. kimosaabe says:

    Trump’s leverage is amazing

    Liked by 10 people

  11. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!

    Midas touch, has he.

    Is anyone surprised?

    People during the campaign made fun and said “you can’t negotiate like it’s a real estate deal when you are President.”

    Oh really, don’t tell Egypt and China that, or the political prisoners who got released.

    Running laps around Bammy and The Swamp now. Just rubbing it in with a touchdown dance.

    How sweet it is!

    Liked by 17 people

  12. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Also, on this and the rally — notice how Trump said he’ll decide in like 2 weeks on the Paris Accords?

    That’s the showman in him. The TV executive.

    Keep them tuned in; keep them waiting for your next move.

    Man, the next 8 years is going to be amazing as the USA becomes great again!

    Liked by 25 people

  13. litlbit2 says:

    What a great time with the culitavated relationships with the leaders of the USA, China, and very possibly Russia and others for new hope and freedoms for the people of the world.

    Started by one man with a blessing from above stopping the division, chaos tactics, hate speech and violence of the past. Building a world of individual countries and their separate lifestyles into a environment absent of control by evil forces.

    Having grownup conversations with frank talk by educated leaders. There still remains clowns in congress, judges, govenrors, propaganda Very Fake News, but their time is ending. Dying old mental cases.

    Liked by 13 people

  14. Donna in Oregon says:

    Watching the Pennsylvania rally and now this! This is a Trump Day for sure. Been held hostage for so long by the Progressives it sometimes doesn’t feel like it’s real.

    Liked by 18 people

  15. BG2 says:

    We’re watching a big businessman in action.
    Beats the hell out of the previous lot of submissive socialists seeking revenge on their own country.

    Liked by 17 people

  16. Pam says:

    And the stupid MSM of course will still not get why our president backed off of calling China a currency manipulator.

    It’s called leverage folks.

    Liked by 13 people

  17. Janice says:

    Best Saturday in a long time! I’m pumped and ready to take on the doomsayers again. Love my President. Continue with prayers!

    Liked by 13 people

  18. IMO says:

    When President Trump was a long time international business man he must have had a stellar reputation for these world leaders to hold him in high regards. No doubt a man of his word.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Exactly IMO and the DC UniParty and Lyin’MSM close their eyes to the inevitable!
      Everytime! They refuse to see the truth of the matter.
      His reputation internationally precedes him; all the leaders know who he is and what he is capable of doing. smh!

      Like

  19. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    And just as Sundance has said, Latinos will love Trump because he truly is El Patron. A real man, who gets things done and will tell you what he is going to do, then does it.

    Trump delivers. And people respect that, of all backgrounds.

    Liked by 8 people

  20. A2 says:

    Mrs Phan-Gillis looks to have been caught up in the infamous Black Friday, 709 crackdown in 2015 that lead to widespread arrests of human rights lawyers and alleged State secrets leakers, and those subverting State power i.e., working for a foreign government, as part of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive.

    The Chinese have a ‘blood’ foundation to citizenship and consider Chinese nationality to be unalienable (no matter what your passport says). Thus, for whatever reasons she was arrested it would fall under that understanding. Glad she was released, though it looks like she was forced to make a ‘confession’.

    On another note, but relating to (what the Chinese call the ‘citrus summit’) Presidents Trump and Xi’s meeting in Florida, several scathing denunciations (and hair on fire) official articles were published about Pres Trump’s tax reform plan, particularly the corporate rate cut which they consider unfair competition and ‘irresponsible’. These articles now have been censored by the Ministry of Truth.

    Best not to park on the level crossing, MAGA coming.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Janie M. says:

      A2, the Japanese have the same position with regard to citizenship. I am “of the blood” because of my mother (a native). I could apply for Japanese citizenship but would be required to relinquish my American citizenship (dual not permitted) and I am not willing to cross that bridge.

      Liked by 2 people

      • A2 says:

        Yes I know, though the Chinese believe you cannot un-Chinese yourself. Had an interesting encounter with officialdom in Beijing over how they could determine ‘Chinese blood’ scientifically. It created quite a firedrill. I call it A2’s rule.

        Liked by 2 people

        • sunnydaze says:

          This is why it was harder for Chinese Americans, even those who didn’t speak a word of Chinese, to get jobs teaching English when I lived in Taiwan.

          The Chinese just couldn’t wrap their minds around the fact that Americans of Chinese descent might have the same English skills as those of European or African descent.

          Liked by 2 people

        • Janie M. says:

          A2, while I may be incorrect, I have always believed there is some overlap in the genetics of Chinese, Japanese and Koreans.

          Like

          • Maquis says:

            I believe the same, it seems undeniable, but it will be forcefully denied if you suggest such to any of these peoples. Pride, ya know?

