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China is under renewed commercial pressure under Biden

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Under President Joe Biden, the U.S.-China trade war is not going anywhere.

Biden will not directly challenge Beijing because he needs to concentrate on coronavirus and the environment, economists claim. However, he looks likely to revive the strain on trade and technical complaints that in 2017 led President Donald Trump to raise import tariffs in China.

Negotiators could minimise Trump’s focus on limiting China’s multi-million-dollar trade surplus with the US and making it harder to open up its long-term, government-dominated economy. Yet there is no expectation of sudden tariff cuts or other significant improvements.

Louis Kuij’s of Oxford Economics said: “I think Biden is going to focus more on extracting systemic changes. “It will take a while before we receive any shift or explicit announcements.”

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Monday that Biden is reviewing tariffs on Chinese exports and needs to discuss future measures with allies. She did not indicate any improvements.

“The chairman’s commitment is to stop the economic abuses of China,” said Psaki.

A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian, called for Washington to learn from Trump’s “erroneous policies” and to take “constructive action,” without suggesting the likelihood of Beijing reforms.

“To both sides, cooperation is the only right choice,” Zhao said on Tuesday.

Trump operated on complaints that Europe and other traders share, but the blazing battle in Washington has nothing to show. President Xi Jinping was taken to the table, but world trade raged, consumer prices soared, and jobs were wiped.

One year ago, Beiing undertook to purchase more soybeans and other exports and to avoid pressure firms from handing over technologies in the Phase I Agreement of January 2020. The most recent important change was that.

In these transactions, China falls short. It bought about 55 percent of what it promised in the wake of the coronavirus tumult. With respect to technology policy, some economists claim these improvements are necessary but wonder if they are a winner. They say that Beijing should have made it stick to its own plans anyway.

As a result of its record of commerce, territorial clashes with its rivals, persecution in Hong Kong, allegations of ethnic Muslims being persecuted, and allegation of technical robbery and espionage China is faced with more opposition than ever.

Nathan Sheets, former Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Obama administration, said that “the storey has changed dramatically.

Biden’s decision to replace U.S. Katherine Tai. In a speech this month, trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer made an acoustic note of China.

“We’re facing a growing, ambitious China’s stiffening competition,” Tai said. “China which is managed by the central planners whose economies are not subject to democratic pluralism, elections to democracy or public opinion.

It means that China must make some improvements if progress is to be made, said Raoul Leering, ING’s world trade analyst. While several of Trump’s comments were “close to absurdity,” he said that China had more trading barriers and official interference in the economy than the USA.

“It will depend on China to see if Biden will break down trade barriers, the speed with which they reform and change policies,” he said.

After 2 1/2 years and the 13 negotiations, negotiators still have to discuss the position of politically favoured state-owned firms that control sectors, from the banking industry to the oil industry, through telecoms, as a major irritant to Chinese trading partners.

Europe, Japan and other policymakers have reproached Trump, but have repeated arguments that Beijing steals technologies and violates the promises of opening up the economy by subsidising and defending businesses from competition.

The grievances are fundamental to a state-led communist party model of growth, which the leadership of the Communist Party sees as the basis for the prosperity of China.

The “national champions” are created, including PetroChina, Asia’s largest oil maker, and China Mobile, the world’s largest subscriber telecommunications carrier. The state industry was declared the core economy by the party in 2013.

The party nurtures rivals in the areas of solar, electric car, next-generation telecoms and other industries beyond the state economy.

Beijing could give its argument to be a developed economy to drop, even if it is one of the main producers and a middle-income company it insists on. Leering said. According to WTO laws the Communist Party is allowed to defend and participate further in economic practises.

Leering said that it was “a gesture of great importance.”

The opening shot for Trump in 2017 was a tax rise on Chinese imports worth $360 billion. Beijing also replaced the agricultural states that voted for Trump in 2016, with tariff increases and frozen soja imports.

