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MSNBC
Jan 19, 2011 3:00pm EST
superpowers and did not shy away from addressing the massive u.s. trade gap with china. take a listen. >> i am very pleased that we've completed dozens of deals that will increase u.s. exports by more than $45 million billion and increase china's investment in the united states. from machinery to software, from aviation to agriculture, these deals will support some $235,000 american jobs. >> let's go to mike viqueira. he even had a little bit of a smile and a laugh and he turned to the president of china, he said we just need you guys to buy more things from the united states. >> reporter: well, the economy was certainly front and center, at least that's the way the administration wanted to have it. this state visit so much pomp, so much ceremony, richard. you see over my right shoulder here, they're preparing an the north portico of the white house for the arrivals of the state dinner. across the street we've had protesters against chinese policy screaming and protesting all day long. meanwhile, south lawn arrival ceremony this morning, part of the state visit ritual, only the third
MSNBC
Jan 15, 2011 9:00am EST
substance which is too bad. we need substance. >> you think it will be more about china's currency and opening up trade and that kind of thing. >> yeah. that's one of the things we want to happen. you heard the secretary of the treasury, i think just yesterday, talking about how important it was for china to devalue its currency to have a level trading playing field. that's not going to happen. china has been resistent to that. it would be nice if we had something like that. we're trying very, very hard to work with china on the economic front, but i think it's not a level playing field. >> okay. this week secretary clinton talked about cooperation with china in the years ahead. from a military standpoint, what's the future of the relationship? what role does north korea play in this? >> you got it in one. i think it will be lucky. we depend on china to try to corral north korea. there's been fighting between north korea and south korea. we have asked china to try to intervene. they're not going to do it. they are worried about squeezing north korea even more because if there were sanc
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2010 10:00am EST
exercises with the south korean military. china now has expressed concern over that action. what is china's take in all this or their stake in all of this and because of their close connection with north korea, how closely should we be taking their advice if they are concerned? >> well, china's interests aren't identical to the u.s. interests in this case. although china wants stability, china likes having north korea as a buffer state. north korea is a little bit of a problem, north korea is not going to use nuclear weapons against china. north korea is dependent on china for its land access and for its support and, so, china has influence, but china doesn't want north korea's collapse. they certainly don't want a u.s. invasion or u.s. south korean invasion of north korea. they don't want the united states directly on their border and they don't want our aircraft carriers near their home waters. our are interests ara s ars ara identical. they like keeping them as a buffer state between the west and china. >> retired general wesley clark, thank you for being here. happy thanksgiving
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2010 8:00am EST
enraging the north and concerning china, the country's most important ally. mike is live at the white house for us. good saturday morning to you, mike. >> good morning, alex. >> fill us in on the situation there. >> the situation remains tense from all indications. you mentioned those south korean marines, two of whom were killed in that attack. now a vowing revenge are many people within south korea criticizing the government for mott acting forcefully enough. it's cost the defense minister there his job. north korea, meanwhile, recently in the last few hours has accused the south of using human shields on that island. there were four people killed, cloug two marines and two civilians. meanwhile, the uss george washington with four other ships in tow steems towards waters in the yellow sea, something that both nations feel is something of a provocation, china answery about that as the united states puts diplomatic pressure on china to talk to north korea to head off this standoff. meanwhile, north korea saying no one can predict what the consequences may be of those exercises, alex.
MSNBC
Nov 28, 2010 11:00am EST
or any others come too close to its territory, it will attack them mercilessly. china says it's time for diplomats to come together to diffuse the situation and is proposing a meeting in december between all six countries that took part in the stalled nuclear talks. >>> let's go to adrienne monk live in beijing. the latest, of course is response from china, a statement by china, as well as the focus on how important china is to the progress going forward. >> reporter: yes, good morning, richard. a flurry of diplomatic activity today as there has been the last few days here in beijing. it was confirmed that state counselor was overnight in seoul, meeting president bak and this afternoon a last-minute press briefing, very unusual on a sunday afternoon here in bay jip beijing to announce china's proposing an emergency session of delegation heads to meet early in december. this is not a resumption of the official six-party talks designed to end north korea's nuclear weapons and the parties involved in the talks of course are china, u.s., both koreas, russia, japan. now, seoul and tokyo h
MSNBC
Jan 22, 2011 9:00am EST
. gain in that summit with china? >>> plus, why you will be paying less for some prices of things this year. >>> and get out, we'll check out the best hotels in the world for you. >>> i'm alex witt. it's 9:00 a.m. on the east coast. 6:00 a.m. on the west. let's get to what's happening outside. it's the coldest part of the season and it's sending temperatures plummeting. austin, minnesota, negative 22 degrees right there. illinois has opened 120 warming centers in response to the chilly temperatures. the icy blast is settling across the northeast, as well. it's going to linger for days. and jeff rossen is live in new york central park and is still there for us. how cold is it by you? >> buttering up will get you everywhere. 15 degrees at last check. windchill is 4 and even though the sun is out, it's not making much of a difference. and if you think this is bad here in the northeast -- and by the way, it is the coldest air of the season so far -- it's even worse in the midwest where temperatures are way below zero today. with all these snowstorms, it's easy. we flash video like this and
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2010 10:00am EST
