Day: May 8, 2020

US and China recount contrasting versions of talks on trade deal

BEIJING/WASHINGTON — U.S. and Chinese officials emerged from trade talks Friday citing different expectations of the outcome as the two countries work to carry out their phase one deal.

The telephone conference, the first official bilateral trade talks since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, comes as Washington blames China directly for the spread of COVID-19.

Chinese negotiators, led by Vice Premier Liu He, discussed implementation of the initial trade deal with their American counterparts. Afterward, China issued a notice saying the two sides agreed to “create a favorable atmosphere and conditions” for carrying out the deal “and strive for positive

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Astronomical rewards await victor of US and China’s race for space

Then there’s the quest for cheap, clean energy. “Unlike Earth, which is protected by its magnetic field, the moon has been bombarded with large quantities of Helium-3 by the solar wind,” the European Space Agency explains. “It is thought that this isotope could provide safer nuclear energy in a fusion reactor, since it is not radioactive.”

One major feature of the current presidency is the administration’s contempt of multinational institutions. Trump is a dealmaker – believing that two representatives in a room can hammer out an agreement that suits them both but anything produced by a committee will result in

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China says Taiwan will fail in bid to attend key WHO meeting

BEIJING (Reuters) — Taiwan will fail in its bid to take part in a key meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) amid efforts to rein in the coronavirus as its efforts are not based on health concerns but politics, China said on Friday.

Self-ruled Taiwan has been lobbying to attend, as an observer, the May 18-19 gathering of the WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly (WHA), and has won high-level support from the United States and several of its allies, including Japan.

China, under its “one China” policy, considers Taiwan a breakaway province ineligible for state-to-state relations or

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Ex-Garuda chief given 8-year prison term for corruption, reports say

JAKARTA — The former president director of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar has been found guilty of corruption while at the majority state-owned carrier and handed a prison term of eight years, the country’s corruption court ruled on Friday, according to local media Tempo.

Satar, who spent nine years as the head of Garuda between 2005 and 2014, was also fined 1 billion rupiah ($67,000), media said. He was convicted of receiving 46 billion rupiah worth of bribes from Soetikno Soedarjo, a local business person, in relation to the procurement of aircraft and aircraft engines. He also faces a further three

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