Categories for China

31,041. 11/26/2019

CHINA/HUMAN RIGHTS/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday [11-26-19] stopped just short of endorsing legislation that would punish violent crackdowns against pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, a plan that could imperil trade with both the Hong Kong government and China. In wide-ranging remarks at the State Department, Mr. Pompeo took care to note that the decision on the bill would be made by President Trump and would come “before too long’…With veto-proof majorities, both the House and the Senate have approved legislation that would compel the United States to support pro-democracy activists who are demanding true semi-autonomy in Hong Kong. The bill would impose economic sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in the territory, which has been roiled by increasingly violent protests since June. Additionally, the legislation would require the State Department to review annually the special autonomous status it grants Hong Kong in trade considerations.” 

Lara Jakes, “Pompeo Warns China to Honor ‘Human Rights Standards’ in Hong Kong,” The New York Times online, November 26, 2019

30,917. 11/22/2019

CAMBODIA/CHINA/EU/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump has written to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urging him to put the Southeast Asian nation back on a democratic path and seeking to improve ties with one of China’s closest regional allies. Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for more than 34 years, has been under increasing western pressure to improve his human rights record, with the European Union threatening the withdrawal of important trade benefits. The relationship with the United States has been particularly dire after Cambodian accusations of U.S. plotting against Hun Sen…Critics have called Cambodia a one-party state since the Supreme Court dissolved opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) in 2017, paving the way for Hun Sen’s ruling party to win all the seats in parliament in an election last year.”

Reuters Staff, “Trump Urges Cambodia to Return to ‘Democratic Path’ After Crackdown,” The New York Times online, November 22, 2019

30,914. 11/22/2019

BUSINESS/CHINA/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Global stocks inched up on Friday [11-22-19], lifted by China’s renewed offer to work out a trade pact with Washington and despite signs that manufacturing in major eurozone economies was grinding to a halt. But gains were limited by uncertainty over how the 16-month-old U.S.-China trade war plays out and how much it may undermine the world economy. Such jitters have put MSCI’s index of global shares on course to snap a six-week streak of gains, with lacklustre economic data and rising political risks in the United States and Britain also casting a pall over sentiment. European shares rose off three-week lows touched on Thursday when it seemed that U.S. legislation on Hong Kong would undermine planned trade talks between the world’s two largest economies. The broader Euro STOXX 600 was up 0.4% and London-listed shares outperformed with a 1% rise as trade-exposed miners, banks and energy companies recovered from falls earlier this week.”

Sujata Rao, Tom Arnold, “GLOBAL MARKETS-Global shares inch up, but trade worries linger,” Reuters, November 22, 2019 4:20 am

30,848. 11/20/2019

CHINA/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House on Wednesday [11-20-19] overwhelmingly passed legislation aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong, one day after a unanimous vote in the Senate drew condemnation from Beijing as an unwarranted interference in its domestic affairs. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. The White House had no comment on the legislation after the 417-1 House vote. Trump is expected to sign the legislation even though it could further complicate his efforts to reach a preliminary trade deal with China, after the bill garnered veto-proof majorities in both chambers…The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would require the secretary of State to certify, at least once a year, whether Hong Kong continues to have enough control over its own affairs to warrant maintaining its special trade status under U.S. law.”

Doug Palmer, “House sends bill supporting Hong Kong protesters to Trump,” Politico, November 20, 2019 6:00 pm

30,714. 11/17/2019

AGRICULTURE/CHINA/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Our great Farmers will recieve another major round of ‘cash,’ compliments of China Tariffs, prior to Thanksgiving. The smaller farms and farmers will be big beneficiaries. In the meantime, and as you may have noticed, China is starting to buy big again. Japan deal DONE. Enjoy!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 17, 2019 11:08 am

30,514. 11/12/2019

CHINA/ENERGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “….Ukrainian energy company, and more millions taken from China, and now reports of other companies and countries also giving him big money, are certainly looking very corrupt (to put it mildly!) to me. Both Bidens should be forced to testify in this No Due Process Scam!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 12, 2019 6:25 am

 

30,511. 11/11/2019

AUTO INDUSTRY/CHINA/ECONOMY/GERMANY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “For three decades, China’s burgeoning demand for German cars, machines and engineering tools has been a steady engine of growth for Europe’s largest economy, gratefully championed by successive governments in Berlin. But the engine is starting to splutter. China’s economy is slowing, Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policies are hurting global trade and China’s factories are becoming rivals to the German giants that once supplied them. The slowdown is not helping at a challenging time for Germany. Its economy contracted 0.1% in the second quarter and some analysts expect third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data due on Nov. 14 to show a similar decline – which would leave the economy in recession for the first time since 2013. While German trade with China is only a small part of the country’s 3.4 trillion euro (3.8 trillion) economy, it has been one of the few components of GDP that Berlin could count on to grow year after year.”

