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    China has released the first set of 'selfies' taken by Tianwen-1, the Chinese spacecraft currently travelling towards the Red Planet as part of the country's first Mars exploration. Images show the probe, consisting of a golden orbiter and a silver lander, dazzling in the darkness of the universe more than two months after leaving Earth. The photos were captured by a 680-gram camera installed on the outer wall of Tianwen-1 after the probe released the tiny device into space. China has released the first set of 'selfies' taken by Tianwen-1, the Chinese spacecraft currently travelling towards the Red Planet as part of the country's first Mars exploration The probe, a golden orbiter and a silver lander, is seen...
    By The Associated Press BEIJING — Tens of millions of Chinese are traveling during the combined National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holidays, amid continued masking and other safety requirements aimed at preventing new virus outbreaks in a country that has seen no cases of local transmission in more than a month. Fewer trips are expected, however, out of concern restrictions could be reimposed if new outbreaks occurred. In Beijing, students and teachers are advised not to leave the city to ensure classes resume smoothly after the break. Partly to compensate, movie theaters and tourist attractions in the capital are being allowed to operate at 75% capacity. China has the world’s second-largest box office and movie-going is a major holiday activity....
    US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping attend a business leaders event inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — The U.S. and China have "diametrically opposed values" and will eventually slip into a "new cold war" in the coming decades, said a China analyst from Fitch Solutions. "By a new cold war, I mean an all out, perhaps generation long, global economic, military and ideological struggle that could lead to a bifurcation of large parts of the world into a pro-U.S. bloc and a pro-China bloc with significant numbers of countries caught in between," said Darren Tay from the Asia country risk team at the data research...
    House Republicans Wednesday will release the results of their monthslong probe into the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and how the U.S. can turnaround a "failed" engagement strategy that has put Americans' safety and prosperity at risk. The China Task Force report, to be released in full later Wednesday, makes 83 key findings and 430 policy recommendations on how the U.S. can better combat the threat of the CCP, whose malign activities have gone unchecked for too long, the GOP leaders say. "This report is the blueprint for bipartisan actions Congress and the Administration can take now to address the greatest national and economic security challenge of this generation," the task force report says. REPUBLICANS UNVEIL NEW AGENDA IF THEY WIN BACK HOUSE The recommendations...
    Hong Kong (CNN)In an ugly, cantankerous presidential debate, one of the few things Donald Trump and Joe Biden agreed upon was China. Both criticized the other for being too soft on Beijing, with Trump accusing Biden of being hoodwinked by China during his time as vice president, and Biden hitting Trump for saying "what a great job" Chinese President Xi Jinping was doing at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. But while Beijing would rather not be a topic at all in the United States election, and this rare consensus represents a growing anti-China strain in Washington, the debate as a whole will have raised spirits in the Chinese capital. For decades, Beijing has criticized US-style democracy, holding up (very...
    Taiwan has criticised and threatened to fine two pop singers after they agreed to perform patriotic songs on a Chinese TV show celebrating the country’s upcoming National Day. The Taiwanese stars, Ouyang Nana, 20, and Angela Chang, 38, are scheduled to appear on state television tomorrow and sing nationalistic songs such as ‘My Motherland’, a performance seen by as a propaganda coup for Beijing. Taiwanese authorities warned that the stars could be violating the law and face a fine up to NT$500,000 (£13,381) if they insist to perform in the Communist country. The Taiwanese stars, Ouyang Nana (pictured left), 20, and Angela Chang (pictured right), 38, are scheduled to appear on state television tomorrow and sing nationalistic songs...
    President Donald Trump (L) shakes hand with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.Fred Dufour | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — As the rivalry between the U.S. and China intensifies, investors and analysts are increasingly worried that the two economies will grow more distant from each other — a development that would make it harder for companies to operate on the international stage. There have been signs that the world's two top economies have started to go their separate ways, some observers said. In recent months, Washington began targeting several major Chinese technology companies — such as smartphone-maker Huawei and short-video sharing app...
    A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores. A more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November, about a week after the presidential election. But the judge, Carl Nichols of the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia, cast doubt on the government’s argument that TikTok is a national security threat because of its ties to China. The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning — hours before the app-store ban was set to take effect — in which lawyers for the Chinese-owned app argued that the ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business. Here...
    By MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology Writer A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores. A more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November, about a week after the presidential election. But the judge, Carl Nichols of the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia, cast doubt on the government's argument that TikTok is a national security threat because of its ties to China. The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning — hours before the app-store ban was set to take effect — in which lawyers for the Chinese-owned app argued that the ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable...
    Breast milk may help protect babies from being infected by the novel coronavirus, a new study suggests. Researchers at a lab in China found that mother's milk prevented the pathogen from infecting and replicating in cells, even if the child does not have antibodies. What's more, it was shown to be even more effective than the milk of other animals such as goats and cows. The team, from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, says the findings support the recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 be encouraged to continue breastfeeding.  In a new study from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, researchers mixed healthy cells into human breast milk and then exposed them...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said United States leadership should've done more to recognize the growing global threat of the Chinese Communist Party. In an interview with Mark Levin on Sunday on Fox News's Life, Liberty, and Levin, Pompeo discussed the Trump administration's approach to foreign policy with a focus on its adversaries and discussed China's growing influence. "I think political leadership has failed the American people in this regard for many, many years, misunderstanding what it was that the Chinese Communist Party has as its intention," Pompeo said. "In America, sometimes we discount these things. Just listen to what General Secretary Xi Jinping says, and you can predict and watch what the Chinese actions are likely to be."...
    Authorities from a south-western Chinese county have recorded a new case of bubonic plague over the weekend as officials have activated an emergency response to prevent the disease from spreading. A three-year-old boy from a remote village in Menghai country of Yunnan province was confirmed to have infected with the bubonic plague on Sunday, according to state media. It comes as China’s Inner Mongolia region, near the Chinese border with Mongolia, has reported two deaths caused by the plague in August, prompting the authorities to impose partial lockdowns and quarantine residents. Authorities from a south-western Chinese county have recorded a new case of bubonic plague over the weekend as officials have activated an emergency response for the disease. The...