            Incidentally, I’ve heard it told that we are all Children of the same God of Creation,
            🖖

            Liked by 1 person

            • Janie M. says:

              Maquis, I am what is known to the much older Japanese as a “half-baby” because I am not full-blooded, so the issue of ethnic purity is not paramount to me.

              Like

  21. MaineCoon says:

    Maybe President Trump will gift an American Panda to President Xi when he visits?? So cute!

    Liked by 14 people

  22. Minnie says:

    Will the media ever see the pie on their face? Or the crow on their plate?

    Liked by 4 people

    • ladypenquin says:

      No, I don’t think so because their ideology blinds them. It’s why the majority are in that field. It’s been taken over and draws the same type. The alternative is to drown them out, and go around them to the people, as Donald Trump has done. The weasel politicians in DC are the same and need the same problem. Quicksand would be great about now in DC.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. NJF says:

    It’s almost as if he has a……..magic wand…..or something!!!!!!

    Liked by 9 people

  24. chojun says:

    Looks like the great panda had an itch that only a lion could scratch.

    Liked by 7 people

  25. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Must be that awful temperament that makes him unfit to hold such high office.

    Liked by 8 people

  26. alliwantissometruth says:

    As BG2 said, Trump is a businessman, & smart leaders run countries like a business

    You don’t have to like a country, it’s ideologies & the way they run things in order to get things done, but you do need to talk, preferably to the head honcho, & find common ground

    Trump is a negotiator, a man who explains realities & why certain deals are beneficial to all involved

    With the power of the USA behind him & the skills of a no bull**** deal maker, he’s shaking things up for the good of the world & showing the amateurs how it’s done

    Politicians have always been the problem. Real leaders who actually lead are the solution

    Liked by 7 people

  27. I’m not one to go off on wild tangents, but for some unknown reason this theory came into my mind from nowhere. What if Trump has figured out a way for the big 3 US, China, Russia to unite and tell the globalist and the bankers “To suck it” we run the show now. Nahhhhhhhh!, I’ve been huffing to much paint fumes…lol

    Liked by 10 people

    • Love that theory though!

      Liked by 3 people

      • I wouldn’t put it pass him. I was out having a smoke and it popped into my head with a wry grin and saying to myself “You sly sonsofbitch…lol Seeing china this open and agreeable is the first time I’ve seen it in my 54 yrs.

        Liked by 7 people

        • ladypenquin says:

          Good point, and it is no small thing that the woman was released. Something good is afoot here, and because Trump is respectful instead of dictatorial to the Chinese (and others) he is commanding respect. No one respected Obama on the world stage, and even now his Lefty sycophants must have regrets.

          Liked by 4 people

          • deanbrh says:

            I think Trump’s first assignment was the person he knew of for Ambassador to China. Perhaps that person is also why relationships are so good, maybe for the first time since Nixon.

            Liked by 1 person

    • dutzie60 says:

      Do armies exist large enough to protect them if your wild tangent is anywhere close to factual.

      Liked by 1 person

    • daughnworks247 says:

      I feel a kink in my brain.
      Hmmmmm…….
      I like it.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Dekester says:

      Interesting theory. Very interesting, thank you.

      Liked by 2 people

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I think you’re right, even eliminating the bankers from the equation.

      The way I see it, globalism (Western supremacy through fakey-fake global unity dictated out of Europe, the American coasts, and the UN, with China sneaking to as much power as possible) and American supremacists (cold war mentality) both wanted to keep America on the Jeb/Hillary/UniParty course. The financial world has “banked” (no pun intended) on that model winning.

      The competing model is honest (more or less) multi-polarism, a.k.a. nationalism / internationalism, which works for China, Russia and Trump Americanism. China just wants to get ahead. Russia, fundamentally, doesn’t want the world to kill 100 million of their citizens, which is probably where the next Euro-managed world war would go. And most of America is seeing that globalism (or at least the current model with few if any “constitutional guarantees” of national rights and sovereignties) is not exactly looking out for our interests.

      People used to talk about a kind of triumvirate of America, Russia and China, but I think it will end up a lot more multipolar than that. If Europe can get its act together, which I still believe is possible in a multi-polar world, there is much future in that scenario for smaller but more nimble players, as there is for the various Asian countries. Still, Russian, America and China will likely be three very big poles in the “newer world order” (small caps necessary), if only due to their militaries.

      The bankers will adapt. Money, like all forms of organized information, just wants to be valuable. Predicting the future to survive is how money does that. If money sees a way to survive in a multi-polar world, and more importantly, if it sees a way to prosper, and most importantly of all, if it sees a BETTER way to prosper, money will head that way. And very few people understand how money thinks, like TRUMP understands.

      You will note that I never blame a conscious human conspiracy, when an under-recognized diffuse intelligence will suffice. 😉

      Liked by 2 people

  28. Another Chess Piece is moved.. 4-D chess mind you..

    Liked by 4 people

  29. I bet MSM will keep it quiet!

    Liked by 2 people

  30. Monadnock says:

    A far cry from the optics of that last Obama visit to China… where he was forced to exit the azz end of the plane – bet that NEVER happens to anyone in the Trump Administration.

