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  1. Gezza

     /  June 17, 2018

    US-China trade war
    China has fired back against the United States in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on tens of billions of dollars of US goods including lobsters, soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.

    Beijing said on Saturday that it was responding in “equal scale” to Trump’s tariff rise on Chinese goods, in a conflict over China’s estimated $336bn trade surplus and technology policy that companies worry could quickly escalate and chill global economic growth.

    As Trump warned of “additional tariffs” should Beijing hit back with tit-for-tat duties on American goods, China unveiled 25 percent duties on $50bn in US imports. Trump’s new China tariffs will not initially include the full $50bn that Trump announced on Friday.

    US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the US punitive duties will apply on 818 Chinese products valued at $34bn starting July 6, with a second list of $16bn to be considered under a new review process – bringing the total possible affected import volume to $50bn.

    Beijing’s countermeasures closely mirrored Washington’s, with 545 American exports, also valued at $34bn, facing punitive duties as of July 6, including agricultural products and vehicles, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The 545 products include lobsters, soybeans, electric cars, orange juice, whiskey, salmon and cigars, according to the Ministry of Finance.

    China “doesn’t want a trade war” but has to “fight back strongly,” a separate statement from China’s commerce ministry said.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/china-retaliatory-tariffs-hit-lobsters-soybeans-180616051812048.html

  2. Gezza

     /  June 17, 2018

    ISIL blast kills 25 including Taliban as Afghanistan extends Taliban/Afghanistan government troops ceasefire

    Officials say 25 people, including Taliban, security officers and civilians among the victims in Nangarhar attack. Civilians, security forces and Taliban members were among the casualties as people celebrated the second day of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    Speaking from Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse described the bombing as a “very devastating blow” for the “unprecedented gathering of the Taliban and Afghan security forces in Jalalabad”.

    The attack came as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced the government’s extension of a ceasefire with the Taliban, without giving a timeframe. In a televised address to the nation, Ghani called for the Taliban to also extend the truce, which is due to expire on Sunday after both sides agreed to halt hostilities for Eid.

    Ghani also said that in the spirit of Eid and the ceasefire, the attorney general’s office had released 46 Taliban prisoners.

    The Taliban had announced a ceasefire for the first three days of Eid, which started on Friday, promising not to attack Afghan security forces for the first time since the 2001 US invasion. That came after Ghani said that security forces would temporarily cease operations against the Taliban for eight days, starting last Tuesday – though he warned that operations against other fighters, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, would continue.

    Governors in Helmand, Kandahar and Zabul said both sides had adhered to the ceasefire.

    In his speech, Ghani also touched upon the subject of regional influences and international forces in Afghanistan. “The Afghan government is ready to discuss the roles of neighbouring countries and the presence of international forces, their roles and the future destiny of them,” he said.

    Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, welcomed Ghani’s remarks. “We support President Ghani’s offer to extend the ceasefire and begin peace talks,” Pompeo said in a statement.

    “As President Ghani emphasised in his statement to the Afghan people, peace talks by necessity would include a discussion of the role of international actors and forces. The United States is prepared to support, facilitate, and participate in these discussions.”

    NATO forces also expressed their support for an extension to the ceasefire.
    More…

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/casualties-suicide-bombing-rocks-afghanistan-nangarhar-180616141815436.html

    Aljaz tv reporting says the the Taliban still maintain that peace cannot be possible until all the foreign forces leave Afghanistan. The presence of ISIS and the fact they are a rival force happy to murder Taliban as well as locals and foreigners makes me wonder about how long they can maintain this position.

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