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What's happening in the world next week

2019-July-29       Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

Shanghai will host the 12th round of China-US trade talks; The 52nd ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting will be held in Thailand; Colombian president will pay a state visit to China; Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo will resign amid public anger over obscenity-laced online chats.

Shanghai will host the 12th round of China-US trade talks; The 52nd ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting will be held in Thailand; Colombian president will pay a state visit to China; Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo will resign amid public anger over obscenity-laced online chats.

These are the international events under the spotlight for the week starting July 29.

Shanghai to host latest China-US trade talks

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (center), US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (right) and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pose for a photo at the 10th round of China-US consultations on economic and trade issues in Beijing, on May 1, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

China and the US will hold the 12th round of trade talks in Shanghai from July 30 to 31, said Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng at a news conference on Thursday.

The meetings scheduled for next week will be the first face-to-face discussions between the two sides since their top leaders met at the G20 summit in Japan last month.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will meet with Vice-Premier Liu He to continue negotiations aimed at improving the bilateral trade relationship, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

Analysts said that holding the talks in Shanghai, the country's financial hub, will help the US have a more direct understanding of China — a nation that is determined to further open up. Previously, the trade talks in China took place in Beijing.

The 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and its related meetings will take place from July 29 to Aug 3 in Bangkok. The meetings will further advance topics discussed by ASEAN leaders at the 34th ASEAN Summit, which has just concluded.

The main topics at the AMM in Bangkok will continue to be driving and responding to new challenges, which are related to the launch of a satellite warehouse in Chai Nat, Thailand, and the opening of the ASEAN Center of Military Medicine in Thailand, all capable of supporting countries outside the region coping with natural disasters.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the China-ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting, the ASEAN-China, Japan and the Republic of Korea foreign ministers' meeting, foreign ministers' meeting of East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum foreign ministers' meeting, all to be held in Bangkok from July 30 to August 3.

At the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez will pay a state visit to China from July 28 to 31, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Duque's visit will be the most important bilateral exchange between China and Colombia this year. It also is the first meeting between the two heads of state after Duque took office.

Xi will hold a welcoming ceremony and a banquet for Duque, hold talks with Duque, and jointly attend the signing ceremony for the cooperation documents.

The two countries are negotiating to sign a number of cooperation agreements in the fields of education, justice, agriculture, agricultural imports, e-commerce and finance.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Wednesday that he's resigning, effective Aug 2, amid public anger over obscenity-laced online chats involving him and his aides.

Rossello, 40, is the first governor to resign in the modern history of Puerto Rico, a territory with 3.2 million US citizens that is still recovering from a catastrophic hurricane two years ago.

Protests broke out in Puerto Rico earlier this month after the leak of hundreds of pages of text chats on a messaging app in which Rossello and other male administration members made vulgar, sexist and inappropriate comments.

Editor: Monica Liu

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