Tag Archives: China

Trump Signs Order Against TikTok, Company May Sue

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. The twin executive orders — one for each app — take effect in 45 days. …

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Twitter To Label Posts From State-Run Media Outlets

Like most of their recent changes, this is long overdue: Twitter will start labeling the accounts of media outlets affiliated with the governments of countries on the U.N. National Security Council, it announced Thursday. The new labels won’t apply to all media outlets that receive government funding — only “outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial …

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Chinese State Media: Trump Is Trying To Steal TikTok

CNN Business reports: Trump said he would be open to allowing a US company to buy TikTok, albeit with the unusual caveat that any deal would have to include a “substantial amount of money” coming to the US Treasury. Washington State-based Microsoft has emerged as a potential buyer, and has said it is pursuing a purchase. The dispute has drawn …

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China Launches Uncrewed Mission To Mars [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: A powerful Long March 5 rocket blasted off Thursday carrying a Chinese orbiter, lander and rover on a seven-month voyage to Mars, the second of three high-stakes missions to the red planet and one that, if successful, will put China on the front lines of interplanetary exploration. China did not announce the launch date or time in …

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Trump Admin Orders Closure Of Chinese Consulate In Houston, Firefighters Barred After Papers Were Burned

The Associated Press reports: The United States said Wednesday that it has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston “to protect American intellectual property” and the private information of Americans. China strongly condemned the move, the latest in a series of steps by the Trump administration as it ratchets up pressure on the world’s second-largest economy over trade, technology, …

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China: You Must Have Negative COVID Test To Fly Here

Reuters reports: Passengers of China-bound flights must provide negative COVID-19 test results before boarding, China’s aviation authority said on Tuesday, as the government looks to further reduce the risk of imported coronavirus cases amid increased international travel. Nucleic acid tests must be completed within five days of embarkation, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on its website. Tests …

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China “Pre-Tests” COVID Vax On Pharma Executives

The Associated Press reports: In the global race to make a coronavirus vaccine, a state-owned Chinese company is boasting that its employees, including top executives, received experimental shots even before the government approved testing in people. “Giving a helping hand in forging the sword of victory,” reads an online post from SinoPharm with pictures of company leaders it says helped …

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Biden Cites Intel Briefings He’s Now Getting: Russia And China Are Trying To “Delegitimize Our Electoral Process”

The Washington Post reports: Joe Biden, citing intelligence briefings that he is now receiving, warned Friday night that Russia and China were both actively engaged in trying to sow doubt in the American electoral system. “We know from before and I guarantee you I know now because now I get briefings again,” the presumptive Democratic nominee said during an evening …

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Chinese Govt Imposes Sanctions On Four Republicans

The New York Times reports: As tensions between the two sides mount, the Chinese government announced on Monday that it would impose sanctions on three American lawmakers and a diplomat in retaliation for similar moves last week by the Trump administration against four officials in China. The largely symbolic sanctions targeted Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Ted Cruz of …

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Pompeo: The US Might Ban TikTok, Other Chinese Apps

CNN reports: The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.” Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media …

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Johnson Formalizes Citizenship Offer To Hongkongers

The Insider reports: Boris Johnson has offered three million Hong Kong citizens the chance to live and work in the UK after China defied global opposition to impose a new national security law on the region. The UK prime minister on Wednesday told the House of Commons that he will go ahead with the move after China imposed new security …

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CHINA: New Swine Flu Strain Has “Pandemic Potential”

Agence France-Presse reports: Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the US science journal PNAS. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses “all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to …

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Trump Admits Avoiding Sanctions On China For Human Rights Abuses In Order To Help His Reelection Chances

The New York Times reports: President Trump said he resisted punishing China for its mass internment of ethnic Uighurs last year for fear of jeopardizing trade talks with Beijing, a blunt admission of his transactional approach to human rights and willingness to subordinate other U.S. policy priorities to a potential trade deal he considers vital to his re-election. “Well, we …

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Lincoln Project’s New “Chyna” Ad To Air In Swing States

CNN reports: A group formed by anti-Trump Republicans is airing a new ad attacking President Donald Trump for getting “rolled” by China and its powerful President Xi Jinping. The spot from the Lincoln Project — which the group says will air in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona and Washington, DC — comes the same day Trump’s former national security adviser …

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Bolton Book Reveals Trump Asked Chinese President To Help Him Win Reelection, Wanted To Help Out Dictators

The New York Times reports: Mr. Bolton describes several episodes where the president expressed willingness to halt criminal investigations “to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked,” citing cases involving major firms in China and Turkey. “The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,” Mr. Bolton writes, adding that he …

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Twitter Zaps 150,000 Chinese Propaganda Accounts

The New York Times reports: China has stepped up its effort to spread misinformation on Twitter, creating tens of thousands of fake accounts that discussed protests in Hong Kong and the Communist Party’s response to the coronavirus, Twitter said on Thursday. The company said it had discovered and removed 23,750 accounts that were “highly engaged” in a coordinated effort to …

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Chinese And Iranian Hackers Target Biden And Trump

The Wall Street Journal reports: Campaign staffers working on the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Joe Biden have been targeted with online attacks coming from Iran and China respectively, Google said Thursday. These so-called phishing attacks are often an attempt to gain access to online email accounts. They raise the specter of a repeat of the 2016 campaign, during …

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Hong Kong Criminalizes Mocking The Chinese Anthem

USA Today reports: Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. The bill was passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting against. Most of the pro-democracy lawmakers boycotted the vote out of protest. …

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Johnson Backs Path To Citizenship For 3M Hongkongers

The Telegraph reports: Boris Johnson is ready to open the door to nearly three million Hong Kong citizens if China imposes a new security law that critics say would rob the territory of its autonomy. The Prime Minister, writing in The Times, has offered to make what he says would be one of the “biggest changes” in the history of …

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Twitter Fact-Checks Chinese Claim Virus Started In US

Axios reports: Twitter slapped a fact-check label on a pair of months-old tweets from a Chinese government spokesperson that falsely suggested that the coronavirus originated in the U.S. and was brought to Wuhan by the U.S. military, directing users to “get the facts about COVID-19.” The labels were added after criticism that Twitter had fact-checked tweets from President Trump about …

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