China unlikely to send trade delegation to US after new tariffs

In this Nov. 5, 2017 file photo, residents watch a convoy of security personnel in a show of force through central Kashgar in western China's Xinjiang region. (File/AP)
Updated 18 September 2018
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China unlikely to send trade delegation to US after new tariffs

  • The news comes after the Trump Administration announced plans to implement tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods
  • China is reviewing its previous plans to send a delegation headed by Vice Premier Liu He to the US next week

BEIJING: China likely will not send a trade delegation to Washington after the Trump Administration announced plans to implement tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified government source in Beijing.
The report said China is reviewing its previous plans to send a delegation headed by Vice Premier Liu He to the US next week for fresh round of talks. The source told the paper that Beijing has not yet made a final decision but that a show of “sufficient goodwill” was a precondition for the planned talks.
The new US tariffs would take effect on Sept. 24 at a rate of 10 percent and then escalate to 25 percent by the end of 2018.


SOS Mediterranee relaunch migrant rescue missions off Libya

The Aquarius rescue vessel, chartered by French NGO SOS-Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is docked in Marseille harbour, on December 7, 2018. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 min 21 sec ago
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SOS Mediterranee relaunch migrant rescue missions off Libya

  • SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) “are back at sea with a new vessel, the Ocean Viking"
  • It has been an imperative for both SOS Mediterranee and MSF to return at sea following the ending of their operations with the Aquarius in December 2018

PARIS: Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee said Sunday it has relaunched migrant rescue operations off Libya, seven months after it was forced to abandon efforts using its ship Aquarius.

SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) “are back at sea with a new vessel, the Ocean Viking, to conduct search and rescue activities in the central Mediterranean,” it said.

“As people are still fleeing Libya on one of the most perilous sea crossings in the world, and with almost no available rescue assets present in the central Mediterranean, it has been an imperative for both SOS Mediterranee and MSF to return at sea following the ending of their operations with the Aquarius in December 2018.”