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    President Biden on Wednesday invited Taiwan to a democracy summit next month, a move that sent China into a rage.   The 'Summit for Democracy' will bring together developed democracies like France and Sweden, but also places where activists say democracy is 'under attack' like Poland, the Philippines and India.  The US does not formally recognize Taiwan's independence and China sees the island as a rogue territory of the Peoples' Republic of China.  China, which was left off the invite list, eviscerated Biden for the move, calling it a 'mistake' and accusing him of using democracy as a cover for oppression.  China's Foreign Ministry said it was 'firmly opposed' to the invite. President Biden on Wednesday invited Taiwan to a democracy summit next month, a move that sent China into a rage Biden sat down for a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, where Taiwan was a key point of discussion 'U.S. actions only go to show democracy is just a cover and a tool for it to advance its geopolitical objectives, oppress other countries, divide the world...
    (CNN)Boston Celtics star Enes Kanter says he felt encouraged to speak out against China after the NBA supported players in fighting other injustices and human rights issues. In recent months, Kanter has used social media posts and specially designed clothing during NBA games to bring awareness to China's treatment of the Uyghur community, Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong. His posts and comments have caused a backlash in China with Celtics games being pulled by Chinese video-streaming site Tencent and the government criticizing the 29-year-old's comments. Kanter told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview that despite speaking out on issues such as Black Lives Matter, the NBA has stayed silent on China -- highlighting its struggle in balancing player activism with the lucrative Chinese market. "NBA made me do this," Kanter said. "Because every time when one of the NBA teams or the commissioner comes out to speak, they say we are encouraging players to talk about whatever they want to talk about. Read More"We are giving freedom to our players to talk about all the injustices happening around the...
    A spokesman for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley on Wednesday confirmed some allegations contained in a new book that the chairman, allegedly fearing then-President Donald Trump would order a nuclear strike, had a meeting with other uniformed leaders and two phone calls with his Chinese counterpart. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, speaks during a press conference about the situation in Afghanistan. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images). Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler said in a statement (emphasis added): The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia. These conversations remain vital to improving mutual understanding of U.S. national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity and avoiding unintended consequences or conflict. His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability. All calls from the Chairman to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of...
    Chinese disinformation campaigns around the origin of the coronavirus have spilled out into other countries, even attempting to promote protests in the United States. Security experts at FireEye and Google in 2019 identified a disinformation operation that initially aimed to discredit the Hong Kong democracy movement. The campaign consisted of hundreds of social media accounts in English and Chinese. The campaign has now spread across Twitter, Facebook and Google to dozens of sites around the world, Reuters reported. Such sites include vKontakte, LiveJournal and others in Russian, German, Spanish and other languages.   BIDEN ‘DISAPPOINTED’ IN GOP GOVERNORS WHO PLAN TO RESIST VACCINE MANDATE: ‘HAVE AT IT’ The campaign shifted focus over the past year to push Chinese disinformation about the origins of COVID-19, including the narrative that the virus first emerged in the United States and that the U.S. military developed it.  Multiple Russian-language accounts have pushed a message that says "U.S. Ft. Detrick was the source of COVID-19."  BROWN UNIVERSITY TO STUDY COVID-19 VACCINES, BOOSTERS IN NURSING HOME RESIDENTS Fort Detrick is a U.S. Army facility in Maryland,...
    London (CNN Business)El Salvador's "Bitcoin Day" did not go especially well. The impoverished country's vaunted adoption of bitcoin as legal tender on Tuesday was marred by street protests, technical glitches and an extreme drop in the value of the controversial digital currency.What went wrong? "Chivo Wallet," a storage app created by the government, wasn't immediately available on major app stores. By the end of the day, it had appeared on Apple and Huawei platforms. Hundreds of people marched against bitcoin in various protests across the capital city, the Financial Times reported. The price of bitcoin started the day around $53,000 before plunging by as much as 19%, according to data from Coinbase. The digital currency has since recovered some losses to trade near $46,270. President Nayib Bukele, a right-wing populist who is the driving force behind the bitcoin initiative, took the dramatic price drop in his stride. "Buying the dip," he quipped on Twitter. He also joined online crypto supporters in praising major companies such as McDonald's (MCD) for accepting bitcoin as payment.Read MoreSupporters have argued that...
    A Chinese bank clerk counts yuan banknotes at a bank in Huaibei, east Chinas Anhui Province, July 6, 2012.Jie Zhao | Corbis News | Getty Images BEIJING — Chinese investors are turning to the local stock market as once-lucrative options like real estate and cryptocurrencies have fallen under tighter government scrutiny. Since late July, daily trading volume in mainland Chinese A shares has held above 1 trillion yuan ($154.56 billion) and climbed to a high for the year of 1.71 trillion yuan on Wednesday, according to Wind Information. That's about twice the daily average trading volume of the last two years of 840 billion yuan, the data showed. And on Wednesday, trading volume in the Shanghai composite alone was 842.2 billion yuan, the highest since July 2015, the summer China's stock market crashed amid high speculation.VIDEO1:3001:30J.P. Morgan's Joyce Chang gives her top China play amid the regulation crackdownTrading NationSix years later, this summer has been one of intense Chinese government regulation hitting the technology and education sectors. An underlying political call for "common prosperity" — moderate wealth for all, rather...