    Liked by 5 people

  31. remuda2016 says:

    Donald is a Teacher as well as a negotiator. He teaches Xi with calm resolute to view the “New Chinese” with dignity and rights for his “People” of the Chinese Republic, newly viewed as ‘coming of age’…just as the Japanese and South Koreans have as we engage our ‘Practical Democratic Republic Constitutional Conservatism’…beyond ideologies. Soon,other nations in the Far East will see the beauty of what the US established 232 years ago and follow suit..

    Liked by 2 people

    • ladypenquin says:

      Right. President Trump gave recognition to the fact that the President of China has to watch out for the interests of his own people – that’s a very respectful approach and what should be done between leaders of nations. It’s acknowledgement of the value of others…

      Liked by 5 people

  32. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

    Liked by 8 people

  33. jackphatz says:

    Now…for some real magic…If Trump can get President Xi to convince Phatboy to give up the three being held in NK. Then Twolaine will want Obama to lick Trumps boots clean as the day they were made.

    Liked by 1 person

  34. sunnydaze says:

    That’s huge for China to do that. Dang, second one this week.

    He’s good, really good at diplomacy.

    Liked by 8 people

  35. MfM says:

    Trump picked Terry Branstad as our Ambassador to China. He was someone who already had a relationship with Xi Jinping.

    I’m sure he has also been working diplomatically.

    Liked by 8 people

  36. daughnworks247 says:

    God smiled tonight. Tapping his feet to the Trump music. We’re going to be okay.

    Liked by 5 people

  37. Big Jake says:

    Hey Barry. That magic wand is working pretty well, eh?

    And you won’t get RESPECT if you can’t spell it, moron.

    Liked by 1 person

  38. M33 says:

    OR — Your name is Donald J. Trump and you wrote the “The Art of the Deal”.

    Liked by 6 people

  39. Texian says:

    This humanitarian gesture is a reflection of two men who have come together in honor and respect. I now see China – its Leader and its People – in a whole new Light.. a Light shining from a new dawn..

    Liked by 7 people

  40. maiingankwe says:

    Oh my gosh, such excellent posts on this thread tonight. It feels like we are back to normal. 😁

    I haven’t seen a troll for awhile. Not that they haven’t been posting, I just haven’t been here at the time they have, and I’ve been here quite a bit lately. Could be lucky, or it just could be we’re back on track like the good ‘ole days.

    I’m just happy to see people getting along again, and I was really happy to see the support for Sunshine up above. This is what home feels like up on my branch. I for one am very happy. Love my Treepers and love Our Tree!

    Stay smiling, and be well,
    Ma’iingankwe

    Liked by 4 people

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      nah maiingankwe, my kitty-cat had to flip one off on the Daily Open thread yesterday.

      Liked by 1 person

      • maiingankwe says:

        I’m sorry to hear that, and sorry I missed the take down. Out of all of the people here, you’re one of the few I wouldn’t want to tangle with. I think it has more to do with respect though. When you speak, I make it a point to listen and have always come out ahead by doing that. It’s called listening and respecting your Elders as well. There are a lot of good Elders here who have a great deal more experience in life, and it would be wise for some of the tots to grow up and listen for a bit.

        I hope you tore them apart and spit them out. Oops, I mean I hope your cat did. Idiots should know better than messing with your 🐱 cat.

        Oh, and neither you nor your cat are old by any means. You both just have a bit more experience is all. 🙃

        Stay smiling and tell your cat to give them heck. So happy the both of you are here taking care of things.
        Be well,
        Ma’iingankwe

        Liked by 2 people

        • BigMamaTEA says:

          maiingankwe, that was on yesterday’s Caturday thread! ha! I had a suspected troll, and just happened to have a cat flipping-off the camera gif. End of troll. I’m not too mean, unless they push.

          Thanks for the compliments though!

          Liked by 1 person

          • maiingankwe says:

            Oh my gosh, what a great way to start the day, laughing.

            I know you’re not mean, I just wouldn’t want to tangle with you. I will have to look for that picture later. Stay smiling and have a great day.

            Like

            • BigMamaTEA says:

              Backatcha sweetie! Btw, when my kids lived at home, I obtained the moniker “BigMama” from them. I ran BigMama National Bank, in an effort to teach them some fiscal responsibility. (even sent them statements on their accounts – with humor,of course! It was/is still fun)

              I used to be/still am the butt of their jokes…..but I raised 4 female children into strong-willed, humorous, responsible, tax-paying, bitter clingers.(Which was not so funny going through their snarky-pre-teen years!!! Their joke used to be…why? Because BigMama said so, that’s why!”)

              Liked by 1 person

    • Minnie says:

      🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸🚂🇺🇸

      Liked by 1 person

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