China said on Friday that any decision by Washington to arbitrarily cut economic ties with Beijing would not be realistic or wise, responding to renewed threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to "decouple" from China.
"It will not solve the U.S. own problems at home.
It will only hurt the American citizens." A top U.S. diplomat for East Asia described U.S.-China relations as “tense” after the two nations held the first high-level face-to-face talks in months.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, for a day of talks in Hawaii on Wednesday, but those appear to have done little to improve the mood.
Relations between the globe's two largest economies are at their lowest point in years amid the current coronavirus pandemic.
Trump has accused Beijing of not being transparent about the outbreak.
The first phase of a U.S.-China trade deal calls on Beijing to buy $200 billion in U.S. goods and services over two years, but skeptics say the pandemic and resulting economic slowdowns will make it difficult for Beijing to reach its targets for this year.
America's top trade negotiator, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday told Congress he did not think it would be possible to "decouple" the economies of the two countries.
Trump contradicted Lighthizer in a tweet Thursday, writing "the U.S. certainly does maintain a policy option, under various conditions, of a complete decoupling from China.” Adding to scrutiny over U.S.-China ties, a new book by former national security adviser John Bolton claims Trump at one point sought Chinese President Xi Jinping's aid to win re-election in November.
Trump called Bolton's book "a compilation of lies."
US President Donald Trump abruptly escorted out of the White House briefing room by a Secret Service agent while he addressing reporters on Monday afternoon. Trump, however, returned minutes later, saying there was a 'shooting' outside the White House. "There was a shooting outside the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I would like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work. But there was an actual shooting and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don't know about the condition of the person. Seems like the person was shot at by the Secret Service," he said. Trump said he was escorted to the Oval Office by the agent. He also praised work of of the Secret Service personnel. Law enforcement officials are trying to determine the suspect's motive. The suspect was transferred to a local hospital. District of Columbia fire dept said the man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries. Authorities are investigating whether the individual has a history of mental illness. White House was placed on lockdown following the incident. The shooting reportedly took place near 17th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks from the White House.
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US President Donald Trump on Monday said that the US "has already responded" in many ways to the sanctions posed by Beijing on American officials and added that phase-1 deal with China means "very little". Trump told reporters here. He asserted that China should not have allowed the global spread of COVID-19. Trump further went on to say that China is treated "way more differently" than the US. Speaking about the Iran and US deal, the US President said, "Iran would make a deal with the US within a month if he wins the elections in November". However, with regard to a deal with China, he said that Washington "may not want" to have a deal with Beijing.
CNN reports Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested early Monday. Lai is known for his support of the city's pro-democracy movement and criticism of China. The arrest comes under the new security law imposed on the city last month by Beijing, which bans "collusion with foreign forces." The Hong Kong Police Force say seven people were arrested, aged 39 to 72. Charges against them include collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, and conspiracy to commit fraud.
In a controversial move, Jimmy Lai, a media mogul in Hong Kong was arrested reportedly under a new security law. He is the owner of Next Digital Ltd which runs the flagship newspaper, Apple Daily. Police personnel were seen carrying boxes out of Lai's organisation's office. The news organisation has backed pro-democracy protests rocking the city since last year when Beijing tried to enforce a controversial extradition law which critics said was an assault on Hong Kong's autonomy. Large-scale, and sometimes violent, protests have gripped the territory in opposition to an alleged assault on the 'one country, two systems' principle which has ensured that the former British colony enjoys greater personal freedoms than mainland China. Beijing's critics have also slammed the new security law, calling it a tool to crush dissent and protests. It contains punishment for charges like secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Lai has reportedly been accused of the last one. Many countries like the United States of America and the United Kingdom have also unequivocally criticised the security law. However, pro-China voices claim that the legislation will help end unrest and bring 'normalcy' back to the city. Watch the full video for more.
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[NFA] U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to meet a Chinese delegation at a U.S. military base in Hawaii this week to discuss bilateral ties that have soured deeply since the start of the year, sources familiar with the matter said. Libby Hogan reports.
