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U.S. China News 2012.07.20

Fri, July 20, 2012

China, US to begin next round of human rights talks in Washington on Monday
Washington Post
BEIJING — China says it will hold a new round of human rights talks with the United States next week. The exchanges have become a regular fixture in ChinaUS relations along with recurring economic and policy dialogues. But they haven’t produced any
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China to investigate US, S.Korean solar materials imports
Reuters
BEIJING/HONG KONG, July 20 (Reuters) – China will open investigations into imported U.S. and South Korean solar-grade polysilicon, the country’s trade ministry said on Friday, in the latest instance of growing tensions between major solar manufacturers.
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Ponies and Stripes Forever: The Olympics’ Shameless Polo Product Placement
Huffington Post
Still, the 2012 USOC didn’t see fit to make Ralph Lauren’s Olympic uniform contract contingent upon them being made in the U.S. So, like any bottom line-driven clothing manufacturer, Ralph Lauren made the uniforms in China where labor is good and cheap.
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ChinaUS Human Rights Dialogue Set For Next Week In Washington
RTT News
(RTTNews) – China and the United States will hold the 17th session of their Human Rights Dialogue in Washington on July 23 and 24, the U.S. State Department announced late on Thursday. U.S. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights & Labor
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China Probes US, South Korea Solar-Grade Polysilicon
Businessweek
China is investigating whether exporters from the U.S. and South Korea sold solar-grade polysilicon below cost, a practice known as dumping, as part of a probe following complaints from four domestic companies. The world’s biggest supplier of solar panels
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Of course US rebalancing is about China
CNN (blog)
By Justin Logan, Special to CNN. Editor’s note: Justin Logan is director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, and the author of a forthcoming policy study, “China, America, and the Pivot to Asia.” Brad Glosserman has penned a provocative article
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China/US: Dialogue Needs to Produce Results
Human Rights Watch
The crisis of self-immolations by Tibetans, stalled legal reform, and the latest disingenuous ‘human rights action plans,’ have been put on the agenda by the US. But another round of exchanges, particularly if there is no public discussion of the talks afterward,
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Asia Stocks Fall, Paring Weekly Gain, on US Data, China
Businessweek
Asian stocks fell, paring a weekly gain on the benchmark regional index, amid speculation China will keep property curbs in place and as U.S. economic reports missed estimates. Toyota Motor Corp., Asia’s top carmaker by market value, fell 1.8 percent in
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China Announces US$20 Billion Loan to Africa
AllAfrica.com
Beijing — The Chinese government has pledged US$20 billion in concessional loans to African countries within the next three years to assist in developing infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The credit line is
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China, US to hold new round of human rights talks
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The exchanges have become a regular fixture in ChinaUS relations along with recurring economic and policy dialogues. But they haven’t produced any significant narrowing of differences on human rights. After talks in April last year, a U.S. envoy described
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Profit at major Chinese state companies down
msnbc.com
Companies and investors are closely watching China’s slowdown, which has dampened hopes the country will help to drive global growth as the United States and Europe struggle. Premier Wen Jiabao warned last weekend a recovery was not yet stable,
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Chinese Feel Burned by Olympic Uniform Controversy
Bloomberg
Several Chinese commentators have tried to delve deeper into why U.S. politicians focus on globalization in election years, with many lamenting (perhaps with fake tears) America’s alleged former role as an upholder of free trade around the world. Of these
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Continent Gets US$20 Billion Aid From China to Develop Infrastructure
AllAfrica.com
The government of China has promised to provide $20 billion of credit line to African countries to assist them in developing infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, and small and medium-sized enterprises. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Fifth
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U.S. Missile Shield May Make China Build Better Missiles
Wired News
China has bet the security of its billion citizens largely around one weapon system: missiles. Which is why planned U.S. advancements to Washington’s mobile missile shield is freaking Beijing out. Its military chiefs figure they need to upgrade their own cache
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US and China to Hold New Round of Human Rights Talks
Voice of America (blog)
The U.S. side will be led by U.S. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner. Chen Xu, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will lead the Chinese delegation. This will be the 17th round of the talks. The last session was held in
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#tellusatoday: US Olympic outfits unpatriotic?
USA TODAY
Updated. Comments. We asked our readers on Twitter what they thought about Team USA uniforms being manufactured in China: Is it unpatriotic or no big deal? Responses have been edited for clarity. Ralph Lauren. EnlargeClose. Ralph Lauren
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Oil rises on increased US demand, but China slowing
Futures Magazine
While oil looks like it is breaking out, driven by renewed war fears and an uptick in US demand, there are signs that demand in China is slowing and this may give the bulls some pause. Still the big question is after the terrorist attack in Bulgaria and the turmoil
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Beijing court rejects appeal from artist Ai Weiwei
U.S. News & World Report
BEIJING (AP) — Activist artist Ai Weiwei believes a tax evasion case was meant to intimidate him, but losing his challenge to the $2.4 million fine Friday did not silence his criticism of China’s government. The worst drought since 1956 moves over the U.S.
