China and the United States are expected to come to an agreement soon over trade frictions, analysts said, as the negotiating teams a
re reported to be discussing the wording of an accor
d and considering applying the brakes to their tariff standoff. They made the prediction after Chinese and US officials said there had been concrete p
rogress on multiple issues in the latest round of tr
ade talks in Washington. During the latest talks, held from Thursday to Sunday in Washington, the seventh round since February of last year, th
e two sides focused on the text of an agreement, the Chinese delegation said, according
to a Xinhua News Agency report. The negotiators also had made substantial progress on such specific issues as technology transfers, protection of i
ntellectual property rights, nontariff barriers, the service industry, agriculture and exchange rates, the delegation said.
On the b
asis of the latest progress, the two sides are expected to continue their work into the next stage, in accordance with the instructions of the two countries’ top leaders, according to Xinhua.
Marvel’s “Black Panther” looked like a contender by claiming a pair of early awards, and made
history in the process: Ruth E. Carter and Hannah
Beachler became the first African-American w omen to win for costume design and production design, respectively. The film was also honored for its musical score.
” didn’t walk away empty handed, earing best foreig n-language film. Its director, Alfonso Cuaron, was honored for directing and cin
ematography for the black-and-white period dr
ama, a deeply personal look back at the women who raised him. Cuaron’s marks the fifth time a Mexican director has won that
award in the past six years, a stretch that includes his previous win for “Gravity” in 2014.
ermo Del Toro — who presented the statuette to Cuaron — was t he victor last year for “The Shape of Water.” The third member of the “Three Amigos,” as the
y are affectionately known, is Alejandro G. Iñárritu, a winner for “Birdman” and “The Revenant.”
Mahershala Ali received his second Oscar in three years for “Green Book,” and the film al
so won for original screenplay, despite separate controversies related to its director and w
riter. With his prior award for “Moonlight,” Ali becomes only the second African-American actor with multiple Os
cars, joining Denzel Washington. A tearful Regina King took the first award of the night, winning supporting actress f
or “If Beale Street Could Talk,” director Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of the James Baldwin novel.
One of the two witnesses says the committee has a photograph of a younger Geovanis apparently posing in a portrait with three partially clo
thed women. The portrait, once displayed in a Russia
n gallery under the title “The Capitalist,” depicts the subjects in front of a picture of th e former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. It’s not clear whether the portrait is a single photograph or a composite.
ness told CNN that they were shown the photograph during questioning.A thi rd witness has alleged in written testimony, seen by CNN, that Geovanis may be valuable in the mystery of
ussia has material on Trump that could be personally embarrassing to him. Known by the nickname “Geo” to his friends, Geovanis was born in Brockton, Mass
achusetts, and is a graduate of Trump’s alma mater, the Wharton School at the Un
iversity of Pe
nnsylvania. After starting his career in finance, Geovanis went to Moscow to work for a Russian ve nture of a company called Brooke Group, which owned land earmarked for the site of a proposed Trump Tower. W
hen Trump came to town to promote the project, sources say, it was Geovanis’ job to show him around.
Also on the trip were Brooke Group’s owners, the real estate moguls Bennett LeBow and How
ard Lorber, who went on to become substantial donors to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump pers
onally acknowledged the pair from the podium after he won the 2016 New York Republican primary.
With Brexit day only weeks away, and still no deal in place, now might not seem the best time for British politicians to flip the table over.
But this week, 11 Members of Parliament have done exactly that. On Monday, seven members o
f the opposition Labour Party announced tha t they were fed up of their leader Jeremy Corbyn, citing reasons ranging from rampant anti-Semitism to hi
s lack of leadership on Brexit. They will Theresa May tactics of pandering to the harder-line
Brexiteers in her own party and elsewhere. That means it’s now hard to see this new group as anything other than a pro-EU bloc in the UK Parliament, dissa
tisfied with the pro-Brexit positions of both gove
rnment and opposition.
Why does that matter?
Brexit has made the politics of the UK in credibly hard to read. Both frontbenches are committed to delivering Brexit. The government agreed a way to achieve this
with the other 27 EU member states. Yet the UK P
arliament hates the deal, infamously handing May the heaviest defeat in the history of the House of Commons.
And it hates the deal for reasons all across the political spectrum (that’s right, the Brexiteers hate the deal just as much as the Remainers).
Since the 2016, Brexit has redrawn the ideological lines of politics in the UK. Professor Sara Hobolt at the London Sc hool of Economics explained that there “are more people now who are willing to identify as either Brexiteers or Remainers than as supporters of any par
ty. This new divide is more tribal than old party politics, with both groups tending to be inherently distrustful of one another.”
is expected to decide this spring which suppliers can provide technology for 5G networks. If it chooses to allow the use of Huawei gear
it could seriously undermine the US campaig
n against the company and influence other governments that are weighing how to handle the issue. The UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement earlier this w
eek that it w
as “looking at a range of options” and that “no decisions have been taken.” ’A rigorous, ruthless advancement of China’s interests’
The RUSI report — written by former diplomat Charles Parton, who spent 22 years working in mai
, Hong Kong and Taiwan — warned that the UK government needed to stay alert for int erference from the Chinese government across a range of fronts, including politics and research.
Britain is a particularly appealing target for interference as a close
US ally wi
th a large Chinese ethnic community and an open, advanced economy, Parton said. Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei: The US ‘cannot crush us’
”Beijing’s interference is not aimed at subverting the West, but represents a rigorous, ruthl
ess advancement of China’s interests and values at the expense of those of the West,” he wrote.
Another British member of parliament has quit the opposition Labour Party, in the wake of se
ven lawmakers splitting to form the Independent Group in Parliament earlier this week.
Those lawmakers cited disagreements over Brexi
t with Labour’s left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn, an d concerns over alleged anti-semitism within the party as their reasons for leaving the party.
Late on Tuesday, Joan Ryan, MP for the London
constituency of Enfield North and chair of the Labour Friends of Israel, tweete d that she was leaving the party because it had in her view “become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism.”
In a strong
ly worded resignation letter, she blamed Corbyn for the current situatio n and said she could not “in good conscience support or represent a party which adopts such an attitude.”
After 4 d
ecades, I have made the terribly difficult decision to resign from the Labour Party. It is the greatest honour of my life to represent the people of #Enfiel
dNorth. I will continue to represent and speak up for them as a member of the @TheIndGroup of MPs #ChangePolitics
pic.twitter.com/W8UEsJG7RhLate last year, Ryan’s constituency passed a motion of no confidence in her 94-92. Acco
rding to the Times, the motion pointed to her constant criticisms of Corbyn, saying Ryan had “fueled and indee
d inflamed trial by media of the Labour leader.” Ryan, the motion said, behaved like “an independent MP in all but name.”