By Prarthana Mitra
Last week, the United States levied an import tax of 25% on a host of Chinese products, kicking up a trade war with China, which soon announced counter-tariffs. Amidst all this turmoil, and President Donald Trump trying his best to appear immigrant-friendly, the US was awarded the opportunity to host the 2026 International football World Cup along with Mexico and Canada.
In other news, Nadal won his eleventh French Open title and pop culture seemed to dominate a dramatic Tony Awards night.
US announces heavy tariffs on China
Trump announced exorbitant tariffs on a list of Chinese products from the country’s prolific manufacturing sector which stand to make huge profits on American soil in the near future. Experts say that this amounts to tariffs worth $50 billion, and according to reports, Trump has further threatened to slap an additional $100 billion of Chinese products to the existing list.
The list released on Friday consists a little less than the 1300 products first listed in April and is scheduled to take effect on July 6. With China announcing retaliatory measures and counter-tariffs on US goods, the trade war may have just begun.
North America to host 2026 FIFA World Cup
Amidst a raging debate among FIFA member nations and despite the ongoing feud with Canada, Trump pushed for the hosting privileges, claiming that spectators from all nations would be welcome to witness one of the greatest sporting events in the world. The announcement comes even as deliberations over building the infamous wall to prevent Mexican immigrants from crossing over are ongoing.
— My Football Facts (@myfootballfacts) June 14, 2018
This is a refreshing shift in the degree of hostility the US administration had extended to Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who was denied entry to the States despite winning the Academy Award for the best film last year.
Harry Potter and Band’s Visit wins Tony Awards
Among the dozen plays submitted as nominations for this year’s Tony Awards, The Band’s Visit received the best musical award amongst other top honours, while Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received the most prestigious award and took home 10 awards, including best play.
— The Band's Visit (@TheBandsVisit) June 11, 2018
Pop culture dominated throughout the night, with high-profile musicals Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants among the most nominated productions. Parkland school shooting survivors delivered a powerful performance of Seasons of Love. Bruce Springsteen serenaded the audience and was introduced by Robert de Niro who bashed Trump quite eloquently at Radio City Music Hall.
Nadal wins French Open, eleven times now
Rafael Nadal who has never lost a final at the Roland Garros managed to get the better of Austrian Dominic Thiem last week, to create a new record of 11 French Open wins. Thiem, a next-generation champion with immense promise, has however beaten the 32-year-old on clay on three earlier occasions. With preparations for Wimbledon in full swing, this French Open win puts the Spaniard well within the reach of Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 13, 2018
The day before the world’s top-ranked man lifted the trophy, the women’s No.1 Simona Halep defeated 10th-seed American Sloane Stephens to win the equivalent title.
Slippery slope for immigrants all over the world
After Italy blocked a rescue boat carrying 629 migrants last week, owing to their new populist government’s anti-immigration policies, France criticised the move in vehement terms. French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron called Italian authorities “irresponsible” for rejecting the boat carrying 123 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women. However, France’s own Border Patrol guards are under international scrutiny after Oxfam accused them of physically and verbally abusing migrant children seeking asylum in the country.
Prarthana Mitra is a staff writer at Qrius.
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