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya has joined her children in neighboring Lithuania, after two nights of clashes following the contested re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Joe Davies reports.
President Donald Trump tore into his niece Mary Trump after days of silence about her latest work. Her recently published book is critical of the President and his family reports CNN. Trump is calling her "a mess" and alleging she wrote "untruthful things." The tell-all book is "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man." It went on sale Tuesday and portrays the President in an unflattering light.
U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday the United States should consider economic sanctions on Russia as part of a strong U.S. response if it is true that Moscow offered bounty payments to Taliban forces for killing Americans in Afghanistan.
Former US national security adviser John Bolton says Donald Trump's reaction to his tell-all book has been "childish" and "degrading to the presidency". Once a close figure to the US President, Bolton latest memoir lays bare a series of events happening behind the scenes of the Trump administration.
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In an interview on tonight's Channel 4 News, John Bolton, who served as President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor from April 2018 to September 2019, said the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister heralded a positive "sea change" in the UK's relationship with Mr Trump. Mr Bolton suggested Mr Johnson's appointment had a positive effect on Mr Trump as the President "can't distinguish between his personal relationships" and the "state of the national relationships between two countries". Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
[NFA] U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo encouraged other nations to follow the UK's lead and push back against the actions of the Chinese Communist Party. Speaking on an official visit to London on Tuesday, Pompeo also described China's leadership as a threat. Adam Reed reports.
Speaking on India-China border tensions, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said, "I have spoken with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar a number of times about this. Chinese took incredibly aggressive actions and Indians have done their best to respond to that. There aren't many neighbours that can satisfactorily say that they know where their sovereignty ends and the Chinese Communist Party will respect that. That is certainly true now for people of Bhutan. The world must come together to respond to this. This increasing revisionist effort that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is engaged in is something that President Trump has taken incredibly seriously." He further said, "World has seen true colours of Chinese Communist Party and I am convinced more than ever that free people of the world will come to understand the threat. The impact General Secy Xi Jinping has on the world is not good for free and democracy loving people."
Both Texas and Hawaii are bracing for hurricanes this weekend as storms began making their way toward the states Friday night. “The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline,” the NHC said, noting Hanna currently has wind speeds of up to 50 mph.
Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! According to the Huff Post, to celebrate the occasion, Google shared a list of the most uniquely searched ice cream flavors, in every American state within the last week. Popular flavors include Peach, Vanilla, and even Boba. Here are the most searched, in some states: 1. Arizona ― Bubble Gum 2. Arkansas ― Peach 3. California & Hawaii― Boba 4.Connecticut ― Peaches and Cream 5. Delaware ― Blueberry 6. Florida ― Mango 7. Idaho ― Vegan Cherry 8.
American actress Kelly Preston who has appeared in films including “Jerry Maguire” and “Twins”, has died aged 57 after battling breast cancer for nearly two years, her husband, John Travolta, announced in an Instagram post late on Sunday. Soraya Ali reports.
CNN reports three-time Paralympian and six-time Guinness World Record holder Angela Madsen died earlier this week. The 60-year-old passed while attempting a solo row from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Madsen had been alone at sea for 60 days. The US Coast Guard discovered her body late Monday night, several hours after she last made contact with anyone. A paraplegic, Madsen was a beloved advocate for both LGBTQ and disability rights. Madsen served as a Marine in her 20s when she injured her back.
The Trump administration was at a loss on Tuesday over the president's suggestion to shake down Microsoft in its proposed purchase of Chinese app TikTok.
According to Gizmodo, the Trump administration..
President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One Friday evening that he plans to ban TikTok. The popular music and dance app is one of many owned by Chinese companies. According to Gizmodo,..
The United States may ban Chinese-video sharing app TikTok, said President Donald Trump, amidst rising tensions between Beijing and Washington on a range of issues. "We are looking at TikTok, we may be..
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