Beijing warns against ‘bullying’ its citizens amid ongoing US-Huawei saga

In an apparent message to Washington, China has warned against “bullying” its citizens and “creating new opponents,” after the Huawei CFO was arrested in Canada on a US warrant.

“China will never sit idly by and ignore any bullying that violates the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, just before the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei was granted bail in Canada.

 
People stand outside the B.C. Supreme Court bail hearing of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou © Reuters / Lindsey Wasson

Meng Wanzhou was detained by Canadian authorities on December 1, almost immediately after presidents Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day ceasefire in the ongoing trade conflict dispute. Meng was apprehended, on Washington’s request, for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran.

While the foreign minister did not mention the Huawei CFO in his speech, he did warn the US that “there is no need to artificially create new opponents” at a time when both countries are trying to strike a trade deal.

“The US should abandon its zero-sum game mindset, take a positive view of China’s development and continuously expand the mutually beneficial space and prospects,” Wang said.

Trump apparently took notice of this advice on Tuesday, suggesting he may personally intervene to save Meng from prosecution if it helps accomplish an agreement with China.

“If I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made — which is a very important thing — what’s good for national security — I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary,” Trump told Reuters shortly after the CFO was granted a $7.5 million bail by a judge in Vancouver.

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Huawei Arrest: Canada Faces ‘Serious Consequences’ Says China

The Chinese vice foreign minister has summoned the Canadian ambassador and warned of the repercussions of not releasing Huawei's CFO.

The Chinese vice foreign minister, Le Yucheng, issued a fresh warning to Canadian authorities demanding the release of Huawei’s CFO, saying there would be “serious consequences” for failing to do so.

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“China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained person...otherwise Canada must accept full responsibility for the serious consequences caused,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry has summoned John McCallum, the Canadian ambassador, to lodge a “strong protest” and voiced its concern and reproach to the western nation for what it called “an act committed by Canada.”   

Ms. Meng Wanzhou is currently under arrest by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States, which alleges she covered up aspects of her family company ties to a firm which soled equipment to Iran, violating sanctions.

On Friday, the CFO attended a Canadian court which adjourned the decision of whether or not to allow bail until Monday.

The Court of British Columbia said Ms Meng used a company subsidiary called skycom to bypass sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States, between 2099 and 2014. The charges are “conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions,” according to a Canadian prosecutor.

If Meng is extradited to the United States, she could be tried and face up to 30 in jail, if found guilty.

The arrest was a serious breach of Ms. Meng's rights, according to the Chinese vice foreign minister. Mr. Le Yucheng, the act “ignored the law, was unreasonable” and it amounted to an “extremely nasty” type of foreign policy.

The arrest of the Chinese business leader comes a time when China and the United States have declared a 'cease-fire' on the tariff war which has put a lot of strain on the relations between the two countries. 

 
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"China Has Agreed To Reduce, Remove Tariffs On US Cars": Donald Trump

Washington: China has agreed to scale back tariffs on imported US cars, President Donald Trump said Sunday, one day after agreeing with Xi Jinping to a ceasefire in the trade war between the world's top two economies.

Asia stocks had rallied on the news that Washington and Beijing would not impose any new tariffs during a three-month grace period, during which the two sides are meant to finalize a more detailed agreement.

"China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S. Currently the tariff is 40 percent," Trump said on Twitter.

On Saturday, Trump and Xi agreed to put a stop to their tit-for-tat tariffs row, which had roiled world markets for months.

The Republican president called their agreement -- which Washington hopes will help close a yawning trade gap with the Asian giant and help protect US intellectual property -- an "incredible" deal.

Trump agreed to hold off on his threat to slap 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from January 1, leaving them at the current 10 percent rate.

In return, China is to purchase "very substantial" amount of agricultural, energy, industrial and other product from the US

The US president did not send any subsequent tweets Sunday explaining which auto tariffs would be removed, and which would be reduced.

In July, China reduced auto import duties from 25 percent to 15 percent, a boon for international carmakers keen to grow sales in the world's largest auto market.

But as trade tensions ratcheted up with the US this summer, Beijing retaliated by slapping vehicles imported from the US with an extra 25 percent tariff, bringing the total tariff rate to 40 percent.

Many US automakers build their cars in China, but for some the tariff hikes have hit sales.

US company Tesla saw its sales drop with the higher prices this fall and recently said it would absorb some of the higher tariff costs and no longer pass them on to consumers.

German carmaker BMW and Ford's Lincoln brand have also been hit hard by the tariffs with some of their cars made in the US for the Chinese market.

The news comes as Trump mulls a tariff hike on vehicles imported from the European Union.

Top executives from German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW are to meet Tuesday with senior US officials at the White House to discuss the situation, the German news agency DPA reported, citing unnamed sources.

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Xi Jinping to Visit Europe and Latin America

The President of China, Xi Jinping, will start a new international tour and this time with official visits to Spain, Panama, Portugal and Argentina, where he will also attend the G-20 summit, confirmed Friday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the trip will extend from November 27 to December 5.

The first stop will be Spain, coinciding with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries.

