Poisoning the Waters

The United States insisted on the pre-emptive clause during the negotiations with Canada after raising concerns that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was exploring the possibility of a free trade deal with China.

China’s Major Proactive Move to Open Its Market to the World

The first China International Import Expo(CIIE)is to be held in Shanghai on November 5-10, 2018. Up to now, more than 3,000 companies in total from 138 countries and regions have already confirmed their participation, among which more than 200 are Fortune Global 500 companies and industry leaders. 81 countries have confirmed that they will put up national pavilions. The scale of the CIIE will be the largest in industry and trade expos. The high-profile of the Expo is arranged under the positioning of a first-class international expo and an important platform for China’s diplomacy. Leaders of China and other participating countries will attend the opening ceremony together. Contents of forums under the expo are substantial and informative: three parallel forums and the forum of Hongqiao international financial and economic media and think tanks will be held subsequently. China’s efforts to proactively open its market to the world The CIIE aims at boosting imports and serves as an international public good offered by China to promote economic globalization which benefits all economies. Policies favoring domestic economy, such as US President Trump’s unilateralism and protectionism based on “America First” policy is impeding the development of the global value chain. As we stand at a crossroads in the future development of globalization, China’s decision to hold its first import expo is fully representative […]

Political Turbulence Roils Mid-term Elections

The murder of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on October 27 was perhaps the worst case of violence ever perpetrated against the Jewish community in the United States. This incident of anti-Semitic violence followed just a few days the incident of the pipe-bombs sent in the mail to a handful of Democratic politicians and Democratic fund-raisers, including former President Barak Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. This outbreak of unusual violence has certainly raised the political temperature in the nation as we approach a very important mid-term election. Δ People mourn as they hold a vigil for the victims of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 27. John Altorfer/REUTERS  Democrats immediately began to blame the up-tick in the violence on President Trump’s volatile rhetoric. The President, in turn, blamed it on the strident and perennial attacks on him by the media and by the Democrats ever since he won the Presidency. In a sense, both are correct. But the growing bitterness in the political debate and the increased violence on the streets of the nations are in fact linked to a deeper malaise, the increasing polarization and disillusionment in the body politic. The election of President Trump is a prime example of this. A majority of the electorate ignored ALL of the establishment candidates, securing for Trump first, […]