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U.S. Can Win Trade War With China, But It Shouldn’t Try

Ian Bremmer, TimePresident Donald Trump was ready to wage war in Asia this week — but not against North Korea and not with conventional weapons. Instead, it was China at risk and of a trade war. The White House had repeatedly warned that the Middle Kingdom’s persistent misbehavior would lead to more U.S. pressure on the superpowers’ trade relationship, and it seemed finally ready to act. Yet China’s cooperation on U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Koreaearlier in August seems to have bought Beijing some time. Instead of announcing retaliatory…

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China tells US, North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik BEIJING (AP) — China is telling the U.S. and North Korea to “hit the brakes” on threatening words and actions and work toward a peaceful resolution of their dispute, in a sign of growing concern over the standoff on the part of Pyongyang’s only major ally. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that the two countries should work together to contain tensions and permit no one to “stir up an incident on … Read the referenced story here: China…

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US, China Sign Communication Deal Amid Heightened Tensions on Korean Peninsula

Top U.S. and Chinese military officers have signed an agreement aimed at improving communication amid tensions over North Korea’s missile program and China’s controversial claims in the South China Sea. Speaking in Beijing with Chinese General Fang Fenghui, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford said the two countries have “many difficult issues” to work through. Tuesday’s signing of the Joint Strategic Dialogue Mechanism opens the door for building trust and understanding between the two militaries, “but it will only be useful if it results in…

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Politics 

China Reaps Bounty of North Korea-U.S. Conflict

Robert Kuttner, HuffPostI keep thinking of the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis. This terrifying episode was a very complicated game of diplomatic maneuvering and military posturing, with a thermonuclear exchange between the US and the USSR as the consequence of a misstep. … Read the referenced story here: China Reaps Bounty of North Korea-U.S. Conflict

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China Is Our Last Diplomatic Hope for North Korea

John Bolton, The HillFormer National Security Advisor Susan Rice acknowledged last week that America’s policies regarding North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program over the last three administrations had failed. She said, rightly, “You can call it a failure. I accept that characterization of the efforts of the United States over the last two decades.” … Read the referenced story here: China Is Our Last Diplomatic Hope for North Korea

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Science 

Earliest-Known Winged Mammal Relatives Discovered In China

Enlarge this image An artist’s rendition of Maiopatagium in Jurassic forest. (Reconstruction by April I. Neander/UChicago). hide caption toggle caption (Reconstruction by April I. Neander/UChicago). When you think about the Jurassic Period, you probably think of massive, lumbering dinosaurs. But now scientists say there were also gliders — early relatives of mammals, akin to today’s flying squirrels – whizzing through the trees. Fossils of two glider species, found in the Tiaojishan Formation in northeastern China, are particularly well-preserved, so the impressions left of skin membranes and hairs immediately show they…

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[In Depth] Close relative of Neandertals unearthed in China

Ever since their discovery in 2010, the extinct ice age humans called Denisovans have been known only from bits of DNA, taken from a sliver of bone in the Denisova Cave in Siberia, Russia. Now, two partial skulls from eastern China are emerging as prime candidates for showing what these shadowy people may have looked like. In a paper published on p. 969 of this issue, a Chinese-U.S. team presents 105,000- to 125,000-year-old fossils they call "archaic Homo." They note that the bones could be a new type of human or an…

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Asian shares scale 1-1/2-year peak on China trade, Trump's tax cut talk

Top Stories: TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares rallied to an 18-month peak on Friday, as investors cheered upbeat Chinese trade data and strong gains on Wall Street after U.S. President Donald Trump promised to unveil a major tax announcement to lower the burden on businesses. Asian shares scale 1-1/2-year peak on China trade, Trump's tax cut talk

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