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Media Report
June 11 , 2019
  • The New York Times reports, "Two weeks before talks between the United States and China broke down, Beijing quietly called one of its most formidable trade negotiators out of a pre-retirement posting. The negotiator, Yu Jianhua, a 28-year veteran of trade talks with American officials and at the World Trade Organization, returned to Beijing in mid-April from his position as China's ambassador to the United Nations' offices in Geneva. With his appointment, the Chinese government began to address an experience gap that could be holding it back as it tries to resolve a potentially devastating trade war with the Trump administration. It is unclear how or whether a previous lack of trade-policy experience on China's negotiating team contributed to the breakdown in negotiations last month. American officials walked away from the talks after their Chinese counterparts deleted page after page of provisions from a draft pact."
  • The Wall Street Journal reports, "China signaled no retreat from pursuing legislation to allow extradition from Hong Kong, despite a massive weekend protest against the proposed law in the Chinese territory. In comments from officials and in state media on Monday, Beijing vowed sustained backing for the Hong Kong government's efforts to amend its extradition laws, which exclude mainland China. It attributed the mass protest—which organizers say brought more than one million people onto Hong Kong streets Sunday—to local dissidents colluding with foreign powers to incite public anger.In affirming Beijing's support for the legislation Monday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman alluded to foreign critics he didn't name. 'Some sides have been making irresponsible remarks' about the proposed amendments, spokesman Geng Shuang said at a routine weekday briefing. 'We firmly oppose external intervention in Hong Kong's legislation.'"
  • Bloomberg reports, "Alphabet Inc.'s Google is moving some production of Nest thermostats and server hardware out of China, avoiding punitive U.S. tariffs and an increasingly hostile government in Beijing, according to people familiar with the matter. Google has already shifted much of its production of U.S.-bound motherboards to Taiwan, averting a 25% tariff, said the people, asking not to be identified discussing internal matters. While U.S. officials have pinpointed Chinese-made motherboards as a security risk, Google didn't bring that up during discussions with its suppliers, they said. Tariffs have also pushed American-bound production of its Nest devices to Taiwan and Malaysia, the people said. The migration is taking place as companies both foreign and domestic seek to pivot their production away from China amid U.S. President Donald Trump's efforts to reset the perimeters for global trade and manufacturing."
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