Trump’s 15 Percent Tariffs on $112B in Chinese Goods Take Effect

Christopher Ranch Executive Vice President Ken Christopher poses for a photo as employees work with garlic on the production line in Gilroy, Calif. on May, 30, 2019. Garlic and honey producers are applauding the new tariffs on Chinese goods. (Josh Edelson /AFP/Getty Images)

CHINA-US NEWS

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

September 1, 2019 Updated: September 1, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration’s latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports took effect early on Sept. 1, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer goods in advance of the holiday shopping season.

The 15 percent taxes apply to about $112 billion of Chinese imports.… READ MORE...

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Trump Meets With Falun Gong Practitioner, Other Survivors of Religious Persecution

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Zhang Yuhua, a Falun Gong practitioner who survived persecution in China, at the White House on July 17, 2019. (Screenshot/The White House)

TRUMP PRESIDENCY

BY CATHY HE, EPOCH TIMES

July 17, 2019 Updated: July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON—A practitioner of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong who was persecuted in China for her faith was among 27 survivors of religious persecution who met with President Donald Trump at the White House on July 17.

Yuhua Zhang, 59, was repeatedly imprisoned and suffered torture in China for a combined period of 7 1/2 years for refusing to renounce her faith before escaping to the United States in 2015.… READ MORE...

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A Doctor Speaks Out About Ageism In Medicine

Doctors are quick to discount the concerns of older patients, or even dismiss their health issues due to hidden biases about the value of older people. (wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock)

BETTER LIFE

Many doctors see elderly patients as a waste of time and effort, a mentality born of hidden biases

BY JUDITH GRAHAM, KAISER HEALTH NEWS

June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019

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Society gives short shrift to older age. This distinct phase of life doesn’t get the same attention that’s devoted to childhood. And the special characteristics of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond are poorly understood.

Medicine reflects this narrow-mindedness.… READ MORE...

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Activists in Hong Kong Make Pitch to Extradition Protesters: Register to Vote

Protesters attend a demonstration demanding Hong Kong’s leaders to step down and withdraw the extradition bill, in Hong Kong, China on June 17, 2019. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

HONG KONG

BY REUTERS

June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019

HONG KONG– Campaigners in Hong Kong have registered thousands of new voters during mass protests against controversial extradition law reform, pouncing on an opportunity to bolster the democratic opposition’s prospects in upcoming elections.

The city’s pro-democracy camp needs a strong showing in city-wide legislative polls next year to recapture a big enough bloc to veto proposals from pro-establishment rivals, who now dominate the 70-seat legislature.… READ MORE...

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A Missing Focus on Prevention Makes US Health Care Unsustainable

BETTER LIFE

Who pays for health care is secondary to having care that actually preserves health, avoids unnecessary disease

BY JINGDUAN YANG

May 30, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2019

Fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared that the U.S. health care system faced a massive crisis, warning that without prompt administrative and legislative action, the system would break down.

Since then, almost every administration has repeated a similar statement, using such terms as “unsustainable” and promising revolutionary changes.

A Nonexistent Health Care System

Perhaps the reason that we have been muddling along for decades with an unsustainable health care system, perpetually in crisis, is that we have misnamed the entity we are talking about.… READ MORE...

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UK, Canada Express Concern Over Proposed Hong Kong Extradition Changes

HONG KONG

BY REUTERS

May 30, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2019

LONDON—Britain and Canada said on May 29 it was vital that extradition arrangements in Hong Kong fully respect the region’s high degree of autonomy from China and are in line with the “one country, two systems” principle.

“We are concerned about the potential effect of these proposals on the large number of UK and Canadian citizens in Hong Kong, on business confidence and on Hong Kong’s international reputation,” the British and Canadian foreign ministers said in a joint statement.

The city’s independent legal system was guaranteed under the laws governing Hong Kong’s return from British to Chinese rule 22 years ago and is seen by the financial hub’s business and diplomatic communities as its strongest remaining asset amid encroachments from Beijing.… READ MORE...

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Supermicro Asks Suppliers Not to Provide Chinese-Made Motherboards

By Frank Fang, Epoch Times

May 1, 2019 Updated: May 1, 2019

Supermicro, one of the world’s largest makers of computer servers, has asked its suppliers to shift production out of China.

Security concerns surrounding the California-based tech company’s servers were sparked by an October 2018 Bloomberg report that claimed the Chinese military developed “spy chips” and had secretly planted them into motherboards manufactured in China and supplied to Supermicro.

Motherboards are the backbone of every computer and server, on which chips of different functions are mounted, such as memory, communications, and processing.

While Supermicro—and its customers Amazon and Apple—have since denied the Bloomberg allegations, the report has highlighted the vulnerabilities of relying on a Chinese tech supply chain.… READ MORE...

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Beijing Plans New Ways to Boost Economy: Move Youth to Countryside, Ease Hukou Restrictions

BY NICOLE HAO

April 14, 2019 Updated: April 14, 2019

The Chinese regime recently rolled out two new plans that look contradictory on the surface but actually serve similar purposes.

Beijing has operated a strict household registration system, known as “hukou” in Chinese, since 1949, that has restricted citizens’ movements based on where they are born. There are two primary groups: urban residents with a non-agricultural hukou and rural residents with an agricultural hukou. Each person can only have one hukou. The former usually entitles a citizen to access to better healthcare and education opportunities.

With this system, urban residents cannot work on a farm, while a rural one cannot work in the city.… READ MORE...

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Top US General to Meet With Google on China Security Worries

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019

WASHINGTON—The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the United States.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on March 20 that efforts like Google’s artificial intelligence venture in China allow the Chinese military to access and take advantage of U.S.-developed technology.

“This is not about me and Google,” Dunford told an audience at the Atlantic Council. “This is about us looking at the second and third order of effects of our business ventures in China, Chinese form of government, and the impact it’s going to have on the United States’ ability to maintain a competitive military advantage.”

Google says its AI activities in China are focused on “education, research on natural language understanding and market algorithms, and development of globally available tools.”

In a statement last week, Google said it is not working with the Chinese military.… READ MORE...

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An Unprecedented Crime: State-Directed Mass Killing of Prisoners of Conscience in China for Their Organs

BY OMID GHOREISHI, EPOCH TIMES

March 1, 2019 Updated: March 1, 2019

Editor’s note: The Epoch Times is publishing a number of articles on torture and abuse meted out against innocent prisoners of conscience in China.

A bill to curb international organ trafficking has received unanimous support from a parliamentary committee in Canada.

Parliamentarians on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development passed bill S-240 with amendments on Feb. 27. It will now go before MPs for final reading in the House of Commons.

It was 13 years ago, in 2006, that The Epoch Times first broke the news of systematic organ harvesting by Chinese authorities from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.… READ MORE...

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