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Media Report
April 20 , 2018
  • The New York Times reports: "If China calls for a boycott of American goods, Chinese workers... could be in trouble... Some Chinese state media outlets have hinted darkly that Beijing could weaponize its hundreds of millions of shoppers should Washington go through with its recent tariff threats and start an all-out trade war. On Weibo, China's version of Twitter, there are sporadic calls to boycott Apple's iPhones. Beijing has done it before, ably punishing Japanese, South Korean and Philippine products and companies over political disputes. A Boycott America plan could be much tougher to pull off. While competition from Chinese-made smartphones is rising, iPhones remain popular. Shopping mall developers, eager for the extra cachet, clamor for Starbucks to open stores. Nike dominates the sportswear market in China. Chevrolet is one of the country's most popular brands."
  • CNN reports: "China just threw another curveball at the global recycling industry. The Chinese government says it's extending last year's ban on imports of items such as unsorted paper and some plastics to dozens more types of recyclable materials, including steel waste, used auto parts and old ships. For decades, other countries shipped containers full of scrap and waste to China for recycling. But Beijing stunned the recycling industry last year with its ban on imports of 24 varieties of solid waste. Now, it's adding 32 more types to the list -- half of them at the end of this year, and the other half at the end of 2019. China has billed the ban as a way to reduce environmental damage, but some experts say it could make it worse."
  • Eli Lake comments in Bloomberg: "If you Google "Trump," "Nixon" and "China," you will find billions of pixels devoted to comparing the 37th president's breakthrough with Beijing to the potential summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The parallel is understandable... In 1972 when Mao Zedong hosted President Richard Nixon in Beijing, Communist China suffered severe international isolation in much the way North Korea does today. Like Mao, Kim espouses a harsh collectivism that imposes misery, famine and death on his people. All of that said, Trump's willingness to meet with North Korea's dictator is not really comparable to the opening of relations between the U.S. and China. The latter was far more important strategically and economically for both countries. What's more, the geopolitical conditions that drove China to go to Nixon were entirely different from those today for the grandson of the "Great Leader" in Pyongyang."
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