After the aggressive speech by US Assistant Secretary Aaron Wess Mitchell in late October advocating the US to win influence in
Central and Eastern Europe, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo recently visited Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.
Although Pompeo’s visit covered a wide array of issues including the Middle East, China, Russia, energy
, and security, they pointed to US ambitions in winning the race for influence in Central and Eastern Europe.
Since US President Donald Trump took office, US capabilities have been on the decline along with its willingness to prov
ide public goods to the international community. Although Washington clings to America First doctrine, it doesn’t mean it f
ollows a path of isolationism. The US sometimes provides regional goods to rebuild rules that are more favorable to it.
The US strategy in Central and Eastern Europe follows this logic.
The most important US presence in Central and Eastern Europe i
s the security cooperation under the NATO security framework. If the US wants to s
trengthen its clout in this region, it must win favor from those countries that strike a balance among major powers.
interests, but they should stick to justice in major affairs otherwise double standards will prevail.
Europe does not feel any threat from China’s missiles. In security, Europe is caught in the middle of Moscow and Washington.
Europe is not the source of China’s security pressure. But Germany has dragged China into its own security pli
ght, which not only damages China’s interests, but also leads Europeans in the wrong direction for their security concerns.
Globalization has remolded the existing power pattern and will also change the world’s political landscape. The era that Europe’s interest
s are tied with the Western camp is ending. America First will become the dominant principle in tr
ans-Atlantic ties. Europe is destined to fall behind the US and needs to recalculate its orientation.
As the world’s second largest economy, China needs defense capabilities which should be more powerful than it has now so as t
o build peace in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. A peaceful and stable Asia-Pacific region will benefit Europe.
The Asia-Pacific is far from reaching a balance of power. Germans are clear abo
ut the wide gap between the Chinese and US militaries. Merkel’s words are nothing but a bubble in thin air.
she would not keep quiet in exchange for various conditions and the Western media is backing her stand. The Swedish Mi
nistry of Foreign Affairs said it already launched an internal investigation into Lindstedt, who had been appointed for an
other position in the Swedish government in March. Lindstedt has now been recalled to her country.
Is Angela Gui telling the truth? The Chinese Embassy in Sweden has responded that China has never and will never authorize
anyone to be in contact with her. China handled Gui’s case in accordance with the law and legal p
rocedures. People need to be aware of Angela’s unique position as Gui Minhai’s daughter; and, considering her lack of ex
perience in distinguishing complex issues, it is necessary for people to be cautious about her story.
However, the role of Ambassador Lindstedt is also part of this. If she did arrange a meeting between Angela Gui a
nd the Chinese businessmen not authorized by Beijing, then we can make the following analysis.
First, there are domestic groups in Sweden that hope the relationship between Sweden and China will not be a
ffected by Gui’s incident in the long term. They are willing to facilitate public discussions between Stockholm and B
eijing on this matter. Ambassador Lindstedt herself is a representative of such groups.
said. In 2018, trade in goods between China and countries within the re
gion covered by the BRI stood at $1.3 trillion, a 16.3 percent increase year-on-year. It w
as 3.7 percentage points higher than the growth rate of China’s overall external trade.
More than 13,000 China Railway Express trains have traveled along the BRI routes to date, l
inking cities in China with 49 cities in 15 European countries, including London, he added.
Rona Fairhead, the UK’s minister of state for trade and export promotion, said trade be
tween the two countries is worth more than 66 billion pounds ($86 billion) annually.
“UK exports to China continue to go from strength to strength,” she said. “In this n
ew year, I very much look forward to continuing our close level of engagement w
ith China. It is clear that there is still untapped demand for British goods and services in the Chinese market.”
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip has voluntarily given up his driving licence after a crash last month, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
Philip escaped without injury on Jan 17 when the Land Rover he was driving flippe
d in a collision with a car close to the royals’ Sandringham residence in eastern England.
“After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to volun
tarily surrender his driving licence,” the royal palace said in a statement.
The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old wo
man passenger in the car, which also had a nine-month-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist.
Witnesses said Philip pulled into a main road from a drive.
Philip, who suggested low sun had affected his sight for the crash, also re
ceived a warning from police for driving without a seatbelt two days after the crash.
