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17 Jul 19
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News and Headlines: In The News, Tech Watch, Immigration, Politics, World News, Commentary/Opinion. In The News: Dolphin ‘mega pod’ off California coast stuns onlookers, video shows Chuck Patterson and his friends were taking their boat out for hydrofoil surfing when the dolphins appeared in the waters off Laguna Beach. The pod began following in their […]

17 Jul 19
Foreign Policy
A strange sort of calm has descended over the U.S.-China relationship. Officially, Washington and Beijing have agreed to a truce in their escalating trade war and are searching for the outlines of a possible agreement. But it’s looking increasingly likely that the cease-fire won’t hold—and a conflict far greater than the trade war itself looms. Last week, Beijing announced that it would sanction U.S. companies involved in selling arms to Taiwan. On Monday, meanwhile, the government statistics agency announced that China’s GDP growth in the first half of 2019 was the lowest since 1992. The comparison is unsettling: In 1992, China was still reeling from the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, and its market reforms faced so much opposition that Deng Xiaoping had to abandon a bridge tournament—his favorite hobby—in Beijing to reassure wavering officials in Guangdong province. As a sign of this grim new normal, Washington has found a favorite term to describe the state of U.S.-China relations: searching for the floor. After two major rounds of tariff increases, pecuniary visa restrictions on both sides, and the ominous appearance of a noted warmongering phrase—“don’t say we didn’t warn you” (wuwei yanzhi buyu)—in the official Communist Party newspaper, the People’s Daily, it might seem as if the floor can’t be too far below us. But the reality is that both sides could fall much, much further. Something close to economic and social decoupling is now a likely outcome, and the risk of open confrontation continues to rise. Policymakers in Washington, Beijing, and elsewhere need to take a deep breath and reconsider where they’re headed—and just as importantly, why. The first thing to understand is that the drift in U.S.-China relations isn’t about Xi Jinping and Donald Trump. Truth be told, while the United States and China now find themselves staring deeper into the abyss than at any time since the Korean War, relations have been on a downward slide at least since the 2008 financial crisis. In the decade after, China’s leaders made three fateful decisions. First, they dropped the veil on their ambitions to challenge U.S. military and political supremacy in Asia. China’s militarization of the South China Sea and investment in weapons like hypersonic missiles send a clear message that Beijing doesn’t believe the Asia-Pacific is big enough for two superpowers to share. Second, China’s leaders tightened the screws on domestic dissent, extinguishing the fond, if overly optimistic, hopes for progress toward political reform. Third, and most consequentially, Beijing made a U-turn on its commitment to market liberalization, capping decades of currency manipulation, intellectual property theft, and hidden subsidies with crushing restrictions on market access for foreign firms. For China’s supporters in the United States, this was the final straw. By losing the trust of the business community, Beijing completed its systematic alienation of every major constituency in favor of friendly relations. Congress, alarmed by Chinese espionage, foreign-policy assertiveness, and military expansion, happily let Washington’s long-suffering China hawks out of their cage. China hands, meanwhile, smarting from the Communist Party’s crackdown on anything resembling independent thought, were left with few good arguments with which to justify patience with an increasingly tyrannical regime. And so Washington now lobs rhetorical pebbles downward into the darkness, searching for the floor. Of course, the United States is hardly blameless in producing this sorry state of affairs. Though it had some successes, the Barack Obama administration’s China policy ultimately proved feckless, failing to deter China from militarizing the South China Sea, halting its cybertheft, or discriminating against Western firms. But the Trump administration has gone a good deal further off the rails, doing its level best to paint Xi into a corner and ensure he has no realistic option to change course. Indeed, an important source of the present predicament is that while anti-China animus has become more virulent across the U.S. political spectrum, the hollowing out of the State Department under Trump has also rid the government of its natural bureaucratic antibodies. The prospect of open conflict remains, for now, a good way off. But the recent experience of Canada provides an indication of how unpleasant things could become short of a South China Sea skirmish. For the cardinal sin of serving a warrant on the well-connected Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, Canada suffered the detention of two of its citizens, one a former diplomat, on trumped-up charges; the arbitrary imposition of a death sentence on a Canadian in Chinese custody; and punishing import restrictions. To be sure, the United States has a few more arrows in its quiver than does Canada. But just to be on the safe side, American CEOs are cutting down their trips to China—especially after stories of new harassment came to light in recent weeks. Even if unexpectedly cool heads prevail, at current course and speed the United States and China are heading for economic divorce. An increasingly plausible, if deeply cynical, explanation for the Trump administration’s China policy is simply that it wants to force just such a decoupling. Needless to say, the world’s two largest economies can never entirely disentangle themselves from each other. But a combination of tariffs and political risk looks set to