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The U.S.-China Trade War And Global Economic Dominance

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after a phone conversation with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018. President Trump said Monday the U.S. had reached a “really good deal” with Mexico and talks with Canada would begin shortly on a new regional free trade pact. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Why is U.S. President Donald Trump willing to negotiate and compromise with Mexico and the EU on trade, and not China? The answer, in short, is that Trump’s dispute with China is more than just America’s trade deficit. It is a head-to-head struggle between an incumbent superpower and a rising challenger, fueled by a deep conviction among the White House’s economic policy team that America’s problem with China is not just the trade deficit, but China’s very economic structure itself, which disadvantages foreigners not only in trade, but also in investing and operating in China, and distorting business competition in favor of Chinese companies.

In Trump’s crosshairs is the Made in China 2025 initiative, announced in 2015 aiming to upgrade comprehensively within a decade China’s industrial production, especially in manufacturing, to be among the best in the world. It is therefore being seen increasingly in the U.S. as a direct challenge to its global economic dominance. In fact, the Council on Foreign Relations, a U.S. policy think tank, stated in 2018 that “[Made in China 2025] is a real existential threat to U.S. technological leadership.”

China is indeed snapping at the heels of the U.S. in closing the technology gap. According to the UNIDO Competitive Industrial Performance Database, the share of exports that can be considered medium/high tech in 2016 is 63% for the U.S. and 58% for China. This is getting uncomfortably close for the U.S. China clearly has come a long way from the days of exporting low-tech, labor-intensive exports like garments and shoes.

Consequently, Trump’s trade war with China is really about blocking, or at least slowing down, China’s technology upgrade and its expanding global economic influence. Chinese investment in the tech sector in the U.S. has come under tougher scrutiny, and American government agencies are put on high alert against Chinese efforts in industrial espionage. The clause of protecting national security in the U.S. Trade Act of 1974 is increasingly invoked to impose new tariffs on Chinese imports and to curtail China’s business mergers and acquisitions in the U.S.

However, the tactics with which the Trump trade war is being fought to block China’s technological advances will fail. Trump and his economic advisers are stuck in the old paradigm of industrial production where trade and industry secrets are recorded in design blue prints, instructions and protocols that are locked up in a safe. In today’s modern economic production, the more complicated and high value-added the task, the more important is tacit knowledge, or knowhow, which resides only in people’s brains, especially in knowledge and capital intensive industries like banking and finance, biotechnology, aerospace, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.

Knowhow is everything that we need to know but find hard to explain. Skiing is a knowhow. We learn how to ski by skiing with good skiers, not by studying the physics of skiing. The only way to acquire knowhow is to have the opportunity of working alongside people who already have such knowhow. In this connection, as Trump’s trade war makes it increasingly difficult for American businesses to export to China, they will need to move more of their operations to China to produce locally in order to sell their goods and services in one of the fastest growing consumer markets in the world. And that means more American brains with high grade technical and management knowhow will be spending more time in China, offering more opportunities for their Chinese colleagues and employees to work alongside them to acquire their knowhow.

In 2017, the value of products that American companies made and sold in China was estimated at $250 billion, about double that of U.S. exports to China, according to the IMF Direction of Trade Statistics  This is a consumer market that is growing at 14% a year, about four times faster than the U.S. In the next few years, it is set to bypass the U.S. to become the world’s largest consumer market. This is not a market that global companies can ignore. If the only way to sell more in this market is to move more production there because of Trump’s trade war, that’s what global companies will do. And that in turn means creating a great deal more opportunities for China to acquire valuable American knowhow that is critical to upgrading China’s technology, helping Made in China 2025 to succeed.

The only way for President Trump to stop China from acquiring American technological knowhow is to bar all Americans traveling to and working in China. This is not going to happen. His trade war is making it more necessary for more American brains with the knowhow that China needs to spend time in China. We are conditioned to think only that leadership is critical for countries to rise and succeed. The fact of the matter is that leadership is equally important for countries to fail and decline. President Trump will be seen in history as a pivotal leader that seriously undermined America in its struggle against China for global economic dominance.

