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White House Hosts Indo-Pacific Leaders as China Concerns Grow
Geopolitics
White House Hosts Indo-Pacific Leaders as China Concerns Grow

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday is set to host the first in-person gathering of leaders of an Indo-Pacific alliance known as "the Quad" as he wraps up a difficult week of diplomacy after facing no shortage of... Read More

China Declares All Cryptocurrency Transactions Illegal
International
China Declares All Cryptocurrency Transactions Illegal

BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank on Friday declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. Chinese banks were banned from handling cryptocurrencies in 2013, but the... Read More

Tensions Grow As US, Allies Deepen Indo-Pacific Involvement
International
Tensions Grow As US, Allies Deepen Indo-Pacific Involvement

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming... Read More

Biden Discusses AUKUS Partnership with Macron Amid 'Diplomatic Crisis'
Foreign Affairs
Biden Discusses AUKUS Partnership with Macron Amid 'Diplomatic Crisis'
2021-09-22 18:09:38
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to discuss the United States' new strategic partnership with the U.K. and Australia. Australia is set to construct eight nuclear-powered submarines through its alliance with the U.S.... Read More

Blue Dogs Endorse Slate of NDAA Amendments to Support US Service Members
Congress
Blue Dogs Endorse Slate of NDAA Amendments to Support US Service Members
2021-09-22 15:58:47
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -- The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats has endorsed a slate of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.  These amendments include measures that the Blue Dogs contend would strengthen support for U.S. service members as they transition... Read More

FDA Warns Health Care Providers of Certain N95 Respirators from China
Health
FDA Warns Health Care Providers of Certain N95 Respirators from China
2021-09-01 16:44:03
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care personnel to stop using certain N95 respirators manufactured by Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacturing Co. due to “serious concerns with [their] quality.” In a letter released last week, the... Read More

Report on COVID-19 Origins Suggests Lab Leak Theory ‘Unlikely’
Science
Report on COVID-19 Origins Suggests Lab Leak Theory ‘Unlikely’
2021-08-26 20:32:24
by Reece Nations

A scientific report first published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell sheds new light on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and concludes that evidence of a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is unlikely. Researchers studying the geographic locations... Read More

Harris Rebukes China in Speech on Indo-Pacific Vision
Geopolitics
Harris Rebukes China in Speech on Indo-Pacific Vision

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a sharp rebuke to China for its incursions in the South China Sea, warning its actions there amount to "coercion" and "intimidation" and affirming that the U.S. will support its allies... Read More

China’s Food Security Policies Could Endanger Others
International
China’s Food Security Policies Could Endanger Others
2021-08-09 15:15:13
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Several of China’s policies give democratic nations pause, but at least one analyst has singled out its plan for food security as a major cause for concern. In her latest paper published for the Hinrich Foundation, former U.S.... Read More

Senators Reveal Huge Financial Losses From US Tech Stolen by Chinese
Geopolitics
Senators Reveal Huge Financial Losses From US Tech Stolen by Chinese
2021-08-05 13:31:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee went public Wednesday with the kind of information about China’s use of U.S. technology that normally would stay behind the closed doors where clandestine issues are discussed. Select Committee on Intelligence leaders revealed that China’s... Read More

China Rejects Hacking Charges, Accuses US of Cyberspying
Geopolitics
China Rejects Hacking Charges, Accuses US of Cyberspying

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday rejected an accusation by Washington and its Western allies that Beijing is to blame for a hack of the Microsoft Exchange email system and complained Chinese entities are victims of damaging U.S. cyberattacks. A... Read More

US, Allies Accuse China of Backing Cyber Attacks Worldwide
Cybercrime
US, Allies Accuse China of Backing Cyber Attacks Worldwide
2021-07-19 13:41:56
by Dan McCue

The United States, NATO and several allies collectively called out China on Monday for a series of malicious cyber- and ransomware attacks, including a March attack that exploited a flaw in Microsoft's Exchange Server. Monday’s announcement, which followed a conference... Read More

U.S. Names China, Ethiopia, Myanmar In Genocide Prevention Report
Geopolitics
U.S. Names China, Ethiopia, Myanmar In Genocide Prevention Report
2021-07-13 19:52:09
by Daniel Mollenkamp

A report from the U.S. voiced concern over ongoing human rights abuses, which the U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, at a press conference on Monday characterized as an attempt to apply international pressure to stop atrocities. In the 2021... Read More

Big Tech Industry Group Criticizes Hong Kong’s Vague Data Rules
Technology
Big Tech Industry Group Criticizes Hong Kong’s Vague Data Rules
2021-07-06 15:23:12
by Dan McCue

An industry group representing Google, Facebook and other Internet companies warned Hong Kong’s government that changes to the city’s data-protection laws could dramatically curb the companies’ ability to provide services to it. The problem, the letter says, is vaguely worded... Read More

Experts Question If WHO Should Lead Pandemic Origins Probe
Health
Experts Question If WHO Should Lead Pandemic Origins Probe

