From Trade War to Strait War: China Warn U.S. Stop Stretching its Muscles in the Contested Waters

Germany recently announced it will not join the French-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz. This is while, not long ago, Berlin’s lack of support for Paris’s position on “the brain death of NATO” became a hot issue. Berlin’s stance against Paris reinforces the assumption that maybe Germany, on the eve of Brexit, is trying to prevent France to become the dominant power in Europe. The assumption is largely reasonable, provided one does not forget that Germany, in a parallel action, benefits from the cooperation with France to challenge U.S.…

US says China trade talks threatened by violence at Hong Kong protests

The US wants to secure a trade deal with China by year’s end but can’t overlook violence in Hong Kong, a senior official has said. “We’re not going to turn a blind eye to what’s happening in Hong Kong,” Robert O’Brien, the head of the National Security Agency, said Saturday. Donald Trump said on Friday he warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that suppressing protests wil have “a tremendous negative impact” on attempts to end the trade war, now into its 16th month. Trump also said he could veto bipartisan US…

US wants China trade deal but won’t turn blind eye to Hong Kong, Trump national security advisor says

US President Donald Trump(L)walks next to new national security advisor Robert O’Brien on September 18, 2019 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Saturday that the so-called phase one trade deal with China could happen by the end of the year, and emphasized that President Trump would not ignore protests underway in Hong Kong.  “We were hoping to have (a phase 1) deal done by the end of the year. I still think that’s…

China told: Be firm on giant clams trade ban to save South China Sea reefs

MANILA, Philippines — China should strictly implement a ban on giant clams trade in order to save the reefs in the South China Sea from further degradation. This was the call of American environmentalist and marine biologist Dr. Kent Carpenter on Friday since harvesting and selling of giant clams have caused massive destruction in the marine ecosystems of the disputed South China Sea in recent years. In 2017, China banned the harvesting and selling of giant clams. But Chinese fishermen, especially in Hainan, continue to dig up the seabed with…

US, China Trade Criticism Over South China Sea

The Chinese defense chief warned the United States on Monday against provoking military tensions by “flexing muscles” in the contested South China Sea, while his American counterpart urged claimant nations to use their sovereign spaces “or risk losing them.” During a 30-minute meeting in Bangkok with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe underscored Beijing’s “commitment to safeguarding territorial sovereignty and maritime rights” in the disputed sea, a spokesman for Wei told reporters. “The Chinese side also urged the United States to stop flexing muscles in…

China-led trade bloc inches forward at Asian summit

  China-led trade bloc inches forward at Asian summit By Mike Head 11 November 2019 Despite seven years of blocking efforts by successive US administrations, and a last-minute withdrawal by India, government leaders at an Asian summit last week agreed to sign off next year on a Chinese-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The formation of the RCEP would be a blow to Washington and its drive to isolate, militarily encircle and subjugate China. Negotiations on the pact began in 2012 but were repeatedly obstructed by the Obama administration. The…

Macron news: France defy Trump as deal with China secured amid trade war fury | World | News

Macron visited Chinese President Xi Jinping, who expressed pride in the latest Paris-Beijing relations boost. Xi said the two leaders had sent “a strong signal to the world about steadfastly upholding multilateralism and free trade, as well as working together to build open economies”. Meanwhile, Macron referenced the ongoing trade disputes between the US and China calling for increased unity between the world’s economies. He said China and Europe “share the same feeling that trade war only results in losers” while adding that “developing market access and partnerships between our…