Trump Administration Imposes Record Penalties on Chinese ZTE

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced fines of over $1.4 billion against ZTE last week in an agreement that would allow the Chinese telecommunications giant to continue purchasing materials critical to its business from U.S. companies. Under the terms of the agreement the company has agreed to pay $1 billion before the Commerce Department’s Bureau […]

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U.S. Official Arrested for Spying for the Chinese

Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, was arrested last Saturday on federal charges of attempting to transfer national defense information to the government of China. Hansen is a former U.S. Army Warrant Officer and has been working as a civilian intelligence case officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency since 2006. Hansen was taken into custody while on […]

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Trump Decides to Keep Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE Alive

The Trump administration has reached a deal that would keep Chinese telecom giant ZTE in business it was announced yesterday. The administration had previously barred it from doing business with American companies, including San-Francisco-based microchip maker Qualcomm, a main ZTE supplier. The decision threatened to put ZTE out of business within weeks. ZTE employs roughly […]

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In China, Your Social Credit Score Can Determine Your Future

The Chinese government has begun assigning Chinese citizens credit scores in an effort to build what it calls, a culture of “sincerity.” The government will assign a score to individuals and that score will either increase or decrease based on what people buy, whom they associate with and what they post on social media. Praising […]

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World Reaction to Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from Iran Deal

The world has reacted to President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the nuclear deal with Iran. The leaders of France, the U.K. and Germany issued a joint statement expressing concern over the U.S.’ decision. “It is with regret and concern that we, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom […]

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White House: China Airline Demands “Orwellian”

China’s Civil Aviation Administration sent a letter this week to thirty-six foreign carriers, including airlines in the United States, demanding the removal of any reference to Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau being independent of China. The White House responded to the letter calling the demands “Orwellian.” “President Donald J. Trump ran against political correctness in […]

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In Response to Russian Aggression Navy Re-Establishes 2nd Fleet

The United States Navy is reviving its Second Fleet, the fleet responsible for the North Atlantic Ocean, almost seven years after disbanding it. The fleet was split as a result of cost-saving and restructuring measures. It is being re-constituted as tension between the U.S. and Russia, as well as China, have ratcheted up in recent […]

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Chinese Artificial Intelligence Only Half as Good as U.S.

A new report by an Oxford University Academic, Jeffrey Ding, finds that despite massive investment by the government of China in Artificial Intelligence, the country’s capabilities are only about half as good as that of the U.S. The study found that China trails the U.S. in every metric used to measure Artificial Intelligence technology except […]

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China Pledges to Open Markets, Easing Fears of Trade War

In an effort to ease rising tensions between the China and the U.S., Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that tariffs on automobile imports would be lowered “significantly” this year. The move, Xi says, is part of a “new phase of opening up” China’s large economy to foreign products. China currently has the world’s second largest […]

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