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    The U.S. ordered the Chinese consulate in Houston to close in late July, alleging that the Chinese were using it for espionage. Shortly after, city police responded to reports of smoke coming from the outdoor courtyard of the consulate but were not granted access to the building.
    Meaghan Ellis August 4, 2020 0 Comments Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is offering details about a federal probe into subpar, KN95 masks from China being sold in the United States. During an interview on Fox News’ “Mornings with Maria,” Azar weighed in on the Wall Street Journal’s recent analysis that suggested the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initially allowed Chinese-manufactured, low-quality KN95 masks to be sold in the U.S., which created “confusion about which Chinese brands could be trusted for medical use.” The FDA has since revoked the approval. According to Azar, the investigative findings determined that some of the manufacturers were not reliable. He also noted that the quality of the masks had...
    Terry H. Schwadron August 4, 2020 10:30AM (UTC) Read more articles from the DCReport here. What happens when you have a short-sighted, egotistical, isolated president who has trouble processing information caught in multiple, simultaneous crises? The nation's rivals get mischievous — and they find ways to circumvent the power of the United States on a global basis. : Russians are pressing ahead in Ukraine and breaking nuclear treaties Chinese are stalling on trade commitments and being aggressive on the seas The Iranian desire for a nuclear weapon was set back only by an explosion of dubious origin Israelis are grabbing Palestinian land North Koreans are back at launching missiles Now, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has acknowledged Iran is...
    TikTok : Hong Kong (. Business) – TikTok, the viral short video app with which millions of teens post skits with background music, is facing a growing backlash in the United States. US lawmakers from both parties warn that the application could pose a national security risk, and are calling on regulators and intelligence agencies to investigate TikTok ties to China. Senators Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton want the U.S. intelligence community to assess the national security risks of TikTok and other Chinese-owned platforms, and said in a statement Thursday that such apps could be used to spy on American citizens or become on foreign influence campaign targets like the Russian meddling campaign to influence the...
            by John Jaing  Two days after President Trump told reporters that he plans to ban TikTok from the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested in an interview with Fox News that executive action may soon be taken against many other apps owned by Chinese firms. Trump remarked to journalists aboard Air Force One on Friday that he could ban TikTok “with an executive order,” suggesting that the president has made up his mind about the popular short video platform. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech conglomerate ByteDance, has been at the center of a months-long debate over whether the data that it collects from American users could be exploited by China’s government. The firm has enlisted...
    The University of Pennsylvania is alleged to have received $3 million from a company owned by a businessman with links to the Chinese Communist Party. The prestigious Ivy League school, which is based in Philadelphia claims that the cash came from a Chinese citizen named Xin Zhou who was a 'large client' of UPenn's business school. Zhou runs a company called E-House and participated in a University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School event in Shanghai last year.  However the Washington Free Beacon claims the money actually came from an alleged shell company, the Nice Famous Corp., which is connected to Shanghai real estate developer Xu Xeuqing. Xeuqing, who has no connection to the university whatsoever is in turn, alleged to have links with...
    The emblem of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) at the court's entrance in Hamburg, Germany.Patrick Lux | AFP | Getty Images China has nominated a Chinese candidate for a judge's position in an international tribunal that settles maritime disputes. But the U.S. is seeking to stop China, arguing that Beijing has flouted international sea laws in the disputed South China Sea. "Electing a PRC official to this body is like hiring an arsonist to help run the Fire Department," said David Stilwell, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, at an online forum held by think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies last month. PRC refers to the People's Republic of...
    Stranded abroad by the coronavirus pandemic and squeezed by political tensions, Chinese students in the United States are rethinking their host and home countries. Eight years ago, Shizheng Tie, then aged 13, moved alone from China to rural Ohio for one sole purpose: education. She once had a budding American dream, but now she says she is facing hostility in that country. "As a Chinese living in the US, I am very scared now," she says. Tie, now a senior student at Johns Hopkins University, describes America as "anti-China" and "chaotic". Some 360,000 Chinese students are currently enrolled in schools in the US. In the past months, they have experienced two historical events - a global pandemic and unprecedented tensions...
    Coronavirus has changed a lot of things and while we are waiting for theatres to still open in India, China has managed to open up the cinemas with renewed guidelines on social distancing and more. Even as flocking to the theatres hasn’t become as popular and normal as how it was pre-coronavirus, it surely seems to be getting better and the recent box office collections are proof of the same. Chinese theatres have been re-releasing some big films and recent collections show that the business is back on a steady rise. Andhadhun China Box Office Collection: Ayushmann Khurrana Starrer Beats Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Enters the Rs 300 Crore Club. The weekend collections at Chinese box office managed to hit...
    China’s abuse of human rights and intensifying crackdown on Hong Kong will provoke a major international backlash, according to one of Beijing’s closest partners in Europe. “If China sticks to its new course, the Western world will react more decisively,” Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis told local media. That rebuke may carry outsized symbolic significance given that Switzerland was the first European country to establish diplomatic ties with the Chinese Communist Party after the regime came to power in 1949. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi touted Beijing’s relationship with Switzerland as “a model for friendly exchanges” between China and democratic nations, but Cassis’s comments suggest that the heightened focus on Beijing’s totalitarian policies has taken a toll. ...
    President Donald Trump says he is on board with Microsoft buying the US arm of TikTok but they need to have the deal sorted by September 15 or the popular social app will be banned.  Trump's comments on Monday came as Microsoft added $77 billion in market value less than 24 hours after confirming it was in talks to by the US portion of the popular Chinese-owned video app.  Shares in Microsoft jumped nearly four percent on Monday, bringing the company's total market value to more than $1.6 trillion.  During a White House meeting, Trump said he didn't mind if the US tech giant purchased the social media app after having a 'great conversation' with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Trump said...
    Chinese state-run media has broadcast an ominous warning allegedly issued by a fighter jet to a US plane in disputed waters near the Taiwan Strait. In barely comprehensible English, an 'airman' says over the radio: 'This is China Naval Air Force on guard. You are approaching Chinese air domain, change your course immediately or you will be intercepted.' The pro-Beijing tabloid The People's Daily tweeted that the audio clip was recorded on July 23 when 'a US military plane was driven away by a Chinese jet.' The claim is highly dubious, particularly given that it purports to 'show' the incident, but the footage used alongside the audio clip is blatantly stock. Beijing's propaganda machine has ratcheted up attacks on Washington in...
