A file photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping with US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING: President Xi Jinping said Friday that China wants to reach an initial trade deal with the United States but is “not afraid” to fight back when necessary. Xi made the remarks two days after US President Donald Trump complained that Beijing had not made sufficient concessions so far, making him reluctant to conclude a bargain. The world’s two biggest economies have been locked in a bruising trade conflict for more than a year, hitting each other with volleys of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods. “As we always said we don’t want to start the trade war but we are not afraid,” Xi told former US officials and other foreign dignitaries at a meeting in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. China condemns US navy sail-by in disputed waters “When necessary we will fight back but we have been working … [Read more...] about China wants US trade deal but ‘not afraid’ to fight back: Xi
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The move was slammed by US-backed Kurdish forces, who suffered thousands of casualties in the fight against Islamic State, as a “stab in the back”, but the US President defended his decision even amid condemnation from dedicated supporters. Here’s what you need to know about the Turkey-Syria crisis. WHAT DOES TURKEY WANT? • Turkey wants the establishment of a “safe zone” extending 32km into northern Syria. • The goal is to push Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters, viewed by Ankara as terrorists, away from the Turkish border. • Around 480km of Syria’s border with its southern neighbour, from the Euphrates river in the west to Iraq in the east, is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is largely made up of Kurdish fighters. • Turkey says it wants to settle up to two million Syrian refugees in the safe zone. It currently hosts 3.6 million Syrians sheltering from the more than eight-year-old … [Read more...] about Why does Turkey want to invade Syria?
BEIJING: China on Friday dismissed as "totally untrue" reports of having Xinjiang-like mass detention centres in Tibet. Head of the Tibetan government-in exile Lobsang Sangay, in an interview to the BBC earlier this month, said that such detention camps existed in Tibet. When asked about the reports that such camps were being held by China in Tibet too, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, during a media briefing on Friday, said, "What has been motioned in the report is totally untrue." Sangey, in the BBC's 'Hard Talk' programme on July 1, had said that the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) secretary of Xinjiang Chen Quanguo was previously the party secretary of Tibet before he was shifted to Xinjiang. "He is the same architect. He implemented the same repressive policies in Tibet for five years which he is implementing in one year time in Xinjiang," Sangey had claimed. "We do have these camps, but not as large as the Uighur camps. So, lot of people have been … [Read more...] about China denies reports of having Xinjiang-like mass detention camps in Tibet
The trade war between the US and China may never be settled, experts fear, even after the two sides agreed on an outline “phase one” deal. Economists and investors have been poring over the weekend’s announcement, which appeared to end a dispute that has roiled financial markets for 17 months. According to Washington’s trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, China has agreed to buy up to $200bn in additional goods and services over the next two years on top of the amount it purchased in 2017. The agreement would also require China to make “structural reforms and other changes to its economic and trade regime in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange”. In exchange, Washington would roll back some tariffs on Chinese goods, which Donald Trump hailed as an “amazing deal”. Neither side offered any detail on what the Chinese reforms might be, leading to fears that … [Read more...] about ‘Amazing deal’ or ‘capitulation’? Why the US-China trade truce may not last
China's rise is the story of the century. Introducing a new section covering the social, political, economic, and cultural stories of the world's most dynamic country.(Nir Rosen/Reuters) What is the real China?Is it a massive, rapidly growing country with the world's second largest economy, a string of gleaming new airports, and the fastest train on the planet -- home to a fifth of the human population and the locus of a magnificent civilization? Is the real China best seen in its growing military? Its thriving Internet culture? Is it young, urban, on the move? Or does emphasizing these characteristics distort more than it reveals? The real China may be more a middle-income country, with hundreds of millions of people living in poverty, and a diplomatic welterweight. It may be corrupt, burdened with a sclerotic, authoritarian regime presiding over an unbalanced economy. It may be that the real China, unlike any other country in human history, will grow old, … [Read more...] about Introducing The Atlantic’s China Channel