Xi and Starbucks; Hebei outbreak; More US sanctions; Record trade surplus

Starbucks is in the middle of an effort to energize the US-China relationship as the Biden Administration takes over. PRC media is making a huge deal of Xi Jinping’s response to a letter from Howard Schultz, the chairman emeritus of Starbucks - Xi encourages Starbucks to help promote China-U.S. ties - Xinhua

In a reply letter to Schultz on Jan. 6, Xi str…

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