    With its mix of viral dance crazes and lip-sync comedy sketches, TikTok is hugely popular among young people. Microsoft is in talks to buy the US operations of the video-sharing app, but what has made it so successful? What is TikTok?TikTok is like a short-form version of YouTube. Users can post videos up to one minute long on the free app and choose from a huge database of songs and filters. Comedy clips and film quotes are also on offer for users to lip-sync to. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Will TikTok be banned? Once a user has more than 1,000 followers, they can also broadcast live to their fans and accept digital gifts which...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported President Trump’s proposed ban of social media phenomenon TikTok, explaining to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” just how use of the app exposes Americans to having their personal information sent straight to the Chinese government. Trump’s call for a ban came amid concerns over the national security risk posed by the app’s collection of personal data, as Microsoft has been in talks to acquire the platform’s U.S. operations. “These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States,” Pompeo said, “are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus. Could be [users’] facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to....
    TikTok must be sold or blocked in the United States for national security reasons, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the latest warning released by the Donald Trump government against the popular Chinese-owned app. Mnuchin stated on the ABC television network that TikTok simply “cannot exist as it does” currently. “I will publicly say that the entire committee agrees that TikTok cannot remain in the current format because it runs the risk of sending (to China) information on 100 million Americans,” Mnuchin alleged. The official did not comment directly on the threat made by Trump on Friday to ban in the United States the application created to share entertainment videos and which is already around one billion users worldwide. Mnuchin...
    President Donald Trump will announce an action against TikTok “in the coming days” and against other Chinese software companies that his administration considers a threat to the national security of the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News that Trump would make an announcement on the matter “very soon.” Pompeo’s comments come after Trump said Friday that he would ban TikTok, the popular Chinese short-form video app, through executive action. The Trump administration has reiterated that TikTok and WeChat, a Chinese messaging app, are “sending user data directly to the Chinese Communist Party.” TikTok in the US in the hands of Microsoft? Microsoft confirmed on Sunday that it...
    President Donald Trump will announce an action against TikTok “in the coming days” and against other Chinese software companies that his administration considers a threat to the national security of the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News that Trump would make an announcement on the matter “very soon.” Pompeo’s comments come after Trump said Friday that he would ban TikTok, the popular Chinese short-form video app, through executive action. The Trump administration has reiterated that TikTok and WeChat, a Chinese messaging app, are “sending user data directly to the Chinese Communist Party.” TikTok in the US in the hands of Microsoft? Microsoft confirmed on Sunday that it...
    President Donald Trump will announce an action against TikTok “in the coming days” and against other Chinese software companies that his administration considers a threat to the national security of the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News that Trump would make an announcement on the matter “very soon.” Pompeo’s comments come after Trump said Friday that he would ban TikTok, the popular Chinese short-form video app, through executive action. The Trump administration has reiterated that TikTok and WeChat, a Chinese messaging app, are “sending user data directly to the Chinese Communist Party.” TikTok in the US in the hands of Microsoft? Microsoft confirmed on Sunday that it...
    Microsoft says it is 'prepared to explore purchase of TikTok' in the United States after its CEO spoke to Donald Trump following his threat to ban the app.   The news comes after Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One on Friday that he would issue an order for social media platform TikTok to be banned in the United States as early as Saturday.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that the president will take action shortly on Chinese software companies that are feeding data directly to the Beijing government, posing a risk to U.S. national security. 'President Trump has said 'enough' and we're going to fix it and so he will take action in the coming days with...
    Bradley Cortright August 2, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that Chinese software companies are feeding their private data “directly to the Chinese Communist Party” and that the federal government will soon take action to address those privacy concerns. In an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Pompeo shared some examples of the kind of information that he said Chinese companies are storing and handing over the Chinese government.  “These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States, whether it’s TikTok or WeChat there are countless more, as Peter Navarro said, are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said. He continued, “Could be their facial recognition pattern. It could be information about their...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported President Trump’s proposed ban of social media phenomenon TikTok, explaining to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” just how use of the app exposes Americans to having their personal information sent straight to the Chinese government. Trump’s call for a ban came amid concerns over the national security risk posed by the app’s collection of personal data, as Microsoft has been in talks to acquire the platform’s U.S. operations. “These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States,” Pompeo said, “are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus. Could be [users’] facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to. Those...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that President Donald Trump would take action against Chinese software companies like TikTok that are a national security risk on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he would ban TikTok. Pompeo said, “Here’s what I hope that the American people will come to recognize, these Chinese software companies doing business the United States, whether it’s TikTok or WeChat, there are countless more … are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus. Could be their facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to.” He continued, “President Trump has said enough, and we’re...
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    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo supported President Trump's proposed ban of social media phenomenon TikTok, explaining to Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" just how use of the app exposes Americans to having their personal information sent straight to the Chinese government. Trump's call for a ban came amid concerns over the national security risk posed by the app's collection of personal data, as Microsoft has been in talks to acquire the platform's U.S. operations. TRUMP SAYS HE PLANS TO BAN TIKTOK FROM US “These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States,” Pompeo said, “are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus. Could be [users'] facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their...
    (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President Donald Trump "will take action in the coming days" on Chinese apps, including TikTok, citing national security risks.Trump told reporters on Friday that he would ban TikTok from operating in the United States through emergency economic powers or an executive order -- though it was not immediately clear what such an order would look like and what legal challenges it might face. The threat met concern from users of the app, who have come to love the short-form video platform. But Pompeo said during an interview on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that Chinese apps like TikTok are an issue for US national security and the privacy of Americans."Here's what I...
    The logo of the TikTok application on a screen in this picture illustration taken February 21, 2019.Danish Siddiqui | Reuters President Donald Trump will announce new action "in the coming days" related to Chinese software companies that his administration views as a threat to U.S. national security, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday. Pompeo said on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that Trump would make an announcement on the matter "shortly." Pompeo's comments come after Trump said on Friday that he would ban TikTok, the Chinese-owned short form video app, via executive action.  The State Department chief cited TikTok and WeChat, a Chinese messaging app, saying they were "feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party." "For a long...
    Stretching for miles across the horizon, a vast armada of Chinese fishing boats trawl the pristine waters close to the Galapagos Islands. Ostensibly fishing squid, the real target for the 265-strong fleet are sharks to serve the appetite for expensive fin soup, costing up to £350 a bowl, sold in markets across China and Hong Kong. Night and day, the vessels – many the size of a football pitch – ransack the seabed, scooping up not only whale and hammerhead sharks but other species including turtles and birds. Stretching for miles across the horizon, a vast armada of Chinese fishing boats trawl the pristine waters close to the Galapagos Islands The scale is staggering. When a single vessel was intercepted...