worries this morning that our debt to china could become a national security threat to the united states. beijing is america's number one banker holding more than $790 billion of u.s. debt. chinese military officials, though, are reportedly now asking the chinese government to sell some of those u.s. bonds in retaliation for u.s. plans to sell more than $6 billion worth of arms to taiwan. steven moore is the senior economics writer for "the wall street journal" editorial board and author of the new book "return to prosperity." steven, what do you make? is this just a sort of rattling the sabres in china, or do you think there's a serious threat of them trying to sell u.s. bonds? >> well, david, you know, when china owned so much of our bonds, that if it tries to do a selloff of our bonds, they're hurt as much as we are because it alters the price and they get less. we're interlocked together economically because they own so much of our debt. this, by the way, isn't the first time that our huge debt to china has interfered with foreign policy considerations. you remember last year
MSNBC
Jan 16, 2011 9:00am EST
prepares for an important state visit from china's leader as congress takes up its repeal of the health care law. right now 40% of voters support the health care law. 41% oppose it. strong opposition to the law is at 30%, close to the lowest level in more than a year. nbc's mike viqueira is live. what can we expect? >> reporter: it's called a state visit. it's the third one. it involves survival ceremonies on the south line, fife and drum core, things of that nature. there are very serious issues that are going to be on the table when president hu jintao will arrive on tuesday. it will start with a private dinner and two of his closest advisers, hillary clinton, secretary of state and the national security adviser, tom don't. and then wednesday the conference will begin. there's l be a conference and a state dinner. the united states has a lot of beefs with china, on the economic side. they want china to make their currency stroenger. there is a longing trade deficit with that country. we're doubling our exports there. the united states over the course of the next five years and
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2010 10:00am EST
movement's key cheerleaders. >>> two american-born giant pandas are being shipped out back to china. it's happening live this hour. we're keeping our eye on it. >>> i bowled a 129. >> that's very good, mr. president. >> special olympics or something. >> president obama took heat for that comment last year. there's more this morning on a similar controversy surrounding the president's chief of staff. fancy feast created a way to celebrate any moment. fancy feast appetizers. [dinner bell chimes] simple high quality ingredients like wild alaskan salmon, white meat chicken, or sea bass and shrimp in a delicate broth, prepared without by-products or fillers. fancy feast appetizers. celebrate the moment that's what's gonna happen here. ♪ because you're tasty with toasty whole grain. [ crunch ] wheat thins. toasted. whole grain. crunch. the crunch is calling. announcer: you could buy 300 bottles of water. or just one brita filter. ( drop plinks ) brita-- better for the environment and your wallet. >>> in haiti, the fate of ten americans arrested while trying to transport a busload of chi
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2011 11:00am EDT
china syndrome" was released days before the accident, show thing a hollywood version of a nuclear meltdown and set the tone for the real world emergency playing out in pennsylvania. >> the biggest concern, can i get back? >> a presidential commission ordered sweeping changes at three mile island and the government agency that oversees it. today, 32 years later, officials here say it is safe. >> we want people to know we have redundant and numerous safety systems at three mile island. >> we're in your backyard now. >> right. >> you're in the shadow of this nuclear power plant. >> correct.ç >> make you nervous? >> no. no. i can't say it does. we had -- we have family and friends that all worked on the island and it was part of our lives. >> in fact, at the local cafe, we found many of the same people who experienced the accident as kids still live here as adults. >> we don't think about it day to day. but now that this is in the news, it makes you wonder what really did happen then and what could happen in the future. >> you think about this? >> yes, we have iodine pills in our ho
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2010 7:00am EST
to work, and then there are people debating what should be the role of russia, of china. and there is absolutely no consensus on that. >> is there a consensus this is a test of the white house and it's diplomatic skills? >> there's that theory, but you have the ambiguity of kim jong-il, you listen to some of the folks. some theories based on his being a rational actor. some theorys are based on him being irrational. some of them he'll get nuclear weapon biz hook or crook, and if he wants to get them to iran, he will, and no amount of racition pleading or pressure will work. and you have the ambiguity of china, upset about the training exercises in the south china sea, and i think it's -- is caught really very much between its desire to help north korea and the fact that it's not stupid. it realizes the provocation that just took place. >> sure. what about domestic issues? will this distract the president from that display on that level? >> sure, we'll take time off from that, but so does getting 12 stitches from playing basketball. i think he can compartmentalize well. and when the
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2010 12:00pm EST
affirm our commitment to defend south korea. >> while maintaining relations with china, north korea's only friend in the reasonable yun. >> the "uss george washington" is heading to the area for exercises previously planned. china is urging restraint. >> it is time for china to tell the north korean to stop this dangerous, provocative and risky behavior. >> with his country on the brink of war, where was kim jong-il? >> north korea released these pictures of the eccentric leader and his air apparent touring a soy factory. >> jim miklaszewski is our chief correspondent. south korea says they will act sternly against any more acts of provocation. what is the appropriate response against the last two acts of provocation. >> any kind of direct military response against north korea could be pulled off. the big concern is, what would happen after that. it becomes very problematic. north korea has its forces positioned on the dmz in a way that it would become very problematic and difficult to launch any kind of sustained or large military attack against north korea. they are already
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2010 11:00am EST