    Assumed Western impact on the communist regime has not played out the way trade advocates predicted. Consider how Chinese strongman Xi Jinping and previous leaders have treated religiously observant citizens whose beliefs threaten the ideology of the regime — from Uyghur Muslims to the Christian faithful. The government's treatment of Christians has been going on for years. A few recent examples: In the summer of 2019, Xi and his local religion monitors shut down faith venues based on the idea that the "number of believes cannot be allowed to continue growing." Reports surfaced in April that Chinese officials are detaining Christians in windowless "transformation" facilities and using "brainwashing" to try to get them to renounce their faith. In late 2018, the government cracked down on unregistered religious organizations and committed raids on numerous churches. Three years ago, China banned online sales of the Bible while continuing to allow outlets like Amazon to sell Muslim, Taoist, and Buddhist texts. Last summer, the government ordered Christians to replace crosses and images of Jesus Christ with portraits...
    TOKYO (AP) — The IOC says the Olympics are only about the sports; no politics allowed. This will be the mantra, as it always is, when the Beijing Winter Games open in six months. Covering ski races or figure-skating finals should be painless; just stay in the sports bubble and out of trouble. But reporters from other countries who puncture the PR skin to explore other aspects of life in China — as they have in Japan during the Tokyo Olympics — could draw more than criticism. They could face harassment and threats if portrayals are deemed by the government — and the increasingly nationalist public — to be giving a negative view of China. “China demands complete adherence to its position on a number of issues,” Oriana Skylar Mastro, who researches China security issues at Stanford University, told The Associated Press. “It demands this from governments, but also corporations, media, and individuals,” she said in an email. “So, do I think China is going to go after anyone, including sports reporters during the Olympics, that deviate from the...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Chinese tech stocks are continuing their big sell-off as investors continue to digest Beijing's widening crackdown on private enterprise. Meituan dropped 16% in Hong Kong on Tuesday, eclipsing Monday's massive 14% loss — making it the food delivery firm's worst two days on record. That plunge — which combined, has wiped out more than $56 billion in market value for Meituan since Friday — came as Chinese regulators issued new guidelines Monday calling for improved standards for food delivery workers.China's State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement that companies should take steps to ensure that riders make at least the local minimum wage, to reduce the "intensity" of the workload, and to "strengthen traffic safety education and training," among other measures. Meituan runs one of China's biggest food delivery platforms, with hundreds of millions of users making transactions on its app annually. The company said in a statement Tuesday that it had "received and closely studied" the new rules, and would "strictly comply" with them.Read More"We are committed to improving our compliance standards to protect...
    A 19-year-old former fan has accused Canadian Chinese star Kris Wu of sexual abuse. Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images A 19-year-old former fan accused Kris Wu of sexually abusing her when she was 17. Wu took to the Chinese microblogging website Weibo to deny the accusations. Numerous major brands like Louis Vuitton and Porsche have ended their partnerships with Wu. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Numerous brands have cut ties with the Chinese-Canadian star Kris Wu after he was accused of sexual assault. In an interview with the Chinese news website NetEase on Sunday, 19-year-old student Du Meizhu accused Wu, 30, of manipulating her into sex when she was 17. She said he pressured her into drinking until she "lost consciousness" and then woke up in his bed. In the interview, Du also alleged that Wu paid her 500,000 Chinese Yuan ($77,000) as hush money to "keep quiet" about the incident. She also said she intends to file a police report against Wu. Wu denied Du's allegations in a statement posted to Weibo on Monday. ...
    The United States and its allies blamed China’s Ministry of State Security for the massive hack against Microsoft this year, with the Justice Department also charging members of the Chinese intelligence agency over a separate global espionage campaign. The U.S. did not implement sanctions against China like it did against Russian intelligence hackers earlier this year. “The PRC’s Ministry of State Security has fostered an ecosystem of criminal contract hackers who carry out both state-sponsored activities and cybercrime for their own financial gain,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday. “In addition, the United States government, alongside our allies and partners, has formally confirmed that cyber actors affiliated with the MSS exploited vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server in a massive cyber espionage operation that indiscriminately compromised thousands of computers and networks, mostly belonging to private sector victims.” China’s MSS is tasked with managing the government’s intelligence efforts, its internal security, and its secret police, and the White House repeatedly called out the MSS on Monday. “Hackers with a history of working for the PRC Ministry of...
