(Aaron Kesel) The bigger worry isn’t space exploration—it’s weaponizing space for war.
(Aaron Kesel) The bigger worry isn’t space exploration—it’s weaponizing space for war.
I loved the Nigel Farage final speech at the EU in Brussels. I’m aware that this is one key step in the dissolution of the EU, and the demise of globalism efforts and the demise of “the cabal”.
This WDiM has quite a few references to what happened in Europe and elsewhere recently. I’m not saying all of the “hyper” language is necessary here, but these elections do appear to be demonstrating that a worldwide awakening is occurring, and the “dark cabal” is indeed on the run.
“…President Donald Trump having just become the defacto leader of the entire West—a stunning accomplishment Trump built upon this past week when his populist-nationalist forces scored their “miracle win” in Australia—swept through elections in the world’s largest democracy India in what is being described as a “populist warning to the entire world”—and yesterday saw a “New Europe Being Born” from an election fueled by the anger of its citizens “Fed Up With Fake Democracy”…
“[from this link] an American political expert… summarized the new state of the European Union as:
“Fragmentation… Undetermined leadership… Contrary to what the MSM is saying, the nationalist populists have won and the Greens have done well… Euro redefined, watch the currency and follow the money… the integrationist-globalist march is stopped in its tracks.
“…the peoples of the EU came out to vote over these past few days in numbers not seen for 20-years—with fully 51% of them turning out to “smash the socialist globalist elite” and return their nations back to the people they rightfully belong to…
“…people have become fed up with the fake democracy… globalist elites have imposed on them… they, along with all of the other socialist-globalist leaders around the globe, failed to notice that the peoples they despotically rule over have awakened to the fact that the socialist imposed tactic of division known as “identity politics” has become “downright dangerous”…
“Most terrifying to the socialist-globalist elites in both the US and EU… is that in spite of the “Facebook War Room” set up to “manage and manipulate” these European elections, it “failed beyond all expectations”—a failure, no doubt, spurred by the global fitness giant CrossFit who, just days before the EU election, stunningly announced that it was deplatforming itself from Facebook and all of the companies it owns…
“Continuing to battle against the “utopian socialists” at Facebook… is global national-populist leader President Trump — who, along with his “going scorched earth” against forces laughably believing they can impeach him, has begun building his own worldwide “alternative social network”—one of whose main truthful outlets is the Twitter alternative PARLER that kept honest facts flowing to the European peoples this past month before their elections—and is why, in spite of the non-stop pummeling of Trump by the leftist news media, even the leftist CBS NEWS had to report last week that his re-election is all but inevitable—a prediction followed by three of America’s forecast modelers who predict Trump will win in 2020—and concurred upon by Mark Zandi, the Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics, who has looked at 12 election models, and says Trump wins in all of them.”
An interesting new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today approving the historic world’s longest life extension of nuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missiles, states that this unprecedented request by the Strategic Missile Forces (SMS) must be viewed in the context of President Donald Trump having just become the defacto leader of the entire West—a stunning accomplishment Trump built upon this past week when his populist-nationalist forces scored their “miracle win” in Australia—swept through elections in the world’s largest democracy India in what is being described as a “populist warning to the entire world”—and yesterday saw a “New Europe Being Born” from an election fueled by the anger of its citizens “Fed Up With Fake Democracy”—that today sees the results of being best exampled by an American political expert who summarized the new state of the European Union as:
Fragmentation with all parties fighting over power and position
Undetermined leadership, no EU President will easily emerge
Contrary to what the MSM is saying, the nationalist populists have won and the Greens have done well
Kataclysmic as this election shakes Europe to its roots, already causing turmoil and new national elections from Greece to Austria to Italy, likely
Euro redefined, watch the currency and follow the money. Many of the new MEPs do not want the EU dominance in their national economies
Deadlocked is the operative word; the integrationist-globalist march is stopped in its tracks.
You can read what this spells.
According to this report, just a little over a week ago, on 20-May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) issued an extremely troubling warning that leftist European Union leaders had gone “Full Orwellian” ahead of their continent’s historic elections that experts said “Would Shake The World”—that was near immediately followed by illegal migrants taking over an airport in Paris declaring “France Does Not Belong to the French” and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker shamefully slamming his own citizens by saying about them “these populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries”.