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US sees risk of war over South China Sea
Sydney Morning Herald
In a call implicitly aimed at China, Mr Russell said 10 years ago China had agreed to negotiate such a code of conduct. It has repeatedly said it will agree to discussions ”when the time is ripe”. A Pentagon official with responsibility for US defence policy in
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US at odds with China and Russia after axis veto the UNSC’s sanction threat on
Gant Daily
Washington, United States (4E) – The United States remained divided with China and Russia on Syria after the latter two United Nations Security Council members decided to block the U.N.-endorsed sanctions’ threat against Syrian President Bashar
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ASEAN urges South China Sea pact but consensus elusive
Reuters
Vietnam and the Philippines have sharply criticized China and last month ramped up their rhetoric following agreements to strengthen their military ties with the United States. “POURING GASOLINE ON FIRE”. The failure to issue the communique and the
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Economist points US figures to China data skeptics
MarketWatch (blog)
Differences between growth rates of electricity and GDP output were also equally stark and wider in the U.S. than in China, he noted. “The discrepancies in the U.S., while larger, don’t attract comparable attention [as in China],” said Kowalczyk. – V. Phani
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Chinese court upholds Ai Weiwei tax fine
Chicago Tribune
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese court on Friday upheld a $2.4 million fine for tax evasion against the country’s most famous dissident, Ai Weiwei, after barring him from attending the hearing, in a case that critics accuse Beijing of using to muzzle the outspoken
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China to probe US, S. Korean solar materials
Bizjournals.com
China has threatened to impose trade duties on U.S. imports of polysilicon if the U.S. penalizes Chinese solar firms. Early this year, the U.S. put new import duties totaling 35 percent on solar equipment from China, citing China’s unfair support of its industry
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China appeals against WTO ruling in US steel case
Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) – China filed an appeal with the World Trade Organization on Friday in a case brought by the United States to challenge Chinese import duties on a type of speciality steel product used in power transformers, the WTO said. A WTO dispute
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China, US to hold human rights dialogue in Washington
China Daily
BEIJING – China and the United states will hold a new round of human rights talks in Washington on July 23 and 24, according to a Friday news release from the Foreign Ministry. Chen Xu, director-general of the ministry’s Department of International
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China Opens Investigations into US PV Imports
Solar Novus Today
This issue is serious and could impact Hemlock Semiconductor’s ability to sell material to China (its largest market), if the Chinese government assesses duties against US manufactured polysilicon sold into China,” Dow Corning President and CEO Robert D.
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US uniform row sparks bipartisan anger
China Post
UNITED NATIONS — With the London Summer Olympics fast approaching, the eyes of America are on Team USA, or more precisely on the manufacturer’s labels on their uniforms. What looked like a proud sporting moment when designer Ralph Lauren
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Petition Demands That US Olympic Uniforms Be Made In United States
Rant Sports
The biggest controversy remaining in the USA involves the US Olympic uniforms. The uniforms commissioned by Ralph Lauren were made in China, but a new petition demands that the China-made ones be scrapped in order for ones made in the US.
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China Opens Dumping Probe Against US, South Korea
Voice of America (blog)
The Ministry of Commerce announced Friday that it will investigate whether U.S. and South Korea sold the kind of polysilicon used to produce solar batteries at artificially low prices in China. In another statement, the ministry said it will look into U.S. state
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Copper drops from two-week peak on Spain fears, China
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – Copper slid on Friday, weighed down by fresh worries about Spain’s debt crisis, a stronger dollar and major metals consumer China’s warning against relaxing curbs on speculation in the copper-hungry property sector. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange shed 1.7 percent to $7600 per But because it’s not obvious in what direction that trigger will take us it’s very risky to take a directional position. Until we get a clear macro picture people are going to keep positions very light,”
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Mitt Romney Invested Millions in Firms That Pioneered High-Tech Outsourcing
Huffington Post
Mother Jones: A government document shows that at Bain he held a $54 million stake in companies that manufactured electronics in China and Mexico for US firms. Read the whole story at Mother Jones. Contribute to this Story: Send us a tip; Send us a photo
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METALS-LME copper edges off 2-week top on China property warning
Reuters
Beijing warns against lifting property purchase curbs * Gloomy U.S. factory activity, jobs data weigh * LME copper meets psychological resistance at $7800 – trade * Bets on cut in China bank reserves requirement this weekend -trade * Coming Up: U.S. CFTC
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China to investigate US, S.Korean solar imports
Reuters
BEIJING, July 20 (Reuters) – China will start anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into U.S.-produced solar products, the country’s trade ministry said on Friday, in the latest sign of growing tensions between major solar product manufacturers.
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Russia, China veto UN Syria sanctions; US calls vote regrettable
msnbc.com
Heavy fighting has been reported close to the Syrian government headquarters in Damascus – a day after a bombing killed President Bashar al-Assad’s key security aides. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has issued him a direct warning; stand down
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China’s CNPC in talks with Ecuador over $12.5 billion refinery
Reuters
QUITO/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the country’s biggest oil producer, is in talks with Ecuador’s government over a potential investment in the OPEC-member’s $12.5 billion Pacifico refinery project, an Ecuadorean
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US terms Russia, China veto in UNSC ‘deplorable’
Hindustan Times
A State Department official said the US is going to remain focused on all elements of its national security strategy in terms of keeping the pressure on the Assad regime. Meanwhile the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called Russia and China’s veto of a UN
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China launches US solar dumping probe
AFP
BEIJING — China on Friday started a probe into alleged US dumping of solar products and government subsidies for the sector, the latest volley in a trade row between the world’s top two economies. The Ministry of Commerce will investigate whether US
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REC regrets the escalation in solar industry trade war and denies any wrongdoing
Reuters
Sandvika, July 20, 2012: REC Silicon has been named a respondent in a trade case filing initiated by Chinese producers against polysilicon imports from United States into China. REC Silicon denies any wrongdoing in this respect and regrets this escalation
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China Takes Aim At US Solar Polysilicon Imports
EarthTechling
China said Friday it will formally investigate imports of solar-grade polysilicon from the United States – and South Korea, too – ratcheting up the stakes in the solar trade dispute between the countries. The Ministry of Commerce issued two orders – one an
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