    A close up image of a CPU socket and motherboard laying on the table.Narumon Bowonkitwanchai | Moment | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — The U.S. government has reportedly imposed restrictions on exports to SMIC, China's biggest chip manufacturer, a move that threatens Beijing's push to become more self-reliant in one of the most critical areas of technology. Suppliers for certain equipment to SMIC will need to apply for an export license, according to a letter sent to companies by the U.S. Department of Commerce, reported by several media outlets. The commerce department claims there is "unacceptable risk" that equipment sold to SMIC may be diverted to "military end use." The move threatens to hit at the heart of China's plans to...
            by Matt Lamb  The University of Cincinnati placed an engineering professor on administrative leave and launched an investigation into him after he referred to coronavirus as the Chinese virus. The public university told Professor John Ucker that he is on administrative leave with pay as of September 18 after a student, Evan Sotzing, posted a screenshot of an email from Ucker. The University of Cincinnati health department ordered Sotzing to quarantine after his girlfriend tested positive for coronavirus, the student said on Twitter. “For students testing positive for the chinese virus [sic], I will give no grade,” Ucker wrote to Sotzing. Sotzing tweeted the email on September 17 but an exact date is not visible on...
    A U.S. judge in Washington has temporarily blocked a Trump administration order banning TikTok, hours before it was due to go in to effect. District Judge Carl Nichols granted a preliminary injunction sought by TikTok owner ByteDance to allow the app to remain available at U.S. app stores, before the 11:59pm Sunday deadline. He declined, however, 'at this time' to block additional Commerce Department restrictions that are set to take effect on November 12, which TikTok has said would have the impact of making the app impossible to use in the United States. 
    Loading the player... Lawyers for TikTok pleaded with a U.S. federal judge on Sunday to delay the Trump Administration’s ban of the popular video sharing program from app stores set to take effect at the end of the day, arguing the move would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business. The 90-minute hearing came after President Donald Trump declared this summer that TikTok was a threat to national security and that it either sold its U.S. operations to U.S. companies or the app would be barred from the country. TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is scrambling to firm up a deal tentatively struck a week ago in which it would partner with tech...
    NEW YORK - Lawyers for TikTok pleaded with a U.S. federal judge on Sunday to delay the Trump administration's ban of the popular video sharing program from app stores set to take effect at the end of the day, arguing the move would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business. The 90-minute hearing came after President Donald Trump declared this summer that TikTok was a threat to national security and that it either sold its U.S. operations to U.S. companies or the app would be barred from the country. TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is scrambling to firm up a deal tentatively struck a week ago in which it would partner with tech...
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said levels of happiness among all ethnic groups in the western region of Xinjiang are rising and that China plans to keep teaching its residents a "correct" outlook on China, Xinhua news agency reported late on Saturday. China has come under scrutiny over its treatment of Uighur Muslims and claims of alleged forced-labour abuses in Xinjiang, where the United Nations cites credible reports as saying one million Muslims held in camps have been put to work. China has repeatedly denied mistreating Uighurs and says the camps are vocational training centres that are needed to tackle extremism, accusing what it calls anti-China forces of smearing its Xinjiang policy. "The sense of gain, happiness, and...
    Researchers have determined that the lunar surface is highly radioactive due to a combination of factors. The surface of the Moon is about two to three times more radiant than the International Space Station and 1,000 times more radiant than the Earth’s surface. Data were collected by a Chinese mission that landed far from the moon. NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning to send humans to the moon soon, but security, as always, should be a high priority. We already know that radiation in space is a serious concern, but new data reveal how radioactive the Moon’s surface is. Researchers report in a new paper in the journal Scientific advances, The...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and First Lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus, they revealed Friday. According to a statement, a member of the governor’s residence staff “who works closely within the couple’s living quarters” fell ill and tested positive for the virus. On Thursday, both the governor and first lady received a PCR nasal swab test, both of which came back positive. While the governor is currently asymptomatic, his wife is “currently experiencing mild symptoms,” according to the press release. “Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor and First Lady will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms,” the release states. “The Governor is in constant contact...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)A US ban on TikTok could start on Sunday. Maybe.There have been so many twists and turns in the saga of the app that each development can feel as fleeting as its 15-second videos. On Thursday, a US judge ordered the Trump administration to either postpone its ban on TikTok or respond by Friday afternoon to a request from the app's parent company, ByteDance, to temporarily block the ban. New Chinese rules could complicate a sale of TikToks US businessBeijing also still needs to weigh in on a deal that would see Oracle (ORCL) and Walmart (WMT) invest in a new US-based entity, TikTok Global. And US President Donald Trump said Monday that American companies need to...
    London (CNN Business)Economists have been warning that the jobs recovery could run into trouble this fall. Now, their fears appear to be bearing out.What's happening: Another 870,000 claims for first-time unemployment benefits were filed by Americans last week. That's slightly higher than the previous week, and remains well above pre-pandemic levels."The stalling out suggests that the easy gains of the recovery's early stages are likely in the rear-view mirror and that the hard work of digging out of the economic abyss lies ahead," Joseph Brusuelas, chief economist at RSM US, told clients Thursday.Goldman Sachs strategists, including chief economist Jan Hatzius, note that claims remain "extremely elevated," with more than 26 million Americans still receiving unemployment benefits.The investment bank attributes that...
    Kenyan weightlifting Olympian trains daughter and granddaughter Unhealthy habits you need to rethink The World’s Car Industry Pins Its Hopes on China’s Recovery (Bloomberg) -- For two years, falling sales seemed to spell the end for China’s time as the world’s most vital car market. Then came the coronavirus, followed by a swift recovery that’s left Europe and the U.S. in its dust. Now — more than ever — China is the focus of the hopes of automakers around the globe. Sales of passenger cars in Asia’s largest economy have increased for two months, while the other major markets have continued to shrink, with Europe slumping 18% in August. And China is set to be the first to bounce...
              Live from Virginia Thursday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan to the show. During the show, Yan explained her interpretation of how the COVID virus spread and the coordination between the Chinese Communist Party, WHO, and scientific minds to harm a worldwide economic collapse and human death. Fredericks: Joining us now is Dr. Li-Meng Yan. She’s the first whistleblower doctor of the corrupt CCP...
