Month: February 2019

Chen Bin, executive vice-president of the China Machi

nery Industry Federation, said the organization’s member companies are optimistic because th

e extension of the March 1 tariff deadline should help both Chinese and US companies restore their ab

ility to trade, while pacifying Chinese companies that have already invested heavily in machinery manufacturing in the US.

“It is increasingly evident that tariffs had negative effects — such as rising unemployment an

d slowing growth rates — not only in China and the US, but also in many parts of the world,” said Xue Ro

ngjiu, deputy director of the Beijing-based China Society for WTO Studies research institute.

The proposed tariff delay indicates economic rationality is preva

iling and both countries are predicted to reach an agreement soon, Xue added.

Asa Hutchinson, governor of the US state of Arkansas, applauded both presidents for

working hard to narrow the differences and reach more consensuses. “I a

m optimistic we will be able to reach an agreement because it is important for both countries,” he said.

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Today, these young women are drawing on their wisdom

and ingenuity to gain the power to build their own embroidery brands, thus improving their lives and helping to lift their county out of poverty.

Zhang Qin, 43, a respected embroiderer in the Daliu village of the county who founded the local embroidery associ

ation, Qiqiao Workshop, says: “Women around here are good at needlework, and I’m particularly int

erested in it. When I was a kid, I liked watching and learning as the women were sewing.”

She made her first “bucket of gold” when she was 8, she says.

“I sewed 10 pillowslips and sold them for 4 yuan ($0.6). At the time my family was too poo

r even to buy me new clothes, so I bought a large piece of red cloth and made myself a new undercoat with the money.”

Zhang gradually gained a reputation for her exquisite work, and women in the village often went to her for guidance.

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In 2008, her work was selected for sale at expositions

the first being the Xihe Qiqiao Cultural Festival, and it proved to be highly popular with tourists.

Soon, she began to take orders, and then recruited locals to work for her.

“As my life improves, I want to help others

to make better lives for themselves through their embroidery,” says Zhang.

In 2015, with the help of her family, she built a house to be used as a work site and named it Qiqiao Workshop.

At first, she recruited a dozen members. After that the num

ber has kept growing as the factory developed into an infl

uential embroidery organization, the Qiqiao Workshop Association.

By last year, it had 179 women as members, 30 of w

hom were from registered poverty-stricken households. It h

ad reached a turnover of 1 million yuan by last year, and members earned 4,000 yuan on average.

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One key attraction for many academics is the chance to

fulfill their ambition in scientific research. And with China becoming a key driving force in so ma

ny key technology sectors, such as big data and AI, life sciences, clean energy and quantum co

mputing, faculty members can quickly find themselves operating in a cutting-edge research environment, supported by

a larger budget and more-skilled support team than might be possible elsewhere.

This trend reflects steps by the Chinese government to make working in the country more attr

active to overseas academics, including the Thousand Talent Plan, which was initiated in 2008 an

d has already attracted more than 7,000 overseas Chinese and 300 to 500 foreign experts. While the FBI has raised so

me questions about the intentions of this program, it is clear that the vast majority of the participants are largely in

terested in nothing more than open, mutually beneficial, cross-border research collaboration.

At joint-venture universities, all full-time faculty members, irrespective of t

heir nationality, are eligible to apply for domestic Chinese funding to support thei

r research activities. With overall research and development expenditures in China growing at 15 to 20 percent a

nnually over the past few years, this represents a major point of attraction for foreign scholars and faculty members.

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While the experience of teaching on Chinese campuses is

?often different to that in the West due to the prevalence of a more tradit

ional intellectual culture, the dedication of students and their zest for acquiring kno

wledge makes teaching a unique pleasure. Most faculty members find that their students are happy to adopt the Soc

ratic methods favored in Western education, encouraging a rewarding level of debate in the classroom.

An important factor that makes the process of adaptation easier for faculty members is pre

cisely the existence of joint-venture universities and other similar types of degree-granting coll

aborative projects, which allow them to remain within a Western-style administrative and academic structure whi

le becoming embedded in a different culture and sociocultural living experience.

Having a highly networked knowledge platform in China also provides scholars from interna

tional universities a chance to build bridges with Chinese counterparts, and to tackle problems to

gether in a more cohesive manner, which is essential for addressing today’s pressing global problems.

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Haley on Friday tweeted congratulations to Craft, writing

  Congratulations to Kelly Craft. She’s done a great job representing us as @USAmbCa

nada and we know she’ll be a strong voice for America at the United Nations. #USstrong.”

  CNN reported earlier this week that Craft was being considered, along with US Ambassador to Germany Richard Gr

enell, US Ambassador to France Jamie McCourt and former National Security Council official Dina Powell.

  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement on Friday applauding Trump’s announcement, say

ing he is “very pleased” and that Craft “has been an outstanding advocate for America’s national security and eco

nomic interests in Canada and she is extremely well-qualified to do the same at the United Nations.”

  ”I look forward to her confirmation and continuing to work with her at the United Nations,” Pompeo said in the statement.

  The Kentucky native and her husband, billionaire coal mining executive Joe Craft, have been hea

vyweight Republican funders. In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. M

arco Rubio to be the Republican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.

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When he addressed the UN General Assembly in 2018

Trump claimed his administration had achieved “more than almost any administration in the history of the country” — and was met with open laughter.


National security adviser John Bolton, a former ambassador to the UN under President George W. Bush, was openly hosti

le toward the UN during his 2005 to 2006 tenure. The Trump administration has cut US contributions to the UN,

pulled out of several of UN organizations and opposed core UN-backed initiatives in

recent years, including the Paris Agreement on climate and the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump had wanted a woman to lead the US delegation at the United Nations, so

urces have told CNN. His original pick, Nauert, bowed out after it came to light tha

t she had employed a nanny who was legally present in the US, but wasn’t legally permitted to work.

The post, which had been a Cabinet level position under Haley, is widely expected to be downgraded.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had told aides he wanted the post downgra

ded after Haley leaves, an official familiar with his remark has told CNN. And Bolt

on has also been said to want the role downgraded, according to people familiar with his thinking.

The shift means Craft would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the UN and within the administration, and as a r

esult, would pose nowhere near the challenge to Bolton or Pompeo.
This story has been updated.

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Within Japan, every professional person I speak to is bemused

  by Brexit,” said Paul Bacon, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University who specializes in Japan’s relations with Europe. “It

is obvious here how economically damaging it will be, and also that it creates serious difficulties for Japan

ese industry.”Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to

secure parliamentary backing for her plan for what happens next, heightening fears of a disorderly departure.

  That’s infuriating for Japanese businesses and government officials, who have been aski

ng for years for reassurances that British leaders would limit the harmful effects of Brexit.

  The “trust has evaporated” between Japanese companies and the UK government, s

aid Seijiro Takeshita, a professor at the University of Shizuoka’s School of Management and Information.

  apan Inc has poured billions into the UK economy. More than 1,000 Japanese companies do bus

iness in the country, supporting more than 140,000 jobs, according to the most recent Japanese government figures.

  Many of them used the United Kingdom as a launchpad into Europe. But if the country

exits the EU’s unified market, “it makes no sense for Japanese industries to base themselves in the UK,” Bacon said.

  Around 60% of Japanese firms in the United Kingdom surveyed by the Japan External Trade Or

ganization in the fall of 2018 said they expected Brexit to have a negative impact on their future business.

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The statement made no reference to Britain’s decision to

leave the European Union, and Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said in Tokyo that the decision was not rel

ated to Brexit.
But uncertainty concerning Britain’s future trading relationship with its bigg

est export market is one of the big clouds hanging over the car industry.
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Christian Stadler, an autos expert and professor of strategic management at Warw

ick Business School, said that Brexit “must have been a factor” in Honda’s decision.

“Companies from Japan and other countries were attracted to Britain because it gave them easier entry to the luc

rative European market, through an English speaking country. At the moment, there is no deal in place to co

ntinue that after Brexit,” he said.
“The United Kingdom will not be able to strike better trade deals than it currently has

before it leaves the European Union, so it starts to look like a less attractive place to build cars,” said Stadler.

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The UK government described the plant closure as “a

  ating decision for Swindon and the United Kingdom.”

  Business Secretary Greg Clark said in a statement that it was “deeply disappointing that this decision has been taken now” b

ecause Britain is a leader in developing new technologies needed by the auto industry.

  Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but the details of what happens then are uncertain.

  Car company executives have warned that crashing out of the bloc without a deal

on March 29 would snarl their supply chains and disrupt production.

  BMW (BMWYY) plans to close its Mini factory in England for one month of maintenance imm

ediately after Brexit because it can’t be sure of getting the parts it needs. Ford (F), which has 13,000 wo

rkers in the United Kingdom, has estimated that a disorderly Brexit would cost it $800 million in 2019.

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