the u.s. are going to say good-bye for good and going home to china. at 12:05 p.m. departure from dulles airport outside of washington, dnc.c. these are live pictures of the fedex airplane that tai shan and mei lan, they're actually on. we saw video in the last hour of them in their crates. and they're actually on the aircraft we are looking at. tracee wilkins is with nbc station wrc. and she's live at the national zoo. and tracee, you know, not to minimize this at all, tai shan was very popular to the people, to visitors of washington, d.c. and i read one person's quote saying that it was like tearing her apart, ripping the heart out because of the popularity of tai shan. >> reporter: you would be amazed at how people felt about this panda. for folks who live here in the washington area, they have seen the people who came here every day to visit tai shan shortly after his birth. the folks who watched him online. and would just come and hang out every day. i have seen people cry over this panda leaving. and i remember talking with one woman a few months ago after they made the ann
MSNBC
Nov 28, 2010 9:00am EST
while north korea remains poised to strike there. will china's renewed overtures diffused tensions? >>> the waiting and worrying and warning. the u.s. braces for another wikileaks release, but what damage could it cause? >>> holiday dollar signs. are folks across the country buying into greater spending? >>> should it be a national selection or fake one. the great debate. what kind of tree should you choose if you want to go green in morning? we'll break that down. >>> welcome to msnbc sunday. it's 9:00 in the east, 6:00 out west, and here's what's happening at the moment. first off, the u.s. and south korea are standing side by side in the face of new aggression by the north. right now, war games just hours in at the moment are under way in the yellow sea. a u.s. aircraft carrier and a south korean destroyer are both part of today's military exercises. north korea says if these vessels or any others come too close to its territory, it will attack them mercilessly, and china is saying it's time for diplomats to come together to diffuse that situation. nbc's adrian mong is live in b
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2011 11:00am EST
morning. really? >> yes. highest since the civil war. really, we're seeing a huge demand in china and you know, a lack of cotton, people have been able to put in clothing like t-shirts and jeans especially and lower priced dress shirts. >> we're talking everything from wrangler jeans, brooks brothers, steve madden was supposed to raise prices. >> it is. what's interesting is how the manufacturer is going to pass on that increase. a lot of the times, they're working with their clients i.e., walmart, j.c. penny's, macy's. what are they're going to do is eat that cost so the price doesn't get passed on. that price is going to get passed on to the consumer. >> steve madden, you're looking at cotton. what relevance does that have? just an overall retail hiking the prices up? >> you have synthetic material also going up. a 40% increase in synthetic material. nylon, plastics. >> does this also mean things like the embellishments? the rhinestones or fansy stitching? or those going to have to be done to keep costs down? >> that is a labor cost. another cost we're talking about and so yes, havi
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2010 9:00am EST
to send a message to china that the united states will increase its presence in the east asia unless china does more to try reign in north korea. >> we're looking at images of the u.s.s. george washington moving into the area. doctor, explain why this is so pivotal? >> the united states has pushed china for a more active role, but it's important not to overstate china's role in this case. the north koreas are independent. they want stability on their northeastern flank and are at a real strategic disadvantage. it's a very difficult strategic reality for all of the partners and players in the area. china's very concerned to see a u.s. carrier in its yellow sea and the west sea off korea, so they are watching closely and urging negotiation, but the white house is calling on china to do more to pressure and create the leverage where it can. >> dor tok, i want to thank you for joining us and richard, wish you both happy thanksgiving and thanks for joining me. >>> take plenty of time to relax after all of the turkey you're going to have because the black friday shopping marathon, just aro
MSNBC
Dec 19, 2009 9:00am EST
believe china, india and brazil, their delegates meeting together and president obama, i've read reports that say he burst in, was not supposed to be there. came in and said basically it's too late an hour to negotiate in secret. we need to reach a deal altogether and the accounts i've seen say he stayed in that room and together they worked out this agreement. so as weak as this agreement is, it seems like it was his intervention and that kind of late-night diplomacy that produced some kind of agreement at all. >> the united states and china really had a back and forth. talk a little about that and what does that say about china/u.s. relations at this point? >> well, the u.s. and china as everybody probably knows, the world's two biggest emitters and neither bound by the kyoto protocol of 1997. it's a result that didn't work nearly as well as it could have. very important whatever happens, u.s. and china both be be on board for this agreement. all week, though, there was a disagreement, all two weeks, disagreed between the u.s. and chinese primarily over the issue, if china comm
MSNBC
Sep 23, 2010 2:00pm EDT
between the u.s. and china absolutely critical. >>> and in about an hour iran's president mahmoud ahmadinejad will address the assembly. let's bring in chief ali aruozi. i want to show you what the president had to say in his remarks earlier regarding iran's nuclear program. >> the united states and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with iran, and the door remains open to diplomacy should iran choose to walk through it. but the iranian government must demonstrate a clear and credible commitment and confirm to the world the peaceful intent of the nuclear program. >> so, ali, there was a headline that said will ahmadinejad be the fire to obama's ice? the obvious differences in their personality. what might he say in response to what we heard from the president earlier zm. >> he certainly toned down his rhetoric on this visit. iran is under intense pressure right now over the nuclear program, human rights issues. we'll see which way ahmadinejad is going to play this. if he'll have the usual attack on israel, always putting him under more pressure under
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2009 7:00am EST
