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January 16 , 2019
  • The Wall Street Journal reports, "China's military ambitions have given its leaders growing confidence about their capabilities, according to a new U.S. assessment that warns that Beijing may believe it can wage a regional conflict while maintaining its expanded global presence. 'We now have to be able to look for a Chinese military that is active everywhere,' said a senior defense official who briefed reporters on the new report by the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency. Washington and Beijing are engaged in a trade fight, and tensions over Taiwan persist, although the official said there is no indication that China is looking to take military action anywhere soon. 'But they are present in a lot of places and we will have to interact with them, engage with them, deal with them, monitor them more broadly than we've ever had to before when they were very regionally focused and near their own shores.'"

  • TIME reports, "China expressed its 'strong dissatisfaction' with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday over his criticism of a death sentence given to a Canadian accused of drug smuggling at a retrial that followed a chilling of relations over the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive. Trudeau should 'respect the rule of law, respect China's judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks,' foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. 'We express our strong dissatisfaction with this,' Hua told reporters at a daily briefing. Her comments are the latest sign of a sharp cooling of China-Canada ties since Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States."
  • CNBC reports, "United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer saw no progress on key issues in last week's talks aimed at settling the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley. The Iowa Republican said Lighthizer believes negotiators made little headway in resolving structural issues at the heart of the dispute. 'He said that there hasn't been any progress made on structural changes that need to be made,' Grassley told reporters on a conference call. 'Let's say that would include intellectual property, stealing trade secrets, putting pressure on corporations to share information with the Chinese government and industries. So structure-wise not much progress, but the Chinese are coming over here in a couple weeks and there will be more negotiations,' he said."
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