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  • Trump’s Chinese Tariffs Are a Necessary ‘Evil’

    09/22/2018 1:30:11 PM PDT · by Thalean · 2 replies
    American Greatness ^ | September 22, 2018 | Spencer P Morrison
    President Trump announced this week he would levy 10 percent tariffs on some $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The tariff is scheduled to take effect on September 24, and is slated to increase to 25 percent by year’s end. Of course, China pledged to retaliate with tariffs of “equal scale and equal strength.” This has some American exporters worried. After all, China is the fourth-largest buyer of American goods. Even more important to these exporters, the Middle Kingdom is the world’s largest untapped consumer market. China is El Dorado—were it only open for business. GOP bigwigs agree, and are...
  • China backs out of trade talks as U.S. imposes new tariffs: ‘This is like the 1930s’

    09/22/2018 8:55:44 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 24 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/22/18 | USA Features
    While the Chinese make good on a pledge to refuse negotiations while under threat, President Trump is making good on his campaign pledge to improve trade conditions for the United States with countries he believes have long taken advantage of the American market, the largest in the world. It’s hard to fault the president. China’s trade imbalances with the U.S. have been massive — in the hundreds of billions — for years. Now, much of that is due to the fact that U.S. manufacturing capacity had fallen off over the past few decades (not altogether caused by, but accelerated after,...
  • Chinese airline launches the 'PANDA route' with a panda-themed plane and panda-inspired food [tr]

    09/22/2018 5:56:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 21,2018 | Tracy You
    China has taken its love for giant pandas to new heights. An airline company has launched a daily flight inspired by the black-and-white animals, which is considered by the nation to be its national treasure. Passengers on the so-called 'Panda Route' are transported by an Airbus A350 sporting cartoon livery of eight pandas, greeted by air hostesses donning panda-inspired uniforms and treated with food resembling the image of the lovely bears.
  • Explain the Chinese spy, Sen. Feinstein

    09/21/2018 3:18:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 9 , 2018 | Marc A. Thiessen
    Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? .. Feinstein (D-Calif.) had a Chinese spy on her staff who worked for her for about 20 years, was listed as an “office director” on payroll records and served as her driver when she was in San Francisco, all while reporting to China’s Ministry of State Security through China’s San Francisco Consulate. The reaction of the mainstream media? Barely a peep. ... asked several former senior intelligence and law enforcement...
  • Russia, China embrace uneasily, aim for 'desirable world order'

    09/21/2018 9:19:24 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Elena Holodny
    "The president and I agree that since the beginning of this year, Russian-Chinese relations have been showing dynamic growth," Xi said. He announced that ties with his "close friend" Putin had "entered a new era of rapid development and are reaching a higher level." It was the third Xi-Putin meeting in four months, and the first time the Chinese president had attended the event in Vladivostok, which started in 2015 and encourages foreign investment. The growing rapport between the two countries has accelerated under President Donald Trump, whose policies have put greater pressure on both countries, according to Alexander Gabuev, a senior...
  • US imposes sanctions on China for buying Russian weapons

    09/21/2018 8:43:10 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 Sep 2018
    The US has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military over its purchasing of Russian military jets and surface-to-air missiles. It says such purchases contravene US sanctions on Moscow introduced over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in US politics. China recently bought 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missiles. Beijing has not joined in the sanctions imposed on Moscow by the US and its Western allies since 2014. Its forces took part in giant Russian war games held earlier this month.
  • China's Chilling 'Social Credit System' Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi

    09/21/2018 3:37:46 AM PDT · by gattaca · 27 replies
    Science Alert ^ | September 20, 2018 | Peter Dockrill
    FULL TITLE: China's Chilling 'Social Credit System' Is Straight Out of Dystopian Sci-Fi, And It's Already Switched On Like Black Mirror. Totally like Black Mirror. It's been in the pipeline for years: a sprawling, technological mass surveillance network the likes of which the world has never seen. And it's already been switched on. China's "Social Credit System" – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn't just monitor the nation's almost 1.4 billion citizens. It's also designed to control and coerce them, in a gigantic social engineering experiment that some have called the "gamification of trust". That's...
  • News Summary At This Hour-Friday 9/21/2018

    09/21/2018 4:46:25 AM PDT · by Nextrush
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/21/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump spoke at a campaign rally for the midterm elections in Las Vegas last night, urging everyone there to vote in November saying: "America is winning again, because we are putting America first again". Trump urged votes for Republicans saying: "We need to have more Republicans in office."...... There was a restitution hearing in Las Vegas yesterday in connection with the Bunkerville Standoff case for Todd Engel, convicted in May 2017 and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Engel came to the defense of the Bundy Ranch in Nevada in April 2014..... The latest from the lawyer for the...
  • Alibaba's Jack Ma says Trump's trade war killed promise of 1 million U.S. jobs

    09/20/2018 10:36:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 20, 2018 | Reuters
    Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said the company can no longer meet its promise to create 1 million jobs in the United States due to trade tensions between Washington and Beijing, China's Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday. Ma has already warned that the trade war between the world's two largest economies could last decades and that China should focus exports on the "Silk Road" trade route, citing Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. Ma met President Donald Trump two years ago and laid out the Chinese e-commerce giant's plan to bring one million small U.S. businesses onto its platform to sell to...
  • Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Predicts the US – China Trade War Could Last 20 years

    09/20/2018 9:15:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/20/2018 | By Tarric Brooker
    As the latest salvos were fired in the growing trade war between the United States and China, concerns continue to mount in the business community about how just how long the conflict might endure. Alibaba group founder and China’s richest man Jack Ma recently spoke to an investor summit in Hangzhou, China regarding his thoughts on the direction the trade war may take. In his speech, Ma said the trade war was “going to be a mess,” and that regarding its potential duration it could last for “maybe 20 years.” Ma went on to compare the current trade dispute...
  • Another Vatican Diplomatic Blunder: Allowing China to Help Choose Bishops They Approve Of.

