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.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Taiwan began their highest-level official talks since 1949 on Tuesday, negotiations that could lead to the two setting up representative offices, though sensitive political issues are not likely to be broached.
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.