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
North and South Korean officials headed for their first talks in years on Sunday, confronting decades of mutual distrust in a search for some positive end to months of soaring military tensions. The working-level discussions in the border truce village of Panmunjom are intended to pave the way for ministerial-level talks in Seoul on Wednesday.
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.
Italy's borrowing costs rose in a sale of 12-month treasury bills on Wednesday that raised 11.5 billion euros ($15.2 billion), signalling investor unease amid growing political tensions over Silvio Berlusconi's fate.The Treasury sold 8.5 billion euros in 12-month bills at a rate of 1.340 percent, compared to 1.053 percent at the last similar operation on August 12, the Bank of Italy said.It also sold 3.0 billion euros in flexible bonds at a rate of 0.509 percent.
The US and China held the fifth round of the bilateral Strategic and Economic Dialogue talks this week. While there are many issues that were discussed, trade, reportedly, figured prominently. Yet both countries are likely using an antiquated framework.
By Marc Chandler:The U.S. and China held the fifth round of the bilateral Strategic and Economic Dialogue talks this week. While there are many issues that were discussed, trade, reportedly, figured prominently. Yet both countries are likely using an antiquated framework.
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.
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.