Last Thursday, Trump declared at a meeting with farm state senators that he wanted to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement among North American, Latin American and East Asian nations that Trump campaigned against and withdrew from in his first days in office. On Tuesday morning ― just prior to hosting meetings with the leader of one of those nations, Japan ― Trump declared on Twitter that the U.S. wouldn’t be entering the TPP after all. “While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States,” he wrote. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Latest Foreign Policy Chaos Further Diminishes U.S. Standing, Critics Worry
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“The Jewish Democratic Council of America has clearly and repeatedly stated its concerns with the views of Representative Ilhan Omar as it relates to Israel,” the organization told JNS. “We have also expressed strong support for bipartisanship when it comes to Israel, and we are confident that bipartisan support of the U.S.-Israel relationship will continue in the 116th Congress under Democratic leadership.” … [Read more...] about Pro-Israel Groups Alarmed by Appointment of Ilhan Omar to House Foreign Affairs Committee
The State Department operations budget typically includes a range of items, from embassy security to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s salary, said Stephen Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. So it “would be wrong” to conflate department funding with foreign aid funding, Ellis told PolitiFact in an email. … [Read more...] about Fact check: Do Democrats want $54 billion for foreign aid while denying Trump a wall?
The GNLU Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies in collaboration with Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi held its International Conference on “India’s Foreign Relations- Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean: Strengthening the political, Economics, Security, and cultural Prospectus” on the September 12 and 13th. The Conference focused on Assessing the Overall Effectiveness of the “Look East Policy”, Consolidating the Existing and Identifying New Prospects and India’s Role and Responsibility as a major Power in the Indian Ocean and Strengthening the Cooperation between IOR-ARC Members. … [Read more...] about External Affairs Minister inaugurates GNLU Foreign Policy Conference
China has put into effect an updated “negative list” for foreign investment in the country’s pilot free trade zones (“FTZs”). Officially named the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) Foreign Investment Entry Special Administrative Measures (Negative List) (2017 Version), the FTZ negative list is an important document that lists business sectors in which foreign investment is subject to restrictions (including additional government approvals) and outright prohibitions. This update, published by the State Council on June 16 and effective as of July 10, represents a liberalization of the foreign investment environment in China’s FTZs. … [Read more...] about State Council Trims Negative List in Free Trade Zones