    A cat in China appears to have mastered its selfie skills as its owner discovered dozens of pictures on her tablet - taken by the feline photographer while it was left home alone. The Chinese woman found the photos accidentally taken by her seven-month-old cat, nicknamed Er Niu, after she noticed a clump of white fur on her iPad when she got home. Er Niu is seen licking its paws and even using the camera’s flashlight as footage shows the pet owner scrolling through the collection of selfies perfectly capturing the animal’s adorable expression. A cat in China appears to have mastered its selfie skills as its owner discovered dozens of pictures on her tablet - taken by...
    Al Drago | Reuters As the 2020 presidential election approaches across America, voters have déjà vu and are concerned over the risk of hacking. On Sept. 10, Microsoft warned that the Russian military intelligence unit that had attacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016 was back. This time, the company warned, the threats would be more sophisticated and target consultants, staff members, and other entities associated with both Democratic and Republican campaigns. Representatives for Microsoft were not available for comment, but on its blog, the company said that the Russian hacking group Strontium had attacked over 200 organizations, while the Chinese organization Zirconium had attacked people associated with both the election and the Biden campaign. The Iranian hacking group, Phosphorus,...
    The Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok recently laid out a partnership with U.S. companies Oracle and Walmart in a deal that has delayed the banning of the app for American users — here are five key facts about the deal currently pending government approval. Breitbart News recently reported that President Trump gave preliminary approval to a deal in which Oracle and Walmart will partner with the popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok in the United States, allowing the app to continue to operate within the country. Speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn before departing for North Carolina, President Trump stated: “I have given the deal my blessing — if they get it done that’s great, if they don’t that’s okay too....
    Tech companies in the European Union have sent surveillance equipment and software to the Chinese Communist Party, some of which is being actively used to oppress the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, a report from Amnesty International claimed. The report found that three companies, Morpho (now Idemia) from France, Axis Communications from Sweden, and Noldus Information Technology from the Netherlands have actively been sending digital surveillance technology and software to China, where it is being used by the CCP’s public security bureaus, police agencies, and government research projects. Amnesty International said that the technology, which includes facial and emotional recognition software and equipment, is being used in the Western Chinese province of Xinjiang, where it is believed that between one and...
    A University of Cincinnati adjunct instructor who was outed by one of his students for referring to COVID-19 as "the Chinese virus" has been placed on administrative leave with pay, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported, citing documents. What's the background? A school investigation was launched after third-year engineering student Evan Sotzing, 20, posted on Twitter an email he received from adjunct instructor John Ucker, the paper said. The email came after Sotzing had to miss a lab session due to being quarantined for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus, the Enquirer noted. "For students testing positive for the chinese [sic] virus, I will give no grade," the email says, according to the paper. "You can read the...
    A University of Cincinnati professor is on administrative leave for referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” in an email to a student. John L. Ucker, an adjunct instructor in the university’s engineering and applied sciences department, was put on leave with pay effective immediately on Friday — one day after engineering student Evan Sotzing posted an email he received from Ucker on Twitter that went viral, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. “For students testing positive for the chinese virus, I will give no grade,” the email from Ucker’s university account read. “You can read the info I sent to the class re: the torsion test.” Sotzing, a 20-year-old junior, said he got the email after his girlfriend tested positive...
    Hong Kong (CNN)In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the world to "join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom shared by all of us." After hailing China's response to the coronavirus pandemic, Xi said Beijing wants to "continue to work as a builder of global peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of international order."It was a continuation of a role Xi has played at previous high-profile international meetings, as a defender of free trade and multilateralism, in contrast to an increasingly isolationist United States under President Donald Trump.The difference between the two leaders was made neatly by Trump himself, who spent...
    Pressure from China is driving the campaign for Barbados to become a republic, a Conservative MP has claimed. Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said Beijing was playing a large role in the island nation's decision to remove the Queen as head of state. Barbados signed on to China's 'Belt and Road' initiative in 2019, opening up trade between the two countries. Meanwhile CIA intelligence in the US about Chinese activities in Barbados has now reportedly been shared with Britain. The Queen pictured with Governor-General of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason at Windsor Castle in 2018 Tom Tugendhat (pictured), chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said Beijing was playing a large role in the island nation's decision to...
    A University of Cincinnati professor, John Ucker, was placed on administrative leave last week after referring to coronavirus as the "Chinese virus " in an email to a student. A student in Ucker's class posted a screenshot of the email on Twitter, and said that Ucker gave him a zero after the school's health department told him not to attend a lab because his girlfriend tested positive for the new coronavirus. US CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL TOPS 200K AS OFFICIALS QUARREL OVER VACCINE TIMELINE "For students testing positive for the Chinese (sic) virus, I will give no grade," Ucker told the student, according to the screenshot. The tweet received more than 37,000 retweets and 166,000 likes. The student did not respond to a message on...
    Federal charges against an NYPD officer accused of spying on behalf of China are “pure fabrication,” the communist nation claimed on Tuesday. “The relevant accusations made by the U.S. side are pure fabrication,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters at a daily briefing Tuesday, according to Fox. “The U.S. plot to discredit the Chinese consulate and personnel in the United States will not succeed.” Baimadajie Angwang, a now suspended police officer in Queens’ 111th Precinct, was arrested Monday following a years-long federal investigation. Prosecutors allege the 33-year-old has been gathering information on Tibetans and recruiting potential intelligence sources for a contact inside China’s Manhattan consulate since at least 2018. The married cop, who lives on Long Island, has...
    The former head of Interpol, an ex-spy chief and a Xinjiang governor accused of “trading power for sex” are just some of the high-profile officials to suffer spectacular falls from grace in President Xi Jinping’s purge of the Chinese Communist Party’s upper echelons. Ostensibly a crackdown on corruption, critics say the wide-ranging campaign has also served as a way to remove those voicing criticism of the all-powerful leader. Here are some of the political heavyweights currently languishing in jail after being caught in Xi’s anti-graft net. High-flyer Bo Xilai Son of a high-ranking revolutionary general and a political high-flyer tipped for the top job, Bo Xilai was sentenced to life in jail for bribery in 2013, amid a murder scandal involving...
    Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei in January 22, 2020.Sam Yeh | AFP | Getty Images Tensions are escalating in the Taiwan Strait and Beijing has been flexing its military might. While a high-level U.S. State Department official visit to Taiwan last week angered China, it probably didn't cross any "red line," said Kelsey Broderick, China analyst at the Eurasia Group. "Red lines are tricky, the only real red line we know from Beijing for certain is if Taiwan declares formal independence," Broderick told CNBC's "Squawk Box."  "However, anything that assumes or leans toward Taiwan sovereignty is maybe something of an orange line or a yellow line when it comes to China's relationship with Taiwan."...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)President Xi Jinping has sent a message to China's private businesses: You can make money, but only if you follow my rules.The ruling Chinese Communist Party this month published an unusually frank set of guidelines that call on its members to "educate private businesspeople to weaponize their minds with [Xi's] socialism ideology." The private sector needs "politically sensible people," the directive said, who will "firmly listen to the party and follow the party." The message comes as the world's second-largest economy continues its fragile recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and tussles with the United States over trade and the future of technology. Bringing China's independent-minded private businesses to heel could help speed that recovery, while extending the...
    New York (CNN)A New York police officer who rose through the ranks of the department is accused of using his position in the department's community affairs unit to give Chinese officials access to NYPD officials and offered insider information about its operations, according to a criminal complaint.The officer, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was arrested Monday, according to the US Attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged him with acting as a foreign agent without notifying American authorities, wire fraud and making false statements, according to a complaint. They also charged him with obstruction of an official proceeding -- prosecutors claim he lied on a national security clearance form that granted him a "secret" security...
    An NYPD officer faces a variety of charges after being accused of acting as an agent of the Chinese government, CBS New York reports. According to prosecutors, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was in regular contact with a member of the Chinese consulate and provided intelligence on ethnic Tibetans in New York City. The federal complaint also alleges Angwang committed wire fraud against the U.S. Department of Defense, gave false statements and obstructed an official proceeding. Angwang works in the community affairs unit at the 111th precinct in Queens and is listed as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve, stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion, according to officials. He holds a "secret" level security...
    NYPD officer, Baimadajie Angwang (pictured), was arrested on Monday for allegedly acting as an illegal agent for China An officer with the New York City Police Department was arrested on Monday for allegedly acting as an illegal agent for China.  The officer has been identified in a criminal complaint as Baimadajie Angwang, who was born in Tibet, China.  Angwang, who lives in Nassau County, Long Island, currently works for the NYPD's 111th precinct in Queens. Angwang, 33, also serves in the US Army Reserve where he holds the rank of staff sergeant. He's stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion. According to a criminal complaint, Angwang was secretly supervised by handlers from the Chinese consulate in New...
    A leaked Congressional report allegedly found that China covered up the severity of the coronavirus outbreak there and, with the help of a 'complicit' World Health Organization (WHO), allowed COVID-19 to become a pandemic.  The report, leaked to the New York Post and set to be released later on Monday, says that China went so far as to destroy evidence in order to downplay coronavirus, while clamping down on exports to US companies for companies, including 3M, which manufactures masks and personal protective equipment.  WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continued to praise China for its 'transparency,' even as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) suddenly added thousands of previously concealed cases and suspicions arose around the globe.  'The WHO has...
    This photo illustration taken on September 14, 2020 shows the logo of the social network application TikTok (L) and a US flag (R) shown on the screens of two laptops in Beijing.Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — Interest in virtual private network (VPN) software surged in the U.S. over the weekend as citizens realized President Donald Trump could soon block their access to Chinese-made apps like TikTok and WeChat over national security concerns.  VPNs allow users to conceal their location online and pretend to be somewhere they're not. Chinese citizens use the software to access apps like Facebook and Google, which are blocked by the Chinese Communist Party. U.S. citizens could theoretically use a VPN to try...
            by Thomas Catenacci  A judge blocked the Department of Commerce’s ban on Chinese social messaging app WeChat over First Amendment concerns early Sunday morning before it could go into effect. Judge Laurel Beeler of San Francisco issued the decision more than a month after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning both WeChat and social media app TikTok over national security concerns, The Associated Press reported. The executive order signed on Aug. 6 was set to go into effect Sunday. “The court grants the motion on the ground that the plaintiffs have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim,” Beeler wrote in the order. “The balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’...
    A judge blocked the Department of Commerce’s ban on Chinese social messaging app WeChat over First Amendment concerns early Sunday morning before it could go into effect. Judge Laurel Beeler of San Francisco issued the decision more than a month after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning both WeChat and social media app TikTok over national security concerns, The Associated Press reported. The executive order signed on Aug. 6 was set to go into effect Sunday. “The court grants the motion on the ground that the plaintiffs have shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim,” Beeler wrote in the order. “The balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor.” The government argued that...
    A federal judge approved a request by a group of WeChat users to delay impending US government restrictions that could make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes its communication platform. WeChat is a popular messaging app among many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline for friends, family, clients, and business contacts in China. It is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. A group of WeChat users made the request after the United States Department of Commerce said on Friday that it would ban WeChat...
    A federal judge approved a request by a group of WeChat users to delay impending US government restrictions that could make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes its communication platform. WeChat is a popular messaging app among many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline for friends, family, clients, and business contacts in China. It is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. A group of WeChat users made the request after the United States Department of Commerce said on Friday that it would ban WeChat...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hit out at Pope Francis following the news that diplomats from the Holy See are meeting later this month with members of the Chinese Communist Party to renew a two-year-old agreement between China and the Vatican. Though the Middle Kingdom nominally adheres to the principle of religious freedom, it is officially an atheist state and has routinely been accused of cracking down on faith-based organizations. “Two years ago, the Holy See reached an agreement with the Chinese Communist Party, hoping to help China’s Catholics. Yet the CCP’s abuse of the faithful has only gotten worse. The Vatican endangers its moral authority, should it renew the deal,” Pompeo wrote in a tweet. In a longer...