Philip retired from public life in 2017, although he still occasionally appears with his 92-year-old wife at official events.
There is no legal age in Britain to stop driving, but drivers over 70 must renew their licences every three years.
No Spring Festival feast in China, especially in the north, is complete without a steamin
g plate of homemade dumplings, little pockets of juicy flavour packed with a range of ingredients inc
luding pork, chives, tofu, carrot, mutton, cabbage and just about anything else you can think of.
Chinese Lunar New Year, otherwise known as Spring Festival, falls on the 5th February this year
, and will see people travel from all over the country to enjoy a reunion dinner with their families. This din
ner is the most important celebration on the Chinese calendar, taking place on Lunar New Year’s Eve.
But why do these fiddly little snacks continue to take pride of place on the reunion dinner table in China?
“It’s a tradition for Chinese people that everyone gathers together for a meal, in
cluding dumplings, on Spring Festival no matter how far away they are from hom
e. The dumplings contain a sort of affection when everyone gathers together for Spring Festival,” explained Wu C
uixia, as she showed me how to make the perfect dumplings just in time for the Lunar New Year.
quarter, and the second quarter’s growth will be stable as expected, he said.
With increasing urbanization, China has great potential demand for such things as ir
on and steel products, providing room for investments from Europe, Li added.
The premier said the EU’s investment in China only accounted for 2 percent of its overall outbound investment, while Chines
e investment to EU countries was just 1 percent of the union’s inbound investment last year.
Last year saw a 7 percent year-on-year increase in EU companies investing in China, and the i
ncrease surged to 22 percent during the first five months of this year, Li said. This indicated that E
uropean companies are optimistic about China’s economic prospects and the improving market, he added.
In the early morning of January 27, the stealing of meteorites from Huangyao Beili Village, Zhaoping County, Hezhou City, Guangxi, caused concern. At pres
ent, the local police have intervened in the investigation. It is understood that the meteorite is egg-shaped, about 120 cm l
ong, 65 cm in diameter and weighing about 2 tons. It is the largest meteorite found in Guangxi at present.
In response, on the evening of January 29, the local villagers of Beilai Village sent a n
otice to reporters of Beijing Youth Daily, which was posted by Zhaoping County Public Security Bureau, “ur
ging suspects of theft in Beilai Village of Huangyao Town to surrender themselves in the case of `2019.1.27′”. The
announcement said that on January 27, Lingzhan, a theft occurred at the pavilion of Dayin Group in Beilai Village, H
uangyao Town, Zhaoping County. The theft occurred in the local area and caused relatively bad social impact. In ord
er to urge suspects to surrender voluntarily and maintain public order, in accordance with the provisions of the C
riminal Law of the People’s Republic of China and the Criminal Procedure Measures of the People’s Republic of Ch
ina, as well as the criminal justice policy of tempering justice with mercy, we hereby announce the following:
As the biggest event of the day, the Federal Reserve’s decision is indeed the big market. Although the Fed
eral Reserve maintained interest rates unchanged, the post-meeting statement was rather dov
ish, and with the dovist comments of Federal Reserve Chairman Powell, the dollar suffered a severe blow, while spot gold
prices surpassed the $1320 threshold at one stroke. The Fed’s pigeon rhetoric also gave support to the stock m
arket, with U.S. stocks soaring. Gold has risen by 2.5% this year, moving in the direction of four consecutive months.
International spot gold fell slightly after opening at $131.78 an ounce on Wednesday (Ja
nuary 30) and then rose slightly. European gold prices continue to fluctuate narrowly, turning into con
solidation, and sticking to empty. The U.S. market was dominated by the short side. After the day’s low of $1307.41 per o
unce, the gold price suddenly rose, jumped nearly $10 in the short run, recorded a daily high of $1323.34 per ou
nce, then fell back, slightly declined, and then turned round, ending at $1318.98 per ounce.
International spot gold opened at $1311.78 per ounce on Wednesday (January 30), lowering to $1307.41 per oun
ce and rising to $1323.34 per ounce, closing at $1318.98 per ounce, up $8.06, or 0.61 per cent.
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