China and France assail U.S.-Australia deal on nuclear-powered submarines

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration Thursday was facing acute anger from a rival, China, and one of its closest allies, France, over a pact that will help Australia develop nuclear-powered submarines.The nuclear deal, which also includes the United Kingdom, was announced by President Biden on Wednesday and immediately threatened to aggravate tensions with Beijing and potentially damage…

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New book: Top US general secretly called China over fears Trump could start war

Fearful of Donald Trump’s actions in his final weeks as president, the United States’ top military officer twice assured his Chinese counterpart that the two nations would not go to war, according to a forthcoming book. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army that…

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Biden says China withholding ‘critical information’ about origins of pandemic

/ Asia / Pacific Issued on: 27/08/2021 – 22:48 Security personnel stand guard outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by a team of investigators from the World Health Organization (WHO) in February 2021. © Hector Retamal, AFP US President Joe Biden said Friday that China was still withholding “critical information” on the…

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Border Patrol seizes thousands of falsified COVID-19 vaccine cards in Tennessee

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized thousands of falsified COVID-19 vaccine cards from China in Memphis, Tenn.Border Patrol agents have had 121 seizures of fake vaccination cards so far this fiscal year, amounting to 3,017 falsified cards confiscated, according to a statement from the agency on released Friday. One of the shipments described in the statement…

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Biden allows temporary ‘safe haven’ for Hong Kong residents amid Beijing crackdown

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Thursday ordered authorities to refrain from deporting numerous Hong Kong residents who are in the U.S., granting them an 18-month “safe haven” in the face of China’s fierce crackdown on dissidents and democratic institutions.In the “deferred removal” directive he signed, Biden cited the arrest of some 10,000 people in Hong Kong since…

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Beleaguered pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily says it’s closing down

Hong Kong’s leading independent newspaper, Apple Daily, said it was closing down Wednesday and would print its final issue Thursday, succumbing to an unprecedented campaign by the Beijing-backed government to silence a popular tabloid at the center of the city’s democracy movement.The decision came hours after police arrested a columnist for the paper and days…

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Biden executive order bans investment in dozens of Chinese defense, tech firms

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday that bans U.S. entities from investing in dozens of Chinese companies with alleged ties to defense or surveillance technology sectors. The move, which his administration says expands the scope of a legally flawed Trump-era order, drew anger from Beijing.The Treasury Department will enforce and update on…

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