    More On: china Washington needs to answer Beijing’s growing aggression toward Taiwan US sanctions Chinese officials over Hong Kong democracy crackdown China’s cyber-watchdog sends authorities to Didi as it amps up probe This Chinese company now sells more smartphones than Apple The US and its allies slammed China on Monday for a wide range of “malicious cyber activities” — including a massive hack of Microsoft’s email service earlier this year that exposed the private information of thousands of Americans. In a scathing statement, the White House accused China of fostering “an intelligence enterprise that includes contract hackers who also conduct unsanctioned cyber operations worldwide,” blaming the country’s Ministry of State Security for everything from ransomware attacks and extortion to cryptocurrency heists and “rank theft.”  In particular, the US slammed China for a breach of Microsoft’s Exchange email service that was first disclosed this March.  In the breach, hackers associated with the Ministry of State Security accessed thousands of email accounts associated with businesses, government offices and schools around the world, according to the White House. The hack likely “netted high-value...
    A former DEA agent issued a dire warning on "America's Newsroom" Friday on the skyrocketing amount of fentanyl pouring across the southern border into the U.S. and taking the lives of children. SEIZURES OF DEADLY FENTANYL BY CBP IN FY2021 ALREADY TOP ALL OF FY2020 DEREK MALTZ: I want to thank the brave men and women of the Border Patrol and CBP for their relentless effort to keep the drugs out of the country and save lives. So the policies obviously are hurting our national security, the crime is escalating around the country. But most importantly, the Mexican cartels are now the enemy of our children. They are engaged in a sustained, deadly assault against our American future generation of kids. So you look at the fentanyl poisoning, you look at the fentanyl murders, that's what it is.  This is no longer just an opioid addiction or an opioid crisis, because the kids, they may stay away from pills or stay away from opioids and go to cocaine or methamphetamine, but they're dying instantly. This is murder. So we have...
    A Chinese day trader plays cards with others at a local brokerage house in Beijing on August 27, 2015, the summer of a dramatic sell-off in Chinese stocks.Getty Images BEIJING — While new Chinese regulation has hit pause on the Chinese IPO pipeline to the U.S. this summer, local start-up investors aren't fazed. They have other options for reaping returns on their investments and say the rules help clear up some uncertainty. In the days since ride-hailing app Didi's giant IPO on the New York Stock Exchange on June 30, Chinese regulators have announced, at a steady pace, new policies aimed at tightening control of data and the ability of companies to list overseas. Didi is down 14% from its offering price of $14 a share.VIDEO2:5802:58China's tech crackdown is not a setback, but an improvement: BNP ParibasSquawk Box AsiaOn Saturday, China's cyberspace regulator proposed that any company with data on more than 1 million users must go through a cybersecurity review before listing abroad. The regulator, whose clout in China has grown rapidly, said public comment on the proposed rules...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said that a letter from left-wing groups urging President Joe Biden to make cooperating with China on climate a priority over taking a hard line on other issues “sounds like Chinese propaganda,” and slammed those “willing to look the other way” on China’s genocide against its own people in the hope China will cut emissions. Cotton said, [relevant remarks begin around 4:30] “That letter sounds like Chinese propaganda, Dana. The Chinese even have a word for this…it translates loosely [to] ‘white liberal,’ people who are only concerned about things like immigration and the environment and who are willing to sacrifice American jobs and America’s prosperity, willing to look the other way [on] genocide against China’s own people, all for some hope that China might one day reduce its emissions from its factories. We need to crack down on China. They unleashed a pandemic on the world. They’ve been cheating America’s workers for decades. It’s time to lower the boom on the Chinese Communist Party, not to look the...
    Fan culture in China will see new regulations this year, says the country's internet watchdog. Zhongxin Media/Weibo China's internet watchdog is cracking down on its fan communities, per an announcement this week. This comes after fan groups dumped mass amounts of milk into drains. They were buying the milk in bulk to support their favorite reality TV contestants. Chinese celebrities have also been targeted by vitriol unleashed by powerful anti-fan communities. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Jake Paul and Jeffree Star may have their share of superfans and diehard defenders who will go to extraordinary lengths for their favorite influencers. But they've got nothing on Chinese fan groups who splurge millions of dollars and engage in all-out, prolonged online wars for their favorite celebrities. But now a string of incidents that went viral on Chinese social media is prompting the country's government to crack down hard on these groups. In an announcement on June 15, the country's internet watchdog said it would take action to quell once and for all what it views to be abusive,...
    VIDEO5:1705:17Apple and other U.S. companies remain under pressure to answer for China's 'repression,' says Sen. Chris CoonsSquawk Box Apple, Cisco and other U.S. companies with deep ties to China are under increasing pressure to address Beijing's "repression of human rights and democracy," one of President Joe Biden's key allies in the Senate said Thursday on CNBC's "Squawk Box." The comments from Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., came two days after his chamber passed a bipartisan bill to boost U.S. competitiveness with China. Coons compared the U.S.-China relationship to America "decoupling" from the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. While U.S. business ties now are far more robust with China than they were with the USSR, Coons said that there is "some gradual distancing" taking place between the two economic superpowers. Coons, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also made the case that Chinese conduct in its own country and around the world is growing increasingly hard to ignore. The most important Great Wall of China this century, Coons said, is what he called the "Great Firewall of China"...
