BEIJING£¬ Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Apple will increase investment in China and actively participate in China's "Internet Plus" strategy and smarter manufacturing£¬ said Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday.
Cook made the remarks in Beijing while meeting with China's Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli£¬ who called on U.S. companies to increase their investment and expand the industrial chain of their business.
Zhang said trade and investment cooperation between China and the United States injects dynamism into the two countries' economic development and boosts global growth.
Cook also said that Apple plans to set up an independent research and development center in China before the end of 2016£¬ the first in the Asia-Pacific region£¬ though he did not reveal the specific location.
Terry Gou£¬ founder and CEO of Foxconn£¬ Apple's major supplier£¬ also attended the meeting.
WASHINGTON http://www.cheapmlbredsshop.com/Michael-Lorenzen/ , Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The White House said Friday Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon will leave his job.
""White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day,"" White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
""We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,"" she added.
Steve Bannon steps off Air Force One after a trip with President Trump in April.
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Controversy surrounding Bannon's role in the White House have been mounting in recent months, and was heightened after a race-related clash in Charlottesville over the weekend resulted in three deaths.
When asked about whether Bannon's position in the White House was secure Tuesday, Trump said ""we'll see what happens.""
Trump was reportedly furious with Bannon after he contradicted the president's view on several issues including U.S.-China trade ties in an unusual interview Wednesday with The American Prospect.
""He apparently was sidelined by Trump in the past few months and he has many opponents both in and outside of the Trump administration, so he was probably just venting his frustration by making eye-catching news http://www.cheapmlbredsshop.com/Ken-Griffey/ ,"" Zhiqun Zhu, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bucknell University told Xinhua on Thursday. ""In fact, he is not sure whether he can keep his job at this point.""
""Bannon grossly misreads U.S.-China relations and Trump's policy towards Asia. I do not think his words about 'economic war with China' represents Trump's policy,"" said Zhu.
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Analysts believe Bannon's departure is expected to create big ripples inside the Trump administration as this may indicate a separation between government policies and nationalistic ideas Bannon advocates.
Allies of Bannon in the administration are also expected to follow Bannon's exit, according to local reports.
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LUSAKA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The head of the Commonwealth on Wednesday hailed the release of the country's leading opposition leader, saying the move will help to progress peaceful dialogue.
Hakainde Hichilema and his five other co-accused were freed by a judge on Wednesday morning after the state prosecutor dropped the treason charges against him.
They were arrested in April this year and have been in custody since then as treason is not bailable in Zambia.
Patricia Scotland, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth said the decision by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to issue a nolle prosequi to discontinue the case was understandable and reasonable as it offers a unique opportunity for the country to move forward in the interest of all citizens and to achieve political cohesion and reconciliation through dialogue.
""This is an opportunity for Zambians and their leaders to show the world that the Republic of Zambia still remains a symbol of peace and a beacon of stability http://www.cheapmlbredsshop.com/Pete-Rose/ , unity and political tolerance in Africa and the Commonwealth,"" she said in a statement.
She hoped that Zambian President Edgar Lungu and the opposition leader will put their differences behind and jointly seize the opportunity to address the issues that have deeply divided the southern African nation following last year's disputed elections.
Last week, Commonwealth chief visited Zambia and met both Lungu and the opposition leader where she facilitated a process of dialogue between the two political foes.
She has since appointed the Commonwealth peace envoy Professor Ibrahim Gambari as her representative to facilitate for dialogue between the leaders.
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