Top U.S. trade official Robert Lighthizer (center), along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. BEIJING -- U.S. officials said Friday that they had made "progress" during a week of trade talks with their Chinese counterparts, but big sticking points remain and the two sides plan to continue negotiations next week in Washington to try to end the trade war. The United States and China are trying to reach an agreement ahead of a March 1 deadline, when President Donald Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent. On Friday, Trump suggested for the second time in a week that he would push the deadline back if the two sides were edging closer to a deal. "There is a possibility that I will extend the date," Trump said during remarks at the White House, noting the complexity of the negotiations. "I will do that at the same … [Read more...] about U.S.-China trade talks to continue
Official u s time clock
By Lingling Wei WSJ Thu., Feb. 14, 2019 BEIJING—China is counting on promises of big purchases of U.S. semiconductors and other goods to ease trade tensions and persuade President Trump to extend a tariff truce and later resolve the market-rattling dispute directly with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. During this week’s negotiations, which marked their fourth day Thursday, U.S. and Chinese officials have remained deadlocked on a number of issues underlying the current trade dispute, according to people with knowledge of the matter. These include Washington’s complaints that China pressures U.S. firms to share technology and uses industrial policies to favor domestic companies at the expense of U.S. competitors. Having denied those allegations, Chinese officials are focusing instead on ways to boost U.S. exports to China. For instance, China’s top economic-planning agency is proposing to increase U.S. semiconductor sales to China to a total over … [Read more...] about China Seeks to Woo U.S. With Promise of Big Chip Purchases
Uncle Sam wants you . . . to start rhyming? In a first, the U.S. Army released a rap video on Friday. Titled, “Giving All I Got,” the three-minute clip features two soldiers detailing the many benefits–both big (life lessons) and small (a free clock)–of Army life. The hip-hop duo, dressed in fatigues, are shown practicing their music skills across army bases and among fellow soldiers. The video is meant to help recruit gen-Z. “Education you gone’ git, no doubt we stay fit . . . Airborne, we stay lit,” raps one soldier. His partner reminds potential recruits that “there’s more to a soldier than just taking orders,” before listing all the bills the Army pays for: electric, water, and living quarters, among them. (One gen-Z miss: The rappers reference sifting through photos on Flickr, not Instagram.) The video is the brainchild of two full-time recruiters, Sergeant 1st Class Arlondo Sutton and Sergeant 1st Class Jason … [Read more...] about The U.S. Army hopes this video of rapping soldiers will help recruit gen-Z
The Trump administration’s decision to leave U.S. diplomats in Venezuela — despite orders from the unstable country’s ruling regime — is drawing criticism from former officials who say it endangers American lives. Some have even warned President Donald Trump that he could face a crisis similar to the 2012 deaths of American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya — a tragedy Trump used to slam former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton en route to the White House.Story Continued Below “It is a dangerous game of chicken and risks escalating an already tense and volatile situation in Venezuela,” said Molly Montgomery, a former Foreign Service officer now with the Albright Stonebridge Group. Late Thursday, the State Department announced that it was ordering the departure of "non-emergency" U.S. personnel and family members of Americans posted to its embassy in Venezuela — effectively downsizing the U.S. diplomatic presence there. The department did not … [Read more...] about Benghazi hangs over U.S. decision to leave diplomats in Venezuela
U.S. U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon introduced a bill Wednesday to regulate marijuana in the same way the government currently treats alcohol products. The bill, H.R. 420, seeks to "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" and remove marijuana from the list of illegal narcotics under the federal Controlled Substances Act. The bill would also create a nationally regulated industry that would be overseen by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). "420" is slang among weed supporters that encourages celebration or smoking of pot on April 20 or at 4:20 on the clock. Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon's 3rd congressional district and a member of the House Ways and Means committee, has worked with representatives from both parties toward legalization of marijuana and cannabis products in addition to seeking progressive reforms on the federal level. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug defined as having "no currently accepted medical use and … [Read more...] about Congressman Introduces ‘420’ Marijuana Legalization Bill To Regulate Weed Like Alcohol Throughout U.S.