Saturday, October 20, 2018

Donald Trump to pull US out of postal alliance in latest move targeting China

Donald Trump to pull US out of postal alliance in latest move targeting China

The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it intends to pull the US out of a 144-year-old international postal alliance, citing a “flawed system” that allows developing countries like China to ship goods around the world more cheaply. The announcement is the latest sign that tensions between Washington and Beijing have spilled beyond trade. The…
For the first time in a decade, US is crowned ‘world’s most competitive economy’. How did China do?

For the first time in a decade, US is crowned ‘world’s most competitive economy’....

For the first time in a decade, the United States was crowned the world’s most competitive economy by the organisation behind the Davos economic forum. The World Economic Forum on Wednesday released its latest global competitiveness report, which looked at 140 economies based on 98 wide-ranging social, political and economic factors. The organisation assessed a…
Picking a fight: Is Trump’s hawkish behaviour towards China the start of a new cold war?

Picking a fight: Is Trump’s hawkish behaviour towards China the start of a new...

US President Donald Trump might still brag about his close relation with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but few would disagree that relations between the two countries are at a new low not seen for decades. Despite a glimmer of optimism sparked by the possibility of a meeting next month between Trump and Xi to resolve…
Beijing warned to prepare for more US ‘provocations’ in South China Sea

Beijing warned to prepare for more US ‘provocations’ in South China Sea

China has been warned it must do more to lure neighbouring countries away from the US orbit, according to a report that predicted the US would continue “acts of provocation” in the South China Sea. The analysis, by a think tank affiliated to the State Council, the country’s cabinet, said the Trump administration would seek…
US$1 for 19.77 yuan? How a bogus social media rumour reveals fear that China is printing money

US$1 for 19.77 yuan? How a bogus social media rumour reveals fear that China...

A layman theory about China’s yuan, suggesting it should be worth 19.77 to the US dollar – about three times the current exchange rate of 6.9 – has gained popularity on Chinese social media, reflecting fears that the currency is entering a long cycle of depreciation. The theory surfaced in a number of social media…
Suspected African swine fever outbreak at farm linked to China’s top animal feed maker

Suspected African swine fever outbreak at farm linked to China’s top animal feed maker

One of China’s top animal feed producers on Tuesday said an affiliated firm had culled nearly 20,000 pigs due to a suspected case of African swine fever, according to a report by the China Securities Journal. Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group reported the information to investors in an online platform on Tuesday, the state-owned journal said.…
Are US hawks talking tough on China because of this book?

Are US hawks talking tough on China because of this book?

A book which China’s ambassador to the United States dismissed during a television interview aired over the weekend may have been used as a justification for Washington’s recent tough rhetoric regarding Beijing, a political analyst has said. During his interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, Ambassador Cui Tiankai said he “would not recommend” the…
Fighting talk: it’s Washington vs Beijing after US VP Mike Pence’s China speech

Fighting talk: it’s Washington vs Beijing after US VP Mike Pence’s China speech

Donald Trump’s administration seeks to form a united front to confront what it sees as an increasingly authoritarian and aggressive Beijing By Cary Huang 13 Oct 2018 US vice-president Mike Pence has reset the course of US-China relations with his speech to the Hudson Institute. Photo: AP Vice-president Mike Pence’s speech at the Hudson Institute…
Five Eyes intelligence alliance expands coalition to counter China’s foreign influence

Five Eyes intelligence alliance expands coalition to counter China’s foreign influence

The five nations in the world’s leading intelligence-sharing network have been exchanging classified information on China’s foreign activities with other like-minded countries since the start of the year, seven officials in four capitals said. The increased cooperation by the Five Eyes alliance – grouping Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States – with…
Malaysia looks to Chinese leadership, but not on South China Sea

Malaysia looks to Chinese leadership, but not on South China Sea

Malaysian economic affairs minister Azmin Ali says region has ‘genuine admiration’ for China’s growth – but is concerned about militarisation of the disputed waterway By Bhavan Jaipragas 11 Oct 2018 A Chinese fleet accompanies its aircraft carrier the Liaoning in the South China Sea. Photo: AP Spurred on by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s “Look East”…
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