continuing to go overseas to china, to india. also the internet has really changed the way any number of industries are doing business today from retailers to the banking sector to the media industry. so, we have some significant challenges, and of course, a lot of those boom years for any number of industries, housing and autos being the most obvious ones, they're over. it's not like we're creating jobs. we've lost 7 million jobs since the recession actually started and a lot of those jobs aren't coming back. >> okay. now i don't want to throw, you know, cold water on all this. however the unemployment rate drops 0.2%. that is really good news. fewer people lost their jobs than analysts expected. but it is seriously that significant? >> i don't think it is that significant. i mean, it's obviously a huge problem, the jobs situation, which is why you have the obama administration struggling for answers, trying to come up with new ways to get those jobs created. all sorts of ideas have been bounced around from another stimulus to tax credits. you don't want to continue spending money, a
MSNBC
Aug 6, 2011 6:00am PDT
like china, japan, britain, might sell treasuries as well. the dollar would crumble. stocks would crash. gold would go through the roof. that is what most people fear because of all the gown grades and the intractability of the problems they have on the debt side. the flip side is will the market look through this right away and instead of having interest rates go up, will they plunge because no matter what happens, if the u.s. accelerates its cost cutting and deficit reduction, will weaken the economy and lead to a recession, in which case we have lower interest rates, lower stock prices, maybe a weaker drar dollar and higher gold. the real question is which way do interest ritz go on monday. i think we know about the other asset classes. they could move mow teshlly very sharply. do you know what that could happen? >> there is a long history of this lasting long periods of time, whether it's japan, latten america, or other countries that have been downgraded. now, whether or not congress with its new november 23rd deadline to finish the rest of its deficit cutting plan goes from
MSNBC
Apr 19, 2011 11:00am EDT
fact is that this company needs somebody that can do a great job. when you see what china is doing to us, where we're going to lose this year $300 billion to china and th're taking all of our jobs and they're doing it through manipulation of their currency. >> what are you going to do -- it is a sovereign nation. you can't tell china not to manipulate its currency. >> if you have the right messenger, they won't do it for long. >> they don't have the cards, we have the cards. it's a very small number relative to the world, okay? my policy is very, very simple. i would tell china, very nicely, fellas, you're my friend, i like you very much, i've made a lot of money with china, by the way. a lot of money with china. i would say, we are going to put a 25% tax on all your products coming in and that's going to do a number of things. number one, as soon as they believe it's going to happen, they will behave so nicely, because it would destroy their company. >> how much of your own money -- >> a lot. i have a lot of cash, so i can do it. and by the way, i know many people at the white house,
MSNBC
Sep 28, 2009 11:00am EDT
, china, russia, united states, great britain and france and germany, basically without a good hand to deal with because they were caught trying to build this secret facility. and so at this point it looks like they are trying to send a message of defiance a little bit, but, if anything, it may only push -- make the u.s.' goal of trying to get iran to -- to capitulate a lit bit more at the table or have that threat of sanctions be real it may make the u.s.' case to china little bit easier if they keep seeing iran do thed like this. >> over the weekend, we heard so much about the incredible leverage this gives the united states and others. i want to ask but israel. the second missiles that were launched were capable of reaching iran and u.s. military interests there. what has been the response from israel as we move close to october 1st and these talks? >> well, look. behind the scenes, you know, israelis a little bit of it i told you so. you know, they have been publicly very -- very worried about this threat from iran for years. this is not months. this is for years and have always wa
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2011 9:00am PDT
do view china as a potential military united states, and they have indicated that they are trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have, so, yes, we have to consider them a military threat. >> herman cain taking hits for his lack of foreign policy prowess fighting back by questioning the president. >> and the guy we have there now does have foreign policy experience? >> i think at this point what herman needs to do is to step off the media stage. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. >> cain is doing well numbers-wise. one poll shows him and mitt romney in a statistical tie for first place in florida, and a national poll shows cain leading romney, 33% to 23%. >> the most extraordinary thing is that he is at the top of the field. there's a certain basic foreign policy credentials that you've got to have if you're going to be president. >> sarah palin would have been massacred by the national media, and i just don't know why herman cain is getting a free walk, not only by the national media, but by republicans. >> let's bring in paul s
MSNBC
Feb 3, 2010 10:00am EST
question, related, is when china got into the world trade organization, 15 of us in this body opposed, there were bilateral treaties. and china has not lived up to its obligations to have its markets open to us but take our markets and take our jobs. would you support an effort to revise, perhaps even revoke those bilateral treaty which gives china such an unfair trade advantage? thank you. >> arlen, i would not be in favor of revoking the trade relationships that we've established with china. i have shown myself during the course of this year more than willing to enforce our trade agreements in a much more serious way. and at times i've been criticized for it. there was a case involving foreign tires that were being sent and i said this was an example of where we've got to put our foot down and show that we're serious about enforcement. and it caused the usual if fuss at the international level but it was the right thing to do. having said that, i also believe that our future is going to be tied up with our ability to sell products all around the world, and china is going to be one o
MSNBC
Apr 12, 2010 10:00am EDT
obama will also hold separate bilateral talks with several leaders including the president of china and king of jordan. former defense secretary william cohen is chairman and crow of the group. when we look at the summit, here is the president discussing the urgency of the terrorist threat, what does he hope to accomplish by focusing on the terrorist threat as opposed to pakistan and india's nuclear weapons. >> i think there is general agreement on those attending the summit that this does -- the threat of terrorist groups getting access of nuclear materials is the gravest against us. he's taken an issue that virtually everyone can agree on. to get an agreement on how to have measurable accounting done to make sure we do something rather than just talk about it. i think the issue of pakistan and india is a separate issue that apparently both countries are determined to perhaps enrich more nuclear fuel to build more bombs. that's something we have to address, the world has to address. but what the president wants to do is focus on the single issue because it's the gravest threat that