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Cupping Therapy (Hijama) – An Easy Way to Healthy Life for Many Sufferers

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Cupping therapy (also known as Hijama) is an age-old medical practice for many ailments, now reviving with scientific principles. It has not only curative but also preventive effects to human body. In past era, different manual methods were used to practice cupping therapy but now it is done in aseptic conditions by many qualified physicians. It is most effective among all detoxification methods used nowadays. That’s whycupping therapy is still alive after hundreds years of development, perfection and improvement in medicine. Several research studies showed the scientific basis of Hijama therapy and mechanism of action as well. Since the field of application of cupping therapy is wide, its efficacy is good, its cost is low, without any/minimal side effects, it is popular in all socio economic groups and all culturesworldwide. Even the Olympians and celebrities are now enjoying its benefits.In our country it is widely practiced and proved to be one of best treatment methods for patients living here. Many people search cupping therapy near me and get hijama done from even non-medicos nearby. We strictly advise to get hijama therapy from a qualified expert doctor because it is not only the process of hijama but right indication and avoiding complications are important things for consideration.

Hijama Treatment description:

Hijama Treatment is a simple surgical procedure in which Hijamacups are applied at selected sites of the body with negative pressure and morbid blood is drawn out by minor cuts made on the surface of skin.Being superficial procedure the pain is easily bearable and much lesser than one think. So be relaxed, don’t fear looking at photos.This procedure has to be done in sterile condition by qualified physician who is well versed with medical knowledge like anatomy, physiology, pathology and related medical information. It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. After removal of cups the area is thoroughly cleaned using cotton soaked with antiseptic solution to avoid any chances of infection. Dressings with bandage may be done if necessary on the site of cup application. 

Hijama Therapy Indications:

Cupping therapy is helpful in treatment of many diseases like Joint pain Back pain, Frozen shoulder, Acute lumbar sprain, Strain or spasm of lumbar muscle, Sciatica, Stiff neck, Tennis elbow, Cervical spondylitis, Gouty arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Allergy, Dyslipidemia, rashes, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Mental stress and anxiety, Depression, Dementia, Insomnia, Migraine headache, Piles, Dysmenorrhea, Recurrent Common cold etc. There are several evidences and data supporting better effects of Hijama in these diseases. Your Hijama physician can only decide where and when to do Hijama according to your complete clinical condition, age, vitals, Mizaj and seasons etc.Preferable time for preventive purpose is mid days of lunar months (17, 19 and 21 are Mustahab). In diseased condition there is no date restriction.

Hijamah Benefits:

Hijama benefits are briefly described here. Cupping therapy cleanses impure blood. It detoxifies body removing toxins and waste metabolites from the body. It gives the body a sense of strength. It is helpful in treating tiredness and lethargy. Hijama rejuvenates the whole body providing mental relaxation and peace. It boost the immunity and natural body power. Hijama is far better than pain killer tablets and injections. The effect it gives is permanent not symptomatic. It is both curative and preventive regime. We call it curative for diseases because it removes the waste metabolites and toxin which are causing inflammation and pathological changes. Its preventive role helps normal individuals remain in the pink of health and not falling ill. So those want to flush the toxins and reboot themselves may get Hijama done after physician’s advice.

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Dr Mohammad Yasir

MD Unani (Medicine)

Consulting Physician at Al-Hakeem Unani Medicare Center, Mumbai

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How to Choose a Good Paying Guest Accommodation?

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In today’s busy life people are looking for better jobs and no matter they are in another city or a country. In this race, one should always go for a good pg accommodation, which will give them all the best amenities when they are away from home.

In this case, if you are looking for a homely atmosphere, then you must go for a pg. If you opt for the same, it will always be easy for you to get on with your daily life and your work will continue without any hassle as well. However, in this matter, it might be confusing for you, that what are the things you should look for when you are going to choose a pg? So, to break the confusion, here are some tips you might look at.

  1. Better connectivity

While you are looking for a pg in jp Nagar, you will have to search for the better connectivity. This means you have to look for the bus stop, railway station, and if it’s possible to check the distance of the pg from your university or office. If you find enough local transportation is available in that area, you must shortlist the name and address of the pg.

  1. Good environment

If you find the pg you have chosen has no proper shops, medical stores around it, you must avoid it. You have to look for a place from where you will get easy access to shops, and even to doctor’s clinics. You can even look for a pg which is near to some good eateries as well.

