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Media Report
April 29 , 2019
  • Reuters reports, "The U.S. military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks further raising tensions with China but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from the Trump administration amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which also include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols. The two destroyers were identified as the William P. Lawrence and Stethem. The 112-mile-wide (180-km) Taiwan Strait separates Taiwan from China. 'The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,' Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, said in a statement."
  • Bloomberg reports, "The next round of China-U.S. trade talks will get under way in Beijing this week with significant issues still unresolved, according to a senior Trump administration official. While both sides are eager to reach an agreement, the possibility remains that President Donald Trump would walk away from the negotiating table with China if he isn't satisfied with how talks are progressing, the person said, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to begin talks in Beijing on Tuesday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. Discussions will cover trade issues including intellectual property, forced technology transfer, non-tariff barriers, agriculture, services, purchases, and enforcement, according to a White House statement. Liu will then lead a Chinese delegation to Washington for additional discussions starting on May 8. Negotiators have indicated they are close to a deal and Trump last week said Chinese President Xi Jinping will come to the White House 'soon.'"
  • CNBC reports, "Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to demand the local government scrap a plan that would allow extraditions to mainland China — an idea that has also raised concerns among foreign investors. Police estimated that about 22,800 people marched at the peak of the demonstration, a spokeswoman told CNBC on Monday. Organizers put the figure far higher at about 130,000, according to local media reports. Demonstrators snaked through congested areas of Hong Kong island, carrying signs and banners criticizing the plan. 'Resist the evil law,' read one in Chinese. The extradition issue underscores ongoing concerns in Hong Kong about erosion of the its autonomy nearly 22 years after British colonial rule ended on July 1, 1997. On that date, the city became a special administrative region of China — maintaining its own laws, currency and economic management."
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