    Four CIA operatives died in a shipwreck off the coast of the Philippines in a tropical storm in 2008, it has been revealed, following a daring operation to try and spy on China's activity in the region. The story of how the four died has never before been told, Yahoo News reported. When they were declared missing, presumed dead, their relatives had no idea that they were spies. The men - Stephen Stanek, Michael Perich, Jamie McCormick and Daniel Meeks - were working for the CIA's Maritime Branch. Stephen Stanek was a CIA operative posing as a sailor for hire when he died in Sept 2008 Michael Perich was sent to dive with Stanek to the seabed to leave the...
    Mourners remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg at memorials in DC, New York A Tripadvisor user left a one-star review for Gordon Ramsays restaurant after they said they were served a tiny steak Following “inappropriate” social media posts, Ty Lawson’s time in the Chinese Basketball Association may be over Once a first-round pick in the NBA, Ty Lawson is going to have to look outside of both the U.S. and China for work following the news that the Chinese Basketball Association’s Fujian Sturgeons has cut ties with the former North Carolina star over “inappropriate comments” he allegedly posted on Instagram. © Provided by The Comeback Lawson played for Fujian last season, which ended in the playoffs, and he has remained in...
    China is using images of TikTok users to improve its facial recognition capacities, according to American lawmakers and analysts monitoring the unfolding dispute over the social media giant’s U.S. operations. “TikTok is a massive repository of data,” the Foundation for Defense of Democracies analyst Emily de la Bruyere, an expert in the links between China’s military apparatus and commercial entities, said of the social media platform. “Facial recognition ... is a big part of it.” That concern has contributed to the U.S. hostility to TikTok, which will be expelled from American app stores next week pursuant to a Commerce Department order unveiled Friday. The app, widely popular as a platform for short videos, has the ability to collect...
    London Confidential Movie Review: Even before the pandemic is over, Bollywood already has a movie about a world free of Coronavirus. Oh, wait! China is already ready with another virus, this time to specifically target India. So goodbye, Corona, hello, Bore-ho-na! Thankfully, the plans to do unleash the pandemic have already been intercepted by the Indian Intelligence Bureau, that too in London. This, in a nutty nutshell, is the premise of Kanwal Sethi’s London Confidential, the new film that is streaming on Zee5, starring Mouni Roy and Purab Kohli. London Confidential: Mouni Roy Says Her Upcoming Film Is in Sync with the Realities of the Present World. Scripted by the popular author and journalist S Hussain Zaidi, London Confidential begins...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump is banning TikTok amid concerns the video-sharing app is a national security threat. Here is more on the controversial move and its ramifications. 3 Fears of TikTok being banned by President Donald Trump come after other countries are calling for a ban on the addictive phone appCredit: Getty Images - Getty Is TikTok going to be banned? The US government said on September 18 that it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from US app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the country. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement: "At the President's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal...
    (CNN)A University of Cincinnati dean is investigating an email in which an instructor told a quarantined student who had to miss class that those "testing positive for the chinese virus" would not receive a grade.Evan Sotzing, a 20-year-old engineering student, said on Twitter that his girlfriend had tested positive for Covid-19. The university's health system asked him to quarantine as a precaution, he said, requiring him to miss an in-person lab session.When he informed his instructor about this, he said he received an insensitive reply."Not only did my professor give me a zero for not going (to the lab session), but this was his response," Sotzing tweeted on Thursday, along with a screenshot of an email from adjunct faculty member...
    With the ban on WeChat and TikTok apps in the United States starting Sunday, US President Donald Trump widens the battlefield with China, targeting its most innovative companies. – What is WeChat? – Known as Weixin in Mandarin, WeChat has more than 1 billion active users per month. These are mostly Chinese, even though the application is available in almost twenty languages. It is an instant messaging application launched in 2011, which offers similar functionalities to the American WhatsApp (exchange of messages, photos and videos). Since then, WeChat has expanded its range of services and is currently an ecosystem: possibility of paying by phone (online or in stores through a barcode system), news service, hotel or...
    A three-month-old puppy has been found covered in glue after the owner dumped it in a plastic bag on a rural street in China. Heart-breaking pictures show the poor animal’s entire body layered with a white mixture of gypsum powder and adhesive building materials when it was rescued on Tuesday. Vets found the dog’s eyes were burned and blinded by the glue. It also suffered multiple bone fractures with a broken tail, believed to be injuries from being savagely beaten by its previous owner. A three-month-old puppy has been found covered in glue after the owner dumped it in a plastic bag on a rural street in China. Heart-breaking pictures show the poor animal’s entire body layered with a white...
    This is the hilarious moment a Chinese zookeeper had trouble raking leaves in an enclosure after a group of mischievous baby pandas could not stop playing around with the pile. In a viral video, Mei, the keeper, was trying to sweep up leaves inside a panda enclosure when the cubs rolled and tumbled around, getting in her way. The footage filmed at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has melted the hearts of millions on social media. This is the hilarious moment a Chinese zookeeper had trouble raking leaves in an enclosure after a group of mischievous baby pandas could not stop playing around with the pile In a viral video, Mei, the keeper at the...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)TikTok isn't the only Chinese-owned app with an uncertain future in the United States. Restrictions on WeChat are scheduled to take effect Sunday, according to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump that is intended to prohibit "any transaction that is related to" the app. TikTok and WeChat may raise security concerns, but Trumps knee-jerk reaction isnt the way to deal with themWeeks after Trump first threatened to ban Tencent's popular messaging and payments app, it's still unclear what his executive order will actually do. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross still needs to specify what constitutes a "transaction," as defined by the order. A ban on any services offered by WeChat could have huge implications...
    US Open virus success points way for Tokyo Games: wheelchair tennis champ This is the Tastiest Fast-Food Cheeseburger U.S.-China investment flows hit their lowest in 9 years as companies feel the pressure to pull out The total value of foreign direct investment and venture capital deals between the U.S. and China fell to a near nine-year low, research and consulting firm Rhodium Group said in a report.   Divestitures, such as China-owned ByteDance's forced sale of its U.S. TikTok operations, are likely to persist. However, in some industries American businesses remain committed to growing in the Chinese market. © Provided by CNBC A symbol of TikTok (Douyin) is pictured at The Place shopping mall at dusk on August...
