After months of punishing tariffs and painstaking negotiations, China has agreed to meet a number of Trump’s demands to level the playing field on international trade. But the Chinese aren’t going far enough yet.
When a nation of 23 million people declares itself to be an independent country, are they? Not according to the Chinese government. And the prospects of a military invasion of the island nation remain very real.
The Chinese have been working overtime behind the scenes in an effort to shift the West’s thinking into line with Communist ideology. US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, has thrown the spotlight on these efforts.
The North Koreans may believe that resuming work on missile systems will put them in a stronger negotiating position to ease sanctions. But the nation, which is running short on food, will likely find the opposite to be true. Hence Trump’s confidence that the issue will ‘ultimately get solved’.
In the 21st Century, you would hope nations have moved beyond the mass detention of their citizens based on their ethnicity and beliefs. But in China, a country aiming to portray itself as an upcoming world leader, the practice is rife.
You might think that Australia’s miners stand to gain the most from a landmark free trade deal between Australia and Indonesia. Or perhaps the cattle industry.
While both sectors do indeed stand to benefit, it turns out that Aussie universities look to be the biggest winners.
These are the words China’s most powerful leaders have used to describe the state of China’s economy and the international conditions facing the trade dependent nation.
In an interview with US broadcasters, Bolton stated that there’s ‘no expiration date’ regarding denuclearisation talks and the ‘president is fully prepared to keep negotiating at lower levels’ or even speak face-to-face with Kim again.
Trump’s message to North Korea is even clearer. Play ball, or the crippling sanctions the US pushed through in 2017 and 2018 remain indefinitely.
While the first meeting was filled with more pleasantries and a vaguely worded commitment to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, there’s a lot of pressure to move beyond.
While Australia has enjoyed huge economic benefits from China’s rise, the risks posed by the authoritarian powerhouse have grown alongside those financial gains. Until recently however, those risks have been mostly papered over by the European Union.
The second face to face summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un takes place at the end of this week. And the whole world is hoping that Trump can steer Kim towards a path of peace and reconciliation.
According to RAW, US President Donald Trump has said trade talks with China this weekend had been ‘very productive’ — in working ahead of a 1 March deadline for the imposition of further US tariffs on Chinese imports.
Just recently, the norther port of Dalian enacted the ban — additionally capping overall coal imports from all sources for 2019, at 12 million tonnes, according to Reuters. The ban comes as other major ports in China prolong clearing times for Australian coal — at least for another 40 days.
Trump has often stated that North Korea has ‘enormous’ economic potential if it opened its doors to the rest of the world. With South Korea — where per capita GDP tops US$30,000 — as an example, the North has a lot to gain by complying.
When you think of China, you probably don’t imagine a country struggling to add more people. Beijing alone, after all, is home to more than 21.5 million residents. And China’s total population exceeds 1.4 billion people. So, why the push for millions more babies?
Trump plans to meet with Kim Jong-un on 27–28 February in Vietnam. The plan is to further discuss the ultimate denuclearisation of Pyongyang, but the US President has said that he is in no particular hurry for this to happen.
In Budapest on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a warning for US allies considering using Huawei equipment on their soil.
The world’s poorest nations and impoverished women stand to benefit from US President Donald Trump’s choice in leading the World Bank. Major developing nations, including India and China, stand to lose.
Trump also stated at his Union address that if not for his efforts, North Korea would likely be engaged in a full-scale war with the Western world.
Optimism was rampant about high-level trade talks with Chinese officials, but US President Donald Trump was quick to squash any ideas of a final deal until his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In what is probably the most progressive move within this 90-day tariff truce, US and Chinese negotiators have opened two days of high-level talks in order to end this six-month trade war, as AP reports.
North Korea have stated they can foresee the relations developing ‘wonderfully at a fast pace’ if Washington acknowledges their efforts at denuclearisation and responds with practical and honourable actions.
As US Treasury Steve Mnuchin has said publicly, this case has nothing to do with the trade talks. Mnuchin gave a sound explanation as to why the Huawei scandal is not part of US–China trade discussion.
Liberal MP Andrew Hastie believes Yang was detained for the threat this free-speaking Australian citizen brings to the Communist regime in China.
53 year-old Australian–Chinese writer Yang Hengjun has been charged with espionage for supposedly ‘engaging in criminal activities endangering China’s national security’.
According to President Trump, the trade talks with China are going well. When asked about trade negotiations with China on Wednesday, Trump said ‘I like where we are right now’.
No matter the amount of negotiating going on, Trump’s hold on a US$200 billion tariff-rise threat on Chinese goods remains a source of uncertainty as to whether the US president is tackling this issue with a level head.
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.