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2021-03-12 21:05:40
by Reece Nations
Biden, Indo-Pacific Allies to Increase Vaccine Supplies to Asian Countries

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration announced a plan Friday to ramp up novel coronavirus vaccine manufacturing capacity in India alongside... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration announced a plan Friday to ramp up novel coronavirus vaccine manufacturing capacity in India alongside leaders of the Indo-Pacific alliance called “the Quad.”  President Biden announced the plan during a virtual summit with Prime Minister... Read More

2021-03-12 18:36:55
by TWN Staff
FCC Targets Five Chinese Telecoms as Threat to National Security

WASHINGTON - Five Chinese companies are producing telecommunications equipment and services that pose "an unacceptable risk" to national security and... Read More

WASHINGTON - Five Chinese companies are producing telecommunications equipment and services that pose "an unacceptable risk" to national security and the security and safety of U.S. citizens, the Federal Communications Commission announced Friday. The companies include Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE... Read More

2021-03-08 18:31:37
by Daniel Mollenkamp
WHO Cancels Interim Report on Origins of COVID-19 Amid Tensions

A fiery open letter signed by an international collection of scientists together with growing tensions between China and the U.S.... Read More

A fiery open letter signed by an international collection of scientists together with growing tensions between China and the U.S. caused the World Health Organization investigators this week to cancel an interim report on the origins of the coronavirus based... Read More

2021-03-01 19:23:04
by Reece Nations
Trump Rule on China Tech Transactions to Remain in Place

WASHINGTON — A Trump-era regulation allowing the Department of Commerce to block technology-related business transactions determined to be national security... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Trump-era regulation allowing the Department of Commerce to block technology-related business transactions determined to be national security threats will remain in place, against the wishes of some of the country's business stakeholders. The rule, scheduled to take... Read More

2021-03-01 18:49:05
by Kate Michael
Building a T-12 Alliance of Techno-Democracies

WASHINGTON — As Beijing accelerates its plan to dominate in key information technology industries, U.S. policy experts are making the... Read More

WASHINGTON — As Beijing accelerates its plan to dominate in key information technology industries, U.S. policy experts are making the case for a new global governance body to curb the influence of techno-autocracies and create a like-minded alliance of techno-democracies... Read More

Biden to Meet With Mexican President Amid Migration Issues

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador... Read More

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is planning a virtual meeting Monday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador — a chance for the pair to talk more fully about migration, confronting the coronavirus and cooperating on economic and... Read More

2021-02-26 20:52:02
by Dan McCue
Treasury Dept. Sanctions Saudis Over Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on Saudi Arabia’s former deputy head of Intelligence and the... Read More

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on Saudi Arabia’s former deputy head of Intelligence and the nation’s “Rapid Intervention Force” for their roles in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  The move came just... Read More

2021-02-19 22:51:09
by TWN Staff
New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks

WASHINGTON - In his first press conference as Pentagon chief, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, said an end to U.S. military... Read More

WASHINGTON - In his first press conference as Pentagon chief, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, said an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan depends entirely on the Taliban reducing attacks on NATO forces. “Clearly the violence is too high right... Read More

2021-02-19 15:31:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'

WASHINGTON- A report from the Office of the Inspector General recommended that America make safeguarding women's rights in Afghanistan a... Read More

WASHINGTON- A report from the Office of the Inspector General recommended that America make safeguarding women's rights in Afghanistan a top priority, describing the fragile nature of gains in equality in the region. The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan... Read More

Biden to Lay Out His Foreign Policy at G-7, Munich Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden will make his first big appearance on the global stage as president on Friday, offering... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden will make his first big appearance on the global stage as president on Friday, offering Group of Seven allies and other foreign leaders a glimpse into his plans to dramatically reshape U.S. foreign policy even... Read More

Biden Repudiates Trump on Iran, Ready for Talks on Nuke Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it's ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it's ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, in a sharp repudiation of former President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure campaign" that sought... Read More

2021-02-17 17:02:32
by Victoria Turner
Panelists Call for Industrial Policy to Counter China’s Party-State Economic Approach

The proposal for a national industrial policy took the stage Tuesday as a panel of experts grappled with how the... Read More

The proposal for a national industrial policy took the stage Tuesday as a panel of experts grappled with how the U.S. government should respond to the increasing challenges posed by China’s “party-state capitalism.”  Panelists discussed the increased global growth of... Read More

Vigorous Preparation Returns as Biden Calls Other Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new-old ritual is taking shape in the Biden White House, one that starts with bulky briefing... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new-old ritual is taking shape in the Biden White House, one that starts with bulky briefing packages, war-gaming the "what-ifs," and Oval Office discussions about how to talk to this or that particular U.S. ally or... Read More

