Clete Willems on U.S.-China relations under Biden

first_img– Advertisement – Bilateral relations between the world’s two largest countries have deteriorated significantly over the last few years due to a trade war, U.S. sanctions against Chinese companies, and increased American support for Taiwan as well as India.Trump and his administration have blamed China for its unfair trade practices, intellectual property theft, and more recently, the coronavirus pandemic.Willems pointed out that the “phase one” trade deal between the two countries addressed some of the concerns the U.S. has over China’s practices. To rein in an 18-month trade war, both countries signed a trade agreement this year that pushed China to strengthen its intellectual property protection plan and increase its purchase of American manufacturing, energy and agricultural goods and services over two years.“If you look at the agricultural market access, if you look for the IP changes, that was some real meaningful stuff and I think that will be a lasting legacy,” Willems said. He added that export controls imposed on Chinese tech giant Huawei, which was labeled a national security risk by Washington, sent the firm into survival mode.“There’s clearly been some successes to point to. I do think that in a lot of respects, there’s a long way to go,” he said, adding that he hopes that if Biden wins, the former vice president can “pick up the torch” from Trump and deal with some of the major issues concerning China that have yet to be addressed. When asked if there was a chance that the U.S., under a Biden administration, may rejoin the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, Willems pointed out the deal faced bipartisan opposition in Congress. While Biden may potentially look at the agreement again, there would need to be renegotiation of some of the provisions before the U.S. considers rejoining the pact, according to Willems.   Being tough on China is what unifies a polarized United States right now, according to former top White House trade negotiator Clete Willems.A day after Americans voted, the race between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is still up in the air — with six states yet to be called by NBC News.Regardless of who takes the White House, the relationship with China will remain more or less status quo, said Willems, a partner at Akin Gump.- Advertisement – “The truth of the matter is that being tough on China is what unifies us in a polarized nation right now. We’re polarized in our politics but we are not polarized on China,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Thursday.Willems said that if Biden wins, he would be constrained by the political environment and will unlikely go back to some of the China positions he held in the past that were seen as relatively weak.Still, there would likely be more predictability in Biden’s policies. “You’re not going to have tweets announcing tariffs in the middle of the night kind of thing, but overall the trajectory is going to be more or less the same. I think China is going to have to deal with that reality moving forward,” Willems said.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry, New Hampshire on October 25, 2020. Democratic Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a voter mobilization event in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 12, 2020.Getty Imageslast_img read more

Change is good — just ask Noelle Sylvester

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsDuring youth soccer Noelle Sylvester was counted on for filling the net.Rep teams, house league, even high-level women’s tournaments, the speedy Sylvester was the “go-to girl” when it came to scoring.Fast forward a few, well, a lot of years, and the Nelson Youth Soccer grad has found out what life was like for all those defenders she burned en route to bulging the onion bag.Sylvester, 29, has been counted on as one of the main cogs on the defence for the 2010 edition of the University of Victoria Vikes Varsity Women’s Soccer Team.“Well I’m not scoring any goals but I am stopping a lot of them,” the 5’4” Sylvester said on the eve of a pivotal weekend in CIS Women’s Soccer League play.“I play (on) defence now so while still involved in the attack I am not the one scoring all of the goals. We have some really technically talented girls up front and in the mid (field) who are scoring for us.”Sylvester’s new found skill on the defensive line will be put to the test when the Vikings enter the final weekend of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Women’s Soccer season.Following a mid-season skid that saw UVIC (4-5-3) lose five of six games, the Vikes have an outside shot at qualifying for the post season after a pair of wins over Regina (2-0) and Manitoba (2-1).Victoria currently occupies seventh spot in league standings, four points out of a playoff spot.The Vikes face 1-10 Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday at home before concluding the season Sunday against University of Calgary Dinos.U of C, three points in front of UVic, is also in the hunt for the final playoff spot. Both teams are chasing University of Saskatchewan, which plays second-place Trinity Western and third-place University of B.C.So the post season is not out of the question just yet.“There is still a glimmer of hope for playoffs,” said Sylvester, pursuing a degree in Physical Education and English minor at the Island University. “We won both of our games last weekend so we are just clawing our way to the top.”“This weekend will be huge,” she added. “We played well last weekend so we are hoping to continue with that momentum and have a good week of training and get some wins next weekend as well.”It’s been a transition season for Sylvester and the Vikes. Injuries have slowed the once-mighty Vikes, forcing the team to switch gears when the losses began to pile up.“We decided last weekend that we needed to have fun while we were playing or what is the point (of playing) . . . and it worked, we won both of our games,” Sylvester explained.“(Plus during the losing streak) we also had our two biggest weekends back to back playing Trinity and UBC two weekends in a row and that is just mentally and physically exhausting.”Unfortunately for Sylvester, she too was also injured, which didn’t help either.“This season has been a good and bad,” Sylvester admitted. “I had a starting position but ended up with a concussion and some other injuries that held me out of some games.”This is Sylvester’s second season with the Vikes, which is quite remarkable considering the 20-plus L.V. Rogers grad is playing with some teammates nearly ten years younger.Sylvester decided to take a few years off after high school before heading to university. In 2007, a good six years after graduating from L.V. Rogers, Sylvester decided now was the time to get an education and tryout for university ball.But days before the sessions she became ill. The sickness, combined with being from the hinterland of the province and not being known on the provincial stage, cost her a shot at a spot on the team.Sylvester played in the Premier League for two seasons before convincing herself to take another shot at the Vikes in 2009. And by all accounts, the wait was worth it as the soft spoken Sylvester is making her mark with the Vikes.“When I am healthy I am getting a lot of playing time so that is good,” Sylvester said. “I am playing defence now so it’s a little different than I am used to but so fun.”Fun, even when she is not scoring goals.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Whitewater set to open, preps for development at base of hill