    (Reuters) - Tensions escalated in Taiwan during a visit by U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach on Friday, as 18 Chinese aircraft buzzed the island, prompting Taiwan to scramble fighter jets. Here are some facts about Taiwan's relations with China and the United States, and why the issue is so sensitive. CHINA'S POSITION ON TAIWAN China views democratic Taiwan as merely a wayward Chinese province and its "sacred" territory, awaiting the day the island can be brought under its control - peacefully or militarily - with no right to state-to-state relations. China enacted an anti-secession law in 2005 that mandates the use of force if the government judges Taiwan to have declared independence, though it says "peaceful reunification" is...
    VIDEO2:1302:13Chinese government bonds are an attractive proposition: JPMorgan Private BankSquawk Box Asia SINGAPORE — The Chinese yuan strengthened sharply against the U.S. dollar this week, following gains seen in recent months as the country's economy recovers and the greenback weakens. The offshore yuan has jumped more than 1% since last Friday, from levels above 6.83 to as much as 6.74 on Friday. The currency hit its strongest level against the dollar since May 2019. The onshore yuan also gained more than 1% over the same period. Overall, both the onshore and the offshore yuan have spiked more than 5% against the greenback since May. Analysts say recent strength in the yuan is due to a weakening dollar, which has slumped significantly this year,...
    Three Republican lawmakers who serve on the House Republican Study Committee are targeting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s political warfare operations in the United States in a new bill, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Reps. Jim Banks (IN), Mike Johnson (LA), and Joe Wilson (SC) on Thursday morning introduced the Countering Chinese Propaganda Act, which would sanction the United Front Work Department, the CCP’s political warfare arm, and cripple its current operations inside the U.S. The United Front coordinates the CCP’s political warfare operations not only inside China, but overseas to include state-run news media outlets, Chinese propaganda appearing as inserts in American newspapers, and the spreading of Chinese propaganda via American think-tanks, universities, businesses, and other institutions. This week,...
    Walmart has reportedly joined Oracle's bid to do a deal with TikTok, but the proposal to allow Chinese parent ByteDance to retain a majority stake in the video-sharing app faces stiff hurdles for approval. Under the terms of the proposal, Oracle would have a 20 percent stake in TikTok's new U.S. entity, as well as access to all source code, sources told CNBC host David Faber. According to NBC News correspondent Jo Ling Kent, the deal would involve TikTok becoming a global company headquartered in America, with Oracle taking responsibility for U.S. operations and user data and ByteDance retaining majority ownership. Officially, Oracle has only said it is part of a proposal submitted by ByteDance to the U.S. Treasury Department to serve...
    A Chinese clerk counts renminbi yuan banknotes at a bank in China on December 2015.Jie Zhao | Corbis News | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Goldman Sachs expects the onshore Chinese yuan to strengthen to 6.5 per dollar over the next 12 months, according to Timothy Moe, co-head of Asia macro research and chief Asia-Pacific equity strategist at Goldman Sachs. "We've recently firmed up … in particular, our Chinese renminbi forecast from 6.7 to 6.5 on a 12 month view," Moe told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Thursday, adding that it was one of the firm's "strongest views" for Asian currencies. In comparison, the onshore Chinese yuan changed hands at 6.7767 per dollar in the afternoon of Asian trading hours on...
    Oracle's bid to buy TikTok from Chinese parent ByteDance has reportedly fallen short of requirements from the Trump administration to resolve concerns that the video-sharing app represents a national security concern. The proposed deal has drawn continuing concerns from national security officials could sway President Donald Trump's decision, people familiar with the deal told Bloomberg News on Wednesday.  Oracle announced on Monday it was part of a proposal submitted by Bytedance to the U.S. Treasury Department to serve as 'trusted technology provider,' to Bytedance, providing no further details on the terms of the deal.  The Trump administration will make a decision soon on the proposed deal, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday. Oracle's bid to buy...
    An international team of scientists will investigate the possibility the coronavirus leaked from a lab as they commit to finding out where the pandemic came from.   Researchers will delve into all theories of the virus's origins amid unproven claims it escaped from a laboratory in China. US state officials have given momentum to the idea that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, either leaked from a lab or was man-made by China as some kind of weapon against humanity. They claim to have damning secret evidence that go against furious rejections from Beijing. Scientists claim it is far more likely Covid-19 is a 'zoonotic disease', which means it is caused by the virus jumping from an animal to a human....
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who claimed that the Chinese government created Covid-19 and released it intentionally on the world. Yan opened the interview on Tuesday evening by telling Carlson that — from her report — she concluded Covid-19 “actually is not from nature” and “is a man-made virus created in the lab” which was based on “the very unique bat coronavirus, which cannot affect people, but after the modifications becomes a very harmful virus.” “So what you’re saying is much more sinister even than we’ve suggested on the show, Tom Cotton’s suggested, almost anyone’s suggested,” Carlson responded. “You’re saying that the Chinese government manufactured this virus, if I’m hearing you correctly. That’s...
    A growing number of people internationally are recognising China’s selfishness and bid for global dominance, leading more countries to side with Washington’s view of the world over Beijing’s, America’s top diplomat said Tuesday. In recent months, as relations between the two superpowers have imploded, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – known as the Trump administration’s “attack dog” on China – has stepped up his verbal salvoes at Beijing’s governance, state-led economic system, espionage activities and handling of the pandemic. “The world has wakened and my view is that the tide has turned,” Pompeo told the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank in Washington. “I think these are powerful shifts in the world view of the threat from the...
            by Chris White  Sen. Josh Hawley called on the Trump administration Monday to reject the partnership proposal Oracle reached with TikTok. The Missouri Republican argued in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that the partnership won’t prohibit the Chinese Communist Party from controlling the app. Hawley said the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which is responsible for approving or rejecting the deal, should reject anything other than a complete break from China. “[A]n ongoing ‘partnership’ that allows for anything other than the full emancipation of the TikTok software from potential Chinese Communist Party control is completely unacceptable, and flatly inconsistent with the President’s Executive Order of August 6,” Hawley wrote after suggesting...
