China issues (including Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong):

  • military/border issues
    • China's military budget, which will rise nearly 15 percent in 2006 to $35 billion, creating tension with the United States?, the biggest arms supplier to China's ideological foe, Taiwan
    • China's hostile stance towards Taiwanese nationalists, threatening to invade the island if they declare that it is not part of China
    • China's forcible occupation of Tibet
    • China's slow moves to democracy in Hong Kong
    • Growth of information warfare capacity in China
  • commercial/financial issues
    • revaluing the yuan currency at a higher exchange rate? as Washington wants, preserving US dollar hegemony, versus moving it to a basket of currencies? as the EU wants, with larger implications for monetary reform
    • China's unwillingness to enforce trademark laws or literary copyright? on software? to standards of the US or EU
  • social issues
    • China's human rights record, including suppression of the Falun Gong? and freedom of speech, willingess to jail journalist?s and jail activist?s
    • State execution? of thousands of people per year, more than all other countries in the world combined.

The US made issues of human rights, trademarks and revaluation just before a March 2006 summit(external link) between the nations.

Two U.S. senators pushing for export tariffs unless China revalues the yuan and U.S. Commerce Secretary

China's appetite for raw materials such as grain and minerals that Australia produces made the two increasingly closes trade partners, said David Zweig, director of the Hong Kong-based Center on China's Transnational Relations.

"The Australians are in a pickle," he said.

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