U.S. ‘Not Deterred’ by China’s Huge Presence

first_imgThe Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy accredited near Monrovia, Sheila Paskman, has said that her government is not deterred by the huge influx of Chinese interests in Africa, especially Liberia where two high powered Chinese delegations – business and political, respectively – have arrived in the space of one week.A high-powered Chinese Business delegation to Liberia last week expressed investment interests in key sectors of the nation’s economy. This delegation, however, served as the pathfinders for the subsequent arrival of a delegation headed by that country’s Foreign Minister WANG Yi.Both delegations pledged to invest in Liberia with members of the business delegation expressing investment interests in some of the country’s major resources or investment potentials including the Wologisi Mountain range in Lofa County, and the rehabilitation of the Roberts International Airport (RIA). Minister Wang also promised his government assistance in the country’s post-Ebola recovery process.Madam Paskman, a career US diplomat with extensive China experience prior to her assignment in Liberia, said the U.S. is not and will not be deterred by the presence of Chinese in any part of the world, whether in Liberia or not.“We need a lot of international intervention to help the country’s recovery from the effects of the Ebola crisis and the coming of China for such a purpose is of no threat to the United States,” she said.She made the clarification when she spoke at the Cocktail dinner in honor of Minister Wang at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia over the weekend.“I’m not worried. We need collaboration to help Liberia in her recovery,” she said with laughter.For his part, Minister Wang said that China will stand by Liberia without any precondition.“I am also here to send a clear and strong signal to Liberians and the international community that the Chinese people will be standing together with Liberia, not always during difficult times, like the days of Ebola outbreak, but also with its economic recovery agenda,” he said.He said Ebola crisis had devastating effects on the affected countries as a result of lack of development and poverty.He stressed that China will not attach any political condition or impose any request on any African nation that they intend to help.Minister Wang noted that future cooperation will focus on infrastructure development, adding that they will encourage China’s companies to take more active part in Liberia’s resources development.He said China was open to Liberia in all areas, adding that both China and the United States have agreed to renovate the RIA.Mr. Wang said such cooperation can be explored in many other areas in Liberia.The Chinese Foreign Minister highlighted the need for industrialization, which he said is critical as far as Liberia’s natural resources are concerned.He said the country’s priority areas are not just critical, but strategic to the progress and development of Liberia. “China,” he said, “was prepared to assist in the training of human resources as well as provide technical assistance aimed at improving infrastructure.”At a meeting with Minister Wang, President Sirleaf recommitted her government to the “One China Policy.” Also, at the level of the United Nations, specifically in the context of Security Council reform, President Sirleaf reminded Minister Wang of Africa’s common position, known as Ezulwini Consensus, which was endorsed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC); while they committed to work together even at the level of the UN Ambassadors in New York.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cave Dates and Climate Estimates May Be Off

first_imgThe steady drip, drip, drip of water from stalactites should provide a way to calculate the age of cave formations, right?  Don’t be too sure.  A scientist at Florida State found that calcite deposition is a function of how the cave “breathes,” reported New Scientist.  This finding “pours doubt on ancient climate records derived from these structures.”    Climate researchers have no way of directly recording temperature for dates before about 1850.  They use “proxy measurements” from tree rings, ice cores, cave formations and written descriptions.  Tree ring measurements have come under fire lately with the Climategate scandal.  It appears the use of cave formations for estimating prehistoric climate records is now subject to question.  “Some records of ancient rainfall may be skewed, as estimates based on stalactite formation assume year-round mineral deposition,” the article said.The point to remember here, without getting into details about the extent of possible misinterpretation, is that all dating methods make assumptions.  A geologist sees the steady dripping from a stalactite, measures the calcite deposition on the stalagmite below, calculates the deposition as a function of drip rate, and then extrapolates the measurements hundreds of thousands of years back in time.  Can any geologist possibly know all the factors that could affect the deposition rate?  This article pointed out one, but there could be many others.    The estimation of ancient climate is just as fraught with assumptions.  If the geologist establishes a plausibly reliable deposition rate under current conditions, he or she might infer from slight differences in composition in a cross-section of a stalactite how the climate cooled or warmed over time.  But some factors might not correlate together.  They could counteract one another in all kinds of ways.  To show this story is not an isolated case in Florida, recall the 01/19/2006 finding in Texas about kinetic factors including the angle of the glass plate a scientist might use to collect data, or the presence of a warm human body in the cave.  South African scientists, frustrated with anomalous measurements, concluded that “the constant speleothem growth rate we assume is simplistic” (10/12/2004, bullet 4).    The unknown factors are the most worrisome.  This story points out that theory-destroying factors no one ever thought about, like cave bears, could be lurking in dark passages.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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More work needed to finalize Trade Promotion Authority

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).“We applaud the strong leadership that many of Ohio’s Congressional delegation showed in trying to advance TPA to open the door for new opportunities to better trade deals around the world,” said Chad Kemp, President of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.  “With 95% of the population living outside the United States, we have to look outside our borders for opportunities if we are going to sustain American agriculture.”TPA will help set the framework between the President and Congress to advance trade agreements which ensures that American farmers remain competitive in meeting the world’s need for food, feed, fuel and fiber.“We thank Speaker Boehner and Congressman Tiberi for managing this legislation and trying to move things forward,” Kemp said. “We remain extremely disappointed that members like Congressman Jim Jordan continue to play petty politics at the expense of Ohio’s farmers. We call on Congress and the President to come together soon to finish the work on this important piece of legislation.”last_img read more

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Chinmayanand ‘ill’ after student’s statement

first_imgFormer Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand, who is accused of raping a law student, is reported to have taken ill following bouts of diarrhoea, hours after the complainant recorded her statement at a local court in Shahjahanpur. The former BJP MP’s aides released photos of Mr. Chinmayanand lying on a divan at his residence, with medical equipment attached to him. A team of doctors from a government hospital as well as private doctors, including a cardiologist, attended to him. M.L. Agarwal, a physician who treated him, said Mr. Chinmayanand had had “some loose motion problem.”Mr. Chinmayanand was suffering from watery stools and an “electrolyte imbalance” had caused him to feel “uneasiness and weakness,” said Saurabh, another doctor who had attended on him. The doctors also said the septuagenarian BJP leader’s sugar level fell drastically on Monday — he is a diabetic.“His sugar charting has gone down at many points,” said Dr. Saurabh. “Now it is 100 (mg/dL) but during the day it even reached 60 (mg/dL) on a few occasions,” he added. Asserting that Mr. Chinmayanand’s overall condition was, however, ‘fine’, the doctor added that he would just need regular check-ups.Mr. Chinmayanand’s lawyer and spokesperson Om Singh drew a link between the case against his client and his health condition.“When such allegations are being levelled against a 73-year-old man, it is natural to feel mentally and physically unwell,” Mr. Singh told reporters outside Mr. Chinmayanand’s residence.last_img read more

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