first_imgBack in the saddleThe first weekend in December is expected to usher in a new season in paradise as Whitewater Ski Resort will deliver over 600 acres of new skiing, three new top-to-bottom intermediate runs, and the Glory Ridge chair lift (2,044 vertical feet.The new lift will open by Dec. 16, with the final pieces of the lift and testing still yet to be completed. The galvanized metal triple lift was brought in from Vail, Col., at “a steal” of a price.Whitewater management will also try to assess the impact of the new triple lift on the Summit double lift — Summit could be overloaded at certain peak times to get people to the top, said Cusack.“But between the three lifts there we should have pleasant lift lines,” he said.The Mountain opens fulltime on Dec. 11. Last year, thanks to a huge dump of snow in the middle of November, Whitewater opened in the third week of November.Over 100 centimetres of snow have fallen on the top of the mountains at Whitewater, with around 40 cm. accumulating at the base. Note:In areas with heavy snowfall, changes are in the works. Backcountry skiers heading to Revelstoke’s Glacier National Park will find anyone entering a prohibited area or a winter restricted area that is closed could be hit with fines of $2,000.For information on the Winter Permit System call 250-837-7500 or check out www.parkscanada.gc.ca/glacier. By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily With the weekend opening of the Whitewater Ski Resort season one day away, an opening of another sort on the mountain is still gestating, says the hills’ general manager.Brian Cusack said the master plan — finalized and adopted by Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts in the beginning of June — is still on schedule to see the first shovel hit the ground on real estate development in 2013.The notion of a $40-million expansion and development project still looks promising, he said, but right now they are in a studious mode, with actual planning expected to come later once it the area has revealed its real working possibilities.The groundwork for the real estate development is now being assessed, with a water study underway for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as a search for a septic field that meets approval of the Ministry of Environment.Cusack believes the consultants on the project have found a suitable field that can take all of the sewage they can throw at it.There is also a water table and water source analysis ongoing to see how much water the new development can use without impacting the nearby creek and its resultant habitat.A hydro geologist is studying the possibility of water being collected over time from an aquifer and stored in huge water tanks, as opposed to taking it on demand from the creek, the current method of water usage at Whitewater.The former idea has a much gentler impact on the environment, said Cusack.“We believe we have a sufficient amount of water in the valley floor in the aquifer,” he said.The master plan — only a portion of the resort’s Master Development Agreement with the Province — is somewhat scaled back in terms of its real estate (originally believed to be in the range of $90 million) and leaves the sensitive Qua Basin and its mountain caribou denizens untouched inside the resort’s Controlled Recreation Area (CRA).An agreement was struck in June with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts to retain the Provincial Government’s Action Regulation (GAR) order under the Mountain Caribou Recovery Strategy, specific to Qua Basin.The depth and breadth of the “wish list” for the development project includes 127 units of housing and six new lifts, expanded and increased runs, the creation of up to $40 million in real estate at the base of the mountain — all with the intent of increasing skier visits from 85,000 to 110,000 per season.In all, there will be $10 to $15 million worth of infrastructure improvements made, including the possibility of geothermal heat, with $40 million worth of strata-type real estate created over the next 10 years.In the base area there would be a core set of buildings created, with a commercial building housing a ski shop, rental shop and the ski school.There will be a small hotel with a bar and restaurant and a hostel — 50 units between the hotel and hostel — that may include some condominium units. There would also be 123 multi-family and single-family units phased in around the bowl.This would put 694 beds on the mountain,The whole complex will be divided into areas: 35 single family housing units (210 beds)38 duplex units (152 beds)54 multi-family units (216 beds)12 hostel units (46 beds)24 hotel/condo units (46 beds)10 remote lodge units (20 beds)editor@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Shraddha Kapoor to Swara Bhaskar, the best and worst looks from this fashionable event

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