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  • China, U.S. in talks on meeting between presidents

    Published on:Mar 19, 2017Source: Xinhua
    China and the United States are now in close communication on arrangements for a meeting between the two presidents and exchanges at other levels, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during his talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Saturday. "We attach great importance to your visit," Wang told Tillerson at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. It is Tillerson's first visit to China since he assumed office last month. He is also the first cabinet-level official in the new administration of the United States to visit China. ...[Read]
  • The Risks of Pre-emptive Strikes Against North Korea

    Published on:Mar 18, 2017Source: New York Times
    A declaration by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson that the United States would consider pre-emptive military action against North Korea raises a question that has dogged American military planners for 20 years: How could this be made to work? The United States has long threatened force. The sincerity of such threats has always been ambiguous, as they are often meant less to prepare for war than to act as a deterrent to North Korea and a reassurance of the commitment by the United States to South Korea. But there is a reason that, even as North Korea’...[Read]
  • Alibaba disappointed by US blacklisting

    Published on:Dec 23, 2016Source: Xinhua
    Alibaba Group President Michael Evans said in a statement that the company is "very disappointed" with the U.S. trade representative's office's decision to include Taobao.com on its 'notorious markets' list. The U.S. trade representative (USTR) on Wednesday returned China's top e-commerce platform Taobao.com to its blacklist of "notorious marketplaces" known for sale of counterfeit goods and violations of intellectual property rights (IPR). "In 2016 alone, we proactively removed more than double the number of infringing product listings than in 2015. It is the...[Read]
  • Alarm bell ringing due to Trump's new pick on trade

    Published on:Dec 23, 2016Source: China Daily
    Because it is so emotionally charged, populism can be easily guided for a purpose. One example of this is the campaign rhetoric of Donald Trump about how foreigners have "raped" the United States by "stealing" many of its manufacturing jobs. At the time, many Chinese were willing to laugh away such accusations against China as just more of the usual rhetoric-though more extreme-that has come to characterize presidential elections in the US. Now, however, there is real cause for concern as the president-elect has named economist Peter Navarro, known for his anti-China alarmis...[Read]
  • Britain and US call for Yemen ceasefire within hours

    Published on:Oct 16, 2016Source: theguardian.com
    Britain and the US have called for a ceasefire in Yemen “within hours” as they tried to seize on outrage caused by the killing of 140 people in a Saudi airstrike. Fighting between Iranian-backed Houthis and the Yemeni government, which is supported by Gulf states, has lasted more than 18 months, far longer than the Gulf states expected. The US secretary of state, John Kerry, said if Yemen’s opposing sides accepted and moved forward on a ceasefire then the UN special envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, would work through the details and announce when and how it...[Read]