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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Tit-For-Tat American And Chinese Tariffs (April 2 to 7, 2018)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/titlepic/112057/1120572308_1488725440540_title0h.jpg.

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

April 2 to 7, 2018

After President Donald Trump announced his administration’s plan to place tariffs on US$50 (S$65.7) billion of imported Chinese goods, China announced additional tariffs as countermeasures – “designed to target up to US$50 (S$65.7) billion of [United States] products annually” – on 106 American products. There are therefore fears of this escalating into a trade war, though “both sides have left room for manoeuvre“, with a public and consultation period to follow in the United States, before negotiations. These tit-for-tat tariff moves also come after Mr. Trump’s signing of an executive order in March this year imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from across the globe, which then prompted China to impose tariffs of up to 25 per cent on 128 American imports, including fruits and pork.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • Protests continued in California over the death of Stephon Clark, who was killed by police officers. The officers thought Mr. Clark had a gun in his hands, but he was actually holding an iPhone.
  • After teachers in West Virginia successfully protested for higher pay last month, thousands of teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma are now protesting for better compensation and education funding too.
  • A shooting at YouTube’s headquarters in California left one person – the shooter – dead.

Latin America

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