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TAIPEI (Reuters) - A bilateral trade deal between Taiwan and the United States would reinforce U.S. support for the democratic island in the face of “unrelenting intimidation” from China, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, Oct. 10, 2020. Tsai said she was thankful for bipartisan support from U.S. politicians for such a deal. “Such an agreement would further enhance our close economic and trade partnership, and also reinforce America’s support for Taiwan in the face of unrelenting intimidation from across the Strait,” she added. Tsai alluded to the incoming administration, saying: “As we move towards 2021, the Taiwan-U.S. partnership holds enormous opportunities for growth”.
Persons: Tsai Ing, Ann Wang Taiwan, Tsai, , , Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, American Legislative Exchange Council, Leadership, Taiwan - Locations: TAIPEI, Taiwan, United States, China, Taipei, U.S, Taiwan Strait, Taiwan - U.S
(Reuters) - Some damage to Sino-U.S. ties is “beyond repair” amid a new wave of Trump administration measures to counter China, Chinese state media warned, amid growing rancour underlined by an ugly Twitter spat between a U.S. senator and Chinese journalists. FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. Relations between the two countries are being shifted to “a dangerous path”, the editorial said. The Democrat told the New York Times this week that he would not remove existing tariffs set by the Trump administration against China for now. Senator Marsha Blackburn and China Daily journalist Chen Weihua underscored persistent animosity.
Persons: Aly, China Daily, Joe Biden, Cui Tiankai, , Meng Wanzhou, Biden, Trump, Marsha Blackburn, Chen Weihua, Blackburn, China “, Chen, ” Blackburn, Xi Jinping’s, ” Hu Xijin Organizations: Reuters, Bund, REUTERS, Chinese Communist Party, Twitter, Reuters U.S, Huawei, Democrat, New York Times, U.S, China Daily, Republican, China’s Global Times Locations: U.S, China, Shanghai, United States, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong
U.S. Justice Department probed Kushner lawyer over alleged graft scheme: NYT
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department investigated whether a lawyer for Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, had been involved in a bribery scheme to win clemency for a man convicted of tax crimes, the New York Times said on Thursday. White House senior advisor Jared Kushner looks on at a U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., November 2, 2020. As part of the plan, a San Francisco real estate developer, Sanford Diller, would make an unspecified political contribution, it added. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell released an order that described what she called a “bribery-for-pardon” investigation. In October, Broidy pleaded guilty in a separate case to legally lobbying Trump to drop an investigation into a Malaysian embezzlement scandal.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Donald Trump's, Carlos Barria, Abbe Lowell, Elliott Broidy, Trump, William Burck, , Hugh Baras, Sanford Diller, Diller, Burck, Baras, Beryl Howell, Broidy Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Justice Department, New York Times, White House, Fayetteville Regional Airport, REUTERS, ” Reuters, Lowell, Justice Department, San, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Twitter, U.S, District, Trump Locations: Fayetteville , North Carolina, U.S, Berkeley , California, San Francisco, Washington, Malaysian
Rep. Gregory Meeks won the approval of his Democratic colleagues Thursday to become the first Black American to chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one of the most powerful panels on Capitol Hill. “We've got to make sure that we get the State Department up and running,” Meeks, D-N.Y., told NBC News. He said the first thing the committee would do is work with expected incoming secretary of state, Tony Blinken. “How can you assure our diplomats that this won't happen again if we don't look into what did happen?” Meeks said, adding that included looking into the actions of the Trump administration and specifically Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Departing chair Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., also extended his congratulations.
