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Feds Reveal Alleged Covert Chinese Operation

DOJ says the 8 allegedly surveilled NJ man wanted by Beijing and left a threatening note

(Newser) - The Justice Department has charged eight people with working on behalf of the Chinese government in a pressure campaign aimed at coercing a New Jersey man who was wanted by Beijing to return to China to face charges, officials said. Five of the eight were arrested Wednesday, accused of participating... More »

China: We're Ready to Start Detaining Americans

'It's a real game-changer'

(Newser) - Chinese officials say they're ready for a dangerous game of tit-for-tat, the Wall Street Journal reports. They're telling Washington that China may round up US nationals there unless charges against Chinese military-affiliated scholars in America are dropped. The warnings, sent through several channels—including Beijing's US Embassy—... More »

Musk to US: You Owe Me Tariff Money, Plus Interest

Tesla, other major automakers suing the government over trade war with China

(Newser) - Elon Musk isn't just calling for the US to end new tariffs on Chinese products—he wants a refund for the money's he already paid, plus interest. Musk's car company, Tesla, filed a lawsuit against the US this week over the import tariffs, as did automakers Ford,... More »

China, Russia Are Interfering in Campaigns, Intelligence Shows

Beijing is working against Trump, Russia against Biden, official says

(Newser) - China and Russia are interfering in the US presidential campaign, according to an intelligence report, with both parties' candidates as targets. "We assess that China prefers that President Trump—whom Beijing sees as unpredictable—does not win reelection," said William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security... More »

After Order From China, US Shuts Down Consulate

China ordered Chengdu mission closed in retaliation for Houston closure

(Newser) - The US closed its consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday, a victim of the rising tensions between the global powers, the AP reports. China ordered the mission closed late last week in retaliation for a US order to shut down the Chinese Consulate in Houston earlier... More »

China Retaliates for Closure of Houston Consulate

Beijing orders closure of US consulate in Chengdu

(Newser) - China says that as a "necessary response" to the US order to close its consulate in Houston, the US is going to lose one of its consulates in China. The foreign ministry said Friday that it had ordered the closure of the consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu,... More »

After FBI Interview, Chinese Biologist Fled to SF Consulate

FBI says she lied about military connections

(Newser) - A biology researcher accused of lying to the FBI fled to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco last month and is still there, the agency says. According to court papers filed July 20, University of California, Davis researcher Tang Juan went to the consulate after a June 20 interview with... More »

'Outrageous': US Boots China From Consulate

Officials seen burning documents on Tuesday

(Newser) - The US has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in "one of the biggest blows to diplomatic ties between the two countries in decades," reports Bloomberg . Firefighters responded to reports of smoke at the consulate late Tuesday as footage showed officials burning documents in barrels in... More »

Pompeo Accuses China of Human Rights Abuses

US sanctions 3 Chinese officials over treatment of Uighurs, other minorities

(Newser) - The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party for alleged human rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities, per the AP . The decision to bar these senior officials and their families from entering the US is the latest of a series of... More »

Pompeo on Possible TikTok Ban: 'US Will Get This One Right'

Secretary of state says US is 'looking at' banning popular app, other social media apps out of China

(Newser) - Amid a year fraught with trade issues and a Cold War-style arms race between the United States and China, a new alleged threat is now on the radar: the popular TikTok app, whose parent company is Beijing's ByteDance. Per CNBC , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Laura Ingraham'... More »

America Enters New 'Cold War' Arms Race

China tells the US to back off its new military plan

(Newser) - America is answering China's missile supremacy by planning to deploy—you guessed it—a lot more missiles. Reuters reports that the Pentagon wants to arm Marines with Tomahawk cruise missiles and hasten a rare order of long-range anti-ship missiles, all to counter China's lead in land-based ballistic and... More »

US Worried About Activity at China Nuclear Test Site

Officials suspect Beijing may have violated ban

(Newser) - With US-China relations already frayed over the coronavirus pandemic and trade, nuclear tensions may be on the horizon. The Wall Street Journal , citing a new arms-control report that the State Department plans to make public, reports that US authorities suspect Beijing has been violating an international ban on nuclear tests... More »

After Talk With Xi, No Use of 'Chinese Virus' by Trump

Trump says it was a 'very good conversation'

(Newser) - President Trump appears to have retired his controversial use of the term "Chinese Virus," at least temporarily. The president spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday night and didn't use the term afterward, Bloomberg reports. "Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China.... More »

China Makes Big Move Against Some American Journalists

Revokes media credentials of those working for WSJ, NYT, WaPo

(Newser) - China announced that it will revoke the media credentials of all American journalists at three major US news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to new US restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. The foreign ministry said early Wednesday that American citizens working for the New York ... More »

The Death Toll Rises

The coronavirus has now killed 259 and infected over 11K in China

(Newser) - China’s death toll from a new virus rose to 259 on Saturday and a World Health Organization official said other governments need to prepare for "domestic outbreak control" if the disease spreads in their countries, the AP reports. The number of confirmed cases in China rose to 11,... More »

Trump Signs 'Unbelievable' China Trade Deal

President says the deal delivers economic justice

(Newser) - President Trump signed a trade agreement Wednesday with China that is expected to boost exports from US farmers and manufacturers and is aimed at lowering tensions between the economic powers, the AP reports. Trump said during a White House ceremony that the deal is “righting the wrongs of the... More »

In Time for Trade Deal Signing, US Removes Label on China

It's no longer considered a currency manipulator, Treasury decides

(Newser) - As Chinese officials landed in Washington on Monday to sign a trade deal, the US presented them with a concession. The US no longer considers China a currency manipulator. The label was put in place last summer after President Trump accused the government of weakening its currency for an unfair... More »

US, China Near 'BIG DEAL'

President Trump needs to give final approval

(Newser) - The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war, the AP reports. "We're close to a deal,'' said Myron Brilliant, the US Chamber of Commerce's... More »

China Bans Foreign Computers

By 2022, all foreign tech must be out of government offices and public institutions

(Newser) - Within three years, there won't be a Dell computer or Microsoft software to be found inside China's government offices. Beijing has ordered all foreign computer equipment and software be eliminated from government offices and public institutions by 2022, reports the Guardian , which notes the move will likely be... More »

Profits Plunge for Exxon Mobil

But the Texas oil giant still reported over $3B in profits for the third quarter

(Newser) - Exxon Mobil's profits fell dramatically in the third quarter as the company was hurt by lower prices for crude oil and natural gas, the AP reports. The Texas oil giant reported $3.17 billion in profits in the third quarter Friday, down 49% from the same time last year.... More »

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