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China awaits Washington tariff hearing result

Le 16 août 2018, 10:36 dans Humeurs 0


  United States' accusations against China of unfair trade practices related to intellectual property protection and technology transfer are unfounded, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

  The comment was made after a two-day public hearing by the Office of the US Trade Representative was wrapped up in Washington proposing tariffs on another $16 billion worth of Chinese exports.

  In hundreds of comments sent by business associations to the US trade authority office, more than 90 percent opposed the newly proposed tariffs, said Gao Feng, the ministry's spokesman.

  "Since the US conducted a Section 301 investigation, the US has been intensifying trade frictions while blaming China for the negotiations being at a standstill," Gao said.

  Section 301 deals with intellectual property rights issues.

  The two countries have not yet been in touch regarding a possible timetable for a resumption of negotiations, Gao said.

  "China has said many times that it is never eager to take part in a trade war, but it is not afraid to participate if necessary. China will firmly defend its legitimate rights," he said, adding that the country will enhance cooperation with its global trading partners and firmly defend free trade principles and a multilateral trade mechanism.

  The US trade authority also identified an additional $200 billion in goods slated for a 10 percent duty hike after China recently retaliated amid the escalating trade dispute. US President Donald Trump has said he is "ready to go" with tariffs on $500 billion in imports.

  Gao said the US, for domestic political agenda purposes, would rather sabotage the current hard-earned global trade system as well as damage the rights and interests of companies along the entire value chain, including the US agricultural sector.

  "But such blackmailing and threats will not have any impact on China," he stressed.

  Of the tariffs targeting $50 billion in Chinese goods, $34 billion worth took effect on July 6, and the remainder depends on the outcome of the two-day US Trade Representative hearing, which concluded on Wednesday.

  "The proposed action is not in the interests of the United States," the China Chamber of Commerce said. "Raising tariffs will not only hurt US importers, retailers and downstream industries, but also result in a higher cost of living for ordinary Americans and put millions of US jobs that are tied to trade with China at risk."

  Semiconductors are the fourth-largest US export by revenue, with a trade surplus of over $6 billion in 2017, and the US has consistently had a semiconductor trade surplus with China, with a surplus of approximately $2 billion in 2017, according to the US International Trade Commission.

  On the import side, many Chinese-made semiconductors coming into the US are designed and/or manufactured in the US and shipped to China for the final stage of assembly, testing and packaging, the Semiconductor Industry Association said.

  "Tariffs on US semiconductor-related imports from China would cause US companies to pay tariffs on their own products," the association said.

the chocolate chips

Le 22 avril 2016, 11:37 dans Humeurs 0

To say I make these muffins on the reg is an understatement. I almost always have overripe bananas on my counter; and when I don’t, I have a few hidden away in my freezer for dire, I. Need. Muffins. NOW. situations.

banana oat muffins topped with chocolate chips fresh out of the oven!

These guys come together with a few simple ingredients for the perfect breakfast or a healthy mid-afternoon snack! Plus they are only 167 calories each – including the chocolate chips.  So eat two for good measure!

You probably have all of these things already in your kitchen… Mashed bananas. Rolled oats ground to a flour – GF if you’re into that! Baking powder, soda, and cinnamon. Eggs. Greek yogurt. Vanilla. Chocolate chips (duh!).

Start to finish this recipe will only take you 25 minutes. Well then you will probably need to wait 5 more minutes if you don’t want to burn the daylights out of your mouth and actually taste these things. So let’s say 30 minutes to be safe.

And let me tell you, these babes hot out of the oven are deeeeeevine. So wait the extra 5 minutes. Your taste buds will thank you.

punctuated with spring onion

Le 1 décembre 2015, 07:33 dans Humeurs 0

This is a salad I make to go with – or, more specifically, under – pieces of crisp-skinned fish. It combines a range of textures and flavours that complement fish very nicely, and all in tones of green HKUE amec, from the softness of avocado, the slight squidginess of Puy lentils and crunch from pepitos, along with the freshness of dill and punctuated with spring onion.

What ties it all together is lime: you cook the lentils with lime zest and macerate the onion in lime juice (to cut down its burn), which is then recycled into the dressing.

Cook’s tip: If you’re in the mood to add a note of spicy heat, try adding a finely sliced long green chilli or jalapeño pepper, deseeded to taste Discount Code.
Don’t let this salad sit around. While the lentils can be made ahead and left in their saucepan until required, everything needs to be tossed together just before serving to keep it fresh and sprightly.

50g (¼ cup) Puy lentils
1 lime
2 spring onions (green onions)
1 avocado
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons dill, chopped
2 tablespoons pepitas
sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

Put the lentils and 375ml (1½ cups) cold water in a small saucepan. Using a fine grater, add the zest of the lime. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring up to a simmer, letting them cook for 20–25 minutes until the water has been absorbed wismec.

Meanwhile, finely slice the white and pale green parts of the spring onions and place in a small bowl. Add the juice of the lime and set aside to macerate.

Once the lentils are cooked, place them in a roomy bowl. Add the avocado, diced into cubes of about 1cm (slightly less than ½ an inch), the dill and pepitos. Take the onions out of the juice with a slotted spoon and add them to the bowl.

Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the lime juice. Add the olive oil to it, seasoning with salt and pepper, and whisk into a dressing. Pour this over the salad ingredients and toss together gently but thoroughly. Serve immediately.

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