Daily Archives: 2019-11-03

China, US trade negotiators reach ‘consensus on principles’

Top Chinese and US trade negotiators have “reached consensus on principles”, China’s commerce ministry announced in a statement Saturday. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by phone with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Friday, and “conducted serious and constructive discussions on properly addressing their core concerns and reached consensus on principles,” the ministry said. Additionally, …

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ASEAN leaders hope for trade deal as economies sag on US-China spat

by Thanaporn PROMYAMYAI / Dene-Hern Chen Southeast Asian leaders meet for a second day in Thailand on Sunday, hoping for a breakthrough in talks over the world’s largest trade deal to help throw off the torpor which has gripped the global economy since the US-China tariff war began. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) opened its annual summit …

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China gets into blockchain race with US

by Sébastien RICCI China has launched an ambitious effort to challenge the US dominance in blockchain technology, which it could use for everything from issuing digital money, to streamlining a raft of government services and tracking Communist Party loyalty. The technology received a crucial endorsement from President Xi Jinping last week, a signal that the government sees blockchain as an …

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Beijing says ‘ready to work’ with ASEAN on South China Sea rules

Beijing said Sunday it is “ready to work” with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct in the flashpoint South China Sea, where it is accused of bullying fellow claimants and building up military installations. China claims most of the resource-rich waterway, a major global shipping route and long a source of tension among claimants in Southeast Asia. The …

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AWARE breaks fundraising record with $600,000 in donations at Time Traveller’s Ball

For its annual gala on Saturday, 2 November, gender-equality group AWARE set its fundraising target at $500,000. The total amount raised—around $600,000 in all—amply exceeded that goal. The amount is the largest sum ever raised by the 34-year-old organisation through a single event. Entitled the Time Traveller’s Ball, with a “Back to the Future” theme evoking both past victories and …

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