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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2820 on: December 15, 2020, 04:15:49 PM »
Fear Tax.  That's a new one.
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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2821 on: December 17, 2020, 10:56:50 AM »
Five Eyes alliance considers sanctioning China

Australia’s largest allies may come to its aid in its escalating trade war with China.

The Five Eyes alliance has reportedly held discussions over how to respond after Beijing added coal to a growing list of sanctions imposed on Aussie goods.

The group – made up of Australia, the US, the UK, Canada and New Zealand – has reportedly touted retaliatory trade and economic sanctions.

Mike Green, a former special assistant to ex-US president George W Bush, said the international response needed to be broader than the Five Eyes and should include NATO and the European Union.

“China’s market is so huge (that) it’s unlikely the rest of us will have, in a democratic society, the ability to completely boycott it,” he told ABC Radio.

“The Chinese have a slight advantage there. But what we have is numbers, and we have more and more countries that are alarmed at what China is doing.”...

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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2822 on: December 17, 2020, 05:41:54 PM »
Sounds like someone in the USA desperately wants to create a sequel to the cold war.  How sad.
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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2823 on: December 28, 2020, 07:08:00 PM »
Australia's relationship with China can survive – but it won't be the same again

There can be no return to the relations of the past. The question for 2021 is how to find a new settling point

Australians have had a rude awakening this year. Convinced for a decade that the Asian century was theirs for the taking, the downward spiral of Australia’s relationship with China has come as a shock to many....

Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2824 on: December 30, 2020, 02:02:36 PM »
Washington Still Wants China to Be a Responsible Stakeholder

Despite heated language, the U.S. goals haven’t changed.

The U.S. policy community has produced no shortage of strategies for competing with China. Increasingly frustrated that the long-standing U.S. policy of engagement failed to turn Beijing into a “responsible stakeholder,” the Trump administration, along with a bipartisan cross section of Washington’s policy community, changed tact [sic]. Their competitive strategies are willing to impose costs on Beijing, restrict economic engagement, and tolerate greater bilateral friction to push back on China and more aggressively defend U.S. interests. But competition, it is often pointed out, is not an end in itself. What, then, do these competitive strategies seek to achieve?...

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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2825 on: February 11, 2021, 05:18:23 PM »
China's first Mars probe has successfully reached orbit around Mars.

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/10/22276153/china-reaches-mars-tianwen-1-probe

“Exploring the vast universe is the common dream of all mankind. We will cooperate sincerely and go hand in hand with countries all over the world to make mankind’s exploration of space go further,” Zhang Kejian, director of the China National Space Administration, said in a statement Wednesday.

Next up, selecting a landing site for the surface probe and rover.
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