TRUMP UPS THE ANTE

Donald Trump is reportedly set to make good on one of the most consequential threats of his presidency. We expect the US president will announce later today that he’s decided to move forward with a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese products. This is the first true shot fired in a potential trade war that might pit the world’s largest economy against the second largest. China will no doubt react quickly and forcefully to enact trade measures that it has so far held in reserve.


The greatest risk here is not that China will make trouble for Trump’s bid to engage North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. That’s not in China’s interest. Nor is there much greater risk of confrontation in the South China Sea. The real worry is that Trump and China’s Xi Jinping will continue to ramp up pressure on one another because each believes the other is more vulnerable to a trade war and neither wants to lose face by backing down.

This is just the beginning of a story we’ll continue to watch closely.​​


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In an interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, Hong Kong lawmaker Dennis Kwok, an outspoken pro-democracy advocate, expresses his concerns that the current "draconian" laws China's leadership is forcing upon his city has expedited the end of the "one country, two systems" policy established in 1997.

For 30 years, citizens of Hong Kong have gathered in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to honor the peaceful protesters massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date in 1989. It has been the only public Tiananmen commemoration permitted on Chinese soil.

This year, the park was surrounded by barricades to keep people out. The officially stated reason for the shut-down? Crowds spread coronavirus. (In this city of more than 7 million, COVID has so far killed four people.)

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Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, helps us make sense of today's stories in technology:

What kind of technology is law enforcement using in their standoff with protesters?

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Big news, of course, that former Secretary of Defense Mattis comes out with a public statement basically calling Trump's rule, his actions, unconstitutional and unfit for office, more divisive than any president he's ever seen.

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