World Despite President Donald Trump's efforts to "Make America Great Again," the United States did not even make the top five in an annual ranking of the world's "best" countries published Wednesday by U.S. News & World Report. The "Best Countries" index, published alongside the BAV Group consultancy and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, ranks nations based on a range of categories, including its allure as a travel destination, business friendliness, cultural influence, modernness, entrepreneurship, quality of life, heritage, power and growth. Based on a combination of these metrics, Switzerland took the number one spot this year, followed by Japan, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom in the top five. Next came Sweden and Australia before the U.S. in eighth place, a point to which it first slipped in 2018 and retained this year around. The U.S. took fourth place in 2016, but has slid down the list in recent years in a trend some have … [Read more...] about These Are the World’s ‘Best’ Countries—and the U.S. Isn’t Even in the Top Five
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Brexit and the U.S. Shutdown: Two Governments in Paralysis Supported by ByEllen Barry and Mark Landler Jan. 12, 2019 LONDON — In Parliament, lawmakers are mired in gridlock over Britain’s departure from the European Union, with no clear path forward. In Washington, President Trump stormed out of a meeting with congressional leaders who oppose his border wall, hardening a standoff that has shut down much of the government for longer than ever before. Two governments paralyzed. Two populist projects stalled. Two venerable democracies in crisis. Rarely have British and American politics seemed quite so synchronized as they do in the chilly dawn of 2019, three years after the victories of Brexit and Donald J. Trump upended the two nations’ political establishments. The countries seem … [Read more...] about Brexit and the U.S. Shutdown: Two Governments in Paralysis
In this June 21, 2018, photo, Buck Paulk walks through his warehouse storing pecans at Shiloh Pecan Farms in Ray City, Ga. Paulk estimates that over 50 percent of his pecans are exported out of the country, China being one of the main recipients. Georgia is the nation's leading producer of pecans. (AP Photo/David Goldman) In this June 21, 2018, photo, Buck Paulk... Photo by David Goldman NEW YORK (AP) — After the U.S. imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, China retaliated by imposing tariffs on the same amount of U.S. products. Here's a look at reaction from some of the U.S. industries affected: ——— PORK PRODUCERS The U.S. pork industry last year sent $1.1 billion worth of product to China, making it the third largest export market after Japan and Mexico. Dave Warner, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council, said pork producers have already seen the value of their pigs fall after a previous Chinese tariff. Warner … [Read more...] about Reaction to the trade battle between China and the U.S.
A college student carries a robot dressed as the Chinese mythical character Sun Wukong during last August’s World Robot Conference in Beijing. (Andy Wong/AP) Zheng Yongnian is director of the East Asia Institute at the National University of Singapore. His seminal work is his book “The Chinese Communist Party as Organizational Emperor.” SINGAPORE — The ongoing trade feud between China and the United States centers on U.S.-proposed high-tech tariffs and its demand that China end subsidies that drive its high-tech market. These demands reveal deep-seated misconceptions of China that go far beyond the immediate concerns over reciprocal access to China’s vast market or the size of its trade surplus. From the Chinese side, the misperception can be blamed on the outdated and at times troubling propaganda machine that overplayed the nationalistic platitudes of the “Made in China 2025” campaign. The goal of that … [Read more...] about China and the U.S.: A clash of techno-nationalists
China’s power is up at the World Bank, but the U.S. remains firmly in control, after a weekend deal between the World Bank’s member countries to increase the bank’s capital by $13 billion. That capital injection will allow the World Bank Group’s lending, primarily to development projects in lower-income countries, to grow from about $60 billion to around $100 […] … [Read more...] about How China and the U.S. Both Come Out Winners in Boost to World Bank