    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China have hit boiling point at the United Nations over the coronavirus pandemic, spotlighting Beijing's bid for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to Washington's traditional leadership. Chinese President Xi Jinping has accelerated his U.N. power play as President Donald Trump's disregard for international cooperation led to the United States quitting global deals on climate and Iran and leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council and the World Health Organization, diplomats say. "There's definitely, in my mind, a battle for the soul of the U.N. going on," said a senior European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that Trump's "America First" policy has been "damaging because...
    A Chinese software firm that allegedly provides intelligence to the Chinese government has been collecting data from Americans - including prominent public figures and military leaders - since 2017. Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology has gathered online data and social media on more than two million people worldwide including that of 50,000 Americans for the suspected purpose of providing intelligence to Chinese military, government and commercial clients, according to Australian cybersecurity consultancy Internet 2.0.  The revelation comes after the consultancy gained access to and analyzed a copy of Zhenhua's database - called the Overseas Key Information Database or OKIDB - after it was left unsecured online.   A Chinese software firm that allegedly provides intelligence to the Chinese government has been...
    Steve Bullock wrote a letter that was used to solicit Chinese investment in a club for the megawealthy through the controversial EB-5 visa program. The letter from Bullock, Montana’s Democratic governor since 2013, is part of a Chinese document obtained by the Washington Examiner pitching an investment opportunity in the Yellowstone Club, a private ski resort for the megawealthy outside of Yellowstone National Park in southwestern Montana. Membership at the elite club reportedly requires owning property on the resort grounds (ranging from condos to ranches and custom homes anywhere from $3 million to more than $20 million) and an annual membership fee of around $36,000. High-profile members include Bill and Melinda Gates, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and...
    Whistleblower alleges high rate of hysterectomies and medical neglect at ICE facility A year after LGBTQ spat, Chick-fil-A no longer seeking San Antonio airport location Heres what happened to the stock market on Tuesday © Provided by CNBC A kid poses next to the Fearless Girl statue outside the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic on May 25, 2020 in New York City. Dow Jones Industrial Average rises 2.27 points The Dow closed 2.27 points higher to 27,995.60. The S&P 500 advanced 0.5% to 3,401.20. The Nasdaq Composite rose 1.21% to 11,190.32. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose on the back of broad market gains and solid economic data. Load Error U.S. and Chinese data top estimatesThe...
    A kid poses next to the Fearless Girl statue outside the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic on May 25, 2020 in New York City.Noam Galai | Getty ImagesDow Jones Industrial Average rises 2.27 points The Dow closed 2.27 points higher to 27,995.60. The S&P 500 advanced 0.5% to 3,401.20. The Nasdaq Composite rose 1.21% to 11,190.32. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose on the back of broad market gains and solid economic data.U.S. and Chinese data top estimatesThe Empire State Manufacturing index came in at 17 for September, rebounding from a print of 3.7 in August. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected the index to come in at 7. Meanwhile, China reported its first retail sales increase...
    A Chinese virologist who alleges the coronavirus was cooked up in a military lab has published a report which she claims backs up her theory. Li-Meng Yan, who alleges to be a former researcher at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, says the virus was built by merging the genetic material of two bat coronaviruses. She claims its spike protein – a structure on the surface of the virus which it uses to bind with cells – was edited to make it easier for the virus to latch on to human cells.  But scientists have slammed her report — which she promised she would release in an interview last week — as 'unsubstantiated' and said it 'cannot be given...
    High profile British politicians, members of the Royal Family, and British military have been surveilled by a Chinese tech company, in a global scheme to bolster Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence’s ability to embark upon the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”, a report has found. At the behest of the Ministry of State Security, China’s equivalent to the CIA or Britain’s MI6, Shenzhen-based tech company Zhenhua Data harvested data on high profile members of the British establishment, as well as their family members and close friends. The list of figures in the UK that were swept up in the Chinese dragnet includes Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, and members of the...
    WASHINGTON - "Mulan" has been one of Jewher Ilham’s favorite movies since she was a little girl. She says she remembers sitting with her dad and watching Disney’s 1998 animated version of the tale of a Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man and wins acclaim as a warrior. “I was so excited about the live-action remake, until one of my favorite actresses, Liu Yifei, publicly supported the Hong Kong police against pro-democracy protesters,” she said. Liu, the leading actress and a naturalized U.S. citizen, posted a pro-police comment on Chinese social media platform Weibo in 2019 that was welcomed by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Cast member Liu Yifei poses at the European premiere for...
    WASHINGTON - "Mulan" has been one of Jewher Ilham’s favorite movies since she was a little girl. She says she remembers sitting with her dad and watching Disney’s 1998 animated version of the tale of a Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man and wins acclaim as a warrior. “I was so excited about the live-action remake, until one of my favorite actresses, Liu Yifei, publicly supported the Hong Kong police against pro-democracy protesters,” she said. Liu, the leading actress and a naturalized U.S. citizen, posted a pro-police comment on Chinese social media platform Weibo in 2019 that was welcomed by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Cast member Liu Yifei poses at the European premiere for...
            by Doug Bandow  On September 13, 1971, Lin Biao, China’s defense minister, died in an airplane crash. What made his last flight memorable was that he was fleeing to the Soviet Union after he was discovered plotting a coup against party General Secretary Mao Zedong. Lin’s plane ran out of fuel. Or so goes the official story advanced by the Chinese Communist Party. This was an early and extreme version of the “cancel culture” so prevalent in America today. Fall afoul of the PC polizei and you are likely to find yourself in a professional and personal plane crash. Your best hope is to grovel before your oppressors, demonstrating sufficient abject remorse and engaging in...