Michael Nienaber, “Germany’s Chinese growth engine stalls,” Reuters, November 11, 2019 11:13 pm

30,491. 11/11/2019

CHINA/ECONOMY/TARIFFS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘The Chinese say (about Trump’s Trade War & Tariffs), ‘he brought us to the table.’ This is the most prosperous economy the world has ever seen, and it’s going to be a very prosperous economy.’ Jamie Dimon on @60Minutes Thank you President Trump & the Republican Party!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 11, 2019 9:25 am

30,099. 10/31/2019

CHINA/ECONOMY/FEDERAL RESERVE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [10-31-19] said the U.S.’ own central bank poses a bigger threat to the economy than China because it is keeping interest rates at levels that are higher than in other countries…The central bank on Wednesday [10-30-19] cut interest rates for the third time since July, but Powell signaled that it is done reducing borrowing costs for now, until there’s evidence the economy really needs yet another stimulus. That angered Trump, who has loudly called for rates to drop to zero — or even lower — to boost the economy as he heads into his reelection campaign. Trump’s missives on Thursday seemed to answer his own question from a couple of tweets in August. ‘My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?’ he asked back then. (His tweet today downgraded Powell from ‘enemy’ to ‘problem.’)”

Victoria Guida, “Trump: Fed is a bigger problem for economy than China,” Politico, October 31, 2019 12:24 pm

30,096. 10/31/2019

CHINA/FEDERAL RESERVE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….our manufacturers. We should have lower interest rates than Germany, Japan and all others. We are now, by far, the biggest and strongest Country, but the Fed puts us at a competitive disadvantage. China is not our problem, the Federal Reserve is! We will win anyway.”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 31, 2019 9:37 am

30,094. 10/31/2019

CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “China and the USA are working on selecting a new site for signing of Phase One of Trade Agreement, about 60% of total deal, after APEC in Chile was canceled do to unrelated circumstances. The new location will be announced soon. President Xi and President Trump will do signing!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 31, 2019 8:24 am

29,953. 10/28/2019

CHINA/TARIFFS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said Monday [10-28-19] that negotiations for the so-called phase one of the United States’ trade deal with China were ‘ahead of schedule’…The comments come ahead of Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Chile on Nov. 16-17…On Friday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke with China’s Vice Premier Liu He about the deal and signaled progress on negotiations over the weekend. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a statement following the call, noting that both parties ‘made headway on specific issues.’ It was announced earlier this month that Beijing would buy $40 billion to $50 billion of U.S. agricultural products, in exchange for a stop on the United States’ scheduled Oct. 15 tariff increase. Officials, however, have left open the potential for a tariff increase Dec. 15.”

Allie Bice, “Trump says phase one of China trade deal is ‘ahead of schedule’,” Politico, October 28, 2019 10:02 am

29,618. 10/18/2019

CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday [10-18-19] said he thinks a trade deal between the United States and China will be signed by the time the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings take place in Chile on Nov. 16 and 17. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will provide Beijing’s perspective on the progress of the talks in a speech on Saturday [10-19-19], according to a tweet from editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a tabloid published by the People’s Daily of China’s ruling Communist Party…The White House has announced that China agreed to buy up to $50 billion of U.S. farm products annually, as part of the first phase of a trade deal, although China seems slow to follow through. The so-called phase 1 deal was unveiled at the White House last week during a visit by vice premier He as part of a bid to end a tit-for-tat trade war between Beijing and Washington that has roiled markets and hammered global growth. U.S. officials said a second phase of negotiations could address thornier issues like forced technology transfer and non-financial services issues.”

