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Media Report
July 01 , 2019
  • The Wall Street Journal reports, "President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China managed to get trade talks back on track this past weekend, but an even tougher job lies ahead—appeasing hard-line factions within their own governments demanding they give no quarter. Mr. Xi faces party leaders and executives of state-owned enterprises who believe Washington is out to demolish the government-led economic model that is responsible for China's emergence as a global power and U.S. rival. Mr. Trump, for his part, faces skepticism from some Republican and Democratic lawmakers who worry he will give up too much in any deal, as well as wariness among some of his own appointees. Heading into an election year, Mr. Trump must also contend with restiveness among his supporters in the business community and farm-belt states who have been hit by the tariffs imposed by both countries."
  • The New York Times reports, "In an impromptu question-and-answer session late last month at the White House, President Trump was asked about the nation's efforts to block Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications company, from doing business in the United States and with our allies around the globe. 'Huawei is something that is very dangerous,' Mr. Trump said. Then, almost in the same breath, he added: 'It's possible that Huawei would be included in a trade deal. If we made a deal, I can imagine Huawei being included in some form or some part of a trade deal.' Over the weekend in Japan, Mr. Trump appeared to choose trade over national security, suspending the ban on United States companies' supplying equipment to Huawei as he hopes to reach a trade deal with President Xi Jinping of China. Without providing any details, he declared that American companies could sell to Huawei without creating a 'great, national emergency problem.'"
  • The Wall Street Journal reports, "Protesters smashed through glass walls and stormed Hong Kong's government headquarters on the anniversary of the city's return to Chinese sovereignty, diverging from a movement that had until now largely stuck to nonviolent means. The mayhem at the building that houses the city's legislature stood in stark contrast to the scene nearby, where organizers estimate 550,000 people marched through the streets in scorching summer heat, with few security-related incidents apart from several cases of heat stroke. As mostly young activists broke windows and defaced the legislative chamber, they described their rampage as a last-ditch effort to force the government to accede in a standoff over the city's future. The unrest was spawned a month earlier when Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam sought to pass legislation—since put on hold—allowing suspects to be extradited to China, which has a far more opaque legal system."
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