    Hong Kong (CNN)For Ha Sze-yuen, the sea surrounding Hong Kong is more than just a backdrop for sunsets and beaches.The 73-year old views the ocean as his route to freedom - a means of escape from the oppression and poverty of communist China.On the night of April 16, 1975, Ha and a friend slipped past Chinese border guards and plunged their homemade, inflatable rubber dinghy into the dark water of Shenzhen Bay.They then started paddling toward the bright lights of Hong Kong, which at the time was still a British colony.Ha Sze-yuen escaped mainland China for Hong Kong in 1975, rowing across Shenzhen Bay in a small rubber dinghy. Ha said he had already been caught and jailed three times...
    Sen. Josh Hawley called on the Trump administration Monday to reject the partnership proposal Oracle reached with TikTok. The Missouri Republican argued in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that the partnership won’t prohibit the Chinese Communist Party from controlling the app. Hawley said the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which is responsible for approving or rejecting the deal, should reject anything other than a complete break from China. “[A]n ongoing ‘partnership’ that allows for anything other than the full emancipation of the TikTok software from potential Chinese Communist Party control is completely unacceptable, and flatly inconsistent with the President’s Executive Order of August 6,” Hawley wrote after suggesting the app might have to undergo...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday the Trump administration received a proposal from Oracle Corp over the weekend to make TikTok a US-headquartered company and will review the plan this week. Bytedance, which owns the short video app, currently runs its US operations out of Culver City in LA County, California and the Chinese-owned company was given a September 20 deadline to sell to an American company due to data concerns. It emerged Sunday that Oracle won the bid over Microsoft but that the deal was a restructuring to having a 'trusted technology partner' rather than an outright sale. In a TV interview Mnuchin said tens of thousands of jobs would come from the new deal, which is yet...
    We know that Apple is going to present 4 new models of iPhone 12, what we don’t know is when. Apple’s September keynote will be held on the 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Spain and, although many of us expected it, there are those who say that it is not likely that the iPhone 12 will be unveiled at this event. The delay of the iPhone 12 seems official and may not reach the market for a few weeks. But that has not prevented this Chinese operator from accepting pre-reservations of the new devices. He even assures that they will be launched tomorrow. iPhone 12. It will be released on the entire network soon. At 1...
    Oracle is not a consumer-facing company, instead selling its database and cloud systems to large companies and organizations. As BBC News reports, it offers infrastructure to a number of government bodies including the CIA, NSA, as well as Naval and Air Force intelligence. Oracle’s close ties with the US, and its co-founder’s friendship with the president, will likely mean that there’s a higher chance of approval. CNBC believes that while Oracle is not interested in becoming a social giant like Facebook, it could look to leverage TikTok’s analytics to improve its own advertising platforms.  TikTok’s modern history begins in August 2018, when lip-sync app Musical.ly was purchased by Chinese company ByteDance for an undisclosed sum believed to be $1 billion....
    This is the adorable moment a little Chinese girl discovered her dislike for green chillies after she tried the spicy pepper for the first time. Viral footage shows the young child excitedly taking a bite of the green chilli before her smiley face suddenly turned into a frown when she realised how spicy the pepper was. Millions of social media users were amused by the girl’s funny reaction after the clip was recently shared online by the parent. Viral footage shows the young child excitedly taking a bite of the green chilli before her smiley face suddenly turned into a frown when she realised how spicy the pepper was The video is said to have been recorded by...
    ‘America has all the bases set for civil war,’ says author Douglas Murray. Those radicals seeking to destroy the U.S. from within should be careful what they wish for: if they think the Anglo-American hegemony was bad, they’re going to have a ‘hell of a time’ when they discover what the Chinese hegemony looks like. British author Murray, author of The Madness of Crowds, told Breitbart: I can tell you what the Chinese hegemony is going to look like based on its treatment of the Uighur Muslims. China is not going to be great for BLM. Chinese isn’t going to be great for trans. China isn’t going to be great for micro-aggression people. Watch: Murray discusses a feared American Civil...
    John Boyega created and starred in the advert for "Jo Malone," but was cut from the Chinese reshoot. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios Perfume and candle brand Jo Malone London apologized to their global brand ambassador John Boyega after it reshot his personal advert for China. Boyega made an advert for Jo Malone last year that featured him connecting with his roots in Peckham, London, dancing with his friends and family and riding a horse. The Chinese video used the same concept as Boyega's but replaced Boyega with Chinese actor Liu Haoran and also replaced all of Boyega's friends and family, meaning not one black person featured in the Chinese advert. In a statement to the Hollywood...
    Chinese media reports have been referencing new photos of the emerging J-31 5th-Gen stealth fighter appearing on social media, ostensibly showing various design improvements to the new radar-evading multi-role aircraft. A May 5 report in the Global Times, an English-language Chinese newspaper, says the new photos show an … “upgraded version with modifications made to its aerodynamic design just like the prototype that made its maiden flight in 2016, instead of the original version that made its public debut at Airshow China in 2014.” Improvements or changes to the J-31 likely continue a longstanding pattern of China’s apparent and somewhat visible effort to copy, steal or mirror designs used for the U.S. F-35. Virtually all photos and renderings of the J-31,...
    Microsoft says its bid to buy popular video-sharing app TikTok has been rejected, removing a leading suitor for the Chinese-owned app a week before President Donald Trump promises to follow through with a plan to ban it in the U.S.Microsoft said in a Sunday statement that TikTok's parent company, Bytedance, "let us know today they would not be selling TikTok's US operations to Microsoft."The Trump administration has threatened to ban TikTok by mid-September and ordered ByteDance to sell its U.S. business, claiming national-security risks due to its Chinese ownership. The government worries about user data being funneled to Chinese authorities. TikTok denies it is a national-security risk and is suing to stop the administration from the threatened ban.RELATED: President Trump...
    The files include profiles of the Queen, Prince Charles and the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex – Toby Melville/ AFP Royals The Zhenhua files contain a family tree of British royals, with profiles of the Queen, Prince Charles, the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Diana. Also listed is Prince Michael, the Queen’s cousin, who has led a delegation of British businessmen on a trade mission to China, and Peter Phillips, the monarch’s grandson. Mr Phillips was criticised earlier this year when he appeared in a Chinese television advert for a state-owned milk company. The database’s entry for Prince Charles contains a brief description of his interests, including his work as a writer, polo...