2021-02-12 20:41:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp
How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Congressional "Afghanistan Study Group" released its report on unwinding American commitments in that... Read More

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Congressional "Afghanistan Study Group" released its report on unwinding American commitments in that country, recommending that diplomatic efforts attempt to delay the May 2021 withdrawal date of American troops from the region to... Read More

2021-02-11 15:17:03
by TWN Staff
Biden Calls for Review of National Security Strategy on China During Pentagon Visit

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Pentagon to conduct a review of of the United States'... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Pentagon to conduct a review of of the United States' national security strategy on China. The decision, announced during the president's first visit to the Defense Department, comes amid a... Read More

Biden: China Should Expect `Extreme Competition' from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for "extreme competition" from the U.S. under his administration, but... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for "extreme competition" from the U.S. under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not be one of conflict. In an interview broadcast Sunday, Biden... Read More

US Moves to Rejoin UN Rights Council, Reversing Trump Anew

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is set to announce this week that it will reengage with the much-maligned U.N.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is set to announce this week that it will reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, U.S. officials said Sunday. The decision... Read More

George Shultz Wasn't 'Afraid to Struggle Against the Odds'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time was running out when Secretary of State George P. Shultz returned home in April 1988 after... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time was running out when Secretary of State George P. Shultz returned home in April 1988 after flying 16,000 miles in a failed mission to persuade Arabs and Israelis to negotiate their differences. Shultz said he would... Read More

Biden to Visit State Dept. as US Reengages with its Allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending a message to his messengers. Two weeks into the presidency, Biden on... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending a message to his messengers. Two weeks into the presidency, Biden on Thursday is visiting the State Department, the most senior of the Cabinet agencies, to underscore his promise to restore a... Read More

China Derecognizes British National Overseas Passport

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel... Read More

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport as a valid travel document or form of identification amid a bitter feud with London over a plan to allow millions of Hong Kong... Read More

EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies

MOSCOW (AP) — Rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian authorities are moving rapidly to block... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian authorities are moving rapidly to block any new ones – from piling legal pressure on his allies to launching a campaign to discredit the demonstrations. Unprecedented... Read More

Russian Parliament OKs New START Nuclear Treaty Extension

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously to extend the... Read More

First Biden-Putin Call Shows Both Cautious on Big Concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts Tuesday in... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts Tuesday in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and the delicate balance between the former Cold War foes. According to the... Read More

Biden Walking a High Wire with Russia Ahead of Putin Call

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has been quickly thrown into a high-wire balancing act with Russia as he seeks... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has been quickly thrown into a high-wire balancing act with Russia as he seeks to toughen his administration’s stance against Vladimir Putin while preserving room for diplomacy in a post-Donald Trump era. The relationship... Read More

After Failed Trump Romance, France Seeks Reset Under Biden

PARIS (AP) — After increasingly strained U.S.-France relations under Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed... Read More

PARIS (AP) — After increasingly strained U.S.-France relations under Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Sunday to work closely together to fight the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Their first conversation since Biden’s inauguration aimed... Read More

2021-01-22 21:09:59
by Dan McCue
Spanberger, Katko Urge House to Crack Down on Foreign-Backed Disinformation in Elections

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and John Katko, R-N.Y., are urging their House colleagues to support bipartisan legislation aimed... Read More

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and John Katko, R-N.Y., are urging their House colleagues to support bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting the U.S. from foreign-based disinformation campaigns. According to the lawmakers, foreign governments took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

Russia Welcomes US Proposal to Extend Nuclear Treaty

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s... Read More

2021-01-19 22:16:19
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Committee Seeks Assurances of Cooperation in Biden’s Foreign Affairs

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee on Tuesday reviewed a Biden nominee to become secretary of state in a move that... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee on Tuesday reviewed a Biden nominee to become secretary of state in a move that represents one of several big changes planned by the new president. Biden nominated his long-time foreign affairs advisor Antony J.... Read More

2021-01-15 21:35:17
by Tom Ramstack
MIT Professor Charged with Fraud in Chinese Trade Secret Theft Case

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor is facing federal fraud charges after allegedly lying about transferring nanotechnology research to organizations... Read More

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor is facing federal fraud charges after allegedly lying about transferring nanotechnology research to organizations associated with the Chinese government. On grant applications and tax forms, MIT professor Gang Chen allegedly did not disclose that... Read More

US: Hack of Federal Agencies Likely Russian in Origin'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that China might be to blame. The rare joint statement represented... Read More

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