    Lindsey Graham says Microsoft should take over TikTok to 'keep competition alive and data out of the hands of the Chinese government', after the sale of the app was reportedly put on hold following Trump's announcement.  The senator on Saturday defended the president's decision to take action against the popular video-sharing app, which officials claim poses a national security risk because of the personal data it handles. Graham however, said he was in favor of an American company acquiring TikTok's U.S. operations, rather than banning the app completely.  'To fans and users of#TikTok. I understand your concerns. However President Trump is right to want to make sure that the Chinese Communist Party doesn't own TikTok and most importantly - all...
    TikTok : Trump would force Chinese company to sell TikTok in the US 1:18 (. Business) – People working on the TikTok issue within the Donald Trump administration expect the president to sign an order to force the Chinese company ByteDance to sell the company’s US operations, its popular short-form video app, according to one person. familiar with the matter. The move aims to resolve concerns from policy makers that the foreign-owned TikTok may be a national security risk. However, this Friday President Donald Trump assured that he will ban the application. Speaking on board the Air Force One plane, Trump said, “As for TikTok, we are going to ban them in the United States.” The president...
    TikTok on Saturday said it’s “here for the long run” and “not planning on going anywhere” after President Trump said he intends to ban the popular video app over widespread concerns about data security. “We’re not planning on going anywhere,” U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas said in a video, thanking supporters for their backing. “We appreciate the support, we’re here for the long run and continue to share your voice here and let’s stand up for TikTok,” she said. TRUMP SAYS HE PLANS TO BAN TIKTOK FROM US On the question of security, she said: “When it comes to safety and security we’re building the safest app because we know it’s the right thing to do.” The social media app,...
    Many TikTok creators respond to the president's proposed TikTok bans with memes and jokes. TikTok President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters he would take action to ban popular app TikTok as early as Saturday. Trump over the past month has joined other US officials in expressing security concerns over the app's Chinese ownership and suggested the service is sharing user data with the Chinese government, though the app's owner has denied doing so.  While some TikTok creators encouraged their fans to follow them on their other social media accounts, others made memes or plans to set up a virtual private network so they could still use the app after a ban. A TikTok spokesperson thanked users for...
    President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday night that he is planning to ban TikTok in the United States. Trump said he would ban the Chinese-owned social media platform that has over 800 million daily active users as soon as Saturday. What did the president say?"As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. "I will sign the document tomorrow," said Trump on Friday night. He was asked when the TikTok ban would go into effect, the president replied, "Soon, immediately. I mean essentially immediately." On July 6, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is "looking at" banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps. "We are...
    President Trump (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that he plans to ban the increasingly popular TikTok social media app in the United States. CNN reports that he made the statement while flying on Air Force One. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” the president said, stating an executive order could be coming as early as Saturday. It is, however, uncertain if such as ban is possible. “Well, I have that authority,” Trump claimed. READ MORE: K-pop fans, TikTok users claim credit for low turnout at Trump Tulsa rally TikTok is owned and operated by Chinese company ByteDance. Trump’s criticism of the company also comes...
    President Trump (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that he plans to ban the increasingly popular TikTok social media app in the United States. CNN reports that he made the statement while flying on Air Force One. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” the president said, stating an executive order could be coming as early as Saturday. It is, however, uncertain if such as ban is possible. “Well, I have that authority,” Trump claimed. READ MORE: K-pop fans, TikTok users claim credit for low turnout at Trump Tulsa rally TikTok is owned and operated by Chinese company ByteDance. Trump’s criticism of the company also comes...
    The US general manager of TikTok has said the Chinese-owned video-sharing app is "here for the long run", after President Donald Trump said he would ban it in the US. Vanessa Pappas told TikTok users in a video statement that its staff were building "the safest app". Mr Trump said he could sign an executive order as early as Saturday, amid concerns the app could be used to collect Americans' personal data. TikTok denies any Chinese control. The fast-growing app has up to 80 million active monthly users in the US and the ban would be a major blow for the Chinese firm ByteDance which owns it. It was not immediately clear what authority Mr Trump has to ban TikTok,...
    The U.S. general manager of Chinese video sharing app TikTok has said that the service is 'not planning on going anywhere' after President Donald Trump vowed to ban it over security and privacy concerns. 'We're not planning on going anywhere,' said Vanessa Pappas in a video address on TikTok. 'When it comes to safety and security we're building the safest app because it's the right thing to do.' 'We are so proud of all the various communities who call TikTok home,' Pappas said, urging the app's millions of users to 'stand for TikTok.' Pappas claimed that the app employs 15,000 people in America, and plans to add an additional 10,000 jobs in the coming years. It follows Trump's vow to sign...
    President Trump has told reporters he’s planning to ban TikTok from operating in the US. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday night. Bloomberg reports that Trump indicated he’s ready to sign a document to order the ban as early as today, either via an executive order or emergency economic powers. “I will sign the document tomorrow,” said Trump on Friday night, indicating that a ban could take effect “essentially immediately.” The threat of a TikTok ban has been lingering since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility on July 7th, saying it was “something we’re looking at.” TikTok is a subsidiary of...
    President Donald Trump said Friday night that he is going to ban the Chinese video streaming app TikTok through emergency economic powers or through an executive order, CNN reported. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters while aboard Air Force One, the report noted. “I have that authority,” he added. The president’s remarks came after a Bloomberg report Friday indicated that Trump will order TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, to divest from the popular social media app. The White House has not responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment about how such a ban would take place. (RELATED: Trump Admin Is Seriously Considering Banning TikTok And Other Chinese Apps, Pompeo...
    TikTok stars are bidding farewell to the popular video-sharing app after President Trump announced he was banning the Chinese-owned platform on Saturday, amid national security concerns.  The social media outlet, which allows users to create 15 or 60 second videos, has grown wildly popular among young people over the last year and is estimated to be used by more than 80million Americans. As news of the ban broke on Friday, TikTok stars rushed to say their final goodbyes to the app where they found celebrity status, asking fans to follow them on Instagram or YouTube instead. Scroll down for video  TikTok mega-star Dixie D'Amelio, who boasts 32 million followers, uploaded a video of herself reacting to the demise...
