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March 18 , 2019
  • Bloomberg reports, "Chinese leader Xi Jinping will make state visits to Europe from this week as he seeks to bolster trade relationships on the continent while trying to end a trade war with the U.S. President Xi will travel to France, Italy and Monaco from March 21 to 26, China Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Monday, as reported by the official Xinhua News Agency. The invitations were issued by French president Emmanuel Macron, Monaco's leader Prince Albert II and Italian president Sergio Mattarella, Lu said. Xi's tour comes as European powers work to strike a delicate balance between concerns about Chinese influence with a desire for further investment. China last week vowedgreater cooperation on Belt and Road ventures with U.S. and European firms, an attempt to counter growing criticism that the initiative aims to project Xi's influence on host countries." 
  • The New York Times reports, "The United States and China are pushing for a summit meeting in late April to complete a trade deal, while negotiators are still grappling over its terms and how they should be enforced. Although much remains unsettled, one thing is becoming clear: The Trump administration will continue to hold the threat of tariffs over Beijing to ensure that it lives up to whatever commitments it agrees to in the final deal. That approach is prompting concern among American businesses that the economic damage and uncertainty caused by President Trump's trade war could persist even once negotiations are resolved. On Friday, a report commissioned by the nation's biggest business lobbying group showed that the Trump administration's tariffs are actually damaging an industry the levies were intended to protect."
  • Reuters reports, "The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, said on Monday it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, where he has lived in exile for 60 years, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected. Sat in an office next to a temple ringed by green hills and snow-capped mountains, the 14th Dalai Lama spoke to Reuters a day after Tibetans in the northern Indian town of Dharamshala marked the anniversary of his escape from the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, disguised as a soldier. He fled to India in early 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, and has since worked to draw global support for linguistic and cultural autonomy in his remote and mountainous homeland. China, which took control of Tibet in 1950, brands the 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate a dangerous separatist."
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