    Former president Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to ban Chinese video app TikTok has been replaced by the Biden administration, which has implemented its own executive orders to review several Chinese apps for possible national security and privacy risks.  President Joe Biden’s executive order directs the Commerce Department to analyze TikTok, WeChat and other Chinese apps to see if they collect personal data or if they are connected to the Chinese military.  According to a White House statement about the order, Commerce, in consultation with other federal agencies, can “make recommendations to protect against harm from the sale, transfer of, or access to sensitive personal data, including personally identifiable information and genetic information — to include large data repositories — to persons owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of, foreign adversaries.”   “The administration is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet and to protecting human rights online and offline, and to supporting a vibrant global digital economy,” a senior administration official said Wednesday, according to The Verge, which first reported...
    Former president Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to ban Chinese video app TikTok has been replaced by the Biden administration, which has implemented its own executive orders to review several Chinese apps for possible national security and privacy risks.  President Joe Biden’s executive order directs the Commerce Department to analyze TikTok, WeChat and other Chinese apps to see if they collect personal data or if they are connected to the Chinese military.  According to a White House statement about the order, Commerce, in consultation with other federal agencies, can “make recommendations to protect against harm from the sale, transfer of, or access to sensitive personal data, including personally identifiable information and genetic information — to include large data repositories — to persons owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of, foreign adversaries.”   “The administration is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet and to protecting human rights online and offline, and to supporting a vibrant global digital economy,” a senior administration official said Wednesday, according to The Verge, which first reported...
    In this article 700-HKA smart phone with the icons for the social networking apps WeChat and others seen on the screen on June 29 2018 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.S3studio | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesGUANGZHOU, China — If you were thinking about picking your nose or putting underwear over your head while livestreaming on WeChat, think again. Tencent runs WeChat, a messaging app that is used by over a billion people. The app is an integral part of daily life in China and can be used for everything from payments to booking flights. Last year, Tencent launched a live broadcasting feature called "Channels." In a bid to clean up the platform, the Chinese technology giant published a list of dozens of common "violations" on its platform which it had found through monitoring Channels. So-called "vulgar" content is prohibited. This includes any actions with sexual provocation such as "seductive lip licking" and focusing the camera on "sensitive" parts of the body. Spanking is also prohibited. Fortune telling, picking your nose and putting underwear over your head are also not...
    More Uyghur Muslims exiled from their home country of China said that they were tortured and forced to undergo late term abortions, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The publication spoke with three Uyghurs who were forced to flee from China’s Xinjiang region, including one woman who said that Chinese authorities forced her to abort her unborn baby 6 1/2 months into her pregnancy. “I was 6 1/2 months pregnant … The police came, one Uyghur and two Chinese. They put me and eight other pregnant women in cars and took us to the hospital,” the woman said.  More Uyghur Muslims exiled from their home country of China said that they were tortured and forced to under go late term abortions, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The publication spoke with three Uyghurs who were forced to flee from China’s Xinjiang region, including one woman who said that Chinese authorities forced her to abort her unborn baby 6 1/2 months into her pregnancy. The AP also spoke with a man who said that Chinese soldiers imprisoned him and tortured...
    More On: fast takes It’s good to be Clarence Thomas and other commentary Randi Weingarten isn’t fooling parents and other commentary How America became like the European Union and other commentary Biden’s downhill presidency and other commentary Education beat: The City DOE’s ‘Child Soldiers’ The city’s Department of Education has “a potent cudgel” against those who oppose scrapping the Specialized High School Admissions Test for its top high schools, reports The Washington Free Beacon’s Aaron Sibarium: the student group Teens Take Charge. “Weaponized as child soldiers,” these teens malign and provoke adult critics, who get “accused of attacking kids” if they respond — much like the Chinese Red Guard, or what Hamas does with human shields, a parent born in China said. Parents suspect DOE uses these kids to promote its anti-test agenda by ­encouraging, defending and coordinating with them. Ironically, Asian Americans, who score best on the test, have “the highest poverty rate,” while the teens against it “are often the rich kids who couldn’t ace it.” Iconoclast: Why Dems Disdain Homemakers “Young feminists, progressives and [lefty] social-media...