    President Donald Trump has announced he is banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok in the US. He told reporters he could sign an executive order as early as Saturday. US security officials have expressed concern that the app, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, could be used to collect the personal data of Americans. The fast-growing app has up to 80 million active monthly users in America and the ban would be a major blow for ByteDance. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Will TikTok be banned? "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. TikTok spokesperson Hilary McQuaide declined to comment on...
    President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he has decided to ban TikTok. The social media app, which is particularly popular with young users thanks to its bite-sized videos that often feature dances or short skits, has been a source of controversy both in the United States and throughout the world due to its alleged ties to the Chinese government. According to CBS News, the president made the announcement to reporters aboard Air Force One while en route from Florida to Washington D.C. “We’re banning them from the United States,” he said. Though Trump did not give many more details on the decision, he added that he was hoping to sign something to enforce the new directive as soon as...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald trump said on Friday that he was planning to sign an executive order as soon as Saturday banning Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok from the United States. The move would be the culmination of U.S. national security concerns over the safety of the personal data that TikTok handles. It would represent a major blow for TikTok's owner, Beijing-based ByteDance, which became one of only a handful of truly global Chinese conglomerates thanks to the app's commercial success. "As far as TikTok is concerned, we are banning them from the United States... I will sign the document tomorrow," Trump told reporters on Air Force One. ByteDance and TikTok did not immediately respond to requests for comment....
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump says he plans to officially ban TikTok in the US -- and might act as soon as Saturday. Trump made the announcement on Air Force One on Friday night as he returned from a trip to Florida. 1Credit: AP:Associated Press “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” the president told reporters. TikTok is a Chinese-owned video app that's become popular among Americans in the last two years or so. Most read in NewsToo Sexy for Twitch?Did Lana's bikini get husband Rusev kicked off Twitch?BLOODBATHFamily killed in murder-suicide pictured after dad 'shot wife, three kids & dog'PRES CLAIMSBill Clinton flew to Epstein 'orgy island' with 'two young girls', docs claimINTIMATE...
    The United States has increased its pressure on the Chinese government to stop the reported human rights abuses being committed against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China by hitting them with more sanctions. “The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities rank as the stain of the century,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. “The Trump Administration has led the world’s effort to impose tangible costs on the PRC's continuous campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, intrusive surveillance, forced labor, forced population control, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at these groups,” he added. CHINA CALLS US ACCUSATIONS OF HACKING TO STEAL CORONAVIRUS VACCINE DATA 'PURE SLANDER'...
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) — Microsoft Corp. is reportedly in talks to acquire the U.S. operations of the popular app Tik Tok. According to Bloomberg, the deal “would give the software company a popular social-media site and relieve U.S. government pressure on the Chinese owner of the video-sharing app.” Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps over national security concerns. His remarks come as India banned the app and Australia is considering it. Pompeo said he doesn’t recommend downloading the app unless “you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” In a statement to CBS News, a spokesperson refuted Pompeo’s claims saying,...
    As President Donald Trump wrestles with the decision to ban the Chinese-owned video app TikTok in the US, an American company is considering taking steps to purchase the platform. The New York Times reports that Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, according to sources who note the deal could 'alter the app's ownership.' The news comes as Trump is set to announce a verdict as soon as Friday that would mandate China's ByteDance strip its ownership of the platform. As President Donald Trump wrestles with the decision to ban the Chinese-owned video app TikTok in the US, an American company is considering taking steps to purchase the platform TikTok, which has some 800 million users worldwide, has raised...
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    A new Pew Research Center survey found over three-quarters of American adults blame the Chinese government for the global spread of the coronavirus and over 60 percent of respondents said the country has done a poor job handling the aftermath of the outbreak. The survey, which polled 1,003 individuals and was conducted from June 16 to July 14, showed 73 percent of U.S. adults have an unfavorable view of the country, which marks the most negative rating in the 15 years that Pew Research Center has been conducting polling on the subject, according to a press release. Negative views toward China have also increased by 7 percentage points over the last four months alone and have gone up 26 points since 2018. The survey claimed 83...
    Americans want to see tougher action on China over human rights, according to a new survey that found attitudes toward Beijing have hardened to historic levels. And overall 73 percent of adults said they had an unfavorable view of the country, up 26 points since 2018 and up seven points since March, as China became a focal point for anger over its handling of coronavirus. That is the most negative rating in the 15 years since Pew has been surveying views on China. The findings, published by the Pew Research Center, will cement the issue as one of the top election questions facing two candidates who have tussled over who can better play hard ball with Beijing. The Trump campaign...
    The latest electric vehicle startup to cash in on a new wave of hype and investment in the space is Li Auto, a five-year-old Chinese company that started trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday after raising $1.1 billion in an initial public offering. It’s the second Chinese EV startup to become a publicly traded company in the United States, following Nio’s 2018 IPO and subsequent listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Another, XPeng, will reportedly be next. With Tesla recently becoming the world’s most valuable automaker, there is suddenly a renewed focus on funding EV startups. Fresh money has been rushing into the likes of Rivian, Nikola, Fisker, Karma, and even suppliers like Velodyne and Hyliion over the last...
    TRILLER is a new app that allows users to create professional-looking music videos in a matter of seconds. The app has more than 80 million downloads with celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Cardi B using it to create their own music videos.  10Triller is a music video app used by celebrities to create contentCredit: Triller Here is more on Triller. What is the new app Triller? Triller is a new app powered by artificial intelligence which allows users to create professional-looking videos in a matter of seconds. Users can pick a song, select the portion of the song they want to use, snap a few takes and with the tap of a button they have a celebrity-quality music video...
    A notorious triad leader in China has been executed after running a 196-member criminal organisation and terrorising a county for 30 years. Huang Hongfa, who was known locally as 'the emperor', was put to death today by a regional court after receiving the death sentence at a re-trial in March. He had been found guilty of 17 charges, including organising and leading an organisation of a gangland nature, intentional assault and offering bribes. Huang Hongfa, a former triad leader, was executed on Thursday in southern China. The picture shows Hongfa donning goggles, a face mask and a full-body protective suit in court in March A regional high court found the former triad leader guilty of 17 charges including organising...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers Thursday that the “tide is turning” on China, as the U.S has led the push to ramp up international pressure on the communist regime on issues from property theft to international surveillance, to Chinese crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong. “We see the Chinese Communist Party also for what it is: the central threat of our times. Our vigorous diplomacy has helped lead an international awakening to the threat of the CCP,” Pompeo said at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department's budget. “Senators, the tide is turning.” POMPEO ANNOUNCES END OF 'BLIND ENGAGEMENT' WITH COMMUNIST CHINA: 'DISTRUST AND VERIFY'   The Trump administration has been ramping up pressure against Chinese influence across the globe...
