UK government reverses course on Huawei’s involvement in 5G networks

Conservative members of the United Kingdom’s government have pushed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to draw up plans to remove telecom equipment made by the Chinese manufacturer Huawei from the nation’s 5G networks by 2023, according to multiple reports. The decision by Johnson, who wanted Huawei’s market share in the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure capped at 35 percent, brings the UK back into alignment with the position Australia and the United States have taken on Huawei’s involvement in national communications networks, according to both The Guardian and The Telegraph. The debate over Huawei’s role in international networking stems from the company’s close ties to the Chinese government and the attendant fears that relying on Huawei telecom equipment could expose the allied nations …

Trump Sends Scathing Letter To WHO: If ‘Major’ Changes Are Not Immediately Made U.S. Will Permanently Cut Funding, May Withdraw Membership

President Donald Trump sent a scathing letter to the World Health Organization late on Monday evening informing them that if there is not “major” changes made in the next 30 days that the U.S. may permanently suspend funding to the organization and may withdraw its membership. The letter listed many of the WHO’s failings in managing the pandemic and then stated, “Perhaps worse than all these failings is that we know that the World Health Organization could have done so much better. Just a few years ago, under the direction of a different Director-General, the World Health Organization showed the world how much it has to offer.” “It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding …

US senator criticized for telling students China is to blame for Covid-19

Republican Ben Sasse said China had ‘started the pandemic’ and mocked psychologists and students’ physical fitness The Republican senator Ben Sasse’s attempt at humor during a speech for high school students has drawn strong criticism. Sasse delivered the online speech to students at his former school, Fremont high in Nebraska, on Saturday. During the speech he suggested that the students would remember their senior years at their future reunions as “that time when China started a big global pandemic that created the worst public health crisis in over a century and brought the economy to its knees and we had to stay home and everybody was hoarding toilet paper”. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

China facing pressure over Covid-19 and Taiwan at World Health Assembly

More than 120 countries back call for inquiry into origins of virus while US-led coalition is lobbying for Taiwan to attend as an observer Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Beijing is expected to face new levels of pressure at the World Health Assembly this week as dozens of nations push for an independent investigation into the coronavirus outbreak and the United States mounts a campaign over Taiwan’s status. More than 120 countries have backed a draft resolution pushed by the European Union and Australia calling for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19, while a US-led coalition has been aggressively lobbying countries to support Taiwan’s bid to attend as an observer. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

Global report: Brazil and Mexico record deadliest day from Covid-19

Prediction 147,000 in US could die from coronavirus; China releases more details of plan to test 11m in Wuhan; doctors infected in Peru Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Brazil and Mexico have both seen deaths from Covid-19 spike on their deadliest days yet as the coronavirus pandemic threatened to worsen throughout the Americas. The health ministry in Brazil on Tuesday reported 881 fatalities from the disease in 24 hours, taking its total to 12,400 and making it the world’s sixth worst-affected country for deaths, according to figures from John Hopkins University. Brazil’s total of 177,589 confirmed cases is the seventh highest in the world. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

Coronavirus live news: WHO and Five Eyes reject Chinese lab theory as global deaths pass 250,000

New Zealand records no new cases for second straight day; Italy’s death toll higher than reported; leaders pledge $8bn to fight virus. Follow the latest updates Five Eyes network contradicts theory Covid-19 leaked from labGerman cases ‘may be 10 times higher than official figures’Australia coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.02am BST Get in touch on Twitter @helenrsullivan. 3.53am BST At least 300 people held in two centers set up by the Salvadoran government to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus protested on Monday, demanding to be released and given the results of their tests, Reuters reports. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

Pompeo: China Has ‘Multiple Labs’ Handling ‘Complex Pathogens,’ Still Won’t Share Virus Samples

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hammered the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) this week for its alleged cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic, saying that China destroyed samples of the virus and still has not shared virus samples from inside the nation. “We strongly believe that the Chinese Communist Party did not report the outbreak of the new coronavirus in a timely fashion to the World Health Organization,” Pompeo told reporters. “Even after the CCP did notify the WHO of the coronavirus outbreak, China didn’t share all of the information it had.” “Instead, it covered up how dangerous the disease is. It didn’t report sustained human-to-human transmission for a month until it was in every province inside of China. It censored those …

