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Trump Makes 2 Big Moves on Tariffs

He lifts them on Canada and Mexico and postpones action against Japan, Europe

(Newser) - Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with US rival China, President Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies—lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe. By removing the metals tariffs on... More »

The US Response to China's Tariff Move? Go Bigger

US Trade Representative's Office targets $300B of goods from China that could be hit

(Newser) - Retaliation is coming fast and furious: After China on Monday announced tariff hikes on $60 billion of American goods, US officials put out a list of $300 billion of Chinese goods that could be subject to a tariff hike—on top of the $200 billion of imports that will see... More »

'Big Shock to Economy' Predicted as Tariffs Kick In

China has promised 'countermeasures'

(Newser) - The trade war is heating up: China said Friday it "deeply regrets that it will have to take necessary countermeasures" after the tariff hikes threatened by President Trump kicked in at 12:01am. American and Chinese negotiators met in Washington, DC, Thursday but were unable to reach a deal... More »

US-China Relations Just Got Much Worse

Officials accuse Beijing of backtracking on commitments

(Newser) - US-China relations took another hit Monday after American officials accused Beijing of backtracking on trade commitments—and confirmed that the US will go ahead with the tariff hikes threatened by President Trump . "Over the course of the last week or so we have seen an erosion in commitments by... More »

Trump Threatens China

China talks are slated to resume in Washington this week

(Newser) - President Trump turned up the pressure on China on Sunday, threatening to hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, the AP reports. Trump's comments, delivered on Twitter, came as a Chinese delegation was scheduled to resume talks in Washington on Wednesday aimed at resolving a trade war... More »

Former CIA Officer Admits Spying for China

Jerry Chun Shing Lee was paid to provide info on covert agents

(Newser) - A former CIA agent suspected of being the mole who helped bring down the network's operations in China early this decade has pleaded guilty to spying for Beijing. Prosecutors say that after Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 54, left the US to live in Hong Kong in 2007, China paid... More »

China Sentences Another Canadian to Death

Amid tension surrounding Canada's arrest of Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou

(Newser) - A court in southern China handed down sentences Tuesday to at least six foreigners involved in an international methamphetamine operation, including a Canadian given the death penalty. The Jiangmen Intermediate People's Court in southern Guangdong province sentenced 11 people who produced more than 139 pounds of methamphetamine, the AP... More »

Police Raid Chinese Company Making Not-Quite Legos

$30M in knockoffs seized at factory

(Newser) - A raid on a factory in China last week discovered $30 million of fake Legos, the BBC reports, and more than 630,000 finished products were seized. Police, who posted photos of building blocks that looked a lot like Legos, said the toys had been copied from Lego blueprints. At... More »

Elderly Woman Opens Her Window. Then This

Woman with Alzheimer's makes scary escape attempt

(Newser) - A gutsy octogenarian crawled out of her high-rise in China and scaled down 10 stories before someone hauled her back in, the New York Post reports. The woman, who apparently has Alzheimer's, escaped the 14th-floor apartment where family had locked her inside. Video shows her carrying a red bag... More »

11 Workers Die After Elevator Cable Snaps

It is latest in string of Chinese industrial disasters

(Newser) - Eleven workers were killed and two seriously injured Thursday when an elevator at a construction site in northern China fell due to a snapped cable, state media reports. Voice of China radio said the accident, the latest in a series of deadly industrial incidents, occurred around 8am in the Hebei... More »

This Tesla Is About to Explode. The Carmaker Is Investigating

Tesla sends team to Shanghai to look into video showing car allegedly exploding in parking lot

(Newser) - Teslas catching fire have made recent headlines , but one supposed incident has now been caught on video, and the automaker is investigating. Reuters reports the company has sent a team to China to check out an explosion that allegedly took place in a Shanghai parking garage, an incident seen in... More »

Attack a Building's Feng Shui at Your Peril in China

Media company ordered to pay $30K over critical post

(Newser) - While it's unclear what a Chinese media company paid a feng shui expert to write a November 2018 blog post, the cost to the company is painfully clear: A Beijing court last week ruled Zhuhai Shengun Internet Technology had to pay almost $30,000 after losing a libel suit... More »

Trump Inaugural Ball's Money Has Vanished

The Asian American event falls under scrutiny

(Newser) - A Trump inaugural ball with connections to China attracted thousands of dollars in donations that have since vanished, the Palm Beach Post reports. The Asian Pacific American Presidential Inaugural Gala—a lavish event that included live entertainment and buffet-style dinner—charged $75 or more per ticket and drew over 900... More »

A 'Crushing Blow for Freedom' in Hong Kong

9 pro-democracy leaders found guilty

(Newser) - A Hong Kong court found nine leaders of 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations guilty Tuesday on public nuisance and other charges, in a verdict that activists say likely presages more restrictions on free expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Those convicted included law professor Benny Tai, retired sociology professor Chan Kin-man, and... More »

Why Russia Is Stockpiling Gold, Dropping US Dollars

Does he see where the world is headed?

(Newser) - Russia is dumping US dollars and snapping up gold in an effort to move away from American assets, Bloomberg reports. Vladimir Putin has been amassing gold for a decade now, quadrupling the nation's bullion reserves, but 2018 marked a record as the country bought 274 tons of bullion worth... More »

FBI Opens Mar-a-Lago Probe

The arrest of a Chinese woman set things in motion

(Newser) - Federal officials are looking into whether a Chinese woman arrested at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club with a device containing computer malware was part of a larger effort to gain access to the president and do potential harm. That's according to a US official who spoke to the... More »

Bohemian Rhapsody Opens in China, With a Big Difference

Gay scenes bit the dust

(Newser) - Bohemian Rhapsody was released in China last week, but Chinese audiences saw a shorter movie than American ones: The country's censors axed references to homosexuality in the Freddie Mercury biopic, the BBC reports. The deleted scenes include the moment when Mercury, played by Rami Malek, comes out to his... More »

Scientists Stumble on 'Mindblowing' Find

The Qingjiang fossil site contains 53 new species

(Newser) - Scientists are expressing shock and elation over a fossil-find that revisits life half a billion years ago—and may just shake up our view of evolution, the Guardian reports. Reported in Science , the Qingjiang site in China includes at least 4,351 fossils representing 101 species, 53 of them new... More »

In China, Wanted Posters Have Child Photos—But Why?

Cops in one province say 'features won't have changed'

(Newser) - Ji Qinghai was wanted for public nuisance. Xu Shilin, false imprisonment. Yang Jianzue, bodily harm. Not unusual, except their wanted posters each used a primary-school age photo of the suspect, the South China Morning Post reports. Police in Zhenxiong, a province in southwestern China, stood their ground when first shown... More »

She Handed Over the Cash. Then Robbery Suspect Saw Her Balance

Man accused of robbing woman at ATM in China apparently had change of heart

(Newser) - It's not clear if this story should be filed under "weird crimes" or "uplifting news." The surveillance cameras tell the tale of the person now being dubbed "the world's kindest crook," with the footage coming out of Heyuan in China's Guangdong province.... More »

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