Persons: Gregory Meeks, “ We've, ” Meeks, Tony Blinken, Meeks, Trump, Mike Pompeo, , Joaquin Castro, Castro, Eliot Engel Organizations: Democratic, Foreign Affairs Committee, State Department, NBC News, Democratic Party, Texas Rep, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S . State Department Locations: American, United States of America
U.S. Democrats elect Meeks as first Black House foreign affairs chairman
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Patricia Zengerle | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democrats elected Greg Meeks on Thursday as the next chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a position in which he is expected to work closely with President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on the Iran nuclear deal and other issues. Engel voted for the 2003 Iraq War and opposed President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The caucus vote was 148-78 for Meeks over Representative Joaquin Castro, who had campaigned for the post as a more progressive alternative to Meeks. Castro, currently vice chairman of the foreign affairs panel, said he looked forward to working with Meeks on common goals such as promoting diversity at the State Department and rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.
Persons: Gregory Meeks, Larry Downing, Greg Meeks, Joe Biden’s, Meeks, , ” Meeks, New York Representative Eliot Engel, Engel, Barack Obama’s, Joaquin Castro, Castro, Donald Trump, Biden Organizations: Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, . House, House Foreign Affairs Committee, World Health Organization, Congress, New York Representative, Democratic, Israel, Democratic Party’s, State Department, Republican Locations: Washington, Iran, Iraq, United States, Tehran
FILE PHOTO: Signs by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hang outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. The post-election fundraising haul brought the combined fundraising of Trump committees between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23 to $495 million, the Trump campaign said. Biden has not released figures for the period, but was consistently raising more than Trump in the final months of the campaign. Trump has refused to concede defeat and alleged without evidence that Biden’s victory came thanks to widespread voter fraud. Soon after the election, Trump’s campaign began sending solicitations to supporters by email and text making pleas for donations to an “Official Election Defense Fund” to “protect the results and keep fighting even after Election Day.”The fine print made clear most of the money would go to other priorities, including retiring the debts of Trump’s campaign.
Persons: Donald Trump, Hannah McKay, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Bill Stepien, ” Trump, Trump’s, solicitations Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Republican National Committee, Trump, Election Locations: Washington , U.S
FILE PHOTO: Signs by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hang outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. The post-election fundraising haul brought the combined fundraising of Trump committees between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23 to $495 million, the Trump campaign said. Biden’s campaign raised $112 million during the same period, according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday. Trump has refused to concede defeat and alleged without evidence that Biden’s victory came thanks to widespread voter fraud. Soon after the election, Trump’s campaign began sending solicitations to supporters by email and text making pleas for donations to an “Official Election Defense Fund” to “protect the results and keep fighting even after Election Day.”The fine print made clear most of the money would go to other priorities, including retiring the debts of Trump’s campaign.
Persons: Donald Trump, Hannah McKay, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden’s, Trump, Bill Stepien, ” Trump, Trump’s, solicitations Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Republican National Committee, Trump, Federal, Commission, Election Locations: Washington , U.S
A survey of 130 US mayors found that 45% expect to make or see serious cuts to public education spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An equal number expect cuts in parks and recreation, transportation budgets, and social services. The vast majority of mayors surveyed said the federal government's response to the pandemic was inadequate. Nearly half of America's mayors expect to see "dramatic" cuts to public school budgets in the coming months, with an equal number attributing their cities' economic struggles at least in part due to an inadequate federal response. "This year, while we still hear glimmers of optimism, their pessimism in the face of a once-in-a-century pandemic is palpable," Wilson said.
Persons: Vox, Mitch McConnell, El, Graham Wilson, Wilson, Joe Biden's, Trump, Otis Rolley Organizations: Boston University, El Paso's Republican, Boston University's Initiative, Rockefeller, Equity, Economic Opportunity Initiative
President-elect Joe Biden threw his support behind a compromise relief plan in a CNN interview. The relief plan appeared to gather more momentum on Capitol Hill after months of inaction from lawmakers. President-elect Joe Biden came out in favor of the $908 billion compromise relief package, though maintaining he would seek more federal aid after he is sworn in on January 20. Biden's comments come as lawmakers debate the scope and components of another relief package. He said the compromise relief plan "at best, is only going to be a down payment for what's going to happen early next year."
