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· U.S.-China trade talks resume with continued enforcement of phase one deal
… At the heart of the phase one deal was China’s commitment to increase its purchases of U.S. agricultural products…
· In U.S.-China clash, Taiwan takes center stage
· Taiwan won't 'bow to China' and will fortify its defenses, says president as military tensions mount
U.S.-China trade talks resume with continued enforcement of phase one deal
By: Michelle Rook, Agweek (ND)
Oct. 11, 2021
The Biden administration has launched new trade talks with China with a move for more meaningful reforms.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced on Monday, Oct. 4, that the U.S. will maintain tariffs on Chinese imports as it pushes Beijing to fulfill pledges to buy additional U.S. goods and services made under the phase one deal. They may also consider imposing additional levies as leverage to get China to fulfill terms of the trade agreement with the U.S. and are seeking more meaningful reforms in a new round of talks.
The administration spent months reviewing China policy and the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration that initially taxed about $370 billion in Chinese imports. Tai also announced the U.S. will reopen a process for U.S. companies to seek exemptions from tariffs. The Trump administration created an exclusion process for companies that could show they had no viable alternative to Chinese imports. However, the Biden administration allowed that process to expire.
At the heart of the phase one deal was China’s commitment to increase its purchases of U.S. agricultural products…
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In U.S.-China clash, Taiwan takes center stage
Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post
via MSN - Oct 10, 2021
On both sides of the Taiwan Strait, governments marked historic anniversaries this weekend with an eye cast toward the other. In a speech Saturday commemorating 110 years since the overthrow of China’s last imperial dynasty, Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated his desire to preside over what he has called the inevitable “unification” of Taiwan with China. Those who want to see the island return to mainland control, Xi said, “stand on the right side of history.”
Xi wished for a “peaceful” reunification with Taiwan. Beijing still considers the island part of its own sovereign territory — no matter that it has maintained a form of de facto independence since 1949, when China’s defeated nationalists fled there from the Communist-controlled mainland. In his speech, the Chinese president issued a clear warning to Taiwan’s political leadership: “Those who forget their heritage, betray their country and seek to break up their country will come to no good end,” he said.
That threat received a strong riposte the following day. At Taiwan’s National Day ceremonies, President Tsai Ing-wen said her country would bolster its defensive capabilities “to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us.” That path, she said, “offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.”
Sources of friction are building...
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Taiwan won't 'bow to China' and will fortify its defenses, says president as military tensions mount
o On Taiwanese national day, President Tsai Ing-wen said that it would not "bow to pressure" from China.
o The comments come the week a record number of Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan's airspace.
o Tsai has said that she will continue to fortify the island's military defenses.
Bethany Dawson, Business Insider
via MSN - Oct 10, 2021
On Taiwanese national day, President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen has stated that the country would reject all efforts from China to reunify the two states.
Tsai made these comments at celebrations on 10 October, at the end of a historical week for Chinese-Taiwanese relations, wherein a record number of Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan's airspace and Chinese President Xi Jinping vowing to reunify China and Taiwan.
Tsai warned that Taiwanese-Chinese relations are "more complex and fluid than at any other point in the past 72 years," Reuters report. She said China's military incursions into Taiwan's air defense zone seriously affected national security and aviation safety.
The US military has been training troops in Taiwan due to the growing tensions between Taiwan and China...
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