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US-China trade talks resume in Washington from Tuesday: W. House

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WASHINGTON: US-China trade talks aimed at ending a damaging tariff war will resume from Tuesday in Washington, the White House has announced.

The last set of talks ended Friday in Beijing with no deal, though US President Donald
Trump said the discussions were going “extremely well” and suggested he could extend a March 1 truce deadline for an agreement to be reached.

The next round of negotiations will commence with deputy-level meetings before moving on to principal-level talks on Thursday, a White House statement issued Monday said.

For the US, the talks will be led by Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, economic policy advisor Larry Kudlow, and trade advisor Peter Navarro.

China’s commerce ministry meanwhile announced it would be represented by Vice Premier Liu He, Beijing’s top trade negotiator.

On Friday, Trump re-iterated he might be willing to hold off on increasing tariffs to 25
percent from the current 10 percent on March 1 on US $ 200 billion in Chinese goods if Washington and Beijing are close to finalizing an agreement to deal with US complaints about unfair trade and theft of American technology.

American officials accuse Beijing of seeking global industrial predominance through an array of unfair trade practices, including the “theft” of American intellectual property and massive state intervention in commodities markets.

Since a December detente, China has resumed purchases of some US soybeans and dangled massive buying of American commodities to get US trade negotiators closer to a deal.

The talks are aimed at “achieving needed structural changes in China that affect trade between the United States and China,” Monday’s statement said.

“The two sides will also discuss China’s pledge to purchase a substantial amount of goods and services from the United States.”

Beijing and Washington have imposed duties on more than $360 billion in two-way trade, which are weighing on their manufacturing sectors and have shaken global financial markets.

 

 

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PM Imran congraulates Modi on BJP victory

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ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan has congratulated Narendra Modi on BJP’s landmark victory via telephone here on Sunday. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his desire for both countries to work together for the betterment of their peoples.

“Reiterating his vision for peace, progress, and prosperity in Sout Asia, the Prime Minister said he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Modi to advance these objectives,” Spokesman added. 

Incidentally, Hindu Nationalist BJP has ameliorated its position by bagging 303 seats. 

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US hiker found after 2 weeks lost in Hawaii forest

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LOS ANGELES: An American yoga instructor who spent two weeks lost in the wilds of Hawaii, surviving on plants and water, has been found alive after an ordeal she described as “the toughest days of my life.”
Amanda Eller, 35, was rescued Friday beside a creek bed at the bottom of a ravine in a national forest on Maui after a helicopter spotted her.
She had been out on a hike when she vanished.
“The last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life and it’s been a really significant spiritual journey,” Eller said from her hospital bed in a tearful video posted Saturday on the “Find Amanda” Facebook page created after her disappearance on May 8.
“It did come down to life and death and I had to choose. And… I chose life. I wasn’t going to take the easy way out, even if that meant more suffering and pain for myself,” she said.
Eller, who also works as a physical therapist, has been in the hospital since her rescue. She suffered a broken leg, a torn meniscus in her knee, sunburns and scrapes, The New York Times reported.
A grassroots fund-raising campaign collected more than $70,000, which paid for a helicopter to be hired for the search.
Video of her rescue shows Eller being hoisted into a helicopter as a volunteer shouts “And there she goes!” as she was lifted out of a steep ravine lined with waterfalls.
“I have the most gratitude and respect, and appreciation — I can’t even put it into words – for the people that have helped me, for the people that have paid for me, for the people that were at base camp,” said Eller from the hospital.
Eller’s boyfriend was the last to see her before she disappeared. Police found her car at a parking lot near a hiking trail.
She had gotten lost after leaving the trail to rest, the New York Times said. On the third day, she fell 20 feet (six meters) off a cliff, breaking her leg and injuring her knee.
“She is just as strong as we always said she would be. We knew she could make it this long,” supporters wrote on the Facebook page, which was followed by more than 20,000 people.
Hours before she was located, her family and friends announced a $50,000 reward for information on what they described as “her disappearance and possible abduction.”
During her ordeal, Eller lost around 15 pounds (seven kilograms), Javier Cantellops, one of the people who set out to search for her. 

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EU election: Le Pen leads in France

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PARIS: Marine Le Pen, Far-Right National Rally party seems all set to finish top in European elections in France on Sunday.

 

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