Move to protect US steelmakers is against norms of world trade

A worker at a steel company in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, in January 2015. [Photo/China Daily] Announcing that the United States will investigate whether foreign steel imports harm the country’s national security, US President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have sent an unmistakable message to the big US steelmakers that they will protect them. National… Read more

Designs for Trump’s border wall are here. They fall into 4 categories.

Imagine the Great Wall of China along the banks of the Rio Grande. Or maybe an animal-friendly barrier that keeps migrants out but lets roadrunners in. These are some of the designs contractors submitted this week in the first round of bids to build President Donald Trump’s promised 2,000-mile wall along the Mexican border. Chicago Tribune… Read more

French-Swiss cement giant ready to ‘supply material’ for Trump’s wall

LafargeHolcim Chief Executive Eric Olsen has told AFP that his company is prepared to sell its cement for “all types of infrastructure projects in the United States”. “We are here to supply our customers’ needs,” Olsen told AFP in an interview. “We don’t have a political view on things.” “We are the leader in cement, so… Read more

White House exempts Keystone pipeline, project not required to use American steel: Report

President Trump’s pledge that new pipeline projects will use “American steel” will not apply to the Keystone XL project, according to media reports, directly contradicting the president’s own words last week. Politico reported late Thursday night that a White House spokeswoman explained that the project, which has been in the works for the past decade, does… Read more

China takes plunge into snow biz

Millions hitting the slopes as nation gears up ahead of 2022 Olympics Skiers navigate a slope in Zhangjiakou, one of the venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics, in China’s northern Hebei province. With the Beijing Winter Games looming, the government is accelerating programs to enhance the nation’s winter-sports culture, with a target of having 300 million… Read more