dramatically scale down investment on both sides, and a growing number of U.S. companies are shifting more production outside China. Even the hundreds of thousands of Chinese students studying in America, the only major noneconomic link between the two countries, are now treated like pawns in their growing rivalry. It looks as if both sides of the Pacific are resigned to a certain amount of economic and political decoupling. But the economic costs will be significant. American consumers will pay more for virtually everything that’s manufactured. U.S. companies will lose access to talent and ideas from their Chinese partners and workers—contrary to popular wisdom, intellectual property is in fact a two-way street. Just as significantly, the United States and China will lose both capability and motivation to deal with climate change, pandemic disease, and a host of other global challenges. There is, of course, a better way. In the near term, Washington and Beijing need to find an offramp from the tariff tit for tat. The best hope is probably for a combination of pledges for China to buy more U.S.-manufactured goods and provide stronger intellectual property protections for U.S. firms—a step it’s already planning to take. But even if trade tensions ease, the United States and China will likely continue to go their separate ways on politics, economics, and much else for the foreseeable future. To face this future, the two countries need to build a three-speed relationship. On some issues, like global economic stability, there’s no alternative to deep cooperation. On others, like defense and access to markets in Belt and Road countries, competition is the name of the game. But on other matters, Washington and Beijing need to build better capacity to coordinate. Emerging technologies are a good example: U.S. and Chinese interests on artificial intelligence and biotechnology diverge in most areas but are in near-perfect alignment on the need to prevent terrorists and rogue actors from developing autonomous weapons systems and treatment-resistant superviruses. Coordinating U.S. and Chinese regulation, law enforcement, and other actions will be just as critical to preventing 21st-century technocatastrophes as U.S.-Soviet diplomacy was to preventing nuclear war in the 20th. The U.S.-China relationship is in dangerous straits. But the floor still lies far below where the two are at present, and cooler heads must prevail to prevent the world from falling further into the depths.
17 Jul 19
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17 Jul 19
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17 Jul 19
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The Fulanization of Nigeria, a plausible deniability By Soibi Ransom. Nigeria has been trending in the news as always for the wrong reasons. The issue of insecurity in the nation has become so unbearable and now seeming unbeatable as the once upon a time issue of terrorists blowing up churches, populated areas or capturing innocent […]

17 Jul 19
Macrocosm of Business Network

Is it your strategic planning? Is it the quality of your service? Is it your dedication? Is it your team members? What really is the secret weapon? The answer to all of them is probably Yes. Running a business is hard, but to stand out against competition is harder. Your business not only needs to […]

17 Jul 19
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17 Jul 19
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17 Jul 19
The Ukiah Daily Journal
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Luke Bryan, 43; Carey Hart, 44; David Hasselhoff, 67; Donald Sutherland, 84. Happy Birthday: Keep better tabs on your money, spending habits and cost-cutting measures this year, and you will save enough to enjoy some of the luxuries you’ve been denied in the past. Discipline and hard work, coupled with originality and being receptive to change that will lead to personal improvements, are encouraged. Romance should be a priority. Your numbers are 6, 11, 16, 24, 30, 39, 46.  ARIES (March 21-April 19): Get out and do things that will broaden your intellect and keep you updated with technology and current affairs. Knowledge is power, and when it comes to fighting for something you want, it will be your path to success. 2 stars  TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Hold your thoughts until you are sure you have your facts straight. Being prepared will make the difference between success and failure. Don’t waste your time arguing with someone who will never see things your way. Romance is encouraged. 5 stars  GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make your position clear. If you pussyfoot around, no one will know what you want. A passionate approach to life and how you want to live will discourage others from meddling in your affairs. Be open and prepared to take action. 3 stars  CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make the effort, and you will reap the rewards. It’s up to you to choose the first step or to plan for the future. Be grateful for what you have, but realize your potential. Face a challenge head-on. 3 stars  LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Refuse to let others upset you. Be prepared to do what makes the most sense to you. Showing confidence and consistency is the best way to counter any opposition you face. Be receptive, but make the decision that’s right for you. 3 stars  VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): An emotional issue concerning someone you live with or deal with regularly shouldn’t be allowed to stand in your way. Get involved in functions or projects that are geared toward making improvements. A group effort will pay off. 3 stars  LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Choose to take the high road when someone is challenging to deal with. Focus on personal growth and improving the way you take care of your responsibilities. Offering positivity and tolerance will be enough to stifle someone who is demanding. 