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)

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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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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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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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Severe Air Pollution Spreads Across China During Lunar New Year Holiday

Air pollution made travel difficult in China during the Chinese new year of 2019. This photo was taken in Beijing on March 17, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

BY NICOLE HAO

February 7, 2019 Updated: February 7, 2019

Amid the Lunar New Year holidays, severe air pollution in great swathes of China has caused major highways and roads to be closed due to poor visibility.

During the week-long national holiday, most factories, mines, and companies in China are closed. There are also fewer cars on the road as families spend time at home to celebrate.

But the air quality recently became worse.

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment released data on Feb.… READ MORE...

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Chinese Embassy Pressured Theater to Cancel Shen Yun Performances in Spain, Investigation Reveals

BY JANITA KAN

January 29, 2019 Updated: January 29, 2019

A top-level official from the Chinese Embassy in Spain admitted in a recent phone call that he made a personal visit to the general manager of the Royal Theater in Madrid to pressure him into canceling performances of a popular traditional Chinese dance and music company slated to run there, according to a recent investigation.

The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts—whose mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through music and dance, according to its website—had booked the Royal Theater in Madrid to perform on Jan. 31 and Feb.… READ MORE...

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China Calls Out Apple, Amazon for ‘Incorrect’ Taiwan, Hong Kong References

An electronic screen displays the Apple Inc. logo on the exterior of the Nasdaq Market Site following the close of the day’s trading session in New York City, U.S. on Aug. 2, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

BY REUTERS

January 17, 2019 Updated: January 17, 2019

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI—One of China’s top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in a report this month that 66 of the world’s 500 largest companies had used “incorrect labels” for Taiwan and 53 had errors in the way they referred to Hong Kong, according to China’s Legal Daily newspaper.… READ MORE...

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