China trade talks: “Phase One” deal reached as President Donald Trump meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on trade – live updates

The U.S. has reached a preliminary trade deal with China, President Donald Trump announced Friday.  As part of the deal, China has agreed to some intellectual property protections and will step up U.S. agricultural purchases. In return, the U.S. will suspend a tariff hike scheduled for October 15 on roughly $250 billion in Chinese imports.  No decision has been made about whether to proceed with another round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, mostly consumer goods, slated to take effect on December 15, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told reporters.…

Pelosi blasts White House for refusing to cooperate in Trump impeachment probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday President Donald Trump “will be held accountable” after the White House said it would refuse to cooperate with the congressional impeachment inquiry of the Republican president. “The White House should be warned that continued efforts to hide the truth of the President’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction,” Pelosi, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Mr. President, you are not above the law. You will be held accountable,”…

China news: Putin helps Beijing develop missile defence system as Trump tussles loom | World | News

The system that Moscow and Beijing have teamed up to develop can warn of ballistic missile launches as they occur. Since the Cold War, only the US and Russia have had such systems, which involve an array of ground-based radars and space satellites. Speaking at Thursday’s international affairs conference, Putin said Russia has been helping China develop such a system. He said that “this is a very serious thing that will radically enhance China’s defence capability”. His statement signalled a new degree of defence cooperation between the two former communist…

Pelosi criticizes Trump for congratulating China on 70 years of communism, ‘schmoozing’ with Saudis

Nancy Pelosi lashes out at Donald Trump’s foreign policy slamming him for congratulating China on 70 years of communism and accusing him of ‘schmoozing’ with Saudis who killed Jamal Khashoggi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Trump for congratulating China on 70 years of communist rule ‘Well, observing their anniversary is one thing, praising them for it is another when they have serious repression going on right now in China,’ she criticized Trump posted ‘congratulations’ to China and President Xi Jinping while they marked its 70th years as the People’s Republic of…

Donald Trump scares rivals with secret military weapons ‘nobody’s ever even heard of’ | World | News

The US President was speaking at a veteran’s event in Virginia before China flexed its muscles with a sabre-rattling display of its growing military might in a parade to celebrate 70 years of Communist rule. He said: “America’s armed forces are more powerful than ever and growing even stronger. We have the newest equipment and we also have equipment that we keep under wraps that nobody’s ever even heard of.” We have equipment that we keep under wraps that nobody’s ever even heard of Donald Trump Earlier, China unveiled its…

Asia Times | A new ‘Trump Doctrine’ could start with Cambodia

Picture this: Somewhere in the South China Sea, which China claims as its own, a Chinese warship confronts a Philippine warship or, maybe it’s vice versa, and shots are exchanged. It doesn’t matter which warship fired first. The fight is on and the Philippines’ warship is soon joined by American warships that come to the aid of their treaty ally. China marshals its resources, calling more of its warships to join the fight. China’s military, which has clandestine facilities in Cambodia, ostensibly for the “repair and maintenance of its warships and…

Asia Times | Where Trump and Morrison don’t see eye to eye

Australia’s refusal to support a US-led military offensive against Iran has raised questions over the future of their security alliance as US President Donald Trump’s policies threaten to drive a wedge between the two longstanding allies. Canberra is sending a frigate and surveillance plane to a US task force protecting freedom of navigation through the Strait of Hormuz. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday in Washington it won’t be drawn into a war with Iran, or help the US ratchet up pressure against China in its trade war. “The…