Fri, 26th May 2017

Anirudh Sethi Report


Archives of “Executive Office of the President of the United States” Tag

China “Shocked” By Navarro Appointment, As Trump Team Proposes 10% Import Tariff

As the FT first reported yesetrday, in a dramatic development for Sino-US relations, Trump picked Peter Navarro, a Harvard-trained economist and one-time daytrader, to head the National Trade Council, an organization within the White House to oversee industrial policy and promote manufacturing. Navarro, a hardcore China hawk, is the author of books such as “Death by China” and “Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World” has for years warned that the US is engaged in an economic war with China and should adopt a more aggressive stance, a message that the president-elect sold to voters across the US during his campaign.


In the aftermath of Navarro’s appointment, many were curious to see what China’s reaction would be, and according to the FT, Beijin’s response has been nothing short of “shocked.” To wit:

 The appointment of Peter Navarro, a campaign adviser, to a formal White House post shocked Chinese officials and scholars who had hoped that Mr Trump would tone down his anti-Beijing rhetoric after assuming office.

“Chinese officials had hoped that, as a businessman, Trump would be open to negotiating deals,” said Zhu Ning, a finance professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “But they have been surprised by his decision to appoint such a hawk to a key post.”

Obama Ready to Breach Protocol, Prefers Own Bomb-Proof Limo Over Indian Car

President Barack Obama limousine park at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

A face-off between Indian and US security agencies continues over motorcade arrangements for US President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi, Indian Ministry of Home Affairs sources told Sputnik on Saturday.

 According to the sources, the US Secret Service does not consider Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s state car secure enough in comparison to Obama’s presidential limousine.

The Secret Service proposed that each leader ride separately in their own state vehicles, the source, wishing to remain anonymous due to security reasons, told Sputnik. Another option is to seat Mukherjee in Obama’s motorcade when both dignitaries arrive for the Republic Day function later this month.

However, Indian security officials find the proposal in breach of protocol.