1. U.S. HOPES CHINA TO UNDO BACKTRACKING ON TRADE
US officials hope China will reverse its decision to backtrack on commitments it made in the effort to settle the ongoing trade conflict.
US and Chinese officials held high-level discussions by telephone this week and last as they try to re-start negotiations.
The talks collapsed in May after Washington accused Beijing of reneging on core issues it had agreed to earlier this year.
At a meeting in Japan last month, US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to cease further hostilities in the year-long trade war while the two sides worked to revive negotiations.
2. EU STEPS UP PRESSURE ON POLAND’S MOVE TO PUNISH JUDGES
The European Union gave Poland’s right-wing government two months to reverse a new disciplinary regime for judges or risk being taken before the top EU court.
The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said it was not satisfied with Warsaw’s response to the action it launched in April over the regime.
After Poland’s Law and Justice party took office in late 2015, it introduced sweeping reforms it insists are needed to tackle corruption and overhaul a judicial system still haunted by the communist era.
But Brussels has accused the government of threatening to undermine the principles it signed onto when Warsaw joined the EU.
It said at the time that judges would be punished simply for doing their jobs independently and this would have a “chilling effect” on legal freedoms.
3. U.S – N. KOREA TALKS LIKELY TO RESUME ONLY AFTER ALLIES’ JOINT DRILLS
Working-level nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea will likely resume only after the planned joint military exercises between South Korea and the US are over.
A former minister, Jeong Se Hyun made the remark, following Pyongyang’s warning that it will decide whether to open the working-level talks after keeping watch over the US move.
Jeong, who served as the unification minister from 2002 to 2004, said the North wouldn’t want to lose face by immediately sitting down face to face with the US when it has hinted at a boycott of the working-level meeting over the drills.