MSNBC
Nov 5, 2010 3:00pm EDT
ties, thomas with additional countries in asia. typically the u.s. really relied on china. as you well know there's a big concern of china's currency and the fact that it's artificially kept low. in part what he's trying to do is really emphasize some of the additional ties with other countries, like india. there's big contracts with american companies that are going to be doing work over there. so that's an important, strong tie for the u.s. to have it. and you're trying to throw it in china's face because china keeps the currency so low. it makes it more difficult for us to have some trade relationships with china. we keep buying their goods because they're so cheap. but it doesn't kwik work the other way. >> trish, great to see you. thank you. >> thank you. >> we'll have more on the trip shortly. first gearing up for the incoming freshmen class of congress. some new members will have a very special distinction. they've all served in the wars of iraq or afghanistan. in all six vets will be taking office. they will represent illinois, florida, ohio, new york and arkansas. adam is a ca
MSNBC
Sep 24, 2009 4:00pm EDT
took the time while she was there in china to learn anything about china? >> they were kept very kind of tight grip of her schedule. we're not quite sure what else she did while she was out there. interesting thing about this speech, though, looking at those foreign policy sections that were talked about, what we do know that she did on the way over, talking with randy schuenemann a lot, of course, john mccain's foreign policy adviser. very heavy schuenemann influence through the speech. that was an interesting note of all of this. >> absolutely. there's already been reaction to sarah palin's remarks in hong kong, specifically on china. i just got this in the last couple of hours ain my e-mail bx from the house foreign committee chairman and he said this -- in remarks before business leaders in hong kong, former governor palin urged china to rise responsibly. as she continues on the lecture circuit, ms. palin should take her own advise, leaving aside the propriety of criticizing the president while on her first trip to asia, the assertion that the united states is ignoring areas of di
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 3:00pm EST
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MSNBC
Nov 24, 2010 3:00pm EST
continue to isolate them. i think it's going to call into question china's decision-making at this point. china is considered to be their -- you know, great chess players. master chess players. long-term strategists. and they have to decide whether it's in their long-term interest to have a relationship of this kind with the north koreans at a time when the -- the world, i think, is -- sees them for what they are, and that is a stalinist regime that doesn't concern itself with its citizens but it only interested in producing more and more military weapons including nuclear weapons. i think china is going to have to make a choice here at some point. n they have resisted taking strong action against north korea. i think they have to make a decision as to where their interests lie. i don't think it lies with the north korean regime. >> i want to ask you one more serious question about china. i was amused by the message that north korea sent out. here's here, we're weird, get used to it. but it's hard to keep up with them. but china should be more reliable. i mean, they're not necessar
MSNBC
Jul 30, 2011 6:00am PDT
rippling across the globe now, but nowhere are they as intense as in china. the chinese government holds $1.6 trillion in u.s. treasuries. the concern is growing that those investments may not be safe as they once were, and that the country may be forced to slow down its buying if the u.s. loses its triple-a credit rating. the reaction has not been positive to the wrangling in washington over the debt limit. here in new york the stock market was down friday because of uncertainty over what will happen. the dow dropped 97 points and the government starts running out of money on tuesday. >>> earlier i spoke with annie lowery, economic and business reporter for slate to see how the markets are, indeed, reacting. >> they are not freaking out, but they are not happy either. if you look at what happened in the stock market, it was the worst week for the stock market in a year. they're not pleadsed, but they are not panicking either. i think that the stock market beliefs that there is going to be a resolution to this, and we'll see that before the august 2nd or august 10th deadline. whene
MSNBC
Jan 18, 2011 3:00pm EST
is hosting china's president today for critical talks on trade, china's currency and more, so critical because china is the biggest buy or of u.s. treasury securities. let's get right to it with richard wolffe who joins us outside the white house. what's on the schedule today for president obama as well as the president of china, hu jintao? >> reporter: thomas, an unusual start which signifies how important this relationship is. it's a private, intimate dinner between the president and just a couple of aides on his side, secretary clinton, secretary of state, and tom done land with a small number on the chinese side with chinese president and a couple of other of his senior staff in the old family dining room in the white house. that gives you a sense of how they're trying to get some relationship going between these two leaders. the chinese president is not known as a colorful character or a strong leader within the chinese system. but it does tell you the sensitivity here obviously for economic reasons but also within the national security agenda they have. >> let's talk mor
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Dec 5, 2009 9:00am EST
troubles for the white house party crashers. >>> and panda parting is such sweet sorrow, why is china demanding the return of a lovable 4-year-old? >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt, we have all that to bring you this morning along with the historic early arrival of old man winter. >>> new video into our newsroom just a short time ago, amanda knox's family arriving at the prison in perugia where the young woman has been behind bars for two years and now amanda knox looking at spending 26 years in jail. and nbc's keith miller has more from perugia, let's take a listen. >> she cried, no, no, when the verdict was announcement. family members broke down in tears, the year-long trial focused on the prosecution's theory that knox and her former boyfriend killed meredith kercher, an exchange student from england in a drug fueled sex game gone wrong. knox maintains she's innocent. her lawyers said they would appeal. the drama inside the courtroom spilled on to the streets. knox's father appeared to be in shock. that quickly turned into anger. you visibly stiffened up and just sort of
