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  • China To Waive Tariffs On Some US Soybeans, Pork In Goodwill Gesture

    12/06/2019 6:46:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/06/19
    The tariff waivers were based on applications by individual firms for U.S. soybeans and pork imports, the finance ministry said in a statement, citing a decision by the country’s cabinet. It did not specify the quantities involved. China had imposed the levies in response to tariffs launched by Washington over allegations that China steals and forces the transfer of American intellectual property to Chinese firms, known as Section 301. That includes tariffs of 25% on both U.S. soybeans and pork in July 2018 and a further 10% on pork and 5% on soybeans in September this year.
  • US trade deal passes Japan Parliament: Trump’s victory for American farmers

    12/06/2019 7:07:47 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 12 replies ^ | 12/05/19, 02:04 | Ben Rogers
    Japan’s Parliament on Wednesday, Dec. 4, approved a US-Japan trade deal that is taking effect at the beginning of 2020 and bringing good news for American farmers. The deal cutting tariffs between the countries was signed by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 25. It cleared Japan’s upper house on Wednesday after clearing the more powerful lower house earlier. The deal will pave the way for cheaper American beef and other agricultural products in Japan. The president called the US-Japan trade deal the “first stage of a phenomenal new trade agreement” and described it as...
  • Why is Germany silent on China's human rights abuses?

    12/05/2019 10:01:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.05.2019 | Wesley Rahn
    Since Hong Kong’s anti-government demonstrations began in June, the pro-democracy movement has been pleading for international support. And the recent confirmation of China’s systematic internment of Muslim Uighurs in the country’s western Xinjiang province has strengthened international calls for action against China’s human rights abuses. Now, human rights advocates and some German politicians are calling for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to take a stronger stance on human rights issues in China. […] However, during six months of unrest in Hong Kong, and the ongoing reports of minority oppression in Xinjiang, Chancellor Merkel has been careful not to explicitly support the...
  • China’s economic clout welcomed by most of the world, but Asian neighbours remain wary: Pew survey

    12/05/2019 7:10:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 12/05/2019 | Amanda Lee and Harry Pearl
    China’s growing economic strength is seen by most people as positive, but the country’s rise as a global superpower is not making it popular with neighbours in the Asia-Pacific, a survey released on Thursday showed. The survey of nearly 39,000 people in 34 countries by the Pew Research Centre also showed the world had an overwhelmingly negative view of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Seventy-five per cent of Japanese viewed Chinese investment as bad, followed by Australia, where 60 per cent viewed it negatively. However, majorities in Australia and Japan thought that China’s strong economy was mutually beneficial. Over the past...
  • Japan buys Mageshima island for US$146 million to conduct military drills with US

    12/02/2019 9:21:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 12/02/2019 | Julian Ryall
    The Japanese government has completed the 16 billion yen (US$146 million) purchase of an uninhabited island between Kyushu and Okinawa prefecture which it plans to develop into a training base for Japanese and US military aircraft. Mageshima is part of the Osumi Islands and hosted an important airfield for the Japanese military when defending Okinawa in the closing stages of World War II. Its planned development reflects Tokyo’s revised security doctrine and determination to protect the scattered islands off its most southern prefecture. “It’s important to secure the site for field carrier landing practice from the viewpoint of security so...
  • US Customs Seizes Thousands of Fake IDs From China

    11/29/2019 9:47:10 PM PST · by bitt · 14 replies
    epoch times ^ | 11/29/2019 | EVA FU
    U.S. custom officials recently seized nearly 3,000 fake driver’s licenses—including one shipment going to a convicted child rapist —all of which were sent from China. The six intercepted shipments, heading to different individuals in the New York area, contained 2,909 counterfeit driver’s licenses and 3,123 blank card stocks used to make fake licenses, according to a Nov. 25 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release. One of the shipments was bound for a convicted child rapist in the New York area, who officials suspect “entices minors with alcohol and counterfeit IDs before engaging in illicit activity,” CBP said. The...
  • China Proves It: Obama Really Was A Sap