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, CNN's Jake Tapper, cobble, Joe Biden's, Trump, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, McConnell Organizations: CNN, Capitol, Congressional Democratic, Republican, Kentucky Republican, White
Sen. Marco Rubio told Ocasio-Cortez to "work more, tweet less." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and GOP Sen. Marco Rubio duked it out on Twitter on Thursday. NBC News also reported that Trump and Kushner real estate properties received over 25 PPP loans worth more than $3.65 million. Sen. Marco Rubio replied and quote-tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, saying, "Working together R's & D's helped save the jobs of 55 million Americans through PPP. A new $908 billion compromise stimulus bill is gaining traction with congressional leaders — the bill lacks additional stimulus checks for Americans.
Persons: Cortez's, Sen, Marco Rubio, Ocasio, Cortez, Rubio, Alexandria Ocasio, GOP Sen, Marco Rubio duked, Olivia Solon, Trump, Kushner, D's, Steven Mnuchin, I've, seltzer, Marco Rubio's Organizations: Veritas, GOP, Twitter, Small Business Administration, NBC, NBC News, Rep, Republicans Locations: Alexandria, Cortez, COVID
The US Department of Justice investigated an attorney for Jared Kushner in connection with an alleged bribery-for-pardon scheme, The New York Times reported. A billionaire real estate developer enlisted an attorney for Jared Kushner and a fundraiser for President Donald Trump in a suspected scheme to obtain a presidential pardon via bribery, The New York Times reported on Thursday. An attorney for Lowell, however, told The Times that no bribe was ever paid. An attorney for Baras told The Times that he was not representing him "for the purposes of a pardon." In 2017, Lowell made headlines after falling for a prankster imitating his client, Jared Kushner.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Sanford Diller, Hugh Baras, Donald Trump, Abbe Lowell, Elliott Broidy, Diller, Lowell, Baras, Kushner Organizations: US Department of Justice, New York Times, Business, The Times, Department of Justice, DOJ, Trump, Social Security, Times
President Donald Trump is considering preemptively pardoning as many as 20 close associates before he leaves office in January, Politico reported on Thursday. President Donald Trump is weighing issuing preemptive pardons to as many as 20 close associates, Politico reported on Thursday. Trump has expressed particular concern about a pair of fraud investigations that the New York attorney general's office and the Manhattan district attorney's office are conducting. Trump is likely more concerned about the New York investigations because while the president's pardon power is extraordinarily broad, it does not apply to state-level or local offenses. Both investigations — one civil and one criminal — are focused on the Trump family's business dealings, the Trump Organization, and the president's personal finances.
Persons: Donald Trump, preemptively pardoning, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, — Donald Jr, Eric —, Jared Kushner, Politico's, It's, Joe Biden, Giuliani, Marie Yovanovitch, Biden's, Hunter, Biden, Hunter Biden, That's Rudy, Robert Mueller's, Hillary Clinton's, Kushner, Paul Manafort, Eric Trump Organizations: Politico, New York Times, The New York Times, New, Trump, Trump Organization, Manhattan US, Office, CNN, FBI, Burisma Holdings, NBC News, Washington Post, Trump Jr, Senate Intelligence, Times, Manhattan Locations: New York, Manhattan, Washington, York, Ukraine, Russian, New, Ukrainian
Kyle Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old charged with killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the shooting of Jacob Blake — will stand trial on charges of felony homicide and other crimes, a court commissioner ruled Thursday. Rittenhouse also faces charges of possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18 and felony attempted homicide for injuring a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, was released on $2 million bond last month, money mostly raised by conservatives through a legal defense fund. Kyle Rittenhouse, left, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 25, 2020, with another armed civilian. Rittenhouse opened fire, killing Huber and injuring Grosskreutz, who had a handgun.
Persons: Kyle Rittenhouse —, Jacob Blake —, Loren Keating, Rittenhouse, Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, Gaige Grosskreutz, Trump, Keating, , Kyle Rittenhouse, Adam Rogan, Rosenbaum, Rittenhouse —, , Huber, Grosskreutz Organizations: Kenosha, Circuit Court, Smith, Wesson, Locations: Kenosha , Wisconsin, Antioch , Illinois, Kenosha, Wis, Wisconsin
CNN's Erin Burnett speaks to New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) who says the investigation into the Trump Organization will continue after he leaves the White House.