  1. The food

Food is always crucial and it’s more important when you are going to live in a pg. If you are vegetarian, or vegan or non-vegetarian, you have to search for a place which provides the same things. Also, in some houses the landlords allow the tenants to cook their own food. So, if you are fine with this kind of arrangement, you can shortlist the address.

  1. Proper facilities

You must know that pgs are different than hostels as they have enhanced facilities. You can look for a refrigerator, washing machine, WiFi connection, ac, and some other benefits in a pg. If you find all the things you are searching for, then you might have gotten your dream accommodation.

  1. Research a bit

To find the best pg near your office or university, you always have to do research, and it will be a good thing for you. If you search on the internet, you will get lots of suggestions, and you can also ask your friends about this. By your proper research, you will be able to grab a good deal, with better amenities provided by the landlord.

  1. The security

This is another important thing you have to check when you are looking for a pg to stay. You have to see if the place is situated in a safe area, and also if there is a security guard option. You have to check that random people do not get to enter the house as well.

Lastly, before you rent the place, you need to check the place first. Look if it’s free of germ, and is well-furnished according to your needs.

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10 quick SEO wins for your small business

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Getting SEO right has never been so important for small businesses. If you want to attract new customers: increase your digital footprint, increase your organic site traffic for the keywords that matter to your business, and outrank your competitors in the search engine results pages (SERPs). You have to put time and effort into your SEO strategy. We’ve compiled a list of 10 quick wins to kick-start your SEO efforts, but we recommend working with an experienced SEO agency to put some weight and expertise behind your plan.

  1. Target the right keywords 

    Your time is finite, so you should focus on optimising your website and content for the keywords that mean most to your business. They could be product keywords, niche specific phrases, or keywords you know lead to the most leads or sales.

  2. Craft unique and engaging content

    72% of marketers say that content creation is their most effective SEO tactic. Take inspiration from lifestyle brand Sheer Luxe and guitar brand D’Angelico, which produce engaging visual and written content to connect with their audiences.

  3. Refine your on-page SEO

    Title tags, meta tags, meta descriptions, image alt tags, image and video weight optimisation, quick-to-load page speed, responsive design – Google wants you to give your audience the best experience possible, and making sure these areas are in order is a great starting point for better SEO and ranking.

  4. Optimise and refresh existing content

    It’s all well and good creating new content, but don’t forget to audit and freshen up any existing content you already have. Google looks for content that is current, unique and relevant to your audience. If you’ve got old content on your site, leverage its existence and get it Google-ready by reworking the copy and making sure all of the on-page SEO areas are in order.

  5. Think mobile first

    Google indexes mobile first, which means it looks at the mobile version of your website first and uses that experience to help determine where your pages should rank when people search. Etsy is a fantastic example of a mobile web experience done well.

  6. Earn backlinks

    Every time a site links to yours, this is like a ‘yes’ vote to Google, telling it to trust you and marking your website as having content that is useful and worth sharing.  Try creating standout content that excites your audience and makes people want to link to it. Surfing website Rip Curl is a example of linkworthy content – it’s unique, engaging and speaks directly to its audience: the surfing community.

  7. Take a close look at your competitors

    If you’ve noticed your competitors rising above you in the search-engine ranks, do some digging around their website. What are they publishing? Which keywords are they targeting? Are they doing anything different to you? Take note of their activity and bring something better to the table.

  8. Make your listing as clickable as possible

    Your website meta description and title can be the first interaction your audience has with your website. It has to be clickable, to entice people to take the next step into visiting your website.

  9. Test different types of content

    Written, video, imagery, infographic, interactive – which type of content best engages with your audience and earns you those valuable backlinks? You won’t know until you test different formats. TED conferences shot to global fame because of fantastic content marketing, with video and podcasts working extremely well for them.

  10. Add your business to Google My Business

    This last point is really simple and really easy to execute. If you’re a business with a website, you mustlist yourself on Google My Business to give you as much visibility as possible within search-engine results pages.

SEO isn’t new. Many brands and businesses have spent years investing time and resource into their SEO strategy, so now is the time to get on board with your own search engine optimisation. These 10 quick wins will get your started on your SEO journey, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Partner with an SEO agency to really understand the best way to approach your SEO strategy and how to build a plan that will set you up for future search-engine excellence and growth.

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