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Made in China

“Study the past, if you would divine the future.” – Confucius It may have been first said by Confucius, uttered by the great Spanish philosopher George Santayana, and written about by the likes of Gibbon in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. If you do not know history, you are doomed to repeat it. In the context of ...

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Trump is Open to Rejoining the TPP, Only If a Better Deal is Negotiated

Last year, the Trump administration withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but is now signaling officials to explore rejoining if only a “substantially better” deal is negotiated.    “Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama. We already have BILATERAL deals with six of the eleven nations in TPP, and are working to ...

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U.S., Britain, France Launch Missile Strike on Syria

Friday night the U.S. and allies Britain and France launched a missile attack on targets in Syria in retaliation for last week’s chemical attacks on the Syrian population that killed 43 civilians. Trump tweeted, “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not ...

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China Caves – Says it will Open Markets and Decrease Auto Tax

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday announced plans to allow foreign companies greater access to China’s financial and manufacturing sectors and to reduce China’s 25% tariff on imported automobiles. “In a world aspiring for peace and development, the Cold War and zero-sum mentality look even more out of place,” said Xi during a 40-minute speech to business leaders on the ...

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How the Chinese Obtain our Tech Secrets

An interesting dichotomy has surfaced of late in regard to how our world-dominant technology sector has been infiltrated by, among others, China. Both willingly and unwillingly on our part. Let us begin by examining how this intellectual property transfer/theft is ostensibly given to the Chinese by American corporations looking to tap a new market of 1.4 billion consumers. What is ...

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China Softens – Agrees to Negotiate over Trade Deficit

The stock market made a sharp recovery on Monday after China offered to negotiate better trade deals to decrease its trade surplus with the US. The Dow Jones jumped 669.4 points Monday (the biggest single-day gain since 2008) following a massive loss last week amid concerns of a trade war between the US and China. The market fluctuations came after ...

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China Responds to Impending Tariffs

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that authorizes the U.S. Trade Representative to determine what type of tariffs should be placed on China to handle the country’s unfair trade practices. The memorandum says that the U.S. Treasury Department should consider restrictions on the communist country “to address concerns about investment in the United States directed or facilitated by China ...

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China Responds to Tariffs by Targeting Trump’s Voter Base

In response to President Trump’s trade offensives, China is planning to implement tariffs on key agricultural exports like soybeans, sorghum, and live hogs – a move that will disproportionately affect states that voted for Trump. Retaliatory plans were laid out last month during a meeting between China’s Commerce Ministry and Chinese companies that import significant amounts of US farm products. ...

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Putin Wins Presidential Election (Big Surprise…)

Vladimir Putin won the Russian presidential election on Sunday with an expected landslide victory that saw him earn over 75% of the vote. With an approval rating around 80% and support from the ruling party and state media, his victory was never in question. Putin’s fiercest rival – opposition leader Alexei Navalny – was banned from participating in the election. ...

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