Persons: CNN's Erin Burnett, Letitia James Organizations: New York, Trump Organization
Here's what could be next for Trump's eldest children
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( ) edition.cnn.com + 0.97   time to read: 1 min
As President Trump's term comes to a close, CNN's Kate Bennett looks into what could be in store for his eldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, once he leaves office.
Persons: Trump's, CNN's Kate Bennett, Donald Jr, Eric
Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 16, 2020. Huawei declined to comment on the WSJ report. Meng was arrested in Vancouver, Canada in December 2018. She would also be able to return to China from Canada, where she is currently on bail in her house. So far, Meng has resisted the proposed deal because she believes she has done nothing wrong, the report added.
Persons: Meng Wanzhou, Jennifer Gaulthier, Meng, Trump Organizations: Huawei Technologies, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, U.S . Department of Justice, The, Justice, CNBC, Huawei, HSBC Locations: Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada, Reuters GUANGZHOU, China, The U.S, Vancouver, U.S, Iran
U.S. Senate set to vote on Trump FCC nominee as soon as next week
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. That could stymie Democratic priorities on a number of issues at the FCC, including moving to restore the 2015 net neutrality rules overturned by the Trump FCC in 2017. Simington was approved along party lines by a 14-12 vote by the Commerce Committee on Wednesday over the objections of Democrats. President Donald Trump has railed against social media companies and demanded repeal of a social media protection known as Section 230 that is part of a 1996 law. Trump in May directed the Commerce Department to file a petition with the FCC seeking to curb legal protections for social media companies.
Persons: Yuri Gripas, Mitch McConnell, Nathan Simington, Simington, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael O’Rielly, O’Rielly Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Senate, Trump, Federal Communications Commission, FCC, REUTERS, Commerce Department, Republicans, Democratic, Trump FCC, Commerce, Republican Locations: Washington, Georgia, Trump
WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence shows that China has conducted "human testing" on members of the People's Liberation Army in hopes of developing soldiers with "biologically enhanced capabilities," the nation's top intelligence official said Friday. Specifically, the scholars explored Chinese research using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, short for "clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats." "Chinese military scientists and strategists have consistently emphasized that biotechnology could become a 'new strategic commanding heights of the future Revolution in Military Affairs,'" the scholars wrote, quoting a 2015 article in a military newspaper. The overall message of Ratcliffe's opinion piece is that China is a dangerous adversary that threatens American economic and national security. In an interview with Fox News, Ratcliffe urged President-elect Joe Biden to "be honest" about China.
Persons: National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe, Captain America, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Tommy, Tiny, CRISPR, Elsa Kania, Wilson VornDick, VornDick, Joe Biden, Biden, Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON —, People's Liberation Army, National Intelligence, Republican, CIA, Universal, TriStar, Getty, Center, New, New American Security, U.S . Navy, Military Affairs, NBC News, Fox News Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON — U.S, China, Texas, New American, Republic of China, America, Beijing
Factbox-The Biden Cabinet: President-elect begins to build a team