    VIDEO3:5503:55Sen. Mark Warner: Users should know what their data is worth to tech companiesSquawk Box Sen. Mark Warner isn't taking a break-up of U.S. tech giants off the table, but said Thursday he's wary of having their Chinese equivalents take their place. "I'm not in the break-'em-up category – yet," said Warner, D-Va., when asked on CNBC's "Squawk Box" about how companies like Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon could be regulated. "These are all global companies. Frankly, to have them replaced by Alibaba or Baidu or Tencent – Chinese companies may not be the better alternative," Warner said. "What I would rather start with, keeping break-up as a reserve option, is, what can we do to add more competition?"...
    On the heels of a bombshell report from ESPN alleging China's NBA training academies abused their young players, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on the United States to reexamine its relationship with the East Asian power player. In a Wednesday interview on "Fox News @ Night," the acting Senate Intelligence Committee chairman said he found the allegations from ESPN to be "troubling." ACTIVISTS PUSH FOR INVESTIGATION OVER CLAIMS CHINA IS FORCIBLY HARVESTING ORGANS IF UIGHUR POPULATION Rubio said while the NBA  was seeing dollar signs in China's massive market, the problem is that it's "not just any other market." "This is a totalitarian government that doesn't have any of the same concepts of freedom of speech or human rights that we have in the United States or...
    (CNN)Two things are clear about the alarming plummet in US relations with China: First, President Donald Trump and his team are deliberately stoking the flames, in a bid to revive his reelection campaign. Second, tensions between the world's most powerful nation and its rising rival may not be much better if Joe Biden is the next president.America's long policy of trying to shape China into a nation that plays by the rules of the global system and eventually democratizes is so 1990s. Twenty-first century China under President Xi Jinping sees itself on a historic mission to prove that its system of centralized, authoritarian control twinned with a powerhouse economy can best the Western order.After toadying to Xi for the sake...
    Three TikTok stars with a combined following of nearly 38 million have disclosed to DailyMail.com that they intend to quit the app and move to rival Triller, amid mounting fears the video-sharing platform could be used by China to spy on Americans. Josh Richards, Griffin Johnson and Noah Beck said they came to a collective decision to slowly withdraw from TikTok a few months ago after becoming aware of reports the app’s Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, could be sharing user data with the Chinese government. The concerns of the three viral video creators have also been shared by numerous government officials and lawmakers in recent weeks, leading President Trump to announce Wednesday that the US is considering banning the social...
    Hong Kong police have made their first major arrests under a new national security law, detaining four young people on suspicion of inciting secession. Three males and one female, aged 16 to 21, were arrested at three locations, a police official said. All are believed to be students. Police said the group had made comments on social media since the law took effect that urged independence for Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Li Kwai-wah, senior superintendent of a newly-formed unit to enforce the security law, said: 'They say they want to establish a Hong Kong republic, and that they will unreservedly fight for it. They also said they want to unite all pro-independence groups in Hong Kong for this...
    More than 180 human rights groups and labor unions have called on major apparel brands to end the use of forced labor in Xinjiang, China — an accusation that the most popular brands, including Nike and Amazon, have denied.  More than 100 civil society organizations and labor unions joined 72 Uighur rights groups in urging brands to cut ties with suppliers that use materials produced in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where numerous reports have revealed Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being forced to work in factories, often also while being being indoctrinated with ideological and behavioral reeducation, Politico reported.  “The Chinese government has rounded up an estimated 1 to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim...
    (CNN)When you think about cyber espionage, the Vatican doesn't come to mind as an obvious target. It's a tiny country whose leader has more moral authority than worldly power. But China and the Vatican are expected to begin sensitive negotiations in September to a renew a secret deal over control of the Catholic Church in China. Chinese leaders may have been looking for an advantage -- inside knowledge on how the Holy See planned to approach the bargaining table, according to a report released Tuesday by Recorded Future, a threat intelligence firm. The names of the suspected groups, such as Mustang Panda and RedDelta, bring to mind the cloak-and-dagger world of the medieval Catholic Church, when the Pope dispatched powerful...
    Residents in a Chinese city have been shocked to spot a mysterious cluster of lights that resemble an illuminating UFO in the night sky. Social media footage shows the colourful lights glowing above the skyscrapers on Saturday evening in China's southern metropolitan city Shenzhen. A stunned onlooker can be heard saying: 'There is a UFO in the sky. This is so strange.' Residents in Shenzhen, a southern Chinese city have been bewildered after spotting a mysterious cluster of lights that resemble an illuminating UFO in the night sky on Saturday Other local residents also rushed to share videos and images online, capturing the mysterious lights. The unusual scene quickly became a trending topic on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent...
    A penguin in the Galapagos Islands. Alfie Photography/Shutterstock A fleet of about 260 Chinese fishing boats was discovered nearly 200 miles off the coast of the Galapagos Islands. Ecuadorian officials say the boats appear every year, and they fear the ships will try to harm the area's precious marine life, The Guardian reported. Oswaldo Jarrin, Ecuador's defense minister, told Reuters the Navy has been on "alert" since the ships were discovered. Jarrin said officials have increased patrolling to the exclusive economic zone's border around the ecologically sensitive islands. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A fleet of about 260 Chinese fishing boats have been spotted nearly 200 miles off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, and Ecuadorian...
    A U.S.-based cybersecurity firm alleges that the Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong were targeted by Chinese hackers ahead of negotiations set to take place in September to discuss the status of the church in China, numerous sources reported. Recorded Future, the Massachusetts firm, reported Tuesday that Chinese-state sponsored group RedDelta had intruded in the networks of the Vatican to gain insight into the negotiating position of the Church ahead of the 2020 renewal of the 2018 China-Vatican provisional agreement, which allows Beijing to name bishops with approval from the pope.  Worshippers receive communion as they attend a Christmas eve mass at the Xishiku Cathedral in Beijing on December 24, 2019. (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)...
