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US-CHINA TRADE: BEIJING CONDEMNS US TARIFFS LIST

Workers labour on the production line of an all-terrain vehicle at the Chongqing Longcin Motorcycle Company on November 6, 2007 in Chongqing Municipality, China.Beijing has vowed to retaliate after the United States published a list of about 1,300 Chinese products it plans to hit with a 25% tariff.

The White House said the proposed extra tax on the imports was a response to unfair Chinese practices around intellectual property rights.

The wide-ranging list includes items such as medical products, televisions and motorcycles. Beijing said it “strongly condemns and firmly opposes” the tariffs. Continue reading

DONALD TRUMP SIGNS TAIWAN TRAVEL ACT, DRAWING CHINA’S IRE

Protester holds Taiwanese and US flags

US President Donald Trump has signed a law promoting official exchanges between the US and Taiwan. The move could further strain US-China ties.

Trump on Friday signed legislation promoting contacts between Washington officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, angering China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.

The Taiwan Travel Act will allow unrestricted two-way travel for officials from the United States and Taiwan, thus restoring direct official US contacts with the self-ruled island, which were cut in 1979 when Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

The White House said the bill, which was passed unanimously by Congress, would go into effect on Saturday morning even without the president’s signature.

The United States still does not have formal ties with Taiwan, but is required by law to help it with self-defense.

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