The US trade deficit with China reduced over the past year by 19 percent and over the first nine months of 2020 by 15 percent in 2019.

Trump’s goal of transferring workers to the United States was not accomplished. Importers switched to Taiwan, Mexico and other providers instead. The gross US trade deficit marginally reduced in 2019 and grew almost 14% until November last year.

In the meantime, it is projected that tariff adjustments cost about $1.300 last year to the average household in the US. Corporations have delayed expenditures, undoing half of Trump’s corporate tax reductions for 2017.

The U.S.-China Business Council and Oxford Economics have found that 245,000 tariff jobs have lost the US economy. It also said that by 2025, even a small decline would generate 145,000 jobs.

Through cutting off access to U.S. telecommunications technology for Huawei Technologies Ltd. and other firms that American officials consider as potential security threats and a danger to US technological leadership, Trump has escalated the burden. American investments in Chinese firms have been forced to sell Washington, which maintains they have ties with the military.

In its two decades-old “technology power” programme, the Communist Party promised to speed up China.

Psaki, spokeswoman at the White House, said that Biden was still looking at certain concerns, but did not show any potential improvements.

Biden needs to keep Beijing responsible to ensure that US technology continues to promote its military accumulation. Psakis claims it is responsible for “unfair and illegal practises.”

Zhao, Chinese spokesperson, urged Washington not to “politicise or arma” science or technology and to stop “fundamental accusations of China smear.”

Biden’s envoys are willing to finalise the sanctions of Trump by removing those in return for Chinese policy changes, Kuijs said. Yet he and other analysts are suggesting it is doubtful that scaling down tariffs and cuts would be a priority to enter technologies and capital markets.

“The reversal of recent hawkish trends in China policy is difficult to see in the USA,” said Sylvia Sheng of JP Morgan Asset Management in a paper.

It is doubtful that the tech curbs would be smoother, as Washington “takes China as a competing competitor,” said Tu Xinquan, Director of the WTO Studies Institute at Beijing’s International Business and Economics University.

The only short-term solution looks like cuts in tariffs, Tu said. He said that the World Trade Organization believes Biden could support getting rid of taxes incorrectly.

“He won’t lose face in that case,” Tu said.

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins’ defense deserves praise for helping turn season around

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins’ defense deserves praise for helping turn season around

There is often an opportunity that discomfort creates if it is welcomed.

It’s called growth, and that is what we’ve been witnessing from the Miami Dolphins defense the past five weeks, where that unit’s development, and tightening of the screws has helped the Dolphins (6-7) transform from an NFL laughingstock due to their seven straight losses into a franchise deserving some respect.

Tua Tagovailoa’s accuracy, anticipation and pocket presence have allowed the offense become respectable during Miami’s five-game winning streak. But it’s the defense that is doing the heavy lifting once again.

If there’s one thing the 2021 season has taught us is that expecting things to carryover from one season to the next in the NFL is shortsighted.

The slightest alteration of your roster — like a swap from safety from Bobby McCain to Jevon Holland, a change at outside linebacker from Kyle Van Noy to Jaelan Phillips, the absence of an edge setter Shaq Lawson — could drastically alter your team’s chemistry, shift the unit’s strengths and weaknesses, and impact the team’s style of play.

Defensive coordinator Josh Boyer got a crash course on this earlier this season when he tried to run the same scheme that produced one of the NFL’s stingiest defenses in 2020 with different personnel.

While the defensive play-calls might have been similar — if not the same — the execution wasn’t, and the product on the field left plenty to be desired considering the Dolphins sat at the bottom of many important NFL statistical rankings before the wins started piling up.

Then comfort set in, roles were adapted, and the screws tightened. During this five-game winning streak Miami’s defense allowed just four touchdowns, a stretch where Miami’s opponents averaged 11 points per game.

“I feel like we’re back to that level,” Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard said, referring to the sack-producing, turnover-creating unit the Dolphins possessed last season. “I feel like everybody is confident, everybody is having fun.”