    CNN host John Berman scolded White House trade adviser Peter Navarro for using the term "China virus" to describe the coronavirus pandemic. Navarro referred to COVID-19 as the "China virus" and the "CCP virus" during his Wednesday morning interview on New Day. Berman noted that he let one reference of the "China virus" go unchecked but demanded that Navarro stop using the phrase. "We let you say that once, Peter. Please don't say it again on this show. I know why you're saying it," Berman said, adding, "I know what you are trying to do there. There are Asian Americans who have told us they have become the source of crimes." Navarro said that the Chinese Communist Party...
    An ancient clay pig figurine has caused an internet sensation for its striking resemblance to a main character of the Angry Birds. The fist-size artwork was discovered under the ruins of a tribe dating back nearly 5,000 years in south-western China. It has sparked a trending topic in the country after people said it looked exactly like the Green Pig in the popular video game. A fist-size clay sculpture (left) discovered under an archaeological site in China has sparked a sensation after people said it looked exactly like the Green Pig (right) in the Angry Birds RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Nurse falls to their death from Wuhan coronavirus hospital... China records the highest...
    Science Alert. “data-reactid =” 12 “> For a few days some United States citizens is it so receiving in their houses some packages originating in China inside which he findsn bags with seeds they have not bought no request. The United States Department of Agriculture has asked those who receive them to keep the packaging, wait for an official to come to collect them and, above all, to don’t plant them, as collected by Science Alert. Keep the packaging and don’t plant seeds of unknown origin!“The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published this Monday in a statement shared through social media.” Data-reactid = “15”> “If you receive them [estas semillas no solicitadas], contact the State Department of Agriculture...
            Host Steve Bannon interviewed Peter Navarro at the Freedom Summit about America-China relations amid the coronavirus pandemic that was started by the Chinese. Bannon: We are at the Freedom Summit here to talk about defending ourselves from all enemies foreign and domestic. As you know if you listen to War Room Pandemic over the past couple of months we think we’ve identified the number existential threat to the United States and that is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). My guest is for the opening and I only came off sea duty to be here at the summit. Navarro: How are you today commodore? Bannon: Thank you. Good. And I’m glad to be back ashore....
    American forces deployed to the Pacific are "highly vulnerable" to attacks from China, according to a senior GOP lawmaker who fears that Beijing could instigate and win a conflict with the United States. “The first thing that you'd have to do with certain pieces of our equipment is leave the area if China were to escalate this way,” said Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations subcommittee for East Asia and the Pacific. “That’s not exactly a position of strength,” he said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. What equipment does he have in mind? “The Navy,” he replied. “You would basically end up in a situation where all of our planning, all of our...
    Neil Bush is co-chairman of a Chinese company that inked a deal last year with a Chinese aerospace giant that the Pentagon deemed last month to be an arm of the People’s Liberation Army. Bush and his partner, Wang Tianyi, organized a symposium last year that featured guests with the Chinese aerospace company, Communist party officials and Russian space officials. The U.S. government is increasingly concerned about China’s space efforts, as well as its burgeoning partnership with Moscow. Neil Bush, a relative of two former presidents, is the co-chairman of a Beijing-based real estate firm that partnered last year with China’s main producer of space and military equipment, which the Pentagon recently deemed an arm of China’s military....
    Chinese customers look at iphones at the official opening of the new Apple Store in the Sanlitun shopping area on July 17, 2020 in Beijing, China.Kevin Frayer | Getty Images Apple was the fastest-growing smartphone maker in China in the second quarter, according to research data, which showed that the iPhone maker bucked the overall decline in the world's second-largest economy. The cheaper iPhone SE and the popularity of the iPhone 11 series, along with deep discounts, helped Apple get a boost in one of its most critical markets.  The sell-through volume for iPhones in China was 7.4 million units in the April to June quarter, a 32% growth year-on-year, according to Counterpoint Research. Sell-through refers to iPhones that go to...
    Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Getty HONG KONG—China launched its most ambitious space mission last week, with a trio consisting of an orbiter, lander, and rover loaded onto a massive rocket that is heading to Mars. The mission is an impressive scientific feat, one that is entangled with Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s push to define China as a conquering superpower in space. Called Tianwen-1, the Chinese Mars mission involves a seven-month journey to the red planet. When the rocket nears its destination after traveling 39 million miles, it will release the orbiter to scan and map Mars from above, while the lander will carry the rover to the planet’s surface. If everything goes according to plan...
    Joe Biden's presidential campaign has banned staffers from using the Chinese video sharing app TikTok, citing security and privacy concerns. In a memo on Monday, Biden's general counsel, Dana Remus, ordered staff members to delete TikTok from both their personal and work phones, and to 'refrain from downloading and using TikTok,' according to Bloomberg. The memo also bans staff from trading individual stocks without approval from the campaign’s general counsel, an unusual step for a presidential campaign. TikTok faces regulatory challenges across the globe, and a potential ban by the U.S. government over suspicions Beijing could force its Chinese owner to turn over user data.  Joe Biden's presidential campaign has banned staffers from using the Chinese video sharing app TikTok, citing...
    260 Chinese fishing ships have been discovered near the Galapagos Islands sparking concerns that they will damage the marine eco-system in the area. Ecuador's president Lenin Moreno had been tweeting over the weekend to boast about the security in place to protect the area surrounding the islands which he said is 'a hotbed of life for the entire planet'. However, the Ecuadorian Navy has confirmed that around 260 fishing vessels have been spotted 200 miles from the islands' shores. The Ecuadorian Navy has confirmed that around 260 fishing vessels have been spotted 200 miles from the Galapagos Islands Blue Planet Society spokesperson John Hourston told Sky News that the Chinese vessels were sucking the life from the 'biodiversity...
    The parent company of the successful short video app TikTok is based in Beijing and belongs to a software engineer who worked for Microsoft. We tell you what is known about it Your name may not be familiar to you, but ByteDance is one of the world’s most valuable technological “unicorns”. Valued at $ 78 billion According to a . report from the end of last year, the Chinese company has invested in more than 21 startups since 2012. Some examples are Lark (an alternative to Slack), Flipchat (for video chatting) or Toutia (a news aggregator). But the most popular is without a doubt TikTok. It is the fashion application. The popular free short video app continues to grow...
    (CNN)The Trump administration's decision to eject China from its Houston consulate on a spying accusation is the latest move in a spate of US policies and actions that target Beijing. In recent weeks, the administration has sanctioned high-level Chinese officials, revoked Hong Kong's special commercial status, and delivered several high-level speeches directed at China — including on Thursday, in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stopped just short of calling for regime change. China, for its part, has retaliated by ordering the US to close its consulate in Chengdu. The timing of this escalation is no coincidence: Trump has claimed to be tough on China for years but, in reality, he has often fawned over President Xi Jinping, praising his...
