Monday, 15 October, 2018

New trade treaty seen as friendly to Virginia farmers

'It's like a death by a thousand cuts': Manitoba dairy farmers react to new trade agreement Dairy farmers say new trade agreement with U.S. has ‘sold them out’
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"Beijing has mobilized covert actors, front groups and propaganda outlets to shift Americans' perception of Chinese policies", he said.

"They told me they were anxious", Trudeau said of his meeting with milk producers.

The United States has refused to recognize China as a market economy even 17 years after the Asian country joined the World Trade Organization, a position Beijing is now challenging before the global trade body.

The midnight deal with Canada serves as a testimony to President Trump's world trade strategy, which can be summed up as: America First; do not blink; and divide and conquer, as the U.S. has sought to pick off trading partners across the world one by one, demanding concessions.

He urged Google to end development of its "Dragonfly" app, which would make it easier to track internet searches and strengthen Chinese censorship.

So far, Trump's administration has slapped record duties of $250 billion on Chinese imports to the US. The remarks underscore administration concern that anxiety over the trade battle could hurt Republican performance in the November 6 vote.

"It's so hard to tell", said Belinda Román, adjunct professor of economics at St. Mary's University. "China would be ill-advised not to pursue some level of influence through the media and other sources".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded to Trump's comments at the meeting, saying that China follows a principle of non-interference in other countries domestic affairs.

Last week at the United Nations Security Council, President Trump said China is interfering in the 2018 midterm elections. Trump didn't provide much evidence to back up the accusation, pointing to an advertisement the Chinese government took out in an Iowa newspaper attacking the president's trade policies.

"The agreement-in-principle we reached today is good for Canada, good for Canadian businesses, and most importantly, good for Canadian workers and their families", PM Trudeau said in a statement on Monday.

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China has responded to Trump's decision to levy tariffs on $250 billion of its exports with its own tariffs on USA goods, including soybeans and other agricultural products.

Pence lashed out at China for focusing its retaliatory tariffs on states vital to the Republicans' electoral chances.

"... the fact that now we are able to get dairy into Canada is a starting point", Ernst said. "But what you now have is protectionism to adjust to what the US says is a trade imbalance that could result in fewer Canadian goods entering the United States and more USA goods coming into Canada".

Pence alleged China was waging a sophisticated effort to sway the November 6 elections against Trump's Republican Party in retaliation for his trade policies against Beijing and vowed to continue to expose Beijing's "malign influence and interference".

At first, Mexico refused to alter its trade policies, but now it has.

Pence also accused Beijing of showing its "aggression" when a Chinese navy vessel recently sailed in the dispute-ridden South China Sea near the USS Decatur destroyer, which according to USA officials had to make a quick detour to avoid collision.

The Trump administration also asserted Thursday that Chinese "economic aggression" has helped undermine the global competitiveness of defense-oriented US industries. Although the list wasn't reduced, as the USA wanted, it also didn't expand, as Canada hoped it would, said Toronto business immigration lawyer Nan Berezowski.

The allegations of meddling caught Beijing off guard and confused by Washington's escalation, according to Dr Hoo Tiang Boon, expert on US-China relations at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Pence was also to use the phrase "debt diplomacy" in reference to China's efforts to expand its influence worldwide.

While the clause does not mention China specifically, the provision is being widely seen as an attempt to single out Beijing.

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