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CGTN America 25 Jul 2020

The Heat: China -US tensions


China ordered the United States to shut down its consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu, in response to the US closing China's diplomatic mission in Houston, Texas.

China's Foreign Ministry says the US violated international law, but urged diplomacy.  Relations between the two countries have been deteriorating for months over trade issues and the coronavirus pandemic.

CGTN's White House Correspondent Nathan King reports. 

On the panel: 

Einar Tangen is a political and economic affairs commentator.
John Sitilides is principal and geopolitical strategist with Trilogy Advisors.
Song Zhang is the Washington Bureau Chief for Shanghai Wen Hui Daily.
Sourabh Gupta is a senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist at the Institute for China-America Studies.

Six months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, China's economy is showing signs of recovery.

Exports rose more than 9% in August compared with last year, and despite tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, exports to the U.S. increased by 27%. China also saw trade growth with the European Union, Japan and some Southeast Asia nations.  This week, Beijing welcomed more than two-thousand domestic and foreign companies to showcase their latest projects and services at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade and Services. During the conference, President Xi Jinping pledged China would continue to open up its market and promote global trade.

Joining the panel:

Einar Tangen is a political and economic affairs commentator.
Yan Liang is an associate professor of Economics at Willamette University.
Thomas Hayes is the chairman and managing member of Great Hill Capital.
Jeff Moon is an international trade and government affairs consultant.
China and the United States say they're making progress on trade, despite ongoing tensions. Can the world's two largest economies set aside their differences? To discuss the latest on China-U.S. ties, tonight's panel includes Einar Tangen, a political and economic affairs commentator; Wang Cong, chief reporter for the English language edition of the Global Times; Anna Ashton, senior director of government affairs for the U.S. China Business Council and Jeff Moon, an international trade and government affairs consultant.
China has made extraordinary progress in battling COVID-19 since the first major outbreak in Wuhan earlier this year.

While the disease is largely contained in China, the country is now responding to a minor outbreak in the city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province. About nine million residents are being tested after a small number of positive cases were linked to a local hospital.

Meanwhile there's good news for China's economy with new figures from the IMF projecting growth for 2020.

To discuss:

Einar Tangen is a political and economic affairs commentator.
Peter Chin-Hong is a professor of medicine and infectious disease.
Dr. Richard Cheng is a doctor who has treated COVID-19 patients in Shanghai.
Yan Liang is a Professor of Economics at Willamette University.
China's economy is surging ahead. We will take a look at the numbers and how China's experience can drive the world's recovery. For more, tonight's panel includes Einar Tangen, current affairs commentator; John Gong, a professor of economics at the University of International Business and Economics; Dan McClory, Managing Director and Head of China for Boustead Securities and William Lee, Chief Economist at The Milken Institute.

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