As the populist-nationalist peoples in the United Kingdom had done in 2016 when they arose en masse to vote themselves out of the European Union, followed by their equally fed up with living under socialist tyranny American cousins who swept President Trump to his “miracle election win” that same year, this report continues, the peoples of the EU came out to vote over these past few days in numbers not seen for 20-years—with fully 51% of them turning out to “smash the socialist globalist elite” and return their nations back to the people they rightfully belong to—best exampled in the UK where its populist-nationalists formed a new party just six-weeks ago that now has as many members in the EU Parliament as Germanydoes—while in France, Italy and Poland (just to name a few) populist-nationalist forces were swept into power, too—and whose “populist wave” forces show no sign of ebbing either.
With leftist-socialist Catholic Church “leader of pedophiles” Pope Francis “sounding the racism alarm” and outright communist leader Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel“warning that dark forces are on the rise in Europe” simply because people have become fed up with the fake democracy these globalist elites have imposed on them, this report notes, they, along with all of the other socialist-globalist leaders around the globe, failed to notice that the peoples they despotically rule over have awakened to the fact that the socialist imposed tactic of division known as “identity politics” has become “downright dangerous”—and whose true purpose behind masks these leftist’s undisguised anti-semitism and hatred against the Jewish peoples and Israel.
Starting last month ahead of the EU elections, in fact, this report details, the international edition of The New York Times started publishing anti-semitic cartoons of President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likening them to “Jewish dogs” as the German Nazi Regime had once done—that was followed in the days just prior to this election by Politico, likewise, posting a graphic image to their European readers of US Senator Bernie Sanders next to a “Jewish Money Tree”—and BuzzFeed telling its European readers that Trump nationalist-populist supporter Ben Shapiro was inspiring attacks on Jewish synagogues—an outrageous and despicable claim to make as Shapiro is a devout Orthodox Jew—but whose shocking combined effect of had Germany in the days before this election warning its Jewish peoples to “don’t look like Jews”.
IMAGE (Dehumanizing of Jewish peoples began with Nazi German cartoons—and continues today with US-EU socialist-globalist elites)
The true and demonic reason US and EU socialist-globalist elites began flooding Europe with lies about Trump and his global nationalist-populist supporters being anti-semitic before this historic election, this report explains, was to instill unjust fear in their citizens that if they voted for nationalist-populist candidates, they would be supporting Nazism—and is why all of these candidates who have just won a crushing victory over these socialist-globalists are now being called by them the “far right”—a dishonest label quickly accepted in a brainwashed America—but had no chance of being believed in a Europe whose citizens all know that Nazi Germany was a totalitarian socialist nation whose leaders despised national-populists, and capitalism, too.
IMAGE (Socialist-globalist elites in US and EU trying to destroy President Trump and his nationalist-populist force sound more like Adolph Hitler by the day)
Most terrifying to the socialist-globalist elites in both the US and EU as President Trump’s national-populist forces pound them into oblivion the world over, and to such an extent that his hometown New York City has now taken the title of global financial capitol away from London, this report further notes, is that in spite of the “Facebook War Room” set up to “manage and manipulate” these European elections, it “failed beyond all expectations”—a failure, no doubt, spurred by the global fitness giant CrossFit who, just days before the EU election, stunningly announced that it was deplatforming itself from Facebook and all of the companies it owns because:
Facebook collects and aggregates user information and shares it with state and federal authorities, as well as security organizations from other countries.
Facebook collaborates with government security agencies on massive citizen surveillance programs such as PRISM.
Facebook censors and removes user accounts based on unknown criteria and at the request of third parties including government and foreign government agencies.
Facebook collects, aggregates and sells user information as a matter of business. Its business model allows governments and businesses alike to use its algorithmically conjured advertising categories as sophisticated data-mining and surveillance tools.
Facebook’s news feeds are censored and crafted to reflect the political leanings of Facebook’s utopian socialists while remaining vulnerable to misinformation campaigns designed to stir up violence and prejudice.
Continuing to battle against the “utopian socialists” at Facebook doing the bidding of their elite globalist masters in both the US and EU, this report concludes, is global national-populist leader President Trump—who, along with his “going scorched earth” against forces laughably believing they can impeach him, has begun building his own worldwide “alternative social network”—one of whose main truthful outlets is the Twitter alternative PARLER that kept honest facts flowing to the European peoples this past month before their elections—and is why, in spite of the non-stop pummeling of Trump by the leftist news media, even the leftist CBS NEWS had to report last week that his re-election is all but inevitable—a prediction followed by three of America’s forecast modelers who predict Trump will win in 2020—and concurred upon by Mark Zandi, the Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics, who has looked at 12 election models, and says Trump wins in all of them.