BEIJING (AP) — As the World Health Organization draws up plans for the next phase of its probe of how the coronavirus pandemic started, an increasing number of scientists say the U.N. agency it isn't up to the task and... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Prevent China from Threatening Telecom Networks
Telecom
Bipartisan Bill Aims to Prevent China from Threatening Telecom Networks
2021-07-01 15:04:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Legislation intended to prevent China from threatening U.S. telecom networks was front and center Wednesday during a meeting of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Introduced by House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. and... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Increased Defense Funding, Prioritizing of National Defense
Congress
Blue Dogs Call for Increased Defense Funding, Prioritizing of National Defense
2021-06-24 14:48:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats is calling on its congressional colleagues to approve the Biden administration’s $753 billion defense spending request for Fiscal Year 2022, saying the proposed $12.3 billion increase over last year will better... Read More

Kakto Presses Administration to Take Cybersecurity More Seriously
Think Tanks
Kakto Presses Administration to Take Cybersecurity More Seriously
2021-06-11 19:02:40
by Victoria Turner

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y. recently went into a couple of Lincoln car dealerships in Syracuse, New York, but “neither one of them had any cars.”  “And they’re not going to have any cars for several weeks because of the chip... Read More

Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Americans’ Data
Technology
Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Americans’ Data
2021-06-09 17:10:20
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - In another step to further cement a democratic "digital economy" as opposed to "authoritarian controls and interests" like those of China, President Bident signed an executive order today to tackle the national security risks in the U.S.' information... Read More

Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals
Technology
Senate Passes Bill to Boost US Tech Industry, Counter Rivals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32 vote... Read More

Defense Analysts Warn Senate of China’s Multi-Pronged Threat
Geopolitics
Defense Analysts Warn Senate of China’s Multi-Pronged Threat
2021-06-08 21:07:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned the Senate Tuesday that although China is mostly a trading partner now, its threat to U.S. national security should not be overlooked. They described an expansionist, long-term strategy intended to displace the United States as... Read More

Former Patent Office Director Says American Ingenuity Answer to China IP Theft
Think Tanks
Former Patent Office Director Says American Ingenuity Answer to China IP Theft
2021-05-28 17:53:23
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — From counterfeiting to talent acquisitions and even forced technology transfers, the United States has long struggled with the idea that China is facilitating or condoning the theft of American intellectual property. In fact, China is often cited as... Read More

China Irked By US Push for Taiwan Presence at World Health Assembly
Geopolitics
China Irked By US Push for Taiwan Presence at World Health Assembly
2021-05-14 18:28:03
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Over the last two weeks, China and the U.S. have made dueling comments about whether Taiwan should be admitted to this year's World Health Assembly, the meeting where priorities and policies of the World Health Organization are set, which will... Read More

U.S. Condemns China's Attempts To Silence Hong Kong Protestors
Geopolitics
U.S. Condemns China's Attempts To Silence Hong Kong Protestors
2021-04-21 14:48:42
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The U.S. has condemned the sentencing of protesters in Hong Kong, which it says was a violation of their rights under international agreements and an indefensible attempt to silence dissent by the Chinese government.  Last week, Chinese authorities sentenced seven... Read More

Think Tank Wants To Restructure WHO After Leniency Toward China
Foreign Affairs
Think Tank Wants To Restructure WHO After Leniency Toward China
2021-04-19 19:03:34
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - A non-partisan think tank and registered lobby firm focused on national security and foreign policy issues released a report this week recommending changes to the structure of the World Health Organization, the UN body that coordinates international health... Read More

China Says US 'Too Negative' Toward China
Geopolitics
China Says US 'Too Negative' Toward China

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat has called U.S. policy on China "too negative," saying it highlights confrontation over cooperation.  Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng said Friday that cooperation could be critically important as U.S. President Joe... Read More

Murphy Sets Sights On China’s Influence Campaign in Latin America, Caribbean
Geopolitics
Murphy Sets Sights On China’s Influence Campaign in Latin America, Caribbean
2021-04-13 18:08:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is pressing for a comprehensive assessment of China’s efforts to expand its presence and influence in Latin America and the Caribbean and how these efforts could undermine American interests. Under the auspices of a... Read More

Retaliatory Sanctions Have Emboldened China's Critics In Europe
Geopolitics
Retaliatory Sanctions Have Emboldened China's Critics In Europe
2021-04-12 16:30:36
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- Retaliatory sanctions imposed by China on Europeans in March have emboldened China's most vocal critics in Europe, who hope to push against the country's human rights abuses. In March, the E.U., U.K., U.S., and Canada issued coordinated sanctions against... Read More

Biden Wants Rules on Cybersecurity Sharpened after China, Russia Attacks
Cybersecurity
Biden Wants Rules on Cybersecurity Sharpened after China, Russia Attacks
2021-03-10 14:26:08
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Microsoft is placing the blame for a hack on its email software on China after President Joe Biden called on allied nations to create a new set of rules governing cybersecurity threats across the globe. It is believed... Read More

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

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

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