O’Neill speaks out Jan 22, 2021 (WiC 525)
“If you want to lecture China about the way they live their life, don’t think you are going to have a special relationship”
Jim O’Neill discusses worsening Sino-British ties with newspaper The Times. A former Treasury Minister during the so-called Golden Era of relations in 2015-16, he added: “At the end of the day, economics somehow gets in the way of diplomacy, and China just marches on. The more successful they are, the more envy they seem to goad in the US and UK.”
Time is on our side Jan 15, 2021 (WiC 524)
“The world is in a turbulent time that is unprecedented in the past century. But time and momentum are on our side. This is where we show our conviction and resilience, as well as our determination and confidence”
President Xi Jinping addresses leading cadres in a high-level meeting. The upbeat speech on China’s economic plans comes six months before the Party celebrates the centenary of its founding.
New year wish Jan 8, 2021 (WiC 523)
“China-US relations have come to a new crossroads, and a new window of hope is opening”
Foreign Minister Wang Yi gives his new year outlook to media on 2021. He said the US was now China’s third largest trading partner after ASEAN and the EU. He said of ties with Russia “we see no limit”, adding that the two were an example of major countries sharing a great neighbourly friendship.
The deal is still on Dec 11, 2020 (WiC 522)
“Now China has announced its recovery from the pandemic, we hope they will meet the [deal’s] two-year target”
Outgoing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross tells the Milken Institute 2020 Asian Summit that China has bought over $23 billion of agricultural products, about 70% of an agreed total “but unfortunately they have purchased [lower] percentages of other items”. The amounts were agreed in January as part of the interim trade deal.