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVANBiden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts Biden, Obama, Jeff Zients, Vivek Murthy, JEFF ZIENTS Zients, Barack Obama, Biden, VIVEK MURTHY, Murthy, JANET YELLEN, Donald Trump, Tanden, CECILIA ROUSE Rouse, BRIAN DEESE, ANTONY BLINKEN, JAKE SULLIVAN, Sullivan, Hillary Clinton, ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, Mayorkas, DACA, AVRIL HAINES, Haines, LINDA THOMAS, GREENFIELD, Greenfield, KERRY, State Kerry, , Kerry, Michele Flournoy, Flournoy, Bill Clinton, Biden’s, Jeh Johnson, Johnson, Lloyd Austin, Austin, Tammy Duckworth, Duckworth, Sally Yates, Yates, Doug Jones, Jones, Tommy Tuberville, Tom Perez, Xavier Becerra, Elizabeth Sherwood, Randall, Sherwood, Arun Majumdar, Stanford University’sfaculty, Jay Inslee, Inslee, Ernest Moniz –, Moniz, Heather McTeer Toney, Toney, Mary Nichols, Collin O’Mara, O’Mara, Michael Morell, Morell, Tom Donilon, Mandy Cohen, Cohen, David Kessler, Kessler, RON KLAIN, Klain Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, White House, REUTERS, Politico, Brookings Institution, Republican, Center, American Progress, Republicans, OF, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Obama, OF STATE, State Department, Immigration Services, Mayorkas, CIA, Columbia University, UNITED, GREENFIELD Biden’s, United Nations, Thomas, KERRY Former U.S, State, Biden Administration, Pentagon, Defense Department, Blinken, of Defense, Air Force, Clinton Administration, U.S, U.S . Central Command, Army, Senate, Justice Department’s Civil, Division, U.S . Senate, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S . Department of, Google, Stanford, Clean, Force, California’s Air Resources Board, National Wildlife Federation, Delaware Department of Natural Resources, Environmental, CENTRAL, Beacon Global, North, North Carolina’s Health, Human Services Department, Centers, Medicare, Services, Food and Drug Administration, FDA Locations: Rehoboth Beach , Delaware, U.S, Obama’s, Paris, Cuba, United States, Black, Africa, Clinton, Illinois, Iraq, Thai, Alabama, Washington, Kenya, France, Portugal, Nigeria, Senegal, Asia, North Carolina’s
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are growing optimistic about a coronavirus relief deal, as party leaders converged Thursday on a price tag after months of stalemate gave way to meaningful negotiations. But lingering policy disputes remain and leaders still hope to combine the Covid-19 relief into a government funding bill by the Dec. 11 deadline to avert a shutdown. A breakthrough came Wednesday when Pelosi and Schumer backed a $908 billion bipartisan measure as the basis for negotiations, lending support for a reduced price tag more palatable to Republicans than Democrats' previous $2.2 trillion offer. McConnell has insisted on liability protections for businesses and organizations from Covid-related lawsuits, which Democrats are resisting. "There are issues — in particular, the size of state aid, and the liability relief," he told reporters on Thursday.
Persons: Pelosi, Schumer, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Sen, Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, we'll, Donald Trump, I've, it's, Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, John Cornyn, Dick Durbin, We're, Cornyn, I'm, Tom Reed, Josh Gottheimer, Chip Somodevilla, Mitch McConnell's, Hakeem Jeffries, Jon Tester, Rob Portman, Kevin Cramer, Josh Hawley, Hawley, Chris Murphy, Conn Organizations: WASHINGTON, Lawmakers, Democrats, NBC, Capitol, Getty Locations: Ky, Covid, Texas, COVID, D, Ohio
A Senate committee advanced legislation on Thursday that would jumpstart the establishment of the long-awaited National Museum of the American Latino. The last of its museums to open was The National Museum of African American History and Culture, established by Congress in 2003 and open to the public in 2016. Longoria noted she is a ninth generation Texan, and stressed the importance of having a record of Latinos' contributions throughout the nation's history. Muñoz helped spearhead the initial effort to create the institution as chairman of the Commission to study the Creation of the National Museum of the American Latino. In 2003, community, business and congressional leaders began working with advocates like the non-profit Friends of the American Latino Museum, to push for its creation.