    11/29/2019 8:46:14 AM PST · by MassMinuteman · 29 replies
    Remember when President Barack Obama was running around telling everyone how he’d convinced China to get serious about cutting its carbon dioxide emissions? A new report shows that Obama was easily duped. Over the course of three years, Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to, he said, agree to “climate targets” (in 2014), “lay out additional actions” (in 2015), and sign the Paris Agreement (2016). In typical Obama understatement, he declared that “we may see this as the moment that we finally decided to save our planet.” Of course, anyone who looked at what China was promising could see...
  • ‘Rocky’ shock for China makes Trump Hong Kong hero

    11/28/2019 11:10:11 PM PST · by knighthawk · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 28 2019 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    President Trump is Hong Kong’s sudden hero. Hours after he signed two bills to support human rights in Hong Kong, angering Chinese government officials, pro-democracy protesters in the beleaguered city held a “Thanksgiving Rally” Thursday night to commend him for taking the action. And front and center at the rally were printouts of the president’s Wednesday tweet showing his head on Rocky Balboa’s chiseled body.
  • EU Diplomatic Officials: Hong Kong can rely on European Union’s support in ‘difficult times’

    11/28/2019 7:26:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 11/28/2019 | Keegan Elmer
    Officials representing the EU on diplomatic and foreign affairs tell local politicians ‘Hong Kong can count on the EU’ hours after President Trump signed the act allowing sanctions against the city’s government. Hong Kong can rely on the support of the European Union in troubled times, a visiting EU delegation to the city said on Thursday, after talks with local politicians. “True friends stand by each other at difficult times, and Hong Kong can count on the EU in this regard,” Gunnar Wiegand, managing director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS) said in a...
  • Germany should stop aiding Chinese military, Amnesty warns

    11/17/2019 3:19:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.17.2019 | kp/mm (dpa, KNA)
    Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has called for Germany to cease its practice of training Chinese soldiers. The organization’s arms and human rights expert Mathias John made the plea in a conversation with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, published Sunday. “In light of the human rights situation in China and the general role of the military there, there is no justifiable reason for Germany to help train the Chinese military,” said John. Referring to the current situation in Hong Kong, he added that “the German government should send a clear sign and immediately cease any military cooperation.” […] Bild said...
  • 2 Cases of Plague Found in China, Sparking Fears of an Outbreak

    11/13/2019 2:37:40 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 47 replies
    People ^ | Nov 13, 2019 | By Julie Mazziotta
    The pneumonic plague is “almost always fatal,” and spreads quickly, as it did with the Black Death outbreak in the 14th century Two people in China were diagnosed with the pneumonic plague, sparking fears of an outbreak of the highly contagious and deadly disease among Chinese citizens. Government officials said that the two cases came from Inner Mongolia, and they are now being treated in a hospital in the Chaoyang District in Beijing, CNN reported. Amid concerns that the two cases could spur the spread of the plague, as it did in the 14th century with the Black Death, the...
  • Taylor Swift confirmed to sing at Alibaba Gala in China, amid Hong Kong protests

    10/30/2019 6:40:24 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct 2019 | Brian Gallagher
    Taylor Swift will be heading to the Middle Kingdom to kick off the biggest shopping event in the world next month. The 29 year old singer has been confirmed to perform at Alibaba’s 11.11 Countdown Gala at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 10, per Alizila. Swift will be joined by a number of Chinese performers such as G.E.M., Hua Chenyu, Kana Hanazawa, Ju Jingyi, Li Ronghao, Luo Yunxi, Jackson Yee, Zhang Jie and Zhang Yixing. The news of Swift's confirmation comes as the Chinese government has come under fire over the country banning South Park following an episode that was...
  • U.S. sends reconnaissance plane to its air base in Japan

    10/30/2019 2:57:18 PM PDT · by cba123 · 3 replies
    Yonhap ^ | 09:34 October 30, 2019
    SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Yonhap) -- The United States deployed an RC-135U reconnaissance plane to one of its air bases in Japan, an aviation tracker said Wednesday, a move seen as aimed at beefing up surveillance of North Korea. One RC-135U Combat Sent arrived at Kadena Air Base in Japan's Okinawa on Tuesday from Offutt Air Force base in Nebraska, Aircraft Spots said in a Twitter post. The U.S. air force is known to operate two RC-135Us, which collect and analyze electronic radar transmissions. The deployment came amid concern the North could conduct additional missile launches. A military source said that...
  • US-China trade talks: Beijing’s hesitation to commit to buying farm goods is a big sticking point

