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

Family First: 50 Shades ‘glamorises sexual violence’

first_imgNZ Herald 8 February 2015The erotic movie Fifty Shades of Grey, due to be released on Valentines Day, should be boycotted because it “glamorises sexual violence”, Family First says.Moviegoers should instead donate the admission fee to their local Women’s Refuge, the lobby group’s national director Bob McCoskrie said.The movie, based on the novel by British author EL James, traces the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and wealthy businessman Christian Grey.Bondage and discipline, dominance and submission feature heavily in the plot.Mr McCoskrie has called on families to use the release of the movie as an opportunity to have a discussion with their youngsters about real respect and intimacy in relationships.“The premise of the movie is that a woman who is humiliated, abused, controlled, entrapped, coerced, manipulated and tortured is somehow an ’empowered’ woman.“And a man who is possessive, controlling, violent, jealous and coercive is somehow showing ‘true love’. These are foul and dangerous lies,” he said.“This movie and the book it is based on simply glamorises sexual violence and should be rejected by everyone who is concerned about family and sexual violence.”He asked for families to boycott the movie and make a special donation to any charity that was working to eliminate sexual violence and support the victims and families.Nobody from Women’s Refuge was immediately available for comment. for Fifty Shades boycottRadio NZ News 8 February 2015The film, which features acts of sadomasochism, is being released on Thursday. group calls for Fifty Shades boycott3News 8 February 2015A lobby group has called for New Zealanders to boycott the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film. First calls for boycott of Fifty Shades of Grey filmOneNews 7 February 2015Social conservative group Family First wants New Zealanders to boycott upcoming R18 movie Fifty Shades of Grey, saying it “glamourises sexual violence”. First pushing ‘Fifty Shades’ boycottNewsTalk ZB 7 February 2015The head of a conservative group is calling on families to boycott screenings of Fifty Shades of Grey and donate to a group like Women’s Refuge instead. First pushing ‘Fifty Shades’ boycottYahoo News 7 February 2015The head of a conservative group is calling on families to boycott screenings of Fifty Shades of Grey and donate to a group like Women’s Refuge instead. ways to a happy Valentine’sNZ Herald 8 February 2015When the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey was released, Kiwi bondage and discipline store Khandikane sold out of whips and blindfolds. read more