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China–US trade agreement now harder but not impossible

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, right, shows the way to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, center, and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left, 1 May 2019. (Photo: Andy Wong/Pool via Reuters).

Author: Wang Yong, Peking University

China–US trade negotiations broke down unexpectedly in May 2019. The United States government was ridiculed into launching an all-out war on private tech companies like Huawei. The economies of the two countries and the global economy are predicted to suffer greatly as a result. So, why did negotiations fail this time?

By the end of April, President Trump and the US media had impressed upon global observers that China and the United States were about to reach an agreement on trade. President Xi was invited to Washington in late May in line with this posturing.

Beijing had very few words to say about the invitation and there was no suggestion that this series of talks would end after the scheduled meeting. Beijing has hardened its negotiating position since March 2019 and is demanding that discussions take place on more equal footing. Domestic politics will play a big role in the final stages of the negotiations.

After the collapse of the 11th round of trade talks in Washington, Vice Premier Liu He emphasised that any agreement must be equal and mutually beneficial. China will not compromise on principles, he argued.

Three core concerns must be resolved if these talks are to be successful moving forward. First, tariffs imposed must be cancelled. Second, volumes of Chinese purchases must be realistic. The two sides have reached a consensus on the number of purchases made in Argentina and this number should not be changed at will. Third, the balance of the text in the proposed agreement must be improved such that it better reflects the equal footing upon which both Washington and Beijing meet on matters of trade.

In addition to these three points, China is increasingly disappointed with the lack of progress on the larger goals of these negotiations. Through the signing of the …continue reading


Tokyo Events This Week: Free Yoga, Salsa on the Street and Food Festivals

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Tokyo events for Monday, June 17 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
This week, celebrate International Yoga Day with a free yoga session, visit the Africa and Taiwan food and culture festivals and bust a move at the Salsa Street festival.
Rosenzuiro: Erica Ward Solo Exhibition
An exhibition of 14 works of art that uses the colors of the Tokyo’s subway line by artist Erica Ward.

Rosenzuiro: Erica Ward Solo ExhibitionDates:11th Jun–23rd Jun, 2019
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Hope Quiz Night at Hobgoblin
A classic pub trivia night in Roppongi. Proceeds go towards helping the neglected poor become self-reliant.

Hope Quiz Night at HobgoblinDates:19th Jun, 2019


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Guest Post for Japan Australia

Japan Australia is looking for guest posters. If you are a blogger or content creator who is passionate about Japan travel and culture, we’d love to have you contribute an article to our website.

Japan Australia is one of the top expat blogs about Japan with a strong readership and following. We were recently included in the 25 Best Japan Blogs to Follow in 2019 by JapaneseUp, as well as being selected as one of the Top 15 Japan Travel Blogs, Websites & Newsletters to Follow in 2019 by Feedspot.

Joining the Japan Australia team, could be a great opportunity for you to get some exposure for your own blog and writing.

We are looking for the following:

1. Content on Japan travel, culture, food.
2. Well-written and high quality original articles.
3. Posts will need to be around 400 – 800 words.
4. Submitted in a Word document with 2-3 original or creative commons images in a zipped folder.

Please complete the Google Form to apply.

Thank you in advance and we look forward to receiving your applications.

John Asano

Japan Australia

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Happy New Year from Shooting Star Dreamer!

Once again, it’s the end of the year! Throughout this year, a lot of things have changed for this blog and for me. Though it is harder for me to keep Shooting Star Dreamer consistently updated, I cannot help but make a New Year’s post for you all.

As New Year approached things have felt somewhat different than before. I feel that the anime community and anime in general has been changing, or perhaps even evolving. Whether this is a good or bad thing, I am not sure. All I know is that it has changed my approach to anime. (and my frequency of keeping up with anime)

Something that has not changed though is my tradition of creating New Year’s Resolutions. After thinking over my resolutions in depth, I do not believe they are goals to simply be met in the future. If these goals aren’t met but are worked towards, then the progress and growth is still there. Completing the goal isn’t necessarily the point of resolutions, its just to have a guide to work towards.

Another thing I’ve realized; New Year’s Resolutions are not always simply thought up at the end of the year. I’ve gathered information and signs of things that need improvement, but these come to me consistently over the course of the year.

My New Year’s Resolution for next year is not necessarily a single thing. My goal is to take advantage of opportunities that are available; to gain skills, experience, and to better myself when possible. This carries on from some of my old New Year’s resolutions of self-care, which is something I plan to focus on as well.

I encourage everyone else to set goals for themselves, even if they are small. Just working towards these goals and having something to keep you on track will help …continue reading