USA pork cited as `easy target' for China as trade fight looms

Trump to announce China trade sanctions on Thursday

The official said that the USTR has found that the World Trade Organization and other negotiations with China have not been sufficient in reining in the country's behavior. After becoming president, though, Mr. Trump reiterated America's "one China policy", which acknowledges but does not recognize Beijing's claim on Taiwan, and sought Mr. Xi's help in pressing North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

The minister said the military was closely monitoring China's military drills, Taiwan News reported.

Beijing is already furious over a law signed last week by U.S. President Donald Trump that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa. They also see the passage of the Act as a demonstration of defiance against China that fits with the Trump administration's tougher stance against Beijing in areas such as trade and intellectual property theft.

The Travel Act does little more than state travel by high-level USA officials to Taiwan, and vice versa, is acceptable if deemed necessary. More specifically, it will streamline and simplify the travelling and meeting processes between American and Taiwanese defense officials.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang urged the U.S.: "To correct its mistake, stop pursuing any official ties with Taiwan or improving its current relations with Taiwan in any substantive way".

Bonnie Glasser is director of the China Power Project at the Center for global and Strategic Studies. "No", the official said.

"This Act should also be viewed as an important opportunity for the Pentagon to increase its interactions with high officials from the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense to advance the goal of strengthening deterrence of Chinese military action against Taiwan", Fisher added.

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Both the House and Senate passed the travel law with little opposition and thus "the president sees it as a valuable signal to China", he said.

The Liaoning had previously entered Taiwan's ADIZ on January 16.

As part of that effort, a top U.S. State Department official is traveling to Taiwan.

Putin's successful re-election as Russian president is a right choice made by the Russian people, Xi said, adding that he believed that under Putin's leadership, the Russian people will definitely continue to focus their attention and energy and forge ahead in unity to keep making new achievements in national development and revival.

The new law also comes as the Trump administration is set to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum that are targeted at Chinese efforts to undermine US industries. "The Chinese side is firmly opposed to this".

The Soviet-built ship caused a stir in Taiwan when it first entered the strait in January past year in what was seen as a show of strength by Beijing.

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