    Chinese delegates said during a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting Tuesday that the origins of COVID-19 should now be investigated in other countries rather than in China, where the virus first originated. Chinese and U.S. delegates clashed at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, an annual gathering of health officials from nearly 200 countries, over how to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reported. Beijing argued the investigation in China was complete while Washington called for a new round of research. “Currently, [in] the WHO-convened origins tracing study, China’s part has been completed,” a Chinese delegate said during the video conference Tuesday. “China supports the scientists to conduct a global origin tracing cooperation. We call on all parties to adopt an open and transparent attitude to cooperate with the WHO in origins tracing.” The U.S. and China took sharply opposed positions on how to trace Covid-19’s origins at a WHO gathering, with Washington calling for a new round of studies https://t.co/fdMWiFLrZj — The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 25, 2021 A team of WHO...
    Chinese state media seized on the World Health Organization’s (W.H.O.) controversial final report to declare the theory of Chinese laboratory origins for the coronavirus has been completely ruled out and W.H.O. should now begin checking the laboratories of other countries to see if any of them created the Chinese coronavirus and sent it to China. China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday quoted “Chinese scientists” who worked with W.H.O. during its visit to Wuhan in February suggesting that if W.H.O. “cannot find the answer in China regarding coronavirus origins, maybe it’s time for scientists to dig somewhere else and test more hypotheses to solve the mystery.” The Global Times falsely claimed the W.H.O. report “dismissed the ‘lab-leak’ conspiracy theory” and claimed it endorsed the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) bizarre theory that the Chinese coronavirus was created in another country – where it mysteriously failed to spread the way it subsequently did everywhere on Earth, including Europe – and traveled to Wuhan by hitchhiking on frozen food packages. In truth, even the report as written merely rates these hypotheses on a scale of...
    The United States joined with a number of nations, including Israel, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, to criticize a report from the World Health Organization on the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, after the Chinese Communist Party had a strong hand in its production. ​ “Together, we support a transparent and independent analysis and evaluation, free from interference and undue influence, of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic​,” the State Department said in a statement released Tuesday.​ “In this regard, we join in expressing shared concerns regarding the recent WHO-convened study in China, while at the same time reinforcing the importance of working together toward the development and use of a swift, effective, transparent, science-based, and independent process for international evaluations of such outbreaks of unknown origin in the future​,” it said.  Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek, center, of the World Health Organization team say farewell to their Chinese counterpart Liang Wannian, left, after a WHO-China Joint Study Press Conference at the end of the WHO mission in Wuhan, China on Feb. 9, 2021.AP The report compiled by...
    Conservative: Dems Target Red States Democrats are alarmed by the number of residents fleeing blue states, but “instead of trying to fix the policies” that push people away, liberal lawmakers “want to impose those unpopular mandates nationwide,” observes Liz Peek at The Hill. To “eliminate the competition between states that they are losing,” lefties are “pushing bills that would put the federal government in charge of states’ labor laws, fiscal policies and voting rules” — from stimulus funds that prohibit state-level tax cuts to ballot-box “reforms” intended to enhance blue turnout in red places. These “egregious power-grabs” are “downright authoritarian.” Conservative: Private-Sector Censors Thursday’s congressional tech hearings saw Democrats trying to get around the First Amendment, recruiting Facebook and Twitter to “abridge the freedom of speech,” warn the editors at the Washington Examiner. Democrats made it clear that they “have the power to subsidize, tax, regulate and protect the giants, so they expect these companies to crack down on bad speech” — or in other words, “to censor the other side.” They label as “misinformation and hate speech” any facts and opinions...
    BEIJING (AP) — China said Saturday that it had agreed with the U.S. to take up climate change and a handful of other issues, signaling a possible modicum of progress at recently concluded talks that were otherwise marked by acrimonious public exchanges over the issues that divide the world’s two largest economies. The official Xinhua News Agency said in a dispatch from Anchorage, Alaska, where the two-day meeting wrapped up Friday, that China and the U.S. had decided to set up a working group on climate change and hold talks “to facilitate activities of … diplomatic and consular missions” and on issues related to each other’s journalists. The two countries feuded over journalist visas and consulates during the Trump administration, and climate change is seen as one area where they may be able to cooperate. Senior Biden administration officials held their first face-to-face meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Alaska since taking office earlier this year. The talks opened with tense and extended exchanges over human rights before television cameras, before they retreated behind closed doors. The...
    Shipping containers from China and other Asian countries are unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles as the trade war continues between China and the US, in Long Beach, California on September 14, 2019. -Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images The economic recovery in the United States and other wealthy nations helped China's exports bounce back in a big way last year, according to new research. Asia's share of global exports increased in the third and fourth quarters last year, due mainly to China, while the export share of North American nations didn't recover, according to data from transport and logistics research firm MDS Transmodal. A big part of this disparity is due to increased demand from wealthy countries, including the United States, for Chinese goods. "The increase in global trade was mainly driven by China, which has not only retained the title of 'factory of the world,' but improved its position," said Antonella Teodoro, senior consultant at MDST. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards MDST calculated that Chinese exports led the world with a year-over-year increase of 3.5%...