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Dec 17, 2009 4:00pm EST
arrested. progress now being reported at the summit with u.s. and china. taking steps toward a broad agreement. that progress follows the arrival in copenhagen of secretary of state hillary clinton. >>> tamron, in the bigger picture, can president obama become a dealmaker. joining us by phone from copenhagen is david corn. david, some great reporting this week. you've been talking about the tensions between the chinese and the united states. how much of those have thawed? >> reporter: well, they seem to have thawed a little bit. i have to say, i've been here two weeks, and i realize the climate negotiations are like a game of three-dimensional chess. we focused on the u.s./china clash this week. there was a little built of progress in that. but there are 25 other contentious issues. if you get the u.s./china thing under control, it clears away to deal with other matters, but there's only a day left. and, you know, one big issue here is there are 193 countries here. over 100 want to limit the average temperature rise around the globe to 1.5 degrees celsius. china, the u.s. and other b
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Aug 24, 2010 11:00am EDT
there 17 days already. i think the record is 25 days for a group of miners in china last year. they stayed alive with some of the storage they brought down with them when they went down on august 5th. they had powdered milk and tuna and they found ground water. so, they've been having enough water and enough ventilation so they could breathe but now the hard part really begins now. they're all alive and sent up a note saying they're all well and in addition to the medical doctors that are there on the scene, also teams of psychiatrists now present to try to thauk these guys through which will almost be periods of incredible stress unlike they have ever experienced before. >> and, mike, they've got, i know all of us are talking about the fact that this is a miracle they were found alive and that they can depend on the hope that's there that they will be rescued, but we're talking about until christmastime. describe the type of room that they're in and the close conditions that these 33 men are going to have to live in. >> it's not a formal room. it is described as a small apartment.
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Apr 30, 2010 12:00pm EDT
horrific attack on youn kids in china. this time, a farmer attacked kindergarten students with a hammer and then tried to light two of the kids on fire. we have the latest from beijing. >> reporter: in today's attack, again, it was early in the morning when a farmer on a motorcycle broke into a school in eastern china. he struck five children in a kindergarten class with a hammer, before grabbing two others, pouring gasoline on himself and trying to set them on fire. teachers were tibl save those two children. this was a third attack in a school to take place in china in three days. on thursday, a 47-year-old, unidentified man walked into a primary school in central china and stabbed 31 people. most of them 4-year-olds. the motives for these assaults is not clear, but experts here are warning that copy cat attacks could continue to follow. local officials across cities in china are looking into ways to step up security at schools. back to you. >> thank you. >>> people are started to spend their hard-earned cash and that's translating into growth in the economy. but is it out of t
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Jun 24, 2010 2:00pm EDT
china, you have already welcomed the decision on the war. how will this influence your judgment on whether china is the consummate manipulator and when will you report to congress on this matter? >> i think that china made progress by making its announcement that its going to be returning to its phased in market based approach to the rnb. the initial signs were positive, but it's too early to tell whether the appreciation that will track the market is sufficient to allow for the rebalancing that we think is appropriate. i'm going to leave it up to secretary tim geithner to make a determination as to the pace. he's the expert which it comes to examining the currency market. i will say that we did not expect a complete 20% appreciation overnight, for example. simply because that would be extremely disruptive to world currency markets and to the chinese economy and ultimately, not surprisingly, china's got to make these decisions based on its sovereignty and it's economic platform. but we have said consistently that we believe that the rnb is under valued, that that provides china wit
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Jan 16, 2011 8:00am EST
global recovery and just the future in general run through china. we're talking about things like global manufacturing. that's a relationship -- that's something that depending on the relationship of u.s. and china, imports and exports of both countries. certainly on a different note, the future of north korea, china and china's leaders are really the only ones who can shed light on what's happening in the country and what the future looks look there. the president and president hu have met about seven times before, but most of the tension will be on those three issues in trying to sort out the future of all of them. >> absolutely. each one very, very important. we move to senator john mccain who praised president obama's speech in tucson. one columnist is suggesting that this could thaw the relationship between the two men. do you think that's realistic? >> what's realistic is there's probably not that much daylight between them. but, yes, this is the most complimentary language we've heard from senator mccain about president obama ever. the way it will help their relationship pu
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Sep 12, 2009 11:00am EDT
china. the united steelworkers union says thousands of american jobs have been lost because of the imported tires. china's calling the new u.s. measure protectionist. >>> representative joe wilson's outburst during president obama's speech has gotten the cash flowing in south carolina's 2010 election. since shouting "you lie" during president obama's health care address on wednesday, he's raised more than $700,000 for his re-election campaign. but if you think that's impressive, wilson's opponent may be the one benefiting more from the outburst, as democrat rob miller's raised more than $1 million, again, just since wednesday. >>> the health care debate continues tomorrow on "meet the press." dick durbin and john corn yirn, howa john cornyn, howard dean and newt gingrich will be guests. so check your local listings. >>> a major development in the fight against swine flu. a study shows that the vaccine appears to work in just one injecti injection. they call the results very important. >> the data and information we released yesterday in washington, d.c., indicates some really good