    10/30/2019 2:29:00 AM PDT · by cba123 · 9 replies
    Reuters / CNBC ^ | 4 hours ago
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Beijing commit to big purchases of American farm products has become a major sticking point in talks to end the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to several people briefed on the negotiations. Trump has said publicly that China could buy as much as $50 billion of U.S. farm products, more than double the annual amount it did the year before the trade war started. (Please see link for full article)
  • China, HK stocks drop as Sino-U.S. trade doubts re-emerge

    10/30/2019 2:38:34 AM PDT · by cba123 · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | 5 hours ago
    SHANGHAI, Oct 30 (Reuters) - China and Hong Kong stocks slipped on Wednesday as doubts re-emerged over the prospects of a Sino-U.S. trade deal. ** The CSI300 index was down 0.5% at 3,889.58 points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4% to 2,941.25 points. (Please see link for full article)
  • Mike Pence criticises NBA as 'wholly owned subsidiary' of China

    10/24/2019 9:23:32 PM PDT · by cba123 · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 October, 2019
    US Vice-President Mike Pence has criticised the US National Basketball Association (NBA) in a speech attacking Chinese diplomatic and trade policies. Mr Pence accused both the NBA and the sports equipment firm Nike of "kowtowing" to Beijing and "muzzling" criticism of China. It comes in the wake of a diplomatic row over an NBA team manager's support for anti-Beijing protests in Hong Kong. He also said Chinese policy was growing "more aggressive and destabilising". In the speech in Washington DC, the vice-president said: "In siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a...
  • China’s Growth Slows To Weakest Level In 27 Years (still DOUBLE ours)

    10/21/2019 3:45:12 PM PDT · by cba123 · 63 replies
    China’s growth slows to weakest level in 27 years China’s economy expanded at its slowest rate in nearly three decades in the third quarter, hit by cooling domestic demand and a protracted US trade war, data showed today. Chinese gross domestic product expanded 6% in the three months from July to September, down from 6.2% in the second quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The reading – in line with an AFP survey of 13 analysts – is the worst quarterly figure since 1992 but within the government’s target range of 6-6.5% for the whole year. China’s...
  • Free Republic now banned in China

    10/19/2019 12:41:39 PM PDT · by Bigbrown · 51 replies
    I arrived here in China yesterday and after checking into my hotel I decided to take a look at the news and of course free republic is the first place I go. It is now blocked here, I come here often (747 CPT) And have never had an issue before. Looks like you guys of all been on your worst behavior and highlighted yourself somehow! I’d consider it a badge of honor, thank God for VPNs!
  • Hundreds wearing 'Stand With Hong Kong' shirts attend NBA game in protest

    10/18/2019 6:55:05 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/18/19 | Jessica Campisi
    Hundreds of demonstrators wearing “Stand With Hong Kong” T-shirts attended an NBA game Friday night in Brooklyn to protest the league and show support for Chinese pro-democracy activists. Producer and activist Andrew Duncan bought 300 tickets for protesters to attend the Brooklyn Nets game against the Toronto Raptors, according to reporter Yashar Ali. SNIP
  • Trump’s Foreign Policy Deals Properly with Tyrants

    10/13/2019 7:50:43 AM PDT · by billorites · 14 replies
    Journal of American Greatness ^ | October 12, 2019 | Roger Kimball
    Over at PJ Media, my friend Roger L. Simon makes some sage observations about the proper conduct of foreign policy among great powers in general and, in particular, about the behavior of President Trump with respect to this important arena of human endeavor. Roger’s first point has two parts, a strophe, as it were, and an antistrophe. The strophe involves a patent moral dimension. We should not conceal—from others or from ourselves—the moral caliber of the leaders with whom we deal. Besides the United States, the world’s only other colossus is China. Not only does it preside over the second...