    The Federal Communications Commission concluded that five Chinese telecommunications companies, including Huawei, pose a risk to U.S. national security, a significant move early in the Biden administration after the Trump administration’s all-out effort to limit the Chinese tech company’s reach in the United States and abroad. The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released a list of communications equipment and services “that have been deemed a threat to national security” that included Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Dahua Technology, which the FCC said all “produce telecommunications equipment and services that have been found to pose an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security or the security and safety of U.S. persons.” The blacklist from the FCC also extends to subsidiaries and affiliates of the Chinese firms. “This list is a big step toward restoring trust in our communications networks. Americans are relying on our networks more than ever to work, go to school, or access healthcare, and we need to trust that these communications are safe and secure,“ acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said...
    From the right: Biden Broke the Border At Issues & Insights, the editors detail how President Biden created the humanitarian crisis on the southern US border: He canceled “construction of the border wall,” “jettisoned President Donald Trump’s successful ‘remain in Mexico’ policy” and “suspended Trump’s requirement that asylum seekers” seek asylum in other countries they traverse first. He removed border agents’ “ability to immediately remove illegals” to prevent the spread of COVID and “issued new rules that cripple the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s ability to arrest and deport illegals.” Biden has “also proposed the most sweeping amnesty for illegals in history.” The issue isn’t how Biden will deal with the illegal-migrant surge, but “whether anyone will force Biden to take responsibility for causing it in the first place.” Pandemic journal: Biden’s Wuhan-Lab Tightrope President Biden is “walking a tightrope” with China on the coronavirus’ origin, reports Josh Rogin at Politico — declining “to endorse or dispute” Team Trump’s January allegations that Chinese researchers had COVID-like symptoms as early as autumn 2019 and Chinese scientists were working on secret projects...
            by Chuck Ross  Matt Pottinger, who served as deputy national security adviser under former President Donald Trump, said Sunday that the evidence that the coronavirus resulted from human error in a Chinese lab “far outweighs” other theories about the origins of the pandemic. “If you weigh the circumstantial evidence, the ledger on the side of an explanation that says that this resulted from some kind of human error, it far outweighs the side of the scale that says this was some natural outbreak,” Pottinger said in an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “We have very strong reason to believe that the Chinese military was doing secret classified animal experiments in that same laboratory, going all the way back to at least 2017,” he continued. “We have good reason to believe that there was an outbreak of flu-like illness among researchers working in the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the fall of 2019, but immediately before the first documented cases came to light.” Pottinger’s interview followed after Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to President...
    Matt Pottinger, who served as deputy national security adviser under former President Donald Trump, said Sunday that the evidence that the coronavirus resulted from human error in a Chinese lab “far outweighs” other theories about the origins of the pandemic. “If you weigh the circumstantial evidence, the ledger on the side of an explanation that says that this resulted from some kind of human error, it far outweighs the side of the scale that says this was some natural outbreak,” Pottinger said in an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “We have very strong reason to believe that the Chinese military was doing secret classified animal experiments in that same laboratory, going all the way back to at least 2017,” he continued. “We have good reason to believe that there was an outbreak of flu-like illness among researchers working in the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the fall of 2019, but immediately before the first documented cases came to light.” Pottinger’s interview followed after Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to President Biden, cast doubt on a forthcoming report...
    “Yesterday (Wednesday) evening, I spent two hours on the phone with Xi Jinping without any interruption,” the White House’s new tenant from the Oval Office on Thursday showed his willingness to stand firm against Beijing. “If we do nothing, they will crush us,” he added, at the end of an unusually long exchange between the leaders of the two leading world powers. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Uyghur Muslim Minorities: According to the US executive, Joe Biden is sharper than Donald Trump on the important issues of the moment, expressing his “deep concerns” over the issue of human rights. And, surprisingly, the answer of the strongest in Beijing is firm. According to the Chinese state media, Xi urged his US envoy to clarify the issues under “China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” “The United States must respect China’s fundamental interests and act with caution,” they said. Since coming to power, Joe Biden and his team have repeatedly warned about the Uyghur issue. According to experts, more than a million of them are being held in political re-education camps in Xinjiang. This vast semi-desert...