5 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take note of your options, and choose to take the path that is clear-cut and without controversy. Arguing over petty issues is a waste of time that could be spent developing something you really want to pursue. Romance is recommended. 2 stars  SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Fixate on something that will pay off. If you keep giving too much and getting too little in return, it won’t be long before you become fed up. Invest your time and money in your skills and future. 4 stars  CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Offer to do what’s reasonable. Keep plans that might not work out a secret for now. A change at home will make your life easier, and sharing something you enjoy with someone you love will bring you closer together. 3 stars  AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put your energy to good use. Deal with issues that are affecting your relationship with a friend, peer or lover. Honesty may not be welcome, but it will help you figure out where you stand and what you need to do. 3 stars  [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=coffeebreak” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You are best to keep your thoughts and plans to yourself. Refuse to let anyone goad you into something you don’t want to do or cannot afford. Personal improvements or helping someone who appreciates you should be your goal. 3 stars  Birthday Baby: You are unpredictable, engaging and original. You are passionate and productive. To submit astrological questions to the “Dear Eugenia” column, visit Eugenialast.com, or join Eugenia on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn.
17 Jul 19
Red Bluff Daily News
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Luke Bryan, 43; Carey Hart, 44; David Hasselhoff, 67; Donald Sutherland, 84. Happy Birthday: Keep better tabs on your money, spending habits and cost-cutting measures this year, and you will save enough to enjoy some of the luxuries you’ve been denied in the past. Discipline and hard work, coupled with originality and being receptive to change that will lead to personal improvements, are encouraged. Romance should be a priority. Your numbers are 6, 11, 16, 24, 30, 39, 46.  ARIES (March 21-April 19): Get out and do things that will broaden your intellect and keep you updated with technology and current affairs. Knowledge is power, and when it comes to fighting for something you want, it will be your path to success. 2 stars  TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Hold your thoughts until you are sure you have your facts straight. Being prepared will make the difference between success and failure. Don’t waste your time arguing with someone who will never see things your way. Romance is encouraged. 5 stars  GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make your position clear. If you pussyfoot around, no one will know what you want. A passionate approach to life and how you want to live will discourage others from meddling in your affairs. Be open and prepared to take action. 3 stars  CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make the effort, and you will reap the rewards. It’s up to you to choose the first step or to plan for the future. Be grateful for what you have, but realize your potential. Face a challenge head-on. 3 stars  LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Refuse to let others upset you. Be prepared to do what makes the most sense to you. Showing confidence and consistency is the best way to counter any opposition you face. Be receptive, but make the decision that’s right for you. 3 stars  VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): An emotional issue concerning someone you live with or deal with regularly shouldn’t be allowed to stand in your way. Get involved in functions or projects that are geared toward making improvements. A group effort will pay off. 3 stars  LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Choose to take the high road when someone is challenging to deal with. Focus on personal growth and improving the way you take care of your responsibilities. Offering positivity and tolerance will be enough to stifle someone who is demanding. 5 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take note of your options, and choose to take the path that is clear-cut and without controversy. Arguing over petty issues is a waste of time that could be spent developing something you really want to pursue. Romance is recommended. 2 stars  SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Fixate on something that will pay off. If you keep giving too much and getting too little in return, it won’t be long before you become fed up. Invest your time and money in your skills and future. 4 stars  CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Offer to do what’s reasonable. Keep plans that might not work out a secret for now. A change at home will make your life easier, and sharing something you enjoy with someone you love will bring you closer together. 3 stars  AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put your energy to good use. Deal with issues that are affecting your relationship with a friend, peer or lover. Honesty may not be welcome, but it will help you figure out where you stand and what you need to do. 3 stars  [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=coffeebreak” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You are best to keep your thoughts and plans to yourself. Refuse to let anyone goad you into something you don’t want to do or cannot afford. Personal improvements or helping someone who appreciates you should be your goal. 3 stars  Birthday Baby: You are unpredictable, engaging and original. You are passionate and productive. To submit astrological questions to the “Dear Eugenia” column, visit Eugenialast.com, or join Eugenia on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn.
