Donald Trump hits hard and threatens Beijing with $ 100 billion in taxes

"I asked the Ministry of Commerce to consider whether an additional $ 100 billion of tariffs would be adjusted under Article 301 (on intellectual property) and, in this case, to identify on which they could be taxed, "said the US president in a statement. Even if he has clearly decided to raise the pressure by one step by answering in Beijing, it is only threats.

The China s is declared Friday ready to "go to the end" and "whatever the price" in a commercial war with the United States, after new threats of the American president Donald Trump . "If the United States ignores the opposition of China and the international community and persists in their unilateral and protectionist measures, China is ready to go to the end, whatever the price," said the Chinese Ministry of Commerce in a statement. Trump threatened Thursday to impose $ 100 billion of new customs duties on Chinese imports, in response to retaliatory measures announced by Beijing.

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer took care to note in a statement that, as the trade retaliation announced on April 3 by the United States that provoked the ire and the threat of retaliation from Beijing this week, they would only come into force after the end of a public consultation process. However, the prospect of a proper trade dispute is a concern for investors and stock prices have suffered in recent weeks.

"President Trump proposes an appropriate response to China's recent threat of After a detailed investigation, the USTR found irrefutable evidence that China's unreasonable actions were threatening the US economy, "he said. The USTR again denounces Chinese practices that, according to the Americans, are the looting of the intellectual property of American companies that want or do business in China.

Threats

"Economies Around the World – including the Chinese economy– would benefit from the application in China of policies that would truly reward hard work and innovation rather than pursue policies that distort the vital sector of high technology, "the USTR added. its press release. "Unfortunately, China has chosen to respond with threats of imposing unjustified taxes on billions of dollars worth of US exports, including our agricultural products, which would undoubtedly hurt even more workers, farmers and businesses. USTR,

In response to the Trump administration's Tuesday publication of a tentative list of products imported from China likely to be subject to new tariffs, Beijing responded with a A list of more strategic US products including soybean, automotive and aerospace for an amount equal to the first measures announced by Washington on Tuesday: $ 50 billion.

Beijing has taken careful to establish its list of future products to be taxed to hit as hard as possible regions that voted in favor of Donald Trump, according to experts. One way to exert maximum pressure on the billionaire, which ensures that it will seek a second mandate. China also made an official approach to the first round of tariffs by Trump on Thursday at the World Trade Organization (WTO)

In the Chinese text, published by the WTO, the Chinese delegation the organization is seeking "consultations" with Washington "on the taxes (and) measures" that Mr. Trump plans to apply "to certain products in various sectors including mechanical engineering, electronics, etc., from China". A "request for consultations" is the first step towards a formal complaint to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.

Donald Trump has launched a merciless struggle against the US trade deficit which he sees as a sign of the weakness of his predecessors who have allowed the rest of the world to profit from the United States.

International mobilization

China is particularly in the sights. The US trade deficit (US $ 375.2 billion in 2017) pushed Trump to ask Chinese officials to "immediately reduce this $ 100 billion deficit." The latest US figures released on Thursday show that since the beginning of the year, the deficit on goods trading has further increased by more than 20%. "We are not in a trade war with China, this war was lost many years ago by stupid or incompetent people, people representing the United States," said Mr. Trump.

Chinese, rhetoric is no less warlike. "Any attempt to put China on its knees by threat and intimidation is doomed to failure," a spokesman for Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang warned at a press briefing. The Chinese Foreign Minister, visiting Moscow on Thursday, called for international mobilization against Washington, while Trump opened several fronts in his quest for "a better deal."

"The International Community must oppose as a whole such unilateral actions and violations of the rules, defend as a whole the growth of the global economy and help those who think that everything is allowed them to find common sense, "said Wang Yi at of a press conference

(source: AFP)

China's space station will turn into a celestial fireball Monday (Beijing)

A defunct Chinese space station will enter the atmosphere in the next ten hours at speeds exceeding 26,000 kilometers per hour, before disintegrating into a celestial fireball.

Tiangong-1 laboratory expected to fall Monday, according to the Chinese Authority for Human Spaceflight (CMS), which roughly corresponds to the projections of the European Space Agency (ESA).

"The station should return to the atmosphere in the hours surrounding the move to Monday (GMT), "said AFP Florent Deleflie, astronomer of the Observatoire de Paris. "In view of the latest estimates … that can still change!", He adds quickly.

The abandoned space station weighs about eight tons but is not expected to cause damage by falling. China promises instead a "splendid" show, similar to a meteor shower.

The window of re-entry in the atmosphere remains however subject to variations, warned the ESA. Similarly, there is uncertainty about where debris could spread. They could fall anywhere between the latitudes of 43 degrees North and 43 degrees South, from New Zealand to the American Midwest.

The laboratory was placed in orbit in September 2011. It had to make a controlled return in the Earth's atmosphere, but ceased to function in March 2016, raising concerns about its "fall."

However, the risk to a human being of being hit by space debris of more than 200 grams is of one in 700 million, according to the CMSEO, the Chinese office responsible for the design of manned spaceflight.

"People have no reason to worry," said the CMSEO.

This type Space Station "does not crash into Earth violently as in science fiction movies, but disintegrates into a beautiful (meteor shower) in the beautiful starry sky, as its debris progresses toward the Earth", he explained.

"It will be a little as if a lot of shooting stars appeared at the same place and at the same time. Burning debris will be visible on a radius of more than 100 km, "explains Florent Deleflie, all for about 20 minutes.

The astronomer closely follows the trajectory of the space station to" see if the models of calculating atmospheric density hold the road or not and improve them. "

-" Heavenly Palace "-

 In this archive image of June 24, 2012, Chinese technicians from the Jiuquan Space Center follow suit docking of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft at Tiangong-1 space station (AFP / Archives - STR)

In this archive image of June 24, 2012, Chinese technicians from the Jiuquan Space Center track the stowage of the Shenzhou spacecraft -9 at the Tiangong-1 Space Station (AFP / Archives – STR)

Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace", was used for medical experiments.The laboratory was also considered a preliminary step in the construction of a space station. [19659002] In 60 years of spaceflight, there have been some 6,000 uncontrolled returns of large man-made objects, and only one debris has touched a person, without hurting, according to Stijn Lemmens, an ESA expert

Increasing heat and friction will then result in the burning or explosion of the main structure, some 80 km from the Earth, according to the same source.

Most of the fragments will disperse in the air and a small number will fall relatively slowly before crashing, probably at sea. Oceans occupy more than 70% of the earth's surface.

Tiangong-1 station is the 50th largest object to make an uncontrolled return since 1957, estimates Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Center in the United States

China has invested billions of euros in the space conquest to try to catch up with Europe and the United States . Coordinated by the army, it is seen as a symbol of the country's newfound power.

Beijing aims to send a spacecraft around Mars by 2020, before deploying a remotely operated vehicle on the red planet.

The Asian giant also wants to deploy an inhabited space station by 2022, when the International Space Station (ISS) has ceased to function. China also dreams of sending a man to the moon.

Beijing accuses US of violating its territory in the South China Sea

Beijing accused the United States of violating China's sovereignty after American missile destroyer sailed near a disputed coral island in the South China Sea.

USS Hopper sailed 12 miles or 22 kilometers from Huangyan Island, also named Scarborough Shoal, dated January 17.

China's defense ministry said in a statement that "a Chinese frigate took immediate action to identify and inspect the American vessel and drove it by issuing a warning."

China seized Huangyan from the Philippines in 2012.

China claimed virtually the entire South China Sea and had done extensive reclamation on many of the islands and corals it claimed, equipped parts of it with airfields and military means.

The South China Sea has a crucial voyage, a place rich in fish and possibly oil, gas and other mining products

The US has no claims of territory in the South China Sea and says it is neutral in the dispute, the United States has said it is concerned China is trying to militarize what should be free and open international waters. Goods are worth about $ 3 trillion across the area each year.

The US Navy regularly sailed across the area to uphold freedom of navigation.

China says it wants to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiations. [gp]

Beijing denounces US sanctions against Chinese officials

China says it strongly opposes the government of President Donald Trump's decision to sanction a former Beijing police official for his role in the death of a human rights activist.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hua Chunying said Friday (22/12) that sanctions against Gao Yan meant Washington was meddling in China's internal affairs and judicial sovereignty. He added that America needs to correct "false acts" to avoid damaging bilateral relations.

The US Treasury Department this week imposed sanctions on 52 individuals and entities including Gao under a law known as the Global Magnitsky Act. The 2016 law was designed to punish perpetrators of human rights abuses and corruption around the world.

Gao oversaw a police branch in 2014 that detained human rights activist Cao Shunli. Cao reportedly refused medical treatment while in detention and died after six months in custody. [lt]