Bloomberg reports that China has invited Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to visit later this year, “according to people familiar with the matter.” The article says that details of the trip are still being planned.
Although neither the U.S. president’s daughter nor her husband have any government work experience at all, the Washington Post points out that they “are no strangers to China,” noting recent evidence of their understanding of the Middle Kingdom: Kushner’s family firm was found to be using its Trump connection to promise green cards to Chinese real estate investors, while Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand has “won approval in recent months from the Chinese government for sought-after trademarks.”
- Cory Bernardi stalls China-Australia extradition treaty for six months / The Guardian
German ambassador to China calls for release of pope-chosen bishop / SCMP
“Ambassador Michael Clauss said in a statement posted on the embassy’s website that Shao Zhumin 邵祝敏 appears to have been forced by authorities to move to unknown locations four times over the past year. Shao, who was recognized as a bishop by the pope but not by Beijing, now appears to be confined to his home. ‘His full freedom of movement should be restored,’ Clauss said in the statement.”
China, Pakistan and the challenges of Silk Road connectivity / SCMP
Pakistan is considering whether to impose tariffs on Chinese steel bars.
- U.S. urges bigger Chinese role to combat global terrorism / Reuters
- China says ready to work with U.S. for positive results at first diplomatic, security dialogue / Xinhua
- China Railway to build Russia link / People’s Daily