Geopolitics Watch: Pompeo Meeting with Xi Forebodes Trade War Truce

On June 14, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing as part of an effort to secure international support for the United States on the denuclearization of North Korea. A day earlier, Pompeo had met with the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan in Seoul to update them …

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Politics Watch: After Sino-US Trade Talks, China Announces Plans to Open Up Telecom, Financial, Legal Services

On May 23, Chinese premier Li Keqiang presided over a State Council executive meeting where the prioritizing of service imports to China was on the agenda. According to the meeting resolution: 1. A “pilot program will be rolled out in 17 areas, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020, …

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Geopolitics Watch: Who Won the China-US Trade War?

China and the United States are split on which side has the upper hand in the wake of Sino-U.S. trade talks in Washington. Western media outlets and scholars have nearly unanimous in the assessing that America has not won anything, and has, in fact, “lost” the trade discussions with China. Scholars and journalists say that …

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Geopolitics Watch: With the Trade War ‘On Hold’, What’s Next for China, US?

Following the conclusion of recent trade discussions between China and the United States, leading negotiators from both countries have separately announced that the looming Sino-U.S. trade war is now “on hold,” and that both sides have reached a consensus on trade. The White House also released a joint statement on the Washington trade talks on …

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Risk Watch: Is Rare Earth Really China’s ‘Secret Weapon’ in a Trade War with America?

As the United States and China engage in tit-for-tat tariffs in the first week of April, some international media outlets suggested that rare earth metals could be China’s “secret weapon” to winning a trade war. Subsequently, Xinhua’s Outlook Weekly magazine and think-tank published an article on China’s rare earth production advantage over the U.S. titled, …

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Risk Watch: Can China Withstand a Trade War?

The United States and China spent the first week of April ratcheting up trade tensions. But the Chinese Communist Party’s bark is louder than its bite, and the U.S. is just the opposite. The backdrop: On April 5, President Donald Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to identify an additional $100 billion of tariffs …

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Why Xi Jinping Will Open Up China This Time

Speaking at the Boao Forum for Asia on April 10, Xi Jinping pledged to further liberalize China’s economy. “China’s door of opening up will not be closed and will only open wider,” he said. Highlights from Xi’s speech include: Open up China’s financial sector further by the end of the year Increase imports this year …

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On the Timing of Trump’s $60 Billion Opening Salvo in ‘Trade War’ with China

The Trump administration is planning to impose tariffs on $60 billion of Chinese imports following a Section 301 investigation by the United States Trade Representative (USTR). In what is almost certainly the first move in a trade war with China, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum instructing the U.S. government to take action against China’s …

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