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China and the United States are expected to come to an agreement soon over trade frictions, analysts said, as the negotiating teams a
re reported to be discussing the wording of an accord and considering applying the brakes to their tariff standoff.
They made the prediction after Chinese and US officials said there had been concrete p
rogress on multiple issues in the latest round of trade talks in Washington.
During the latest talks, held from Thursday to Sunday in Washington, the seventh round since February of last year, th
e two sides focused on the text of an agreement, the Chinese delegation said, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.
The negotiators also had made substantial progress on such specific issues as technology transfers, protection of i
ntellectual property rights, nontariff barriers, the service industry, agriculture and exchange rates, the delegation said.
On the basis of the latest progress, the two sides are expected to continue their work
into the next stage, in accordance with the instructions of the two countries’ top leaders, according to Xinhua.
United States is particularly appealing to North Korea, who believes a good relationship with the United States can h
elp create the right environment and necessary conditions for achieving North Korea’s new strategic drive toward ec
onomic development,” said Tong Zhao, a fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.
The concept isn’t new, of course. During his time as an Asia expert at the State Department in the Clinton administration, Evans Revere said negoti
ators working with North Korea were even then trying to point them to Vietnam, which was beginning to reap t
he benefits of market reforms and becoming a member of good international standing.
”We thought, somewhat naively back then, that this would appeal to the North Koreans gre
atly and that our commitments to work with them on bringing about a modernized economy w
ould be so attractive … that they would stand down from their nuclear weapons program. We were wrong,” Revere said.
”If all of these incentives or this incentive-based approach to coaxing North Korea do
wn a new path did not work when they didn’t have nuclear weapons, and it didn’t work to prevent th
em from developing nuclear weapons, why will it work now that they are in effect a nuclear weapons state?”
national security, and peace in Northern Ireland would be compromised in the case of a no-d
eal Brexit, and added the scenario would risk inflaming the nationalist sentiment in Scotland.
”Far from Brexit resulting in a newly independent United Kingdom, stepping boldly into t
he wider world, crashing out on March 29 would see us poorer, less secure and potentially splitting up,” they write.
Rudd, Clark and Gauke also cautioned members of the European Research Gro
up (ERG), a Parliamentary alliance whose members advocate for a no-deal Brexit and have previously voted do
wn May’s deal, that their lack of cooperation would be responsible for a postponement in the Brexit process.
”It is time that many of our Conservative parliamentary colleagues in the ERG recognized that Parliament will stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit on Mar
ch 29. If that happens, they will have no one to blame but themselves for delaying Brexit,” they wrote.
We find it unconscionable that a Party once trusted on the economy, more than any other, is now recklessly marching the country to the cliff edge of no d
eal,” the group said. “No responsible government should knowingly and deliberately inflict the dire consequences of
such a destructive exit on individuals, communities and businesses and put at risk the prospect of ending austerity.”
The MPs also rejected what they say May has presented as a “false binary choice” be
tween a “bad deal” and a “no deal,” slamming her strategy of “running down the clock” to Brexit.
May said in a statement on Wednesday that she was “saddened” by the lawmakers’ decision to quit the party, but
was determined to deliver on Brexit, affirming that it was “the right thing for the country.”
The Independent Group was formed on Monday when seven MPs, including Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie and Luciana Berger, resi
gned from Labour. An eighth Labour MP, Joan Ryan, joined their ranks on Tuesday evening. The group said v
ariously that they had become ashamed of the Labour party and its shift to the hard-left, denouncing opposition le
ader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of a wave of anti-Semitism and “betrayal” on Brexit.
snapping a selfie of the group as they took their seats in the House of
Commons. But non
e of the group asked a question of the Prime Minister, as she appeared before MPs for her weekly grill
ing, and the defections were barely addressed. The mood in the House of
Commons seemed more subdued than usual.
The closest May came to acknowledging the issue was when she attacked Corbyn over anti-Semitism in
his party, cited as a reason for some of the defectors leaving his party.
May said she never thought she would see the day when “a once proud
Labour party was accused of institutional Semiti
sm by a member of that party,” or,
equally, when Jewish people in the UK “were concerned about their future.”
Responding to those accusations, Corbyn said that “anti-Semitism ha
s no place whatsoever in any of our political parties, in our lives, in our society,” be
fore laying into the Prime Minister for “pretending to negotiate” a Brexit deal with just 37 days to go.
May, who will travel to Brussels later in the day, maintained that she was still working on alternative arrangements on the
Irish backstop — an insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border between
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Irel
and. She also reiterated her position that a no-deal exit from the EU could only be taken off the table by agreeing a deal.
Speaking at a press conference later, Allen, Wollaston and Soubry said the Prim
e Minister had been bullied by hard-line Brexiteers onto the brink of a no-deal Brexit.
voters have spent in line to cast their ballots in the crucial election.
The incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, 76, is running against 71 other ca
ndidates, but his main challenger is Atiku Abubakar, a 72-year-old business tycoo
n and former vice president. They are both Muslim candidates from the north of the country.
When Buhari, a former military ruler, was elected in 2015, it wa
s the first peaceful transition of power in Nigeria. He promised to offer a clean sweep of the old
routine, but many have been left disillusioned and angry at the rising levels of inequality and extreme poverty.
More than 84 million people registered for the vote in Africa’s largest economic p
ower, according to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Videos have surfaced on social media reportedly showing the burni
ng of ballot papers and disruption of the electoral process in various parts of the country.