U.S.-China Trade Talks Begin on Positive Note

WASHINGTON—U.S.-China trade talks kicked off amid expectations that Beijing’s emissaries are ready to offer compromises aimed at getting President Trump to hold off on tariff increases set to take effect next week and in December. Financial markets rose on prospects of any headway after five months of stalemate, and on the news Mr. Trump would meet on Friday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House. Speaking to reporters Thursday evening, the president said, “We had a very, very good negotiation.” The meetings were conducted behind closed doors,…

The Long Shadow of US-China Competition

By The Maritime Executive 2019-10-04 19:18:12 From trade to cyber, from the South China Sea to outer space, strategic rivalry between the United States and China is shaping the international order. The polar regions seem no exception. At the recent Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council held in Rovaniemi, Finland, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech where he did not mention climate change, although he did on a number of occasions dismiss China’s claim to have a role to play in the Arctic as a self-proclaimed “near-Arctic state”. A…

Poles apart: The long shadow of US-China competition

From trade to cyber, from the South China Sea to outer space, strategic rivalry between the United States and China is shaping the international order. The polar regions seem no exception. At the recent Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council held in Rovaniemi, Finland, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech where he did not mention climate change, although he did on a number of occasions dismiss China’s claim to have a role to play in the Arctic as a self-proclaimed “near-Arctic state”. A month later, the US…

Report to Congress on U.S.-China Competition in the South, East China Seas

The following is the Sept. 24, 2019, Congressional Research Service report, U.S.-China Strategic Competition in South and East China Seas: Background and Issues for Congress. From the report In an international security environment described as one of renewed great power competition, the South China Sea (SCS) has emerged as an arena of U.S.-China strategic competition. U.S.-China strategic competition in the SCS forms an element of the Trump Administration’s more confrontational overall approach toward China, and of the Administration’s efforts for promoting its construct for the Indo-Pacific region, called the Free…

Penny Wong says Australia must not be a spectator in US-China contest

“It is legitimate that these concerns are aired and addressed. Such behaviour is not consistent with the region we want.” Senator Wong will also be critical of aspects of the Trump administration’s foreign policy.  She will say the US withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Iran nuclear deal – and the imposition of quotas and tariffs on US allies – “indicates a rejection, at least in part, of the rules and norms to which we have become accustomed”. What is needed, Senator…

Commentary: Fighter jet sales to Taiwan and the complex US-China balance of power

MELBOURNE: The recent announcement by the Trump administration approving the sale of new fighter jets to Taiwan has predictably drawn ire from China and stirred fresh debate about American arms sales to the East Asian island. According to a notification to the Congress issued by the United States’ Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in August, we are likely to see the sale of 66 Lockheed-Martin F-16C/D Block 70 multirole fighter jets to Taiwan in an US$8 billion arms package that include advanced electronically scanned array radars, weapons integration, spares, and…

US-China trade war “may not be such a bad thing”: Indian FM

SINGAPORE: The ongoing trade war between the United States and China “may not be such a bad thing” if it results in fairer market access all over the world, India’s top diplomat, Dr S Jaishankar said. In an interview on CNA’s In Conversation, India’s minister of external affairs, noted that his country has had friction with China as well, concerning market access. Advertisement Advertisement “I run a massive trade deficit with China. It accounts for more than 50 per cent of my trade deficit,” he added. Specifically, the Indian foreign minister…

US-China trade war in the early stages of second Cold War, Niall Ferguson says

China’s President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images The world’s two largest economies are “already in the early stages” of a second Cold War, according to Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Speaking to CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick at the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy on Friday, Ferguson said President Donald Trump was now in a position where he would be…

The U.S.-China Cold War Is a Myth – Foreign Policy

This week, the U.S. Navy conducted drills with ships from Southeast Asian countries in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea—an apparent sign of Washington’s renewed interest in the region and in challenging China. Close U.S. partners such as Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have warned of growing tensions between the two superpowers and urged restraint by both sides. Washington has been deepening security and diplomatic relations in the region, even with former adversaries such as Vietnam, which has been locked in a tense maritime standoff with…