Afternoon Coffee: U.S. Renews China Travel Advisory, Washington and Beijing Set Trade Talks for Monday

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American citizens should exercise caution when traveling to China, as they could face the risk of arbitrary detention, according to a travel advisory the U.S. State Department renewed Thursday. The advisory was a routine renewal of a similar warning the government issued in January 2018, but geopolitical context put the message in a different light this year. The recent arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver has “raised the specter of potential retaliatory arrests of Americans or Canadians in China,” the New York Times reports.

Trade Talks 

Following the travel news, Beijing announced Friday that American envoys will travel to China on Monday for new talks to resolve the ongoing trade war, Time reports. The talks build on a 90-day pause in new tariffs agreed to by President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, but whether the two countries can resolve such sprawling issues as national security measures for mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property protections for technology companies seems unlikely, according to the report.

No-Deal Brexit Chances

A recent poll by the U.K.’s Economic and Social Research Council is raising the specter of a no-deal Brexit. As the Guardian reports, More than half (57%) of Conservative party members want Theresa May’s Brexit deal to be rejected in favor of leaving the E.U. with no deal, according to an ESRC survey. The lack of enthusiasm for Theresa May’s current Brexit deal bodes poorly for the prime minister as she seeks a majority approval from Parliament later this month.

Jobs Report 

And finally, an economic update: Medium-sized businesses and the services sector drove hiring higher in December, with the U.S. private sector adding 271,000 jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports. That greatly surpassed estimates by economists, who predicated a gain of 178,000 jobs.

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