    “Yesterday (Wednesday) evening, I spent two hours on the phone without interruption with Xi Jinping,” said the new tenant of the White House from the Oval Office on Thursday, showing his willingness to be firm against Beijing. “If we do nothing, they will crush us,” he added, at the end of this unusually long exchange between the leaders of the two leading world powers. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Uyghur Muslim minority: according to the report of the US executive, Joe Biden was much sharper than Donald Trump on the sensitive issues of the moment, expressing his “deep concerns” on the issue of rights humans. And, unsurprisingly, the response from the strongman in Beijing has been firm. According to Chinese state media, Xi urged his US counterpart to steer clear of issues that fall under “China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” “The United States must respect the fundamental interests of China and act with caution,” they stressed. Since coming to power, Joe Biden and his team have repeatedly warned about the Uyghur issue. According to experts, more than a million of them...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)As China sharpens its antitrust crackdown on the country's massive tech companies, two of the industry's biggest players are taking the fight to each other.Douyin — the Chinese version of short-form video app TikTok -— sued Tencent (TCEHY) on Tuesday, claiming that the Shenzhen-based social media firm has abused its "market dominance" to edge out rivals.Douyin, which like TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, filed a lawsuit alleging that Tencent's WeChat and QQ messaging apps ban their users from sharing content from Douyin for three years, the company said Tuesday in a statement it published on its official WeChat account. While CNN Business has not seen the suit filed with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, several state media outlets, including the Beijing Daily, have reported that Douyin is asking Tencent to lift its content restrictions and pay 90 million yuan ($14 million) in economic losses and fees.Alibaba is facing an existential crisis"We believe that competition is better for consumers and promotes innovation," a Douyin spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business. "We have filed this lawsuit...
    Polling whiz: How Don Changed Democrats Democrats spent the last four years agonizing over how they lost to Donald Trump and how to rejigger their appeal to win again, notes FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon, Jr. “We now have a pretty detailed picture of where the Democratic Party landed”: Post-Trump, “a multiracial group of Obama-style Democrats are in charge.” These Dems are solidly left of center, but “mostly from the ideological middle of the party”; they’re establishment types who generally “haven’t rocked the boat” much. Yet their aim now is to “enact more leftward-leaning policies — compared to the Obama administration, in particular — on both economic and racial issues.” Its establishment pedigree notwithstanding, this party is thus “perhaps the most left-leaning since the days of President Lyndon Johnson.” Media watch: The Right’s Porn Problem  At National Review, Kevin Williamson observes that the Internet changed pornography and political journalism in “almost exactly” the same way: “Content became largely free,” and “revenue crashed.” And though “the quality of the product may have declined,” it became “more outlandish and outrageous, which is what...
    Chinese state media insisted Thursday that a blizzard of last-minute sanctions against departing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other Trump administration officials was not just an act of petty vengeance, but punishment for having “seriously violated” China’s sovereignty that will bring “real pain” to the targets. China’s state-run Global Times boiled with rage Thursday, telling members of the incoming Biden administration they should “draw a lesson” from the hideous suffering of their sanctioned predecessors: Those on the sanctions list have a bad record in trampling on basic norms when dealing with China. In the past four years, they have promoted a series of frenzied acts against China. They have also brazenly interfered in China’s domestic issues, fabricating lies, making accusations and conspiracies about sovereignty-related issues such as Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the island of Taiwan. What they have done undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people and seriously disrupted China-US relations. The sanctions are unprecedented given the number of those sanctioned, their high-ranking positions in the Trump administration and stringent measures against them. The message it has sent is...
    China imposed sanctions Wednesday on more than two dozen former Trump administration officials, including outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, just as President Biden was sworn into office. The latest sanctions followed years of contentious relations between top Trump officials and their counterparts in Beijing. The named U.S. officials face travel bans and business-related restrictions. "Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. relations," China’s foreign ministry said in a statement. VideoAside from Pompeo, other officials tagged with sanctions included trade advisor Peter Navarro, former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, current national security adviser Robert O’Brien, former national security advisor John Bolton and former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon. The Trump administration took a hardline stance toward China during the...
    China on Wednesday slapped sanctions on 28 Trump administration officials and allies, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Steve Bannon, alleging that they made "crazy moves" that weakened U.S.-China relations. The sanctions forbid the people listed and their families from entering mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. In addition, any companies or institutions associated with them "will not be permitted to do business with China," according to a statement from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people have planned, promoted, and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China's internal affairs, undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. relations," the statement read, adding that the government is ready to defend its "national sovereignty, security and development interests." The statement was released just minutes after President Biden was inaugurated. Other high-ranking officials on the...
    “China has decided to sanction 28 people who have seriously violated Chinese sovereignty”, its foreign ministry said in a statement released just as Joe Biden was taking over as president in Washington. Besides Mike Pompeo, are notably mentioned by Chinese diplomacy Peter Navarro, trade advisor to Donald Trump, Robert O’Brien, who was one of his national security advisers, Alex Azar, the outgoing Secretary of Health as well as John Bolton and Stephen Bannon who also advised the Republican billionaire. All these personalities and members of their families will be barred from entering Chinese territory, including Hong Kong and Macao, the foreign ministry said. “They and the companies and institutions associated with them also cannot do business with China,” he added. China on Wednesday mocked Mike Pompeo’s accusations that “genocide” is underway against Uyghur Muslims in its northwestern region of Xinjiang. The Uyghur issue is one of the many points of friction between Beijing and Washington with the Covid-19, Hong Kong and even Taiwan. A confrontation to which the outgoing US Secretary of State will have given the appearance of...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People on June 14, 2018 in Beijing, China.Lintao Zhang | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The Chinese government slapped sanctions on former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien and former trade adviser Peter Navarro, along with other members of the Trump administration Wednesday. "Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China's internal affairs, undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. relations," wrote the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. "China has decided to sanction 28 persons who have seriously violated China's sovereignty and who have been mainly responsible for such U.S. moves on China-related issues," the statement also said. The Chinese government also named former deputy national security adviser...