17 Jul 19
Daily Democrat
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Luke Bryan, 43; Carey Hart, 44; David Hasselhoff, 67; Donald Sutherland, 84. Happy Birthday: Keep better tabs on your money, spending habits and cost-cutting measures this year, and you will save enough to enjoy some of the luxuries you’ve been denied in the past. Discipline and hard work, coupled with originality and being receptive to change that will lead to personal improvements, are encouraged. Romance should be a priority. Your numbers are 6, 11, 16, 24, 30, 39, 46.  ARIES (March 21-April 19): Get out and do things that will broaden your intellect and keep you updated with technology and current affairs. Knowledge is power, and when it comes to fighting for something you want, it will be your path to success. 2 stars  TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Hold your thoughts until you are sure you have your facts straight. Being prepared will make the difference between success and failure. Don’t waste your time arguing with someone who will never see things your way. Romance is encouraged. 5 stars  GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make your position clear. If you pussyfoot around, no one will know what you want. A passionate approach to life and how you want to live will discourage others from meddling in your affairs. Be open and prepared to take action. 3 stars  CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make the effort, and you will reap the rewards. It’s up to you to choose the first step or to plan for the future. Be grateful for what you have, but realize your potential. Face a challenge head-on. 3 stars  LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Refuse to let others upset you. Be prepared to do what makes the most sense to you. Showing confidence and consistency is the best way to counter any opposition you face. Be receptive, but make the decision that’s right for you. 3 stars  VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): An emotional issue concerning someone you live with or deal with regularly shouldn’t be allowed to stand in your way. Get involved in functions or projects that are geared toward making improvements. A group effort will pay off. 3 stars  LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Choose to take the high road when someone is challenging to deal with. Focus on personal growth and improving the way you take care of your responsibilities. Offering positivity and tolerance will be enough to stifle someone who is demanding. 5 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take note of your options, and choose to take the path that is clear-cut and without controversy. Arguing over petty issues is a waste of time that could be spent developing something you really want to pursue. Romance is recommended. 2 stars  SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Fixate on something that will pay off. If you keep giving too much and getting too little in return, it won’t be long before you become fed up. Invest your time and money in your skills and future. 4 stars  CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Offer to do what’s reasonable. Keep plans that might not work out a secret for now. A change at home will make your life easier, and sharing something you enjoy with someone you love will bring you closer together. 3 stars  AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put your energy to good use. Deal with issues that are affecting your relationship with a friend, peer or lover. Honesty may not be welcome, but it will help you figure out where you stand and what you need to do. 3 stars  [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=coffeebreak” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You are best to keep your thoughts and plans to yourself. Refuse to let anyone goad you into something you don’t want to do or cannot afford. Personal improvements or helping someone who appreciates you should be your goal. 3 stars  Birthday Baby: You are unpredictable, engaging and original. You are passionate and productive. To submit astrological questions to the “Dear Eugenia” column, visit Eugenialast.com, or join Eugenia on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn.