Even before U.S. and Chinese officials were sitting down this week for a second round of high-level trade talks in Washington, both sides signaled a willingness to try and make a deal or at least meet the other halfway. Whether or not that will be enough to get them across the finish line remains to be seen, analysts say. Ahead of the talks, President Donald tweeted that China has "been making hundreds of billions of dollars a year from the U.S., for many years. Stay Tuned!" Late last week at a forum sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai signaled China's willingness to address a range of issues from the deficit to the protection of intellectual property rights. Deficit detente Cui said that while it is overly simplistic to say trade deficit means loss and surplus means gain, there is a clear need for better macroeconomic coordination between the two countries. "A huge deficit for you and a huge … [Read more...] about US China Sending Signals, But is Trade Deal Close?
The U.S. space agency NASA said the experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity, after three successful flights, failed to respond to commands to lift off for a fourth flight Thursday. Our #MarsHelicopter has flown successfully three times & completed its mission objectives! What’s up next for the mighty little rotorcraft? Mission experts aim to push the limits. Find out how on Fri., April 30 at 12:30pm ET: https://t.co/dr0PRGvrPA pic.twitter.com/PyLPJEQZHG — NASA (@NASA) April 29, 2021 The space agency describes Ingenuity as a technology demonstration designed to test flight capability in the thin Martian atmosphere. It has specially designed rotors that spin much faster than they would have to on Earth to achieve flight. It also has innovative batteries and solar cells for recharging. … [Read more...] about NASA Mars Helicopter Fails to Respond for 4th Flight
KABUL - The head of Afghanistan's armed forces said that in preparation for the withdrawal of foreign troops, his country was trying to sign up the companies currently working with United States and NATO forces to repair and maintain a significant portion of Afghan military and air force equipment. "We are working with Americans (to get contracts with) those companies — that's companies, not the U.S. government or soldiers. And every company tries to make money. Therefore, they will join us and work, and if they don't, we need to replace them," General Mohammad Yasin Zia told VOA. Afghanistan's military depends on thousands of foreign contractors to maintain high-tech equipment it has received over the years, and senior U.S. officials fear the Afghans lack the technical capability required to maintain it. President Joe Biden announced April 14 that the United States would withdraw all forces from Afghanistan under a deal signed by the administration of former President Donald … [Read more...] about Afghanistan Wants Foreign Firms to Continue Maintaining Its Military Hardware
WASHINGTON - Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in India and other parts of the world, the United States remains noncommittal on an October 2020 proposal by India and South Africa to waive certain provisions of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The proposal would loosen patent restrictions so that countries can manufacture generic versions of the coronavirus vaccines. "We are working with our global partners to explore pragmatic and effective steps to surge production and equitable distribution of vaccines," a United States Trade Representative (USTR) official told VOA. The administration is still weighing arguments from waiver proponents, including members of the progressive wing of President Joe Biden's own party who say that it could be a game changer in the global fight against the pandemic, and opponents, Republican senators as well as the pharmaceutical industry, who insist that strong intellectual … [Read more...] about US Weighs Loosening Vaccine Patents to Help Global COVID Fight
World premieres from Disney+, AMC, Startz, Peacock, A&E, OWN, FX and National Geographic are among the highlights of the 2021 Tribeca Festival ’s 20th anniversary celebration, announced today. The events will take place in New York City June 9-20 and claim to be the first major film festival to host in-person events since the worldwide pandemic began. The Tribeca Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival focus is on new and returning TV series, new indie episodic storytelling, and an industry-facing Creators Market. The Tribeca TV lineup will include nine shows made up of six series premieres, one season premiere, two docuseries, and speaking appearances by Tina Fey , Christian Slater, Joshua Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, and Helen Hunt. Related Story KISS: A&E Preps Two-Part … [Read more...] about The 2021 Tribeca Festival Unveils Plans For TV, Episodic And Creator’s Market, Including Live Events With Tina Fey, KISS