#US; #Canada; #USTariffsOnCanadianAluminiun
United States, Aug 6 (Canadian-Media): An executive order was announced Aug 6 by United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump in a campaign speech at a Whirlpool factory in Ohio imposing a tariff of 10 percent on aluminum imported from Canada, media reports said.
Canadian primary aluminium industry. Image credit: Twitter handle
About three-quarters of all the aluminum imported into the U.S. between January and May of 2020 were supplied by Canada, said the executive order implementing the tariff on "non-alloyed unwrought aluminum."
Import tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum had been imposed by the U.S. in 2018 citing national security concerns, but the same was removed last year as part of a broad free trade deal now in force.
Trump told the crowd he signed a proclamation to reimpose the tariff on imports of Canadian aluminum, saying it was absolutely necessary in order to defend the U.S. aluminum industry.
“Canadian exports of aluminum pose absolutely no national security threat to the United States,” Mark Agnew, senior director of international trade, said in a news release. “Canadian aluminum forms a critical part of the U.S. defence industrial base and consequently plays a vital role in our shared defence and security objectives.
The reimposed aluminum tariffs were considered as unjustified by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for its part, warned Trump’s decision would raise costs for American manufacturers.
“The administration’s move to reimpose tariffs on aluminum from Canada is a step in the wrong direction,” Myron Brilliant, head of international affairs for business lobby group U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"These tariffs will raise costs for American manufacturers, are opposed by most U.S. aluminum producers and will draw retaliation against U.S. exports," CBC News reported.
The tariff was decried by Bruce Heyman, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada on Twitter.
“This is a hostile act to Canada that clearly smacks of political intentions (versus) economic reality,” Heyman tweeted.
#USDeptofState; #India; #UnitedStatesIndiaRelationship
U.S. Dept of State, Aug 6 (Canadian-Media): U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke Aug 6 with Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar to discuss ongoing bilateral and multilateral cooperation on issues of international concern, including efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, support the peace process in Afghanistan, and address recent destabilizing actions in the region, U.S. Dept of State reported.
Michael Pompeo. Image credit: Official Website
Secretary Pompeo and Minister Jaishankar reiterated the strength of the United States-India relationship to advance peace, prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific and around the globe.
Dr. S. Jaishankar. Image credit: Twitter handle
Both leaders agreed to continue close cooperation on a full range of regional and international issues and look forward to Quadrilateral consultations and the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this year.
#Micronesia; #StrandedMen; #SOSMessage; #RoyalAustralianNavy; #HMAS
Micronesia, Aug 5 (Canadian-Media): A giant SOS message was drawn in the sand by three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island to attract the attention of rescuers, who found them three days after they went missing at sea, media reports said.
Royal Australian Navy. Image credit: Twitter handle
The men were located by Australian and U.S. aircraft on tiny Pikelot Island, about 200 kilometres west of where they had set off before they ran out of fuel.
"I am proud of the response and professionalism of all on board as we fulfill our obligation to contribute to the safety of life at sea wherever we are," the Australian Navy's Capt. Terry Morrison said in a defence department statement.
After officials in the U.S. territory of Guam raised the alarm, following the men's failure to complete a 42-kilometre trip between Pacific atolls, Morrison, the commander of the HMAS Canberra sent a helicopter to the rescue.
After the crew spotted their appeal for help, close to their makeshift shelter, the helicopter landed on the island on Sunday and checked the men's condition and gave them food and water.
A Micronesian patrol vessel has proceeded towards the island to pick up the men, the statement added.
Pikelot is a low coral islet, home to a seabird rookery and turtle nesting site, with forest and scrub.
More than 600 small islands scattered across the ocean in the western Pacific are part of the Federated States of Micronesia.