There he will hold meetings with King Felipe VI, the Head of Government, the Social Democrat Pedro Sanchez, and the top representatives of the two legislative chambers (Congress of Representatives and Senate).

He will then continue to Argentina to, besides fulfilling an official agenda, attend the G-20 leaders' summit from November 30 to December 1.

As part of the conclave, a meeting is scheduled between Xi and the president of the United States, Donald Trump, where it is expected that both leaders will address the bilateral relations, seriously irritated by the mutual application of aranceral tariffs to domestic imports and even demands at the World Trade Organization.

The third stop in the tour will be Panama on December 2 and 3, the first visit in the history of a Chinese Head of State to that Central American nation.

Formal activities are scheduled for Dec 3 and include a private meeting with host President Juan Carlos Varela, followed by an extended meeting attended by other leading figures from the two countries, the signing of agreements in various socioeconomic sectors and the issuance of a joint statement.

Both dignitaries are also expected to attend a business forum and visit the Panama Canal.

Xi Jinping will close his international trip in Portugal with a similar agenda.

Senior officials from the Foreign Ministry indicated the President will take advantage of this visit to strengthen bilateral cooperation ties, but also alliances in international affairs with the European Union and Latin America.

A common point in each visit will be to expand exchanges as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, through which China aims to link land and sea with different continents by means of a large infrastructure network and commercial operations.

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China Urges US to Stop Meddling in Other Countries' Affairs

China urged the United States on Wednesday to focus on solving its social problems instead of meddling and criticizing internal affairs of other countries, such as the anti-terrorism program developed in the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang (northwestern region).

Hua Chunying, the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, criticized that US legislators intend to pass a law condemning the alleged violation of human rights with this project.

She considered it inadmissible that these congresspersons take the power to question issues of other nations when they only spend taxpayers' money without serving them properly and ignore their social reality.

How much do you know about the real situation that happens in other countries? How much do you know about the situation of your own people? (...) they are more concerned about the internal affairs of other countries, based on misinformation and strong ideological prejudices, Hua said.

At that point, the spokeswoman recalled a report from last year on the persistence of racial discrimination in the United States, the mistreatment of African-Americans and other ethnic minorities.

Hua responded in this way to information about the presentation in a few hours before the US Congress of a bill to empower the government of President Donald Trump to respond to the alleged violations of China's human rights in Xinjiang.

On repeated occasions, the Foreign Ministry defended the educational programs developed in centers of that autonomous region to instruct in the domain of the language, legal knowledge and professional techniques to individuals instigated, linked, coerced and attracted by terrorist and extremist activities.

Western media in recent times disclose materials criticizing the opening and operation of such facilities.

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Cuban President's Tour: Reunion with Friends of all Time

Russia, North Korea, China, Vietnam and Laos, five visits to those countries of the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, cemented in just two weeks old and valuable relations, confirming that times pass, but the real ones friends are left.

Almost like a road map, Díaz-Canel used his Twitter account to report the main incidents in each nation and his impressions about a journey aimed at ratifying 'the continuity of the Revolution and thanks for the solidarity that fuels our resistance'.

The Cuban president made a brief stop in France, where he met with the Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, and with the Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.

From there he traveled on Friday 2 to Russia, where he held official talks with his counterpart from that country, Vladimir Putin.

He also met with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, the headlines of the Duma (Lower House), Vyacheslav Volodin, and the Senate, Valentina Matvienko, the communist leader Gennady Zyuganov and the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russians Kiril.

At the end of their stay in Moscow, Diaz-Canel and Putin signed a joint statement in which they reaffirmed the strategic partnership between their countries, condemned the interventionism and advocated a multi-polar world.

The visit left the balance of the agreement of a greater participation of Russia in projects related to energy, transport, pharmaceutical, metallurgy, culture and humanities.

At the start of the Asian leg of his tour, the Cuban president arrived at noon on Sunday 4 to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), where he received a massive popular reception at the airport and the main avenues of Pyongyang.

In addition to holding official talks with the chairman of the State Committee of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, Diaz-Canel met more than once with him and renewed the friendship between the two nations.

Our relations are historical and are based on mutual respect and admiration, founded on the friendship of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz and the great leader Kim Il-sung, he said.

The Cuban president also met with the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Nam, and with Prime Minister Pak Pong Ju.

The respective delegations signed cooperation agreements in areas such as tourism, education and public health.

When he left, he wrote in his Twitter account: 'The delegation of #Cuba says goodbye to the beautiful # RepúbicaPopularDemocráticaDeCorea, to which we thank their unwavering condemnation of the blockade, a cruel and unjust policy that also suffers the Korean people for sanctions against their government #NoMasBlock '.

In China, Díaz-Canel attended the first International Exposition of Imports in Shanghai, attended by more than three thousand local and foreign companies.

In the Asian giant he was received by President Xi Jinping; Prime Minister Li Keqiang; and the President of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Li Zhanshu.

After the official talks, the parties signed agreements to increase production capacity in prioritized collaboration projects and the granting of a Chinese loan that will support the acquisition of construction equipment for the renewable energy and tourism sectors, among others.

