China Trade Offer: $30 Billion More U.S. Agriculture Imports – Bloomberg

China is proposing that it could buy an additional $30 billion a year of U.S. agricultural products including soybeans, corn and wheat as part of a possible trade dealbeing negotiated by the two countries, according to people with knowledge of the plan.

The offer to buy the extra farm produce would be part of the memoranda of understanding under discussion by U.S. and Chinese negotiators in Washington, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are confidential. The purchases would be on top of pre-trade war levels and continue for the period covered by the memoranda, they said.

Source: China Trade Offer: $30 Billion More U.S. Agriculture Imports – Bloomberg

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U.S. intel agencies: Russia and China plotting to interfere in 2020 election

By Ken Dilanian

U.S. intelligence agencies assess that Russia and China will seek to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, having learned lessons from Russia’s operation in 2016, according to the annual public survey of national security threats issued Tuesday.

“We assess that foreign actors will view the 2020 U.S. elections as an opportunity to advance their interests,” Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate intelligence committee at the worldwide threats hearing.

In another notable statement, Coats noted that U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons because “its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival.” That view stands in stark contrast to comments from President Donald Trump, who in June declared that North Korea was “no longer a nuclear threat,” citing his talks with leader Kim Jong Un.

Source: U.S. intel agencies: Russia and China plotting to interfere in 2020 election

Davos: Soros says China’s Xi ‘most dangerous’ opponent of open society

Billionaire investor and progressive political activist George Soros launched a blistering attack on Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, describing him as the “most dangerous” opponent to those who believe in open society.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) during a private dinner event in Davos, Switzerland, Soros lambasted Xi’s proposed social credit rating system.

His comments come as the Chinese state continues to set up a broad ranking system to monitor its citizens, giving them a social credit score.

Source: Davos: Soros says China’s Xi ‘most dangerous’ opponent of open society

Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling amid tensions between countries | Fox News

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given the death penalty in Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the northeast province of Liaoning after an appeals court last month agreed with prosecutors that Schellenberg’s original punishment was too lenient.

The court on Monday said Schellenberg had an “extremely large” negative impact on China and was a “core member” of an international drug ring.

Source: Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling amid tensions between countries | Fox News

Coal mine collapses in China | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

BEIJING (AP) — Twenty-one coal miners were killed when a mine collapsed in northern China, state media reported Sunday.

The disaster occurred Saturday in Shenmu in Shaanxi province in the heart of the country’s coal-mining belt, according to state TV and the Xinhua News Agency.

Sixty-six other miners were rescued, the city government said in a statement.

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The number of fatalities reported in cave-ins, explosions and other disasters in Chinese coal mines has fallen sharply over the past decade, but the industry still is the world’s deadliest.

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Source: Coal mine collapses in China | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

China’s Chang’e 4 Spacecraft Will Land on Dark Side of the Moon in the Next 60 Hours – NextBigFuture.com

China’s space agency said its control center in Beijing would choose a suitable time to try the landing, but the Smithsonian Institution, the American museums and research centers group, reported that the craft was expected to set down on the Von Kármán crater landing point between January 1 and 3.

The moon lander was launched at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China on December 8 on a Long March 3B rocket and entered lunar orbit four days later.

The far side of the moon faces away from Earth and it remains comparatively unknown. It has a different composition from sites on the near side where previous missions have landed.

China launched a relay satellite, Queqiao, or Magpie Bridge, between Earth and the moon. Operating about 400,000km (250,000 miles) from Earth, Queqiao will pass on signals to the lunar lander and rover of Chang’e 4.

Source: China’s Chang’e 4 Spacecraft Will Land on Dark Side of the Moon in the Next 60 Hours – NextBigFuture.com

China’s Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter – BBC News

China’s state news agency has unveiled a virtual newsreader sporting a sharp suit and a somewhat robotic voice.

Xinhua News claims the presenter “can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor”, though not everyone may agree.

“Hello, you are watching English news programme,” says the English-speaking presenter at the start of his first report.

Sogou, a Chinese search engine, was involved in the system’s development.

“I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted,” says the presenter in an introductory video.

Source: China’s Xinhua agency unveils AI news presenter – BBC News

Trump raises hopes of China trade deal – BBC News

US President Donald Trump has said he thinks the US could strike a trade deal with China, raising hopes that tensions between the two countries may subside.

“I think a deal will be made,” Mr Trump said. “We’ll find out very soon.”

Mr Trump has made similar remarks in the past.

But this time the comments came after China put forward a new list of issues for negotiation ahead of the G20 summit, which the US President described as a “pretty complete list”.

However, he said that several key items were lacking, meaning that the list was still “not acceptable to me yet”.

Source: Trump raises hopes of China trade deal – BBC News