    US adds nine Chinese firms to its blacklist and sanctions Beijing and other companies
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)The Trump administration is inflicting even more damage on Chinese businesses — including smartphone maker Xiaomi — with just days to go before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The US Defense Department on Thursday added nine Chinese firms, including Xiaomi, to a list of companies the agency claims are owned or controlled by China's military. Businesses on the list are subject to harsh restrictions, including a ban on American investment.Trump signs new order that would ban transactions with some Chinese appsThe addition is worrisome news for Xiaomi, which recently surpassed Apple (AAPL) to become the world's third largest smartphone maker, according to market intelligence firm IDC. The company's stock plunged 10% during morning trade in Hong Kong on Friday. The Pentagon's list also included the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), a major, state-owned Chinese plane maker that the country wants to build up as an answer to Boeing (BA) and Airbus (EADSF).The Defense Department said in a statement that it is "determined to highlight and counter" the relationship between China's military and firms that "appear to...
    China’s National Health Commission, its top public health authority, urged the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) on Wednesday to investigate the origin of the Chinese coronavirus – which first began infecting humans in Wuhan, China – in other countries. The agency made the suggestion shortly before the expected arrival of a W.H.O. investigative team to China on Thursday, over a year after the first cases of the virus began surfacing in Wuhan. Chinese officials admitted to destroying early samples of the Chinese coronavirus from Wuhan in mid-2020, claiming it necessary to “temporarily manage the pathogen” in the seafood and meat wet market where authorities believe the virus first began affecting people. W.H.O. sent a team to China in the summer, months after the “disinfection,” but the team was unable to do any substantive investigating as the Communist Party forced it into quarantine in Beijing. Now, the U.N. agency appears to be trying again, this time scheduled to go to Wuhan. The Chinese government had initially agreed to the latest investigation, but then denied W.H.O. investigators entry into the country last week....
    Manatee harassment under investigation after the word Trump was found scratched on an animals back As House votes to impeach Trump, Democrats weigh options for Senate trial Apple iPhone maker Foxconn teams up with Chinese automaker Geely to make cars for other companies Foxconn and Chinese carmaker Geely have created a joint venture aimed at selling manufacturing and services to the global auto industry. The deal which was announced on Wednesday, marks Foxconn's continued expansion into the auto sector and reflects Geely's desire to partner with technology companies. Foxconn and Geely will provide car production, consulting, intelligent driving systems and other services to global automotive enterprises, the two companies said. © Provided by CNBC The Foxconn logo is displayed on a Foxconn building in Taipei on January 31, 2019. Foxconn and Chinese carmaker Geely have created a joint venture aimed at selling manufacturing and services to the global auto industry. Load Error The deal, which was announced on Wednesday, marks Foxconn's continued expansion into the auto sector and reflects Geely's desire to partner with technology companies....
    World Health Organization experts are scheduled to arrive in China this week to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic after agreeing to a “basic consensus” that the research will involve multiple countries, according to a senior Chinese diplomat. “The two sides have reached a basic consensus on origin-tracing,” Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters. “It is highly likely that origin-tracing will involve many countries and localities, and WHO will need to pay similar visits to other countries and regions as the need arises.” Chinese diplomats have cast doubt on the origins of the contagion since the virus paralyzed the global economy last March, including one claim that the United States Army somehow seeded the virus in China. The experience of the pandemic has turned into a yardstick for the Chinese Communist and the U.S. systems of governance, as Beijing drew international condemnation for censoring early warnings about the virus but subsequently boasted that the regime managed the health crisis better than Western countries. “China supports scientists from various countries in conducting global scientific...
    President Trump has signed a new executive order prohibiting transactions with the companies behind eight Chinese apps, including Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent’s QQ and WeChat Pay. Transactions will be prohibited in 45 days, according to text of the order shared by Voice of America White House bureau chief Steve Herman on Twitter. Reuters was the first to report the news. The full list of apps includes: Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay, and WPS Office. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed that President Trump signed the order, which hasn’t yet been published online, and also confirms that the Commerce Department will “begin implementing the E.O.’s directives, including identifying prohibited transactions.” Reuters reports that the Commerce Department will do so before Trump leaves office on January 20th, citing an unnamed official. The new orders follow two earlier ones from August that already tried to ban transactions with ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, and WeChat. However, a judge blocked the WeChat ban in September and again in October, while a judge granted a preliminary injunction stopping the...