But the road back to respectable wasn’t easy, and featured some growing pains.

For instance, Miami’s run defense tightened once nose tackle Raekwon Davis returned from the knee injury he suffered in the season opener. In the nine games Davis has played since his return only three teams have rushed for 100 or more yards against Miami.

As a result, the Dolphins rank ninth against the run now, allowing 103.8 rushing yards per game, heading into this weekend’s bye.

Clamping down against the run set the table for everything else, but Miami had to overcome some injuries, and be patient with its young players’ development to get here.

Howard and Byron Jones, Miami’s two upper-echelon cornerbacks, the talents whose skill-set this defense is built around, were each nursing a groin injury at the same time earlier in the season. Their injuries impacted their performance, and the schemes Miami could run for nearly a month.

It also took Holland, the Dolphins’ 2021 second-round pick, half a season to become comfortable in Miami’s defense. Now the former Oregon standout is one of the team’s top playmakers, and a leader the secondary leans on.

He’s proof that sometimes teams have to wait for young players to blossom.

That seemed to be the case with not just Holland, but Phillips, whom the Dolphins selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2021 draft. The former University of Miami standout struggled to quickly learn everything that came with being a linebacker in Miami’s scheme.

The Dolphins eventually scrapped (or tabled) the outside linebacker role, and began to use Phillips exclusively as a pass rusher. Last Sunday Phillips set a Dolphins rookie record by reaching 8.5 sacks on the season, and seven of them have come in the past five games.

To simplify things for Phillips, Jerome Baker became an edge player, returning to the outside linebacker role he held in his rookie season. That opened the door for Duke Riley to get more playing time at inside linebacker.

Miami’s defense evolved into what it is today through trial and error and ultimately found a formula that works for this unit — not last year’s defense.

Last year the Dolphins defense allowed a touchdown 57.4 percent of the time teams reached the red zone, which ranked Miami seventh in that statistical category.

This year Miami is allowing 50 percent of red-zone opportunities to turn into touchdowns, which ties Miami with Buffalo for fourth in the NFL.

Only Baltimore, New England and New Orleans are better, and that’s good company to keep.

“It’s about trusting the process. Believing in what you’re doing. Believing in the scheme, and believing in the players,” Boyer said. “From the players, from the coaches, even when things haven’t been good. We all understand that we’re approaching things the right way. We’re working the right way. We haven’t always gotten the results we wanted. Just because you work hard, prepare the right way, coaching it the right way, it really comes down to execution on Sundays.”

The evolution will continue as Holland, Phillips and Baker become more comfortable in their new roles.

The hope is that the growth we’ve seen this past month will carry on throughout the final four games of the regular season, and maybe next year’s defense will start out the 2022 season with less discomfort.

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Three-vehicle crash on C-470 shuts down highway near E-470 junction

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Three-vehicle crash on C-470 shuts down highway near E-470 junction

The westbound lanes of C-470 have been shutdown along the junction with E-470 by a three-vehicle crash.

The highway is closed at Interstate 25 where E-470 turns into C-470, according to E-470 officials.

The three-vehicle crash happened at about 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Colorado State Patrol. At least two people have been taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Traffic is being detoured and authorities ask drivers to avoid the stretch if possible.

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A skier from Nederland died Tuesday at Eldora Ski Area

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A skier from Nederland died Tuesday at Eldora Ski Area

A local skier died Tuesday at the Eldora Ski Area after hitting a tree.

At about 10:25 a.m., ski patrol members found the 60-year-old man lying in the trees along the Hot Dog Alley ski run, according to a Boulder County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The skier, from Nederland, was unconscious and the ski patrol began first aid including CPR, the release said. The man, who was skiing alone, was pronounced dead, at 11 a.m. in a first-aid room.

On Nov. 30, a skier, a 72-year-old man, died in a collision with a snowboarder at Eldora.

 

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