Diaz-Canel arrived in Vietnam almost at midnight on Thursday 8 and the following day held official talks with the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President of this country, Nguyen Phu Trong, who imposed the Order of Ho Chi Minh.

The two presidents also witnessed the signing of the trade agreement that over the next few years will govern the operations of the two countries in this area.

In Hanoi, Diaz-Canel was also received by the Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and the head of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

On Saturday 10, he traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam and its main economic, industrial and financial center, and from there he flew directly to the neighboring Lao People's Democratic Republic (RDPL).

In Vientiane held official talks with the president and general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, Bounnhang Vorachith.

Both also witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Education and Sports of the RDPL and the National Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation of the Antillean nation.

Members of its delegations also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Bank of the RDPL and the Central Bank of Cuba.

Diaz-Canel also met with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and the head of the National Assembly, Pany Yathotou.

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Chinese Greenlights 16 More Trademarks For Trump

According to Chinese government records, Ivanka’s trademark applications were granted preliminary approvals, in October, as Chinese and U.S. officials sought to restart trade talks.

China has greenlighted more than one dozen trademarks - ranging from fashion accessories to electronics - for United States’ First Daughter, Ivanka Trump.

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In addition to the trademarks that cover several fashion-related categories, the clothing entrepreneur also applied for items in a category which covers voting machines and electronics including cameras and telephones.

The reportedly now-defunct company, which bears the name of the White House adviser, had previously applied for the 16 trademarks in March and May of 2016 - the year the elder Trump was elected U.S. head of state.

The family-run Trump Organization was also granted a number of trademarks by Beijing that same year.

According to Chinese government records, Ivanka’s trademark applications were granted preliminary approvals, in October, as Chinese and U.S. officials sought to restart trade talks.

“Since she has retained her foreign trademarks, the public will continue to have to ask whether President Trump has made foreign policy decisions in the interest of his and his family’s businesses,” Caroline Zhang of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), who uncovered the filings, remarked.

Jordan Libowitz of CREW added that data indicated that some of the Washington advisor’s applications have taken longer than usual to process. “We obviously do not know the reason behind the timing, although some others have suspiciously lined up with events involving the Trump administration.”

However, Abigail Klem, former-president of the Ivanka Trump brand, had previously stated in relation to copyright infringement, that "we have recently seen a surge in trademark filings by unrelated third parties trying to capitalize on the name and it is our responsibility to diligently protect our trademark." 

In May, China awarded Ivanka seven trademarks, which coincided with President Trump pledge to help Chinese state-owned telecom equipment maker to recover.

The recent trademarks are set to become fully approved after a three-month public review period. China has approved more than 30 trademark applications for Ivanka, who will hold trademarks for senior homes, veterinary services, batteries, wedding gowns and sausage casings. Ivanka Trump submitted 53 applications, overall.

China reversed a decision to reject nine Donald Trump trademarks last year, the Associated Press reported.

Ivanka currently serves as an adviser to her father, U.S. President Donald Trump.

Failed U.S.-China trade talks have resulted in Trump slapping $250-billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, followed by the Asian country imposing retaliatory tariffs on US$110 billion worth of U.S. products.

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Cuban President in China, Continuity to Bilateral Ties (+ Photos)

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Wednesday stated that his current visit to China gives continuity and strengthens the bilateral relations uninterruptedly developed for 58 years between the two countries.

During a meeting with Wang Yang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the Cuban president stressed that the significance of the trip is additional because it occurs amid a process led by the First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), Raul Castro.

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel met Wang Yang

Diaz-Canel explained that under the guidance of the party leader, a new generation is being placed in the main responsibilities of the PCC and the government.

Therefore, he considered this visit another favorable occasion to strengthen the friendship and desire to always work with China in favor of fostering ties between both states and their peoples.

The Cuban statesman thanked the facilities and attentions given by the Chinese authorities to receive it.

Wang welcomed Diaz-Canel and his accompanying delegation and expressed satisfaction for traveling to China some few months after taking office, which he considered as an evidence of the enormous importance granted by the Cuban side to the Havana-Beijing ties.

He described the Cuban leader as an old friend who always promoted friendship and cooperation in different areas with active contributions to the bilateral agenda.

Wang expressed confidence that the meetings with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders will help raise to historic levels the bonds forged on the basis of fraternity, mutual respect and collaboration with benefits for both nations.

Diaz-Canel talked with the leader of China's top political advisory body after arriving in Beijing on Wednesday to continue his official visit, opened on Tuesday in Shanghai (east).

According to the agenda scheduled for Thursday, Diaz-Canel expects to meet with Xi Jinping; Prime Minister Li Keqiang; and the President of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Li Zhanshu, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The signing of bilateral agreements and tours to sites of historical importance in Beijing is also underway.

China is the fourth stop of the first tour of the Cuban president by European and Asian countries after taking office in April.

The trip took him to France, Russia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The tour will continue in coming days in Vietnam, Laos and the United Kingdom.

Diaz-Canel previously visited in China in 2013 and 2015.

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