This week, Secretary Bryson is in China on his second trip to
the country as Commerce Secretary. His first stop is in Beijing where he
is participating in the fourth round of the U.S. - China Strategic and Economic
Dialogue (S&ED), along with Secretary of State Clinton, Treasury Secretary
Geithner, U.S. Trade Representative Kirk, and other U.S. Government
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to meet with aboriginal leaders on Jan. 11 to discuss their ongoing treaty concerns and to soothe rising tensions.
Earlier this week, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo asked Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston to meet with chiefs on Jan. 24 — the one-year anniversary of Harper’s summit in Ottawa with aboriginal leaders — to help end ongoing hunger strikes and address lingering treaty issues.
A few days ago, I examined Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's congressional votes on subsidies and international trade, and concluded that he had a pretty good, but not great, record. But that unfortunate fact doesn't mean that I'm not rooting for the guy - I definitely am, and if you support better US trade policies or simply wish for political campaigns to focus more on real policy issues rather than stupid trivia, then you should too.
Bryson's visit to China continued today in Beijing where he started the morning
with a breakfast with U.S. and Chinese CEOs. The breakfast was led
by Secretary Clinton and Secretary Geithner, with United States Trade
Representative Ron Kirk and Ambassador Gary Locke also joining. The group
discussed the importance of the U.S - China economic relationship and what can
be done to continue the growth of trade and investment between both
countries. Bilateral trade between the U.S. and China reached
over $500 billion last year, with U.S. merchandise exports reaching
$100 billion for the first time.
Secretary's day continued as he joined Secretary Clinton and Secretary
Geithner for separate meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen
Jiabao. Bryson then joined Ambassador Kirk for lunch with their Chinese
counterpart, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming.
the S&ED, Bryson has stressed the importance of the U.S. - China
economic relationship and how it is critical that both sides follow
through on commitments made not just at this S&ED, but at
prior and future talks. Or as Bryson put it, "we must work harder... we
must be bold... and we must follow through."
the government meetings, Ambassador Kirk and Secretary Bryson participated
in an event with the American Chamber of Commerce in China and the U.S. China
Business Council. There Kirk and Bryson heard straight from U.S.
business leaders doing business here in China. They
discussed opportunities, challenges, and what the U.S. government can do
to support increased exports from the United States to China.
US Vice President Joe Biden on Friday warned Iran that opportunities for diplomacy over its disputed nuclear programme were not unlimited but offered direct talks between Washington and Tehran. In an interview with the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily, Biden said the "burden of proof" that Iran was not seeking a nuclear weapon lay with the authorities in Tehran.
By Kevin Dharmawan:
Two of China's online video industry giants, Youku (YOKU) and Tudou (TUDO), merged in a historic deal last Monday. ChinaScope Financial uses this merger as a window into this rapidly growing sector, and examines in this in-depth report who the leading industry players are, why they are competitive, and whether this merger is a wise strategic move.
By MALCOLM FOSTER
TOKYO (AP) -- World leaders head to back-to-back economic summits in Asia next week, but regional political tensions - some spawned by China's growing assertiveness - could undermine attempts to project unity amid a faltering global economic recovery....