    09/20/2018 9:00:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/2018 | By GEORGE WEIGEL
    Eighty-five years ago, on July 20, 1933, a concordat defining the legal position of the Catholic Church in the Third Reich was signed by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) and German vice chancellor Franz von Papen. The Reischskonkordat was then ratified by the Nazi-dominated German parliament some six weeks later, on September 10. Pope Pius XI, under whose authority Cardinal Pacelli had negotiated this treaty, was under no illusions about German National Socialism; he detested its racial ideology. And unlike some Vatican diplomats who seem to have imagined that the Third Reich would be...
  • Can Donald Trump's Tariffs Force Radical Changes On China?

    09/20/2018 8:56:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/20/2018
    President Donald Trump showed he's willing to wield a big stick in trade by levying tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods, starting next week. Will this lead to a trade war without end, or bring China to the table for talks? We've been on the record as being anti-tariff. However, as has been noted numerous times, Trump has used tariffs, and the threat of tariffs, as a way to lower overall trade barriers. At least, that's what the White House maintains, and we see no reason not to believe it. But it goes deeper than that. As the...
  • US-China trade war could escalate ‘into REAL WAR’ warns expert – trade relations EXPLAINED

    09/20/2018 6:07:44 AM PDT · by ZeroToHero · 5 replies
    The Express ^ | 2018-09-20 07:40 | AMALIE HENDEN
    The US-China trade war has rapidly intensified after the two economic superpowers recently imposed tariffs on more than $360billion of goods.
  • Summit may be the grand theater Kim needs to show his people

    09/18/2018 9:11:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 18, 2018 | Foster Klug, The Associated Press
    If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, then visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity. Moon believes that his deep engagement with North Korea is crucial after last year's fears of war, when Washington reacted with fury to a torrent of ever-more-powerful North Korean weapons tests. He argues better ties with North Korea will help South Koreans, and the region, by settling the standoff over...
  • Kim Jong Un: Singapore summit with Trump created stability

    09/19/2018 12:22:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 18, 2018 | Hugh T. Ferguson
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday that his summit last June with President Donald Trump has provided geopolitical stability and that he expects more progress in talks between his nation and Washington. Kim's comments, first reported by Reuters, were made at the start of a three-day summit at which Kim is meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang, the pair's third meeting of the year. Kim also credited Moon with making the “historic” summit in Singapore possible. “Thanks to that, the political situation in the region has stabilized and I expect more advanced results,” Kim told...
  • Trade war escalates as China announces tariffs on U.S. imports

    09/18/2018 10:02:30 PM PDT · by cba123 · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2018 | Joe Mcdonald
    BEIJING – China on Tuesday announced a tariff increase on $60 billion of U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s latest duty increase in a dispute over Beijing’s technology policy. The announcement followed a warning by an American business group that a “downward spiral” in their conflict appeared certain following Trump’s penalties on $200 billion of Chinese goods. The Finance Ministry said it was going ahead with plans announced in August for the increases of 10 percent and 5 percent on 5,207 types of U.S. goods. A list released last month included coffee, honey and industrial chemicals. Please see...
  • There are new signs North Korea is serious about denuclearization

    09/18/2018 4:11:26 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 8 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/18/18 | USA Features
    The biggest hurdle to complete denuclearization is related to security guarantees. Kim has always viewed a nuclear capability as a means of ensuring that he will retain power and that his family’s ruling dynasty would continue in perpetuity. The last thing he would want is to give up the only means of retaining power if he wasn’t absolutely certain that neither South Korea nor the U.S. wouldn’t take advantage of his denuclearization to invade and change the ruling North Korean regime. Another obstacle could also become an asset: China. In past years, Beijing has used North Korean belligerence and unpredictability...
  • Why The U.S. Ranks At The Bottom In A Foreign Aid Index (According to this freelance writer)

    09/18/2018 1:55:22 PM PDT · by gattaca · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2018 | Joanne Lu
    The United States' commitment to global development does not look good compared with that of other wealthy countries — and it's likely to get worse. According to an annual index released Tuesday by the Center for Global Development that ranks 27 of the world's wealthiest countries, the U.S. scored dead last on foreign aid contributions and quality — despite being the largest donor in dollar amount. That's because in 2017, it allocated a mere 0.18 percent of its gross national income for development assistance. That is well short of the 0.7 percent that wealthy countries have committed to strive for...
  • China and Vatican strike controversial deal over bishops; China now has a say on appointments

    09/18/2018 12:22:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    AXIOS ^ | 09/16/2018
    In a controversial move, China and the Vatican are preparing to sign a landmark deal this month allowing each side a voice in choosing the church's bishops in China, reports the Wall Street Journal. The details: Pope Francis will recognize excommunicated Chinese bishops that were approved without the Vatican's green light, and China will acknowledge the Pope as leader of the nation's Catholics and allow the Vatican a voice in bishop selection moving forward. The deal comes with controversy as China's current regime is largely atheist and authoritarian. The agreement is also seen as China recognizing religious autonomy — something...
  • In this trade war, China may learn Trump won’t blink

    09/18/2018 10:13:36 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/18/18 | Joseph Bosco
    President Trump just took the latest escalatory move in a trade war the United States and China are vigorously waging as either a proxy for a shooting war, or a run-up to one. The outcome of the trade confrontation, and the lessons it teaches, will greatly influence the likelihood of actual conflict in the future. It is essential that we win this one in order to deter a real one. The psychological dynamics at play in the trade dispute are the same as would apply in a kinetic conflict. As important as the parties’ actual strengths and vulnerabilities are their...