Coronavirus spreads further as WHO expert warns world ‘not ready’ for pandemic

More cases in South Korea while first suspected infection is recorded in Latin America Latest developments Coronavirus has spread further around the world as a World Health Organisation expert warned that countries outside China are “simply not ready” for a pandemic. The virus has proliferated in parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East in recent days, with the death toll rising in Iran, infections in South Korea passing 1,000 and the first suspected case recorded in Latin America – even as the number of deaths and fresh cases decline at the disease epicentre in China. Covid-19 has now reached dozens of countries with Austria, Croatia and Switzerland the latest to declare cases. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

Pompeo: China Trying To ‘Exploit Our Freedoms To Gain Advantage Over Us’ At Federal, State, Local Levels

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at the National Governors Association’s winter meeting on Saturday where he warned governors to be on the look out for communist Chinese officials trying to infiltrate and influence state and local level politics. “While there are places we can cooperate, we can’t ignore China’s actions and strategic intentions. If we do, we risk the important components of our relationship that benefit both countries,” Pompeo said. “The Chinese Government has been methodical in the way it’s analyzed our system, our very open system, one that we’re deeply proud of. It’s assessed our vulnerabilities, and it’s decided to exploit our freedoms to gain advantage over us at the federal level, the state level, and the local level.” …

Lockdowns can’t end until Covid-19 vaccine found, study says

China’s restrictions have brought the first wave to an end but the danger of a second is very real Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Countries wanting to end the lockdown and allow people to move about and work again will have to monitor closely for new infections and adjust the controls they have in place until there is a vaccine against Covid-19, according to a new study based on the Chinese experience. China’s aggressive controls over daily life have brought the first wave of Covid-19 to an end, say researchers based in Hong Kong. But the danger of a second wave is very real. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

China Roundup: Amid coronavirus, tech firms offer ways to maintain China’s lifeblood

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The coronavirus outbreak is posing a devastating impact on people’s life and the economy in China, but there’s a silver lining that the epidemic might have benefited a few players in the technology industry as the population remains indoors. The SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus that infected thousands and killed hundreds in China back in 2002 is widely seen as a catalyst for the country’s fledgling e-commerce industry. People staying indoors to avoid contracting the deadly virus flocked to shop online. Alibaba’s Taobao, an eBay-like digital marketplace, notably launched at …

AG Barr Highlights Greatest Threat To U.S.: ‘Should Vastly Outweigh All Other’ Priorities

Attorney General William Barr sounded the alarm to the greatest threat facing the United States on Thursday during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, saying that few are aware of the repercussions of China’s rapid advance in trying to dominate the 5G market and control the next generation of internet, the “Industrial Internet.” Barr noted that 5 years ago China launched its “Made in China 2025” plan —  a long term strategic plan to replace the United States as the dominant technological superpower, which has hundreds of billions of dollars in backing from the communist Chinese government. “The stakes for the United States could not be higher. Since the 19th century, the United States has been …

China Allegedly Blocked U.S. Companies From Exporting Medical Safety Gear As Pandemic Exploded, Report Says

The Chinese Communist Party reportedly blocked U.S. manufacturers from exporting desperately needed personal protective equipment (PPE), which is used to protect medical workers, as the pandemic exploded, and now the Trump administration is weighing taking legal action against China. The New York Post reported on Sunday, “Leading US manufacturers of medical safety gear told the White House that China prohibited them from exporting their products from the country as the coronavirus pandemic mounted – even as Beijing was trying to ‘corner the world market’ in personal protective equipment.” “Executives from 3M and Honeywell told US officials that the Chinese government in January began blocking exports of N95 respirators, booties, gloves and other supplies produced by their factories in China,” The Post …

Coronavirus: first death in Beijing as US issues new China travel warning – live updates