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China has hailed the beginning of a new era in ties with Italy following President Xi Jinping’s visit to Rome on the weekend.
Xi met with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the two presided over a ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding making Italy the first G7 country to join the One Belt One Road initiative, despite US protests over the move.
Xi said the MoU and the growth in bilateral ties are culmination of exchanges between the two countries which go back a thousand years.
The ancient Silk Road connected China and Europe from around 100 B.C. The 6,000-km road linked ancient Chinese, Indian, Babylonian, Arabic, Greek and Roman civilizations.
Trade conducted along the Silk Road reached much of Arabia and the eastern Africa and allowed for a proliferation of not just tradeable commodities like spices and textiles, but science and technology.
In recent years, the two countries have continuously deepened their communication and cooperation in various fields, which helped each other’s social and economic development, Xi said.
The Initiative is core to Xi’s vision to expand China’s economic prowess westward; it has become all the more crucial in light of Chinese admission that GDP growth has slowed significantly over the past ten years, from double digits to just six per cent projected for 2020.
Xi wants to revive the splendor of the ancient Silk Road to create an Economic Belt – a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road to facilitate lucrative trade deals with the West and thereby entrench Chinese influence over an area of several thousand kilometers spanning dozens of countries.
The Chinese President had earlier met with President Sergio Mattarella and discussed ways to jointly celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
Xi also pledged to work with Italy on climate change and how to ensure that the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is met.
2019 also marks the 15th anniversary of the Italy-China comprehensive strategic partnership.
Italy, an EU and NATO partner and member of the G7 industrialized nations has been criticized by the US for joining the Chinese Silk Road.
A Washington Post article on March 23 accused Italy of “defying the wishes of the Trump administration”.
The Italians, however, say the move makes economic sense and will help lift their economy from its near stagnation. Italy entered a technical recession at the beginning of 2019.
Italy’s central bank forecasts just 0.6 per cent growth in 2019 after two consecutive quarters of contraction in 2018; Chinese investments, some Italian economists say, could be a saving grace.
The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies
With only weeks to go to Brexit’s target date, there is deadlock in the British parliament, recriminations on both sides, and, writes Russell Merryman, a growing realisation that what was promised might be impossible to deliver.
We’ve all heard of the thought experiment involving a cat and a piece of radioactive material locked together in a box, the decaying material could, at any moment, give off an atomic particle which would kill the cat.
With the box closed, nobody knows if the cat is alive or dead, and so it simultaneously exists in two states at once.
As it is with quantum mechanics, so it is with Brexit. With only a few weeks to go before the self-imposed target of 11:00pm GMT on March 29th, 2019, British politicians are fighting it out in parliament and in the media trying to figure out a way to ensure that the country does not accidentally walk off the edge of an economic cliff at that date and time, ending up with No Deal.
If that happens, all bets are off.
The UK is in uncharted territory, Terra Incognita.
All EU laws, agreements and licences, including free-trade agreements with more than 60 other countries outside the EU, would cease to apply, literally, overnight, leaving the UK in a situation where planes might not be able to fly, because they currently do so under EU Safety licences; lorries queueing for miles at British and European ports for tariff and border checks, and thousands of businesses which currently rely on just-in-time supply chains grinding to a halt, including the automotive and aerospace industries.
The UK Government is stockpiling food and medicines to mitigate such effects on the public, and they have warned businesses to do the same, although without providing specific information, an approach which has angered business leaders and company owners across the country.
Some multi-nationals have already voted with their feet, moving their European headquarters onto mainland Europe to maintain their presence in the world’s largest trading bloc, while others say they may do the same with their factories, threatening thousands of jobs in the UK.
Deadlines and Deadlocks
Meanwhile as the clock ticks, the politicians are deadlocked. The Withdrawal Agreement that was negotiated by Theresa May’s team was thrown out by MPs who inflicted one of the biggest ever defeats on a sitting government. With the only plan on the table now in tatters, the Government is desperately trying to find a way forward, knowing that the European Union will not renegotiate the current agreement, and that there is no appetite in parliament for the economic disaster of No Deal.
The problem with the current deal is that for those MPs who support Brexit, the Withdrawal Agreement did not go far enough; it would leave the UK having follow the EU rules on customs and the single market during the transition period, without having any say in how those rules were shaped.