Reuters Staff, “Trump hopes U.S.-China trade deal will be signed by middle of November,” Reuters, October 18, 2019 10:18 am

29,479. 10/14/2019

CHINA/JOE BIDEN/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Wow! Hunter Biden is being forced to leave a Chinese Company. Now watch the Fake News wrap their greasy and very protective arms around him. Only softball questions of him please!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 14, 2019 11:18 am

29,453. 10/13/2019

AGRICULTURE/CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “CHINA HAS ALREADY BEGUN AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES FROM OUR GREAT PATRIOT FARMERS & RANCHERS!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 13, 2019 4:50 pm

29,452. 10/13/2019

AGRICULTURE/CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “My deal with China is that they will IMMEDIATELY start buying very large quantities of our Agricultural Product, not wait until the deal is signed over the next 3 or 4 weeks. THEY HAVE ALREADY STARTED! Likewise financial services and other deal aspects, start preparing….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 13, 2019 4:47 pm

29,451. 10/13/2019

CHINA/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….I agreed not to increase Tariffs from 25% to 30% on October 15th. They will remain at 25%. The relationship with China is very good. We will finish out the large Phase One part of the deal, then head directly into Phase Two. The Phase One Deal can be finalized & signed soon!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 13, 2019 4:47 pm

29,420. 10/12/2019

AGRICULTURE/CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The deal I just made with China is, by far, the greatest and biggest deal ever made for our Great Patriot Farmers in the history of our Country. In fact, there is a question as to whether or not this much product can be produced? Our farmers will figure it out. Thank you China!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 12, 2019 9:09 am

29,414. 10/11/2019

CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China. He chocked, and looks weak and pathetic. Don’t want him at the White House!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 11, 2019 10:25 pm

29,360. 10/11/2019

CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @MariaBartiromo: USMCA passage, China deal should be ‘a one-two punch’: Rep. Tom Reed https://t.co/WcBsEjjir3 @MorningsMaria @FoxBusiness”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 11, 2019 10:32 am

29,353. 10/11/2019

CHINA/CONGRESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “One of the great things about the China Deal is the fact that, for various reasons, we do not have to go through the very long and politically complex Congressional Approval Process. When the deal is fully negotiated, I sign it myself on behalf of our Country. Fast and Clean!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 11, 2019 9:15 am

29,351. 10/11/2019

CHINA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Good things are happening at China Trade Talk Meeting. Warmer feelings than in recent past, more like the Old Days. I will be meeting with the Vice Premier today. All would like to see something significant happen!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 11, 2019 8:49 am

29,350. 10/11/2019

CHINA/TARIFFS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday [10-11-19] outlined the first phase of a deal to end a trade war with China and suspended a threatened tariff hike, but officials on both sides said much more work needed to be done before an accord could be agreed. The emerging deal, covering agriculture, currency and some aspects of intellectual property protections, would represent the biggest step by the two countries in 15 months to end a tariff tit-for-tat that has whipsawed financial markets and slowed global growth. But Friday’s announcement did not include many details and Trump said it could take up to five weeks to get a pact written. He acknowledged the agreement could fall apart during that period, though he expressed confidence that it would not.”

Jeff Mason, David Lawder, “U.S. outlines ‘Phase 1’ trade deal with China, suspends October tariff hike,” Reuters, October 11, 2019 1:50 am

29,344. 10/10/2019

CHINA/TARIFFS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States and China made good progress in high-level trade talks on Thursday [10-10-19], President Donald Trump told reporters, despite expectations that the two sides remain far away from a comprehensive deal…The Chinese team led by Vice Premier Liu He is in Washington for the first since Trump escalated his trade war against China in August. Frustrated by the slow pace of the negotiations, he announced plans to ramp up tariffs to put more pressure on Beijing. This week, the two sides have sent signals they could reach agreement on some measures, even if a wider deal remains distant…The hopeful developments came after futures markets were whipsawed overnight amid reports that the Chinese delegation would cut its trip short. But stocks moved higher on Thursday after Trump said he would meet with Liu on Friday after talks wrap up with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.” 

Adam BEhsudi, Megan Cassella and Doug Palmer, “Mini-deal expected as Trump says U.S.-China trade talks ‘going really well’,” Politico, October 10, 2019 6:31 pm

29,336. 10/10/2019

CHINA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Big day of negotiations with China. They want to make a deal, but do I? I meet with the Vice Premier tomorrow at The White House.” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 10, 2019 8:49 am