Death toll rises to 82 as mayor of Wuhan admits authorities were too slow in releasing information about virus. Follow the latest developments Wuhan mayor admits mistakesWhat is the coronavirus and how worried should we be about it?Coronavirus: how to protect yourself from infection 12.46am GMT China’s largest steelmaking city of Tangshan – about 200km east of Beijing – has announced it is suspending all public transit in an effort to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The city has a population of around 7.5 million people. The statement was posted on the city government’s official Weibo account, the Reuters news agency reported. 12.40am GMT In New Zealand there are as yet no reported cases of coronavirus, but experts …

Senate Gets ‘Highly Sensitive’ Hunter Biden Records After Letter To Money Laundering Unit In Treasury Department

The United States Treasury Department has reportedly handed over “highly sensitive” financial records from Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to the U.S. Senate amid the Senate’s investigation into Hunter Biden’s business activity while his father was vice president. “Sens. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Finance Committee; Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; and Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, have focused their efforts in Washington, seeking to extract politically useful information from agencies of the U.S. government,” Yahoo News reported. “They’ve issued letters requesting records from Cabinet departments and agencies, including the State Department, the Treasury, the Justice Department, the FBI, the National Archives and the Secret Service.” “Grassley and Johnson …

Coronavirus: world stock markets in freefall as Nigeria records first case – latest updates

New Zealand and Lithuania also report first cases as WHO says epidemic could get ‘out of control’. Follow live news Coronavirus fears trigger biggest one-day fall on US stock marketMike Pence ‘not up to task’ of leading US coronavirus response, say expertsWhat are super-spreaders and how are they transmitting coronavirus?UK schools and offices could close for up to two monthsCoronavirus map: how Covid-19 is spreading across the worldShare your experiences 6.54am GMT I’ll be handing over to my colleagues in London shortly, but here’s a quick look at the latest developments. 6.44am GMT The bloodletting has ended – for now – in some key Asia Pacific markets. They’re still going in China and getting ready for heavy losses in Europe …

So the west is winning, is it? Only if you’re a delusional Trump toady, Mr Pompeo

The special relationship has ended in tears for Britain and other allies have no reason to trust America When was the last time a British prime minister cancelled a White House summit with a US president? Possibly never. Yet that’s what Boris Johnson did after a livid, cursing Donald Trump slammed the phone down on him in a row over the Chinese firm, Huawei. Now a planned tête-à-tête in Washington next month, already twice delayed, is off. Not postponed. Not rescheduled. Off. So much for “Britain Trump”, the servile moniker the president pinned on Johnson last year. So much for the “special relationship”. Perhaps it was always doomed to end in tears. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

China uses soft power to position itself as a leader in tackling coronavirus

As countries struggle to respond to the pandemic, China portrays itself as a global benefactor Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage In the last few weeks, China has donated coronavirus testing kits to Cambodia, sent planeloads of ventilators, masks and medics to Italy and France, pledged to help the Philippines, Spain and other countries, and deployed medics to Iran and Iraq. The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has offered comforting words, telling the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, that “sunshine comes after the storm”, and adding that the two countries should step up cooperation and exchanges after the outbreak. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

Its like being in a science fiction film my daily life in a locked-down Chinese city | Mark Bishop

Local government cars with loudspeakers pass by regularly now, issuing warnings and orders to obey the new restrictions, says university lecturer Mark Bishop It all starts so quickly. On 24 January I am on my way to one of the big local state schools to run my regular football coaching session. Halfway there, I get a message on my phone telling me not to come. All the schools and nurseries have been ordered to close immediately in response to the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan. advising all UK nationals to leave China not just those in Wuhan. I am shocked. I have lived in the Guangxi province of China for the last five years and have mainly spent that time teaching, …

US tightens rules on Chinese state media over ‘propaganda’ concerns

State department told five Chinese outlets they would need approval to buy property, and must submit lists of employees The United States has tightened rules on Chinese state media organizations as it classified them as foreign missions, decrying what US officials described as Beijings growing propaganda. In a step likely to anger Beijing, the state department told five outlets including the Xinhua news agency and the China Global Television Network that they will need to seek approval to buy any property. They will also be required to submit lists of all employees, including the growing number of US citizens on their staffs, the state department said. The state department said it would not impose any restrictions on Chinese medias journalistic …