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Indian-American Pramila Jayapal wins Washington open primary in 7th Congressional District seat

Jayapal, 50, took a commanding lead on August 2, in Tuesday's vote count in the race to replace retiring Representative Jim McDermott

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  • Jayapal, a Democrat, was born in India and raised in Indonesia and Singapore
  • She had 38 percent of the vote and will advance to the November 8 general election
  • The 7th District includes most of the Seattle, Vashon island, some south-west suburbs of King county and a bit of Snohomish county

In Washington’s 7th Congressional District seat, an Indian-American politician Pramila Jayapal has won an open Congressional primary. This means that she could become the first from the community to be elected to the US House of Representatives.

Jayapal, 50, took a commanding lead on August 2, in Tuesday’s vote count in the race to replace retiring Representative Jim McDermott, The Seattle Times reported.

Jayapal, a Democrat, was born in India and raised in Indonesia and Singapore. She had 38 percent of the vote and will advance to the November 8, general election.

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McDermott and State Representative Brady Walkinshaw were neck and neck behind Jayapal, McDermott with 21.5 per cent and Walkinshaw with 20.9 per cent.

Brady Walkinshaw. Image source: www.advocate.com
Brady Walkinshaw. Image source: www.advocate.com

“We’re building a movement that can clearly stake out a positive vision for the future of America at a time when too many people feel cynical about change, and when too many people are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table,” Jayapal, a Democrat who has represented the 37th legislative district in the Washington State Senate since 2015, said on Tuesday night.

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Jayapal is also an activist. She founded “Hate Free Zone” after the September 11 attacks in 2001 as an advocacy group for Arabs, Muslims, and South Asian Americans targeted in the wake of the attacks. It changed its name to “OneAmerica” in 2008.

With their battle too close to call, Joe McDermott and Walkinshaw both said they were looking forward to taking on Jayapal in November.

Six other candidates- Democrats Arun Jhaveri and Donovan Rivers, Republicans Scott Sutherland and Craig Keller, and independents Leslie Regier and Carl Cooper – each had no more than 9 percent of the vote.

The 7th District includes most of the Seattle, Vashon island, some south-west suburbs of King county and a bit of Snohomish county. (IANS)

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The impact on China’s economy from the Sino-U.S. trade frictions are not apparent yet, Mao cautioned, adding that the nation will face more “external” uncertainties in 2019.

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China’s November retail sales grew at their weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years as domestic demand softened further, underlining rising risks to the economy as China works to defuse a trade dispute with the United States.

The world’s second-largest economy has been loosing momentum in recent quarters as a multi-year government campaign to curb shadow lending put increasing financial strains on companies in a blow to production and investment.

The slowdown in Chinese industries has started to weigh on consumer sentiment this year, tapping the brakes on retail sales. Big-ticket items have been the first to be hit, with auto sales declining since May.

Pace of retail sales slows

Retail sales rose 8.1 percent in November from a year earlier, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Friday, below expectations for an 8.8 percent rise and the slowest since May 2003. In October, sales increased 8.6 percent. Auto sales fell a sharp 10.0 percent from a year earlier.

 

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The slump was in line with data released by China’s top auto industry association, which showed sales dived 14 percent in November, the steepest drop in nearly seven years.

The stresses on broad activity have been compounded by a sharp escalation in China’s trade dispute with the United States, which has threatened to fracture global supply chains, chill investment, exports and growth.

Pace of industrial output slows

Industrial output rose 5.4 percent in November, missing analysts’ estimates and matching the rate of growth seen in January-February 2016. Factory output had been expected to grow 5.9 percent, unchanged from October’s pace.

Over the weekend, China reported far weaker than expected November exports and imports, reflecting slower global demand and waning domestic factory activity as profit margins narrow.

With economic growth at its weakest since the global financial crisis, Chinese policymakers are ramping up spending, pushing banks to increase lending and cutting taxes to shore up businesses and ward off a more damaging slump.

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The weaker November industrial output and retail sales growth numbers showed that downward pressure on the economy is increasing, said Mao Shengyong, spokesman at the statistics bureau.

Still on track to hit growth target

But China is on track to hit its 2018 economic growth target of around 6.5 percent, Mao told reporters.

“On balance, the latest data show an economy that is under pressure on both the external and domestic front, with policy efforts to shore up growth still falling short,” Julian Evans-Pritchard, senior China economists at Capital Economics, wrote in a note.

A temporary 90-day trade war truce agreed by the United States and China early this month may have removed some of the immediate pressure on the economy.

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The impact on China’s economy from the Sino-U.S. trade frictions are not apparent yet, Mao cautioned, adding that the nation will face more “external” uncertainties in 2019.

Indeed, even in the unlikely event the world’s top two economies reach a durable resolution in their dispute, ebbing domestic demand, mounting household debt and a cooling real estate sector point to a further slowdown in growth next year. (VOA)