– 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 – – 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 Images
Well, it appears Tina Fey and Amy Poulter are still caught in traffic, so let’s give out the baseball awards right now.Note: The “Valuable” in Most Valuable Player does not pertain to your fantasy team.MVP: Christian Yelich, the pride of Westlake Village, was the best September player in several years. His efforts won the NL Central for Milwaukee. The Red Sox had everything but power and J.D. Martinez brought it. But Martinez was largely a DH, and MVPs should play both halves of innings. Teammate Mookie Betts hit .346 and slugged .640 and showed you could do that without striking out 100 times.BEST PLAYER: Mike Trout was Gold Glove-caliber in center field, was on base 46 percent of the time and hit 39 home runs while being intentionally walked 25 times. Yelich nearly became the first NL Triple Crown winner in 81 years (Joe Medwick). CY YOUNG: Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell topped the AL with 21 wins and took the ERA title by an entire run. He also was 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA after the All-Star break. The Mets’ Jacob deGrom lost nine quality starts and still went 10-9 with the only league ERA under 2.00. But, no, the “W” isn’t dead. The next four NL pitchers in the ERA rankings went a combined 70-21.MANAGER: Despite all the handiwork by Alex Cora in Boston, Oakland’s Bob Melvin should be unanimous or close to it. More people thought the A’s would be closer to 65-97 than 97-65. With Brian Snitker bringing the kinds of minor league battle scars that today’s instant managers never absorb, Atlanta reversed its 72-90 record from last year and won the NL East.ROOKIE: The Yankees’ Miguel Andujar was second in the AL in doubles, was in the Top 10 in four other major categories and wore a third-base glove as his team won 100 games. He probably deserves this award, but Shohei Ohtani’s novelty act was too impressive to deny. Most of the thoroughbreds were in the NL, where Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. barely edges Washington’s Juan Soto. The two dynamic outfielders were virtually identical. “Make it a ‘co,’’’ Braves coach Ron Washington said.EXECUTIVE: Boston’s Dave Dombrowski runs a team that won 108 games and a prospect-laden franchise, and he risked his neck by firing John Farrell so he could hire Cora. Milwaukee’s David Stearns, 33, had a spectacular season, acquiring Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. The Brewers needed every phone call Stearns made to overtake the Cubs in the NL East.COMEBACK PLAYER: Andrew Heaney, the Angels’ lefty, pitched 180 innings and had a 1.200 WHIP in a solid comeback season. Matt Kemp, the prodigal Dodger, made the All-Star team after coming west in what appeared to be a salary dump. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.BREAKOUT PLAYER: Miles Mikolas hadn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2014 but returned from Japan to go 18-4, with a 2.83 ERA, for the Cardinals. Blake Treinen saved 38 games for the Athletics in his first sustained chance to own the ninth.COMEDOWN PLAYER: Adam Duvall was sputtering in Cincinnati, got traded to Atlanta, hit .132 and wasn’t on the postseason roster. He hit 31 homers in 2017. Michael Fulmer was the AL Rookie of the Year two years ago, faded to 3-12 this year.MIS-MANAGER OF THE YEAR: The Orioles were bad but not 47-115 bad, and Buck Showalter was fired for it. Dave Martinez might not have been the reason Washington fled the NL East race, but he certainly was no Dusty Baker.WIND FARM AWARD: The Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez fanned 155 times yet produced only 15 homers and a .718 OPS. In Baltimore, the sad decline of Chris Davis continues apace. He struck out 192 times, walked 41 times and had a .539 OPS with 16 homers.BEST FREE AGENT: Martinez’s 43 homers and 130 RBIs fulfilled Boston’s monster investment. Cain, after he signed with Milwaukee, showed again why he’s one of baseball’s most underrated.WORST FREE AGENT: The Cubs’ Tyler Chatwood signed for three years, $38 million and had a hideous season, with 95 walks in 103-2/3 innings and a 1.840 WHIP. Alex Cobb signed a four-year, $57 million pact with Baltimore and started it by going 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA season.STRONGEST TREND: The strikeout. There were more of them than there were hits (8.48 per game to 8.44, according to Baseball Reference). That’s an all-time high in strikeouts, but baseball has set a K record in each of the past 11 seasons. An intervention, with hours of Tony Gwynn videos, is needed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Submitted by Salmon DefenseFirst time food vendor, Salmon Defense, hope to make a splash at the Olympia fairSalmon Defense will have a food vendor booth at Capital Lakefair in Olympia, WA next week. The annual fair will take place Wednesday, July 15 – Sunday, July 19. The first time food vendor will sell local steamer clams, corn on the cob and soft drinks.The non-profit is hoping to gain exposure through the fair, which is attended by over 200,000 people throughout the five days. The booth will be staffed by volunteers within the Salmon Defense community including the Chairman of the board, Bob Whitener.“Salmon Defense is excited to do a food booth at Capital Lakefair. The Squaxin Island Indian Tribe has donated manilla clams and there will be corn on the cob which will make this, both, a delicious and healthy food option for fairgoers,” explained Whitener.The proceeds from the fair will go toward the advancement of Salmon Defense’s mission to “protect and defend Pacific Northwest salmon and salmon habitat.”Salmon Defense was founded in 2003 by the 20 Western Washington Treaty Tribes. The purpose of forming the organization was to provide an independent nonprofit entity focused solely on the welfare of our region’s salmon and their habitat.For more information on Salmon Defense please visit their Facebook page or www.salmondefense.org. Facebook26Tweet0Pin0
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center is proud to partner with Feline Friends at our upcoming production of National Geographic Live photographer Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big Cats. Feline Friends is a local non-profit providing services for stray cats and kittens in Thurston and Mason County.They are more than just a shelter. Feline Friends provides the following services to stray cats in their program: rescue, foster care, spay and neuter, and placement into permanent, caring homes. You can read up on the terrific work they do from the happy stories on their website or by browsing through their saving lives photo album.Take care of little cats while you learn about big ones! For every new ticket ‘purr-chased’ using the promo code “FELINEFRIENDS” The Washington Center will donate $2 to Feline Friends. You can also stop by our lobby pre-show to meet their volunteers and learn more about how to support local cats. It’s a win win!The Washington Center Presents:National Geographic Live photographer Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big CatsThursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. From trekking high in India’s Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards and stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles to chronicling the nocturnal activities of the “American lion” or cougar, this determined explorer ventures far and wide to come face-to-face with his subjects. This is no easy task. Since many big cat species are in danger of extinction, they have good reason to avoid humans.While these felines may be endangered, they’re still wild, unpredictable creatures and caution is required in their presence. Negotiating their habitats can be more dangerous still. Winter has been attacked by rhinos and gotten stuck in quicksand while working in the field. There have been lighter moments as well: mishaps with remote-control cameras, and waiting on a southern California hillside to catch a shot of a cougar under the famous “Hollywood” sign. Throughout it all, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while reinvigorating efforts to save them.One of Winter’s snow leopard images won him the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. His decade-long project to document the world’s shrinking but resilient tiger species recently culminated in the stunning National Geographic book, Tigers Forever, co-authored with Sharon Guynup. Spend an evening daringly close to tigers, snow leopards, jaguars, and cougars through the unforgettable stories and images of Steve Winter.Tickets can be purchased here.