    ECUADOR are upping security around the Galapagos Islands after hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels were spotter near it - threatening to destroy the wildlife around the area. The Ecuadorian Navy has identified around 260 boats around the protected islands, famous for its array of ecological life. 4The Galapagos Islands are famed for their wide variety of wildlife - and as the inspiration for Charles Darwin's theory of evolutionCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4A Green sea turtle swims in the ecologically rich lagoonCredit: Getty - Contributor Patrols have been increased to fend off Chinese ships entering the area, which inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Ecuador president Lenin Moreno fired off a series of tweets over the weekend expressing...
    Hong Kong/New Delhi (CNN Business)India is banning dozens more apps and reportedly reviewing hundreds of others from well-known Chinese companies, as tensions between the world's most populous countries continue to rise. The Indian government banned an additional 47 apps, all clones or variations of 59 other apps India blocked last month on national security grounds, an official at India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology told CNN Business on Tuesday. Caught up in the initial ban were several prominent Chinese apps, including the wildly popular video sharing app TikTok. App clones or variants would likely include lighter versions designed for entry-level smartphones with limited memory."Although the decision is based on the fact the new apps are the clones of the...
    The wife of the US Consul General in Chengdu has faced backlash in China after web users accused her of comparing her departure from the city earlier this year to Jews escaping from the Nazis during the Second World War. Beijing has shut down Washington's Chengdu office in tit-for-tat retaliation after Donald Trump closed down China's consulate in Houston amid spying accusations. But Chuang Tzu-I, the Taiwanese spouse of consul-general Jim Mullinax, had left the Chinese city in February with her two children due to the coronavirus outbreak. Chuang Tzu-I, the wife of the US Consul General in Chengdu Jim Mullinax, has been caught in the crossfire amid escalating diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Washington. The food writer, originally...
    India has banned another 47 Chinese apps just weeks after the country blocked popular video-sharing platforms TikTok and WeChat as well as 57 others over national security and privacy concerns. "We have banned 47 mobile apps from China in this ongoing exercise which highlights the government's seriousness about data privacy and security," an official told news agency AFP. A notice sent by WeChat on Saturday to an undetermined number of Indian users read, "Pursuant to Indian law we are unable to offer you WeChat at this time." US, INDIAN NAVIES CONDUCT JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS AS TENSIONS SIMMER WITH CHINA Tensions between India and China have significantly soured following last month's border clash that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and several others...
    A leading Chinese disease-control expert has confirmed that Wuhan's officials did cover up the scale of the initial outbreak. Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, who visited the former coronavirus epicentre in January to help diagnose cases, told BBC that local authorities destroyed physical evidence and provided 'slow' response to clinical findings.   'I do suspect that they have been doing some cover-up locally at Wuhan,' he said. 'The local officials who are supposed to immediately relay the information has not allowed this to be done as readily as it should.' Professor Yuen Kwok-yung (pictured), who visited Wuhan in January to help diagnose cases, told BBC that local authorities destroyed physical evidence and provided 'slow' response to clinical findings. The expert inspected the former...
    Chinese citizens have allegedly lit firecrackers outside the US consulate in Chengdu to celebrate the closure of the diplomatic mission. Footage shows a man setting off braids of fireworks as they flare up with smoke in the front-end of the building in the western city of Chengdu on Friday. Tens of millions of Chinese web users erupted in cheer and praised Chengdu residents as 'heroes' while watching the event unfold during a live-stream. 
    Residents across several U.S. states have reportedly been receiving seeds of unknown origin from unidentified Chinese senders. What are the details? States impacted by the mysterious seeds include Arizona, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, Virginia, Washington, Utah, and more. Fox News and other outlets report that many of the packages appear to contain jewelry — but there is no jewelry inside the parcel. On Friday, the Virginia Department of Agriculture tweeted, "Public Asked To Report Receipt of any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds." The Virginia Department of Agriculture added, "The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on...
    Peter Shinkoda (left) and Jeph Loeb. #SaveDaredevil YouTube/Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images "Daredevil" actor Peter Shinkoda, who played Nobu in the series, said that former head of Marvel television, Jeph Loeb, once said that "nobody cares about Chinese people and Asian people." Shinkoda was speaking on a virtual panel as part of the #SaveDardevilCon on July 25, and told fellow actors Geoffrey Cantor and Tommy Walker that "Jeph Loeb told the writers room not to write for Nobu and Gao." Shinkoda said that his character's backstory and a more complex storyline were dropped as a result, and said that several writers apologized to him and said their "hands were tied." Insider has reached out to Marvel Entertainment for comment....
    This Monday, July 27, Chinese officials entered the United States consulate in Chengdu, shortly after the departure of the Americans, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement. A response to Washington’s decision The Trump administration ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston (United States) last week, amid espionage charges. Condemning a “scandalous action” which “seriously violates international law”, the China she also ordered the closure of the US consulate, located in the large city of Chengdu, on Friday, July 24. The stars and stripes of the United States has been taken down A bus with tinted windows left the US consulate on Sunday. On Monday morning, the last Washington employees left the diplomatic compound, some...
    CHENGDU, China – In the more than 40 years since China and the United States established formal diplomatic relations, accusations have been crossed, tensions have arisen and remitted, and the two sides have been dangerously close to direct confrontation. However, the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston and the Chinese retaliation for ordering the closure of the Chengdu US consulate mark a new low in relations between the world’s two largest economies, which is not easy to resolve. The mistrust and rancor surrounding disputes over alleged theft of technology, national security, human rights, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea are now the main drivers of a relationship that for years isolated these issues to prevent...
    CHENGDU, China – In the more than 40 years since China and the United States established formal diplomatic relations, accusations have been crossed, tensions have arisen and remitted, and the two sides have been dangerously close to direct confrontation. However, the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston and the Chinese retaliation for ordering the closure of the Chengdu US consulate mark a new low in relations between the world’s two largest economies, which is not easy to resolve. The mistrust and rancor surrounding disputes over alleged theft of technology, national security, human rights, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea are now the main drivers of a relationship that for years isolated these issues to prevent...
