The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is the one who put forth the idea of lifting some or all tariffs on Chinese imports, and even a tariff rollback, while trade discussions are held this month.
In recent weeks, both the US and North Korea have been criticised for not making more of an effort to meet, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had to cancel back in November.
The Chinese economy has been slowing down for some time now, and as the world’s second largest economy, this could have flow-on effects around the world, including Australia.
When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with US President Donald Trump in Singapore last June, it marked the first time ever two sitting leaders from the nations spoke face to face.
While investors fear that if the deal is lost then the world’s fifth-largest economy might turn to chaos and that would brutally disrupt supply chains, therefore Abe has welcomed the deal.
Hate speech’ is now being actively tracked and deleted from the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google. But who defines what counts as hate speech?
In another promising sign, the United States and China will continue trade talks in Beijing for an unscheduled third day after running overtime on the second day, wanting to keep up the momentum of negotiations.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping both have tremendous incentives to reach an agreement. And it’s looking increasingly likely the two sides will sign a ‘great new deal’ inside the next two months.
South Korea’s spy agency says that Jo went into hiding with his wife in early November. Though where they are now and what they are planning, are questions likely costing North Korean intelligence agents some lost sleep.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has accused China of taking advantage of her country’s democracy to interfere in its politics and society. In her New Year message, Tsai said that interference like this from Beijing was ‘one of the greatest challenges’.
There’s genuine cause to say ‘Happy New Year’, with 2019 bringing in a new round of tariff cuts on Aussie exports. On 1 January, 1500 products included in Australia’s free trade agreement with China and Korea had their export tariffs removed or reduced.
We won’t deny it. Removing nuclear weapons from North Korea’s arsenal has hardly been a smooth and simple process. But nobody said it would be.
It’s true that little progress has been made in ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons since the historic summit between North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump on 12 June last year.
Both Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump have tremendous incentives to bridge their disagreements. Neither side will get everything they want. But by moving towards the middle, both sides —and their leaders — will emerge as winners.
China continues to send positive signs it is willing to make concessions in its trade dispute with the US. But the major sticking point remains China’s controversial rules forcing foreign companies to give up sensitive technology to do business in the country.
According to new defence guidelines, Japan is planning its first aircraft carrier and increasing their weapon capabilities in order to counter potential threats from North Korea and China.
The United States has used a World Trade Organization (WTO) session dedicated to its own trade policies to attack China.
As The Australian Tribune has been writing since mid-year, we believe the trade war will come to an end with a fizzle…not a bang. And it’s likely to end before the end of the southern hemisphere’s summer.
While the political implications of the arrest of the multi-millionaire Chinese executive shouldn’t be ignored, the angst fuelled by the mainstream media over its impact on the trade deal is typically overhyped.
The arrest of Meng Wanzhou has exposed trade war battle lines at a delicate time for both China and the US, following the announcement of a ‘truce’ in the trade war.
Fear sells. Everyone in the media knows that. Perhaps that’s why the mainstream media is sounding alarm bells that you shouldn’t believe in the agreements reached between US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
On Saturday, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping declared a truce amid months of boiling trade tensions, agreeing to hold off on new tariffs while sitting down for a meal together in Argentina.
Good news followed on the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 meeting in Argentina.
There can be no lasting peace on the Korean peninsula until the North verifiably eliminates its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Only a year ago that goal appeared as unachievable as it had for decades.
Over in the US, concern is mounting that more than a few of the 360,000 Chinese nationals studying in US schools could be spying for the Communist Party.
US President Donald Trump has been subtly signalling he may be ready to make ‘a great deal’, while he continues to threaten imposing broader tariffs. And Chinese President Xi Jinping cannot afford any more headwinds to China’s already slowing growth.
The path to peace on the Korean peninsula was never going to be short and easy. But following US President Donald Trump’s historic and unconventional face-to-face meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, progress continues to be made.
As part of an agreement signed with Papua New Guinea, the Lombrum naval base will be extended in order to accommodate Australian and US naval ships.
The New York Times would have us believe this ‘suggests a great deception’. And you didn’t need to read between the lines to see how it’s all US President Donald Trump’s failings. Clearly the president had the wool pulled over his eyes by the wily Kim Jong-un.
With ‘vocational training’ like this, no wonder the Chinese are stampeding to Australian universities. In Australia you can speak your mind and practice the religion of your choice…among the many other freedoms we enjoy.