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「通俄門」調查

In unflattering detail, Mueller report reveals Trump actions to impede inquiry (April 18, 2019)

The report said that when former Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump in May 2017 that the Justice Department was appointing a special counsel to look into allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia, Trump slumped back in his chair and said, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f**ked.”

The Mueller report throughly impugns Trump (April 18, 2019)

At a simpler level, however, the Mueller report reveals behavior many Americans would not normally tolerate in business executives, educators, religious leaders, local politicians or their own family members. Trump may not have committed crimes he can be prosecuted for. But he came damn close, and another prosecutor might have been less deferential. No wonder Trump tried to kill the Mueller investigation.

Putin’s Use of Tycoons as Trump Emissaries Exposed by Mueller (April 19, 2019)

中國經濟復甦?

China leaders vow to reform, not to stimulate, economy as trade deal with US nears (April 20, 2019)

China’s gross domestic product expanded by 6.4 per cent in the first quarter of this year, exceeding most estimates and remaining at the top end of China’s target growth range of 6.0-6.5 per cent for 2019, although many incentives, including a cut in value-added taxes, were yet to take effect.

However, the stabilisation was achieved using Beijing’s old playbook of massive capital spending fuelled by easy credit – a state-driven model that has proved increasingly inefficient, wasteful and unsustainable.

中美 WTO 訴訟

China ‘regrets’ WTO ruling after losing grain import quota case brought by US (April 19, 2019)

China implements a tariff rate quota system for agriculture imports meaning imports up to a certain quota are subject to a lower import tariff rate, while imports above the quota level are subject to a much higher tariff. For instance, the tariff for rice imports below the quota level can be as low as 1 per cent, while the levy imports above the quota level can be as high as 65 per cent. The same system is used by other WTO members, including Australia, Brazil, India, and the European Union.

WTO Finds Fault With China’s Agricultural Trade Restrictions (April 19, 2019)

華為勢力範圍

How Huawei beat America’s anti-China 5G propaganda war in Southeast Asia, years before it even began (April 20, 2019)

Huawei has traditionally drawn its strength from mature telecom markets like Europe, but Southeast Asia has become a key node in its global web. The firm now boasts of having strategic partnerships with all the major telecom players in the region and has a presence everywhere from Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia to Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

The region has a largely youthful population of more than 600 million, compared to Europe’s ageing but slightly larger headcount of more than 700 million. More significantly, some 350 million people in its emerging market are already online, with many primarily accessing the internet via a mobile device.

U.S. intelligence says Huawei funded by Chinese state security: report (April 20, 2019)

The CIA accused Huawei of receiving funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, the British newspaper reported, citing a source.

My way or the Huawei: how US ultimatum over China’s 5G giant fell flat in Southeast Asia (April 20, 2019)

For many, the choice between Chinese or Western technology is a matter of economics, not geopolitics.

Still, the US warns there are costs to doing business with Huawei. It says doing so is to court risks on various fronts – in everything from compromising the personal data of online video game players to jeopardising continuing military cooperation.

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