    CHENGDU, China – In the more than 40 years since China and the United States established formal diplomatic relations, accusations have been crossed, tensions have arisen and remitted, and the two sides have been dangerously close to direct confrontation. However, the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston and the Chinese retaliation for ordering the closure of the Chengdu US consulate mark a new low in relations between the world’s two largest economies, which is not easy to resolve. The mistrust and rancor surrounding disputes over alleged theft of technology, national security, human rights, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea are now the main drivers of a relationship that for years isolated these issues to prevent...
    São Paulo (CNN)In the corner of a COVID-19 ward in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a woman cleaning the mouth of an intubated patient carries an extraordinary hope for pretty much all of us. Slipping a mouthwash-soaked brush into an elderly woman's mouth, at great personal daily risk, dentist Denise Abranches has something more than courage in her veins.Abranches was the first of an expected 5,000 Brazilian key workers in the healthcare system to receive a trial coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University and multinational drugmaker AstraZeneca, along with volunteers in the UK and South Africa.Across the city, frontline medics like her have enrolled in a Phase 3 test of the vaccine's efficacy as they battle the pandemic, which has infected more than...
    Miami — Three trucks entered the building complex, while uniformed and plainclothes police lined up on either side of the street, which was protected with metal barriers. The editor of China’s tabloid Global Times newspaper tweeted that the U.S. consulate in Chengdu had 72 hours to close, or until 10 a.m. Monday, July 27. China claimed that some of the Chengdu consulate staff were “carrying out activities that were not in line with their identities.” Without giving details, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the activity had interfered with China’s affairs and damaged his security interests. China’s order to close the consulate in Chengdu was issued on Friday in retaliation for a U.S. order to close the Chinese...
    A Singaporean man in Washington, D.C., pleaded responsible to expenses of performing as an unlawful agent of the Chinese language authorities, the Justice Division mentioned Friday. Jun Wei Yeo, also referred to as Dickson Yeo, was busted for working a bogus consulting company designed to extract data from US authorities staff and the army, Reuters reported. The bust is the newest in a string of official escalations between China and america in latest days. On Friday the federal government additionally moved to arrest 4 scientists, who they accuse of getting undisclosed ties to the Chinese language army. The quartet had been all charged with visa fraud. One of many researchers, Juan Tang, had taken refuge within the Chinese language...
    A Singaporean man in Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to charges of acting as an illegal agent of the Chinese government, the Justice Department said Friday. Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, was busted for operating a bogus consulting agency designed to extract information from US government workers and the military, Reuters reported. The bust is the latest in a string of official escalations between China and the United States in recent days. On Friday the government also moved to arrest four scientists, who they accuse of having undisclosed ties to the Chinese military. The quartet were all charged with visa fraud. One of the researchers, Juan Tang, had taken refuge in the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, which...
    Beijing's 'coercive conduct' in the South China Sea has been slammed by Australia's Foreign Minister and Defence Minister ahead of high level talks in Washington DC.  Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Foreign Minister Marise Payne will travel to the United States capital on Sunday for the AUSMIN talks where they will meet with their American counterparts.  Senators Payne and Reynolds have flagged China's actions in Hong Kong along with internet hacking and fake news as other issues ahead of next week's meeting, according to The Australian.  Warships and fighter jets of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy take part in a military display in the South China Sea April 12, 2018. Picture taken April 12, 2018  Foreign Minister...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed former Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty and Senator Tom Cotton to the studio. During the third hour, Cotton and Hagerty disclosed their position on China and how they would partner together in the U.S. Senate. Hagerty reiterated his commitment to standing strong behind President Trump against threats both foreign and domestic. Leahy: I’m here with all-star panelist Crom Carmichael and former ambassador Bill Hagerty. Welcome Ambassador. Hagerty: Great to be back. Great to be back. Leahy: And Senator Tom...
    The United States gave the Chinese government 72 hours to cease operating its consulate in Houston. Police put up barricades at the Chinese consulate in Houston on July 24, 2020. Photo: MARK FELIX / A / . / . Federal agents of U.S and local law enforcement entered the consulate complex of China in Houston on Friday afternoon following Tuesday’s order of close diplomatic facilities after US officials claimed it was part of a larger Chinese espionage effort using diplomatic facilities in the United States, CNN reported. US agents, local law enforcement and a locksmith’s van entered the Chinese consulate in Houston days after it was ordered to close. US officials alleged the facility was part...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A Singaporean man living in Washington D.C. has pleaded guilty to being an "illegal agent of a foreign power," prosecutors said Friday. Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, worked for Chinese intelligence for four or five years, recruiting Americans with access to sensitive information over the internet and commissioning them to write reports, which he then passed on to Beijing. "The Chinese Government uses an array of duplicity to obtain sensitive information from unsuspecting Americans," United States Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement. "Yeo was central to one such scheme, using career networking sites and a false consulting firm to lure Americans who might be of interest to the Chinese government. This is...
    Helen Raleigh, a Centennial Institute Fellow and senior contributor for the Federalist, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the United States’ decision to close the Chinese consulate in Houston, China’s response to that action and more. This week, the United States ordered the shutdown of the Chinese consulate in Houston. Days later, the Chinese responded by demanding the U.S. shut down their consulate in Chengdu. “Closing a consulate is a dramatic, serious step,” Raleigh said. “Normally, countries do not engage in such a dramatic step, as you mentioned. U.S. ordered China to close a consulate and now China retaliated.” Raleigh continued, “this kind of dramatic step usually means — if we keep at it — it will lead...
    San Francisco (CNN Business)The US tech industry's biggest names have made a beeline for India in recent months, and current darling Zoom is following suit.The videoconferencing company announced this week that it will triple its existing workforce in India's financial capital, Mumbai, while also establishing new data centers in the tech hubs of Bangalore and Hyderabad. The company declined to share exactly how many employees it currently has in India and how many more it plans to hire."It's very much the culture of Zoom to be curious, to look for ... opportunities for growth wherever they may present themselves and not to close us off to any option," the company's chief operating officer, Aparna Bawa, told CNN Business in an...
    By Susan Mathew Jul 24 (.) – European stocks posted their biggest drop in a month on Friday as confidence in world markets declined after Beijing ordered the United States to close its consulate in a Chinese city in retaliation for a move. similar taken by Washington. * In a session in which all sectors closed in the red, the losses were led by technology stocks such as SAP and ASML. * The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 1.7%, causing its first weekly loss in four weeks. The rise in global COVID-19 cases was also a negative factor in the session, as investors fear that measures to contain the disease could reverse a rebound in business activity. * PMI data...