Persons: Donald Trump's, , , Sen, Bob Menendez, Estuardo Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Maria Teresa Kumar, John Cornyn, Cornyn, Eva Longoria, Longoria, Henry Muñoz III, Momento, Muñoz, ” Muñoz Organizations: Museum of, NBC, American Latino Museum, Smithsonian, National Zoo, U.S, National Museum of, Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Commission, National Latino Museum, Facebook, Twitter Locations: U.S, United States, Texas, America
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday added China’s top chipmaker SMIC and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Slideshow ( 2 images )The Department of Defense designated a total of four additional companies as owned or controlled by the Chinese military, including China Construction Technology Co Ltd and China International Engineering Consulting Corp. The move, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, brings the total number of companies blacklisted to 35. The Chinese embassy in Washington, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) and China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Congress and the administration have sought increasingly to curb the U.S. market access of Chinese companies that do not comply with rules faced by American rivals, even if that means antagonizing Wall Street.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump’s, Biden, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Department of Defense, China Construction Technology Co Ltd, China International Engineering Consulting Corp, Reuters, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, China National Offshore Oil Corp, CNOOC, U.S . Commerce Department, Communist Chinese Military, Pentagon, People’s Liberation Army, Giants, China Telecom, China Mobile, U.S, Vanguard Group, BlackRock Inc, U.S . House, Trump Locations: Beijing, China, Washington, crosshairs, U.S, Hikvision, American
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday added China’s top chipmaker, SMIC, and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Slideshow ( 2 images )The Department of Defense designated a total of four additional companies as owned or controlled by the Chinese military, also including China Construction Technology Co Ltd and China International Engineering Consulting Corp. The move, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, brings the total number of companies blacklisted to 35. SMIC said in a stock market statement that it strongly opposes the decision of United States Department of Defense, which reflects a fundamental misunderstanding by the U.S.administration regarding the end-uses of its business and technology. Shares of CNOOC’s listed unit CNOOC Ltd had fallen by nearly 14% percent following the Sunday report.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, SMIC, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Department of Defense, China Construction Technology Co Ltd, China International Engineering Consulting Corp, Reuters, Republican, Embassy, Foreign Ministry, Offshore Oil Corp, United States Department of Defense, CNOOC, U.S . Commerce Department, Biden, Democratic, Communist Chinese Military, Pentagon, People’s Liberation Army, Giants, China Telecom, China Mobile, U.S, Vanguard Group, BlackRock Inc, U.S . House, Trump Locations: Beijing, China, Washington, Hong Kong, crosshairs, U.S, Hikvision, American
Brazilian soy farmers try 5G technology with Huawei equipment
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
“We launched this application for soy to show how 5G used with drones can raise productivity and reduce herbicide costs,” Fontes said by telephone. Huawei representatives declined to comment on a report on Thursday that the rules drawn up for the auction of spectrum frequencies in the first half of 2021 do not exclude Huawei. Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro would have to make any decision on a Huawei ban. His government has been under pressure from the Trump administration to exclude Huawei due to security concerns. Telecom companies in Brazil, such as Claro, oppose a ban because they already use Huawei equipment.
Persons: Tiago Fontes, , ” Fontes, Anatel, Jair Bolsonaro, Trump Organizations: Reuters, China’s Huawei Technologies, Huawei, Huawei Brasil, Claro, S.Paulo, Company, Telecom Locations: BRASILIA, Goias, Rio Verde, Brazil, Claro
Democrats picked Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Thursday to lead their campaign organization into the 2022 elections. Maloney, who in 2013 became the first openly gay member of Congress from New York, will now become the first LGBTQ person to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which helps to recruit House candidates, raise money and provide campaign guidance. “Now, it’s time for House Democrats to unite and go forward together. Cardenas, 57, is a four-term House lawmaker who has led Bold Pac, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The 2022 election looms as a difficult one for House Democrats.
Persons: Sean Patrick Maloney, Maloney, “ I’m, ” Maloney, ” Alphonso David, , ” David, Mondaire Jones, Ritchie Torres, Tony Cardenas, Cardenas, Cheri Bustos, , Joe Biden Organizations: Democratic Congressional, Committee, Twitter, House Democrats, Human Rights, Senate, Black Democrats, Trump, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Republican, Progressives, GOP, Democratic, NBC, Facebook Locations: New York, New, Hudson Valley, Tony Cardenas of California, Cheri Bustos of, South Florida
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