19 Oct
2020

China warns US against ‘McCarthy-style paranoia’

first_imgChina’s top diplomat Thursday warned the United States against “McCarthy-style paranoia” as tensions rise between the two superpowers.Beijing and Washington have been sparring over a slew of issues, from a new national security law in Hong Kong to trade and US criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.”The current US policy toward China is based on strategic misjudgements… and McCarthy-style paranoia,” China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said, referring to US senator Joseph McCarthy, who led an anti-communist crusade in his country in the 1950s. Topics : But Wang said China is still willing to resume dialogue at all levels to resolve differences.”China and the United States should not seek to transform each other, but should jointly explore ways for peaceful coexistence of different systems,” he said. center_img In a pre-recorded speech to a China-US think tank forum, at which former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger also spoke, Wang warned that “artificially creating various China threats may eventually lead to self-fulfilling prophecies.”The comments come weeks after Wang said relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War”, fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic.US President Donald Trump has accused Beijing of a lack of transparency, and pushed the unproven theory that the virus may have leaked from a Chinese maximum-security laboratory.”The United States should immediately stop politicizing the epidemic… and work with China to promote global cooperation on fighting the virus,” Wang said.last_img read more

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26 Sep
2020

Government committed to the agriculture sector

first_imgGovernment has reaffirmed its commitment to the agriculture sector in Dominica.Hon. Matthew Walter (file photo)Agriculture Minister Mathew Walter told Parliament last week that from as far back as 2008, the government has been making significant investment, to cushion the rising cost of imputes to farmers on the island.He said “subsidies for the budget year 2008/09 amounted to $546,354.88, in 2009/10 $469,000.00, 2010/11 $506, 674.50, 2011/12 so far amounts to $194,286.91. Total to date for the past financial years amount to $1,716 316.29. Government pays forty cents of every dollar spent by farmers for fertilizers”.According to Walter, the government is providing support to the farmers brought about by the increased cost of external imputes are having on the farming community.“This is absolutely beyond the control of small states like ours and the government is ensuring that agriculture plays a fundamental role in achieving economic growth for its people,” he said.Walter noted that government has also provided resources for staff and certification in the citrus agriculture.“Citrus orchards have been undergoing complete rehabilitation for a while now. A lot of resources went towards the setting up of the infrastructure for the propagation. This is in direct response to the citrus virus that almost wiped out the industry a couple years ago,” he added.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet LocalNews Government committed to the agriculture sector by: – February 29, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 10 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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