China News

Foxnews | Dec 11, 2018

A former Canadian diplomat reportedly has been arrested in China.

The Sydney Morning Herald | Dec 11, 2018

It was not clear if the cases were related, but the arrest of Huawei's CFO has stoked fears of reprisals against foreigners in China.

Time | Dec 11, 2018

(Bloomberg)—The International Crisis Group says it’s looking into reports that one of its staff, a former Canadian diplomat, has been detained in China.

Guardian | Dec 11, 2018

Michael Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, is seeking his release but it is unclear if the case is related to Meng WanzhouA former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China, and his current employer, the International Crisis Group, said it was seeking his prompt and safe release.Michael Kovrig’s detention comes after police in Canada arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei on 1 December at the request of USauthorities,...

Time | Dec 11, 2018

Online, lies and truth look the same. This has been a boon for professional liars, who take advantage of the fact that two-thirds of Americans get their news from social media, and use these platforms to market falsehoods—as moneymaking ventures (paranoid fantasies make excellent clickbait); as vehicles of personal fame; or, for foreign powers like China and Russia, as a way to spread propaganda in hopes of influencing voters and thereby our elections.

Time | Dec 11, 2018

(MANILA, Philippines) — Three church bells seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago arrived in Manila on Tuesday to be handed back to the Philippines in a move long demanded by Filipino leaders, including the current president, who is critical of Washington and has moved closer to China.
A representative of Defense Secretary James Mattis is to turn over the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippine defense chief in a ceremony at an air force base in the capital, closing a dark chapter in the treaty allies’ love-hate relationship.

Time | Dec 11, 2018

(TAIPEI, Taiwan) — Taiwan is reinforcing its five-year-old ban on network equipment produced by Chinese companies Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. amid security concerns.
Officials sought over the weekend to reassure lawmakers and the public that such measures have been effective and the threat to the communications sector is minimal.
Huawei has established a presence in Taiwan, with its handsets among the top sellers. The company also sponsors a Christmas extravaganza in a Taipei suburb that features a giant Santa emblazoned with Huawei’s logo.

Time | Dec 10, 2018

The United Nations climate change conference underway here in Poland could play a critical role in the fight to stem greenhouse gas emissions and keep temperatures from rising to unsafe levels.
The Trump Administration showed up to pitch fossil fuels. In a closely watched event Monday on the sidelines of official negotiations, U.S. officials touted natural gas and argued in support of coal’s place in the electricity mix.

Guardian | Dec 10, 2018

Laws on encryption must not pose an unwarranted danger to the freedom and privacy of citizensThe Australian government has just hustled into law a wide-ranging bill which attempts to give its intelligence services powers against encrypted communications. Whatever the government may wish, there are of course limits set to these powers by the mathematics that underpin strong encryption. If it is properly implemented, strong encryption is quite...

New York Times | Dec 10, 2018

The court’s decision, which bars Apple from selling seven iPhone models in China, is the latest turn in a broad legal battle between the companies.

Time | Dec 10, 2018

(NEW YORK) — U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm says it’s won an order in a Chinese court banning some Apple phones in China as part of a long-running dispute over patents.
Qualcomm said Monday that the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China has granted preliminary injunctions ordering four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple to stop selling and importing iPhones.
It’s not immediately clear what the full scope of the ruling is. While Qualcomm says the ban covers iPhones 6S through X, Apple says all iPhone models remain available for customers in China.
The dispute is over two...

Guardian | Dec 10, 2018

Country steps up pressure as Canada cancels a trade mission and Meng Wanzhou’s bail hearing was set to continueChina has stepped up pressure on Canada ahead of the resumed bail hearing for a senior Huawei executive who was arrested in Vancouver on a US warrant. Related: China summons US ambassador over Huawei CFO's arrest Related: China-US feud threatens...

New York Times | Dec 10, 2018

Chinese tech entrepreneurs are rethinking their business trips and their American ties. They could instead be valuable allies in the drive to bring more freedom to China.

Time | Dec 10, 2018

The shortlist of candidates for TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year was unveiled Monday on NBC’s Today show. Since 1927, TIME has identified the Person of the Year, recognizing the person or group of people who most influenced the news and the world — for better or for worse — during the past year.

In recent years, the shortlist for Person of the Year has included the Silence Breakers of the #MeToo movement, Hillary Clinton, Amazon CEO...

Guardian | Dec 10, 2018

By imposing tariffs, Trump has in effect raised taxes on most Americans and made them poorer“I am a Tariff Man,” Trump tweeted last week. “When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so…. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN.”I’m sorry, Mr President, but you got this wrong. Tariffs are paid by American consumers.

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