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'Do They Think This Is 1840?' Chinese Media Criticizes US For Demanding Trade Deficit Reduction

On May 4 the Trump administration demanded that the Chinese government implement measures to cut its $200 trade surplus with the United States, lower import tariffs and reduce advanced technology subsidies.
A US delegation headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrived in Beijing on May 3 to hold trade talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.
Chinese media published a document allegedly submitted by the US delegation to the Chinese side during the negotiations. "At present, the United States-China trade relationship is significantly imbalanced," the paper states. "United States investment and the sale of services into China remain severely constrained. China's industrial policies now targeting U.S. technologies and intellectual property pose significant economic and security concerns to the United States. There is an immediate need for the United States and China to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China by ensuring that China's market is open to United St…

China Demands US Airlines Stop Referring To Taiwan As A Country

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has sent a letter to United Airlines and American Airlines demanding that they stop referring to Taiwan as a country.
China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and consistently pressures foreign governments to endorse its claims.
According to Foreign Policy, Beijing requested that the two American airlines abide by Chinese "separatism" legislation and remove from their global websites all references to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as independent countries.
China allegedly threatened to punish the airlines if they fail to comply with its requests.
A spokesperson for the US State Department told Taiwan's Central News Agency that the American government is opposed to Chinese standards being imposed upon US businesses and consumers, stressing that in the US Chinese websites enjoy full freedom and are not subjected to political interference.
Since Chinese president Xi Jinping took office in 2012, Beijing has become increasingly a…