Germany, China warn Trump tariff moves threaten global trade

posted in: Germany, News

BERLIN Germany denounced moves by President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on U.S. metal imports, saying Europe needed a united response to the threat and echoing criticism from China that it risked undermining the global trade system. Trump set import … Read More

Chinese lawmakers vote to remove presidential term limits

posted in: Far East, News

An attendant hands out ballot papers to delegates at the third plenary session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), where delegates will vote on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, … Read More

An attack on North Korea could start a US-China war — Don’t do it

Following the Winter Olympics, South Korean President Moon Jae-in indicated he was ready to talk to North Korea and engage in diplomacy. And while Vice President Mike Pence – who earlier announced severe sanctions on the North –first signaled a willingness to … Read More

China grumbles at Trump’s tariff moves but isn’t expected to start a trade war over them

BEIJING — China urged the United States on Friday to abide by multilateral trade rules and not do anything to damage the fragile global economic recovery, after President Trump announced his intention to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum. China … Read More

The Chinese Navy Can Make North Korean Sanctions Bite

posted in: Far East, News

Joint U.S.-Chinese naval operations would put real pressure on Pyongyang — and are in China’s interests, too. China’s Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) sailors march in Hong Kong on July 1, 2015. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images) On Feb. 8, the U.S. … Read More

As Xi Tightens His Grip on China, U.S. Sees Conflict Ahead

posted in: News, United States

President Trump with President Xi Jinping of China in November in Beijing. For all his criticism of China as an economic predator, Mr. Trump has yet to impose a sweeping trade sanction against it.CreditNicolas Asfouri/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON … Read More

Europe is facing a potential crisis in the Balkans. It has to act soon

The promise of EU membership for states in the region is welcome, but Russia, China and Turkey could create instability.  ‘Many factors have brought the Balkans back to the fore – not least the recent refugee crisis, which deeply rattled … Read More

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