This was BRINO, said the Leavers: “Brexit in name only”, which left Britain as a “rule taker” or a “vassal state”. Meanwhile for MPs who support staying in the EU, the agreement went too far, so Mrs May faced an unholy alliance of leavers and remainers who inflicted a 230-vote defeat on her precious deal.
The other major problem with deal is the issue of the Irish border. When they agreed to implement the so-called “will of the people”, the Government promised there would be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – potentially the only land border between the UK and the EU after Brexit.
This promise immediately made the Government negotiators hostage to fortune, as there is currently no way of carrying out the necessary checks on goods and people at that border without having a physical presence, as required by all international trade, including the WTO. Kites have been flown about “technological solutions” for a “frictionless border” but there is still no sign of these.
The open border is also enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement, an internationally recognised treaty which brought peace to the island of Ireland in 1997, and which is sacrosanct to politicians on both sides of the frontier, all of whom have criticised some of the Brexit ultras who seem content to throw the hard-earned peace under the bus to achieve their dreams.
“Once and for all?”
The problems with Brexit began well before the referendum result was announced. David Cameron had promised a “once in a lifetime vote” to “settle the issue once and for all”, a decision taken purely to end the civil war within his own party over Europe and see off the threat from the far right UK Independence Party which had been growing over the previous decade. After his surprising win in the 2015 general election, there were demands for Cameron to make good on his promise, so a Bill for an EU Referendum was drawn up.
The Act that was passed almost completely guaranteed chaos whatever the outcome. The vote was only advisory, which meant there was no threshold set which would have made it constitutionally binding, such as a 75 per cent turnout; while millions of voters, including EU nationals living in the UK and UK ex-pats living abroad, were not given a vote.
This also meant the referendum was not subject to the Venice convention which would have made it void if there was evidence of campaign overspending, which, it transpired, there was.
The campaign itself was divisive and in future there will be whole books and Ph.D theses written on the way the Leavers built a campaign on emotion-tugging exaggerations, outright lies and propaganda while simultaneously dismissing the facts and evidence of the Remain side as “Project Fear”.
The result was a wafer thin 51.9 per cent Leave to 48.1 per cent Remain on a 72 per cent turnout. Two countries in the union, Scotland and Northern Ireland, along with Gibraltar, voted to stay, England and Wales did not.
A sensible government would have reacted with caution to this split decision, but the recklessness of the Tories continued. After Cameron ran away from the result, the new leadership doubled down, claiming “Brexit means Brexit”, mis-represented the advisory vote as a mandate and promised to deliver the so-called “will of the people” despite plenty of constitutional experts and mathematicians pointing out that while 52% was a majority, on a 72% turnout, only 37% of the electorate actually supported Brexit.
Although she had campaigned to Remain, Theresa May, like most MPs, had been spooked by the result; many Remain-supporting MPs suddenly found themselves representing constituencies which voted to leave, and the mob scented blood. The Leave campaigners pushed home the advantage, even though they had no majority in Parliament and no single party with a mandate to deliver on their promises; they knew they had to get a largely Remain-supporting Parliament to start delivering the referendum result, before reality set in and people realised that what they were promised was impossible.
They wanted Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, the agreed two-year process by which a member could leave the bloc, to be triggered immediately. Legal action was taken to ensure that the decision to trigger Article 50 was taken by Parliament, not the government alone; in the end it was.
Then, having set the clock ticking Theresa May dithered some more, called a General Election to try and strengthen her mandate, which failed and left her without the majority that the Tories had won in 2015.
Impossible incompetence or incompetent impossibility
The whole negotiation process was incompetent; the UK set out red lines which most sensible people knew were impossible to deliver on, including the “frictionless movement” across the Irish border, then tried to argue about the rules, which the EU stuck to rigidly and consistently, as any neutral observer knew they absolutely would do.
The Withdrawal Agreement, when it came, included a transition period where the UK would remain aligned to the EU, and an insurance policy, or backstop, which ensured that there would be a hard border in Ireland if the other solutions that had been promised did not deliver.
The terms of the transition were the tipping point for the Brexit ultras, who condemned the deal and said they would vote against it.
More political games ensued, the ultras tried to oust Theresa May in a Tory leadership vote in December 2018, which they lost, then the government delayed the vote on the deal until January 2019 in a bid to try and convince the ultras to support it. They didn’t.