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Nov 19, 2009 3:00pm EST
the job done. that is the promise i make to you. >> despite a lack of progress in china and mixed reception in japan, the white house is trying to put a positive spin on the trip. presidential adviser, david axelrod said "we didn't come halfway across the world for ticker tape parades. we came here toly a foundation for progress. we've done that. this is not an immediate gratification business." that is the topic for today's making their case, was the president's trip to asia a success? >> here to make their case, liberal blogger jane hampshire, founder of fire dog lake.com and conservative blogger, john mccormick, deputy editor for weekly standard. john, i'm not sure anybody really expected or should have expected that president obama would suddenly reach a trade deal with south korea or some sort of agreement with china with iran just based on this trip, shouldn't they? >> i think the white house did their best to lower expectation bus clear they came away with nothing for this trip. >> nothing? >> no nothing. came away with no agreement on sanctions for iran, came away with not
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Jan 28, 2011 3:00pm EST
china, we have a whole host of bilateral issues that we deal with countries on, as we did in the recent trip, there were economic, security and basic human rights issues that we discussed when the president meets with his counterparts. our belief is, it is important to have those conversations very directly with those leaders. if you walk away from the table of engagement, you can't deliver that message in a face-to-face manner, and the president believes obviously that is tremendously important. >> you talked about urging restraint. has that message been communicated from the united states directly to the egyptian military, to refrain from violence, or is it just from the podium? >> it has been communicated the not just from this podium, not just remarks from the secretary of state but lefr levels within pentagon to the egyptian military, from the state department, from the words and conversations that have been had by ambassador scobee. all levels, and also the words most importantly of the president yesterday. >> one last question. do you believe that the time has passed for mubarak
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Sep 27, 2009 9:00am EDT
previously-scheduled meeting. the united states, great britain, france, china and russia and germany on the other side of the table wanting to see concrete results, they're going the see the words, these promises are iran and iran has promised to allow international inspectors on site. they're going to want to see the promises met with actions, contessa. >> okay. so we go in to these talks on thursday. how high level are they going to be? and really, mike, is there much optimism now after we find out about a secret nuclear facility which iran says was not secret? these test firing of missiles. i mean, really, is anybody going in optimism to come out and iran's going to cooperate? >> well, ironically enough, there is optimism on the part of the west. simply because they believe that iran is now on the defensive. they have been caught red handed and russia and china seemingly on board with getting tough with iran. iran has no excuse. of course ahmadinejad did come forth in the moments after, at least the hours after the revelation saying, look, we're following the iaea conventions, following
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Sep 26, 2009 8:00am EDT
iran on its nuclear program. and with initial signals that russia and perhaps china will back tougher sanctions this time, the president now says the ball is in iran's court. >> i've always said that we do not rule out any options when it comes to u.s. security interests. but i will also reemphasize that my preferred course of action is to resolve this in a diplomatic fashion. it's up to the iranians to respond. >> reporter: alex the president also said at that press conference in pittsburgh, this serves as a vindication of the policy of diplomacy when it comes to iran citing unlevel unity among allies temporarily in facing down iran and the new threat this presents. >> mike, thank you very much. >> certainly. >> former president clinton is weighing in on the controversy with iran. he's supposed to meet press moderator david gregory. >> i always think it's a good idea, if possible, to look somebody in the eye and have a chance to have a conversation before there's a total breach. i think this is actually healthy this has broken. the iranians must have known the americans knew. somehow
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May 3, 2010 3:00pm EDT
, he was immediately detained for months and was set for deportation back to china, a country he hadn't been in since he was 5 years old. so i, in the interest of justice, pardoned him. over the past couple of months since then, i've noticed there were a lot of cases like this. people who have had either kind of minor infractions or a long convictions long ago who are immediately sent for deportation, which we think really does not conform to the way we run things in this country. so i'm setting up a panel to probable by pardon them and in perhaps in reform the federal government might address that. >> we appreciate you spending time with us today. thank you very much. >> thank you, peter. >>> a federal judge has ordered nine members of a michigan militia to be allowed out on bail while they await trial on charges of trying to plot war against the government. u.s. district judge victoria roberts says all nine can be released but they have to wear electronic monitoring devices they are members of the hutaree militia and the government claims they tried or planned to kill police of
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Mar 19, 2011 9:00am EDT
strengthen economic ties. china has much more of a foothold here. you've heard of what's called the bric nations, the b-r-i-c, brazil, russia, india and china. rising economic powers that are challenging the united states and its influence on the economy. so that's the main reason for this trip. there are a lot of speculation that would give it everything that's is going on in japan, in the middle east and north africa that maybe the president would cancel this trip, but the fact of the matter is, the united states' ins influence in south america, waning as it is, cancelling it would have been seen as a slap in the face by someone we freed as an economic ally. >> coming up from behind with regard to the trade negotiations established isn't brazil and china, for example. even beyond ya, moving to a call you'll question, michelle obama's role on this trip is what? >> reporter: well, somewhat of a goodwill ambassador. the whole family is here, including the first grandmother. she's traveling on this trip. and then the trirn's godmother, known at mama k is also on the trip. but michelle
