Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hillary Clinton in China. Trade, cooperation.

"It is essential that the United States and China have a positive, cooperative relationship," Clinton told a group of reporters.

New defining Sino-U.S. strategic goals: the world economic crisis, regional security and the environment

The United States and China are the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases.
China, the world's top holder of U.S. debt
China-U.S. trade volume rose by 10.5 percent in 2008 to $333.7 billion, Xinhua reported.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President Barack Obama are scheduled to meet at the G20 meeting in London in April.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New strategic missiles treaty. Reduction to 1000 missiles, by 80%.

Sergei Ivanov, the Deputy Prime Minister, said that Russia was ready to sign a new strategic missile treaty with the United States after The Times disclosed that Mr Obama is to seek an 80 per cent reduction in stockpiles.

The landmark Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start) signed by the US and the Soviet Union in 1991 is due to expire in December 09.

It reduced stockpiles held by the two states from 10,000 to 5,000 but there has been little progress in negotiating a successor treaty.