Now we have a deal that has little support in Parliament, but is the only agreement in town according to the EU; a government that cannot command a majority for the deal, but can just scrape enough support to survive a vote of no confidence, and an Opposition party which is on the fence over Brexit, still scared of their Leave-voting constituencies, but who know that Brexit is a time bomb that they don’t want to be left holding when the music stops.
So they call for a General Election, which they know they can’t get because their motion of no confidence in the government failed.
Now the talk is of cross-party agreements to try and get around the parliamentary impasse, which the right-wing press and the Brexit ultras ironically complain is a “plot is steal Brexit from the people”. The government has to get Parliamentary approval for a deal, while MPs are trying to ensure the country does not crash out of the EU without one. Almost all reputable economists agree that would be a disaster for the country, which could cut the UK economy by 8%, putting 2.8 million people out of work. This represents an unprecedented blow compared to the 2.5% drop suffered in the 2008 financial crash.
Parliamentarians also know that time is running out on the other aspects of the Brexit preparations. According to some political reporters, there are still nine Parliamentary Bills to pass and around 600 other pieces of existing legislation which have to be amended to ensure a smooth transition; it would be difficult to do that in such a small amount of time even if everyone was in agreement, but given the current divisions among MPs the prospects of that happening between now and March 29th are nigh on impossible.
The EU Referendum Bill alone took six months and still managed to be a complete mess. One of the outstanding bills, the Trade Bill, was considered close to completion, but was recently shelved by the House of Lords because it lacked detail. And all of that before the politicians have realised that they still have to tackle the impossibility of the Irish border.
A second referendum
So, now the imperative is to avoid No Deal. There are options, and it has to be remembered that this whole sorry state of affairs has been entirely self-inflicted, but this also means that it is in the gift of the UK Parliament to end the misery at any time before March 29th by revoking Article 50. While it may be a hard sell to the Brexit ultras, the right-wing press and the people who voted for Leave, it would prevent more serious and immediate damage to the country’s economy and does not preclude the UK trying again in the future.
There is growing pressure for a second referendum, to put it back to the people.
Those supporting Remain are in favour of a fresh chance to put their case, and they claim that an electorate ratifying their own decision, now that they know more about the issues and their complexities, is the only democratic thing to do. Brexiters meanwhile cry foul, saying it would be a “betrayal” and that the original result must be honoured, despite its problems.
They also know that for the floating voters, their false promises and outright propaganda probably won’t work a second time, while the opinion polls show growing support for Remain (58-42% in some cases) and campaigns like #RemainerNow where Leave voters admit they were wrong and say they would now vote to stay. The country, like parliament seems deadlocked.
Outside observers have been more forthright, especially in Ireland, the EU country which has the closest relationship with the UK and therefore has the most to lose if there is no deal. Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times and Tony Connelly of the state broadcaster RTÉ have long pointed out the paradoxes at the heart of what the Leave campaign promised, and the fact that they did so and then thrust the implementation of a poorly-run referendum on an unwilling Parliament.
O’Toole has been especially scathing, writing in The Guardian that the possibility of Brexit disappeared almost as soon as it touched reality, when the result was announced, and that the Leave campaign was an impossible dream, compounded by an incompetent government and negotiators who thought they could work around the implacable and united EU team, who knew their position had been clearly laid out by all 27 members, including Ireland.
As a result, Ireland was able to punch way above its own weight, knowing the EU had its back. They wanted to avoid a hard border, to protect the Good Friday Agreement, and to preserve the rights of everyone on the island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland, to continuing Irish citizenship. Supported by the rest of the EU they got exactly that in the Withdrawal Agreement, much to the dismay of the Brexit ultras, who, rather than reflecting on their own lack of clear objectives and skills, added the Irish Government to their list of people to blame.
And this underpins the whole failure of Brexit. When the clock was started nobody really knew what Brexit meant beyond the overhyped, delusional rhetoric of the Leave campaign. “Brexit means Brexit” came the monotone reply from May and her cabinet. Experts, MPs, journalists and the right-wing press have spent much of the last two years arguing about it, with all kinds of options put on the table, including European Free Trade Association membership, Norway-Plus, Norway-Plus-Plus, Canada-Plus, Canada-Plus-Plus-Plus, Single Market and Customs Union Associate membership and World Trade Organisation-only – almost fifty shades of Brexit.
