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2 days agoUS lawmakers reintroduce bill to revoke China’s trade relations statusUS Republican lawmakers reintroduced on Thursday a bill that would revoke the permanent normal trading status that Washington has had with Beijing for the past two decades, the latest in a series of efforts by China hawks in Congress to decouple the two countries’ economies. Citing China as the reason for the loss of US manufacturing jobs and accusing the country of forced labour, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Florida’s Rick Scott put forward the “China Trade Relations Act”, which would require the US president to approve regular trade relations annually. The bill would give Congress the power to override the president’s decision. China's trading status “has supercharged the loss of American manufacturing jobs”, said Cotton. “It’s time to protect American jobs and hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for their forced labour camps and egregious human rights violations.”Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status was passed by Congress and signed into law by then-president Bill Clinton in 2000, allowing the two sides to align the bilateral trade relationship with the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which China acceded to a few months later. Cotton and other lawmakers that have made efforts to punish China for its policies have kept pressure on the new administration of US President Joe Biden to keep an aggressive posture towards Beijing. PNTR makes an easy target since it was originally sold as a way to bring China more in line with political and economic norms that Washington has long advocated for. Clinton’s secretary of state Madeleine Albright, in pushing for the Senate to vote for the upgraded trade status after the House of Representatives passed it in 2000, said that it was “the right decision for America” and that “China’s WTO accession and the extension of PNTR to China will help lay the groundwork for building a constructive bilateral working relationship in years to come”. On eve of Alaska talks, China calls out US efforts to rally Asian allies Five years later, then-deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick, under Clinton’s successor George W. Bush, famously argued that deepening trade with China, and bringing the country further into the international system, would make Beijing a “responsible stakeholder”. In the years since, however, Washington became increasingly frustrated with Beijing’s policies on the trade and human rights front, emboldening lawmakers who disagreed with the assertion that economic ties with China would make the country a closer ally. “I said it 20 years ago and I will say it again: we cannot allow the pursuit of trade to blind us to certain realities about the ruling Communist regime in China,” Inhofe said. “Ending China’s permanent preferential trade relationship will send a strong message to the Chinese Communist Party and will support American workers.” This legislation is being reintroduced by Cotton, Inhofe and Scott just as the Biden administration prepares for the first high-level meetings with Beijing since former secretary of state Mike Pompeo met Yang Jiechi, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign affairs office, in Hawaii in June for a round of talks that produced no consensus. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Yang will begin two days of talks in Anchorage, Alaska on Thursday, the first official meeting between senior leaders of the two countries since Biden took office in January. National security adviser Jake Sullivan and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will also be at the meeting. The Anchorage meeting is not expected to lead to any breakthroughs, making it unlikely that the anti-China sentiment among many US lawmakers will subside. Cotton, Inhofe and Scott have sponsored or supported numerous bills targeting China in recent years, as bilateral relations deteriorated rapidly under former president Donald Trump. Cotton’s efforts included a bill to allow Americans to sue China in federal court for damages sustained as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill never made it to a Senate vote. Other moves have more serious consequences, including the “Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act”, sponsored by Cotton and Scott and passed by Trump last year, which requires foreign companies listed in the US to submit audited financials for review by the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) within three years. Russian foreign minister to visit China hard on heels of Alaska talks The oversight board has tried for more than a decade to access the accounting documents of the US-listed Chinese companies, but Chinese laws prohibit them from leaving China or being shared with a foreign institution. The law also requires companies to prove that they are not owned or controlled by a foreign government. The trade relations bill is not the only China-related legislation to be revived after being washed out at the end of the previous legislative session. Last month, the House of Representatives reintroduced sweeping legislation that would ban the import of all goods sourced in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, over concerns of widespread, state-backed forced labour there.More from South China Morning Post:US efforts to rally allies against China are not useful or effective, says Beijing on eve of Alaska talksHuman rights in China: Beijing endorses legal action against German scholar over Xinjiang abuse claimsBeijing says disagreements are ‘normal’ and US and China can coexist as global powersUS lawmakers reintroduce bill to bar some Chinese firms from capital marketsThis article US lawmakers reintroduce bill to revoke China’s trade relations status first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
2 days agoSouth China Morning PostSeven mainlanders in gang arrested over cheating Hong Kong women out of more than HK$2 million in roadside blessing scamsSeven mainland Chinese residents entering Hong Kong illegally are among a gang of suspected swindlers who have been arrested on suspicion of cheating local women out of more than HK$2 million (US$258,000) in roadside blessing scams. The commercial crime bureau began investigating the syndicate after noticing a rise in the number of spiritual blessing scams last year. According to the force, the number of such cases doubled to 32 in 2020 from 15 in 2019. The amount involved also rose 212 per cent to HK$7.5 million last year from HK$2.4 million the year before.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The gang – involving three men and five women – was picked up when officers raided their hideout in a Sham Shui Po flat on Thursday. One of the women is a local resident, while the other seven came to the city from the mainland illegally. During the operation, one of the men resisted arrest and injured an officer before being subdued, according to police. Senior Inspector Cheung Man-hon of the commercial crime bureau said police believed the gang ran blessing scams in various parts of the city between October last year and March this year and duped 11 Hongkongers out of HK$2.1 million. “All the victims are women aged between 54 and 80. The amount of money they lost ranged from HK$60,000 to HK$360,000,” he said, adding the victims were either retirees or housewives. The eight suspects, aged between 45 and 57, were arrested in connection with various offences such as obtaining property by deception, remaining in the city illegally, aiding and abetting others to stay in Hong Kong unlawfully, or resisting arrest. As of midday on Friday, they were still being held for questioning and had not been charged. Spiritual blessing gangs target mainly elderly people, with fraudsters usually working in groups and approaching victims when they are alone. Why blessing scams in Hong Kong are on the rise – and how to spot them Victims are told that they or their family members are in bad luck and will fall sick, but a powerful religious master could hold a rite to help them get rid of their misfortune. They are then persuaded during the ritual to put money and jewellery into a bag. During the session, the bag carrying the cash and valuables is swapped with another bag of the same design that contains no valuables. Victims only realised they had fallen prey to the scam when they returned home and open the bags. Cheung said residents should warn their elderly family members to stay vigilant against such tactics and call the 24-hour anti-scam helpline at 18222 if required.More from South China Morning Post:Why blessing scams in Hong Kong are on the rise – and how to spot themHong Kong father, son arrested for fraud after allegedly using dead 99-year-old grandfather’s identity to claim HK$10,000 coronavirus handoutThis article Seven mainlanders in gang arrested over cheating Hong Kong women out of more than HK$2 million in roadside blessing scams first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021. headtopics.comRead more: Yahoo Singapore »
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A total of 1.2 million people have completed the full vaccination regimen, says Mr Gan Kim Yong.
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