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Jul 27, 2009 2:00pm EDT
. >>> president obama says the u.s.-china relationship will mold the 21st century. two days after talks are underway on issues like the economy and climate change and nuclear weapons. this morning, hillary clinton praised china for pressuring north korea to abandon its nuclear program. tim geithner and china's top economic policymaker said the economy is showing signs of recovery. >>> doctors are ordering nicolas sarkozy to get some rest. he was jogging over the weekend and collapsed. after a stay in the hospital, doctors said he could go home. they blame the episode on overwork and 84-degree paris heat. >>> and the space station mission involves placing a camera on the porch of a japanese lab installed next week. "endeavour" is scheduled to undock from the international space station tomorrow. >>> the government's new cash for clungers program is now on the road which allows some people to get cash for turning in their gas guzzlers. not everyone qualifies. we'll have your answers for the secretary of transportation. >>> plus, if you think the leader of the taliban is bad, meet his numb
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Jul 7, 2010 3:00pm EDT
. companies. we've already been able to reopen pork and chicken in china and in russia to u.s. growers. that's worth almost $1 billion of sales right there. and, in fact, we're going to be promoting on behalf of u.s. company, large and small. we've already had tremendous success in just the last few months of this year alone. we're really looking to meet with business leaders how we're able to be more helpful to them to sell to the 95% of the world consume thrashers live outside of the border of the united states. >> the president is naming corporate leaders to an advisory counskoucouncil council. they include ford, walt disney, metlife, verizon. on the surface it sounds smart to get together a lot of people who know a lot about this. on the other hand, a lot of americans sit back and they say you know what, it's more people sitting around a table talking. why weren't we doing this a year ago? why weren't we taking action long before this till it got to the point where unemployment was over 9%? is really the best way to solve this to get a bunch of people around a table again?
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Apr 16, 2010 3:00pm EDT
earthquake hit china. >>> also, remember this? >> and at 2:30 catch me, and are you smarter than a half-term governor? i think you'll be surprised by the answer. i know i was. >> taking a looks back at memorable sounds ever the week, next on msnbc. everything is better with swanson broth in it. made with garden vegetables and sun-drenched herbs. the secret is swanson, 100% natural chicken broth. right now, walmart has rolled back prices on top lawn care brands like poulan pro, brute by briggs & stratton, pennington, scotts and spectracide. along with thousands of others all over the store. it's rollback time! save money. live better. walmart. >>> a programming note for you now. all next week you can catch business legend donny deutsch in the anchor chair at 3:00 p.m. eastern time right here on msnbc. he will have a special week-long look at increasing anger among americans. that's next week at 3:00. >>> time to go across the usa now to florida. sadly a sheriff in the disappearance of haleigh cummings says the 5-year-old girl is, in his words, most likely dead. putnam countsy sheriff say
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Jan 28, 2010 3:00pm EST
sticking accelerators. they are checking out toyotas built in europe as well as china. in addition the company has expanded its recall over floor mats potentially entrapping accelerator pedals to a vehicle here in the united states. domestic automaker seeking to take advantage of the problems with toyota. that's the latest in detroit on the auto industry, back to you. >> phil, thank you very much. one quick note, an update from ford. ford has said it will stop the production of some vehicles that are essentially built in china or components in china because of that floor mat problem. however, that only said to affect perhaps maybe 2,000 vehicles that would have been produced using that chinese company. the latest from ford, they are being extremely cautious because of the problems affecting toyota with these accelerating buttons. >>> the father of figure skater nancy kerrigan was laid to rest after a violent struggle with his son. >>> meantime the son's ex-wife speaking out. the man who confessed to the murder of an abortion provider takes the stand in his own defense. we'll be bac
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May 12, 2010 10:00am EDT
you about, this one on school children in china. it's the fifth major attack of this kind since march. this time the attacker used a cleaver as he killed seven children as well as a teacher and her son. this happened at a kindergarten in northwest china. the 48-year-old assailant returning home after the attack. he then committed suicide. the motive for the attack wasn't known. the speculation is that the attacker may have suffered from mental illness. >>> late yesterday jury ruled in the case of a young kindergarten teacher accused of molesting three of her students. >> number 21. >> not guilty. >> count number 22. >> not guilty. >> tonya craft was found not guilty of 22 counts of molesting three young girls. this morning, information withheld during the trial is now being made public. one of the accusers is craft's own daughter. she was forced to take the strapped and testify against her mother. craft spoke out this morning on "today." >> it absolutely broke my heart to see that my daughter had been pretty much endoctrinated to believe things that weren't true and to just sit
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Oct 30, 2010 3:00pm EDT
. there's no -- there's no reason that china should have faster railroads, singapore new airport than you? we're the nation that built the transcontinental railroad. we're the nation that built the interstate highway system. we're putting people to work right now in connecticut and all across the country rebuilding our roads and our railways and runways. putting people to work, building an infrastructure that's adequate for the 21st century. that's the future we see. we see an america where we invest in home-grown innovation and ingenuity, to we can export jobs, not just import goods. we want to make it easier to start a business or patent an investment. we don't want to give tax breaks to companies who ship jobs overseas. we want to give tax breaks to companies that are investing here in bridgeport, small businesses and american manufacturers and clean energy companies, because we don't want -- we don't want electric cars or solar panels or wind turbines made in china or asia or in europe. we want them made right here in the united states of america. with american workers, that's the
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