Meanwhile the public is sick of it, and most just want it to end. More than 700 thousand people marched through London in October 2018 calling for an end to Brexit, hundreds more protested outside Parliament on the evening of the Withdrawal Bill vote; social media is awash with competing memes and articles, while fake news about made-up versions of existing treaties and opinion continue to swirl around, adding to the febrile environment. The potential failure of Brexit has also led to an upsurge in populism, with the French “gilet jeaunes” campaign being hi-jacked by Brexit ultra campaigners (most of them aligned with the far right) who have harassed and abused politicians and journalists who disagree with them.
Meanwhile the media is entrenched with newspapers fighting their original corners, and broadcasters like the BBC, who have been bullied by successive governments for years, supinely trying to present both sides, even though the learning process of the last two years has left us knowing that there is only false balance, which means that every expert voice from business or parliament stating facts and evidence is countered with the fact-free, original mantras of the Leave campaign from a Brexit ultra.
The Leave supporters always knew this would be case; they never needed facts and evidence, they only needed feelings, emotions, which made for a good campaign, but it never stood up to scrutiny in the cold light of day.
The Leave campaign may have commanded an absence of facts, the reality however, is that policies, plans, negotiations and treaties about real things like trade, logistics and people absolutely rely on them; you cannot build a stable economic future on a foundation of feelings and false promises.
Now, with the deadline approaching, no sign of a way forward in Parliament, and the blame game in full swing, the next few weeks will prove crucial and will determine the state of the British economy and the country’s position and relevance on the world stage for generations to come.
The question now though, is whether the Government (or indeed, the Opposition) is brave enough to open the box and find out whether Schrödinger’s Brexit is alive, or dead. The UK cannot go on with them believing it is both for much longer.
(David Cohen) Moments ago President Donald Trump strode into the Rose Garden with Jean-Claude Juncker President of the European Commission where, together, they announced the elimination of tariffs on industrialized goods.
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has called on China and the US to resolve their looming trade disputes through the use of existing multilateral provisions and organizations.
Both countries have been locked in a war of words and threats over US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose substantial tariffs on Chinese goods entering US markets. China has responded by doing the same, largely focused on agricultural industries in the American heartland.
Trump responded by increasing the scope of Chinese products to be hit with tariffs – to $150 billion – in a tit-for-tat exchange between the two economic powers.
In recent weeks, however, both countries have hunkered down with neither moving forward on their threats as economists warn that a trade war would be a lose-lose scenario for both countries.
A trade war would be disastrous for global economies as well; these have only now started to show sustained growth following the global financial crisis on the back of the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the US.
Lagarde said that the United States and China should work on the basis of free trade and within the framework of the rules-based multilateral institutions.
Meanwhile, Chinese officials with the Ministry of Commerce have welcomed reports that the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is considering making a trip to China to discuss economic and trade issues.
“I did meet with the Chinese here. The discussions were really more around the governor’s actions at the PBOC (People’s Bank of China) and certain actions they’ve announced in terms of opening some of their markets, which we very much encourage and appreciate,” Mnuchin told reporters on the sidelines of an IMF meeting in Washington on Saturday.
The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies
China has warned the international community not to follow in US President Donald Trump’s footsteps and impose trade tariffs.
Officials in Beijing have called on the US to practice restraint on protectionist measures, and to comply with multilateral trade provisions.
“The US has launched over a hundred anti-dumping and countervailing measures on most imported steel and aluminum products, providing overprotection for its domestic products,” said Wang Hejun, head of the trade remedy and investigation bureau with the Ministry of Commerce, in a news release.
“If other countries follow the practice of the US, it will have a serious impact on international trade order.”
China’s steel comprises half of the world’s trade, but only two per cent of US imports.
There are fears that retaliatory measures taken by the EU and individual countries could quickly escalate into a major trade war.
“The imposition of a tariff like this will do nothing other than distort trade and ultimately, we believe, will lead to a loss of jobs,” Australian trade minister Steven Ciobo told reporters in Sydney.
South Korea, which is the third largest steel exporter to the US, said it was talking to US officials about an exemption from the 25 per cent tariff announced by Trump on Thursday.
But Moody’s ratings agency says the impact of the trade tariff on Asia will be minimal.
“In Asia, the direct economic effects at the macro level would be very small as exports of aluminum and steel to the US typically amount to less than 1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) or exports,” Moody’s said in a research note made available to the media on Friday.
But Asian steel manufacturers fear that Asia may become saturated with steel should global players divert their attention away from the US and to developing countries like South Korea and Thailand, and other countries in Southeast Asia.
With excess steel in the markets, prices will drop and put a dent in these economies. The uptick is that steel may get cheaper for the consumer market.
The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies