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Huawei dismisses 90-day reprieve from “unjust” US bans

The US Commerce Department effectively suspended for a second time tough rules stopping the sale of components and services to the telecoms titan and a prohibition on buying equipment from it. However, it also said it would add 46 more companies to its list of Huawei subsidiaries and affiliates that would be covered by the ban if it is implemented…

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Great Satan US delays tariffs on cellphones, laptops and toys from China

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump said he was delaying duties on “cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors and certain items of footwear and clothing” in order to blunt their possible effects on US holiday sales. “We’re doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on US…

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China condemns ‘near-terrorist acts’ at Hong Kong airport

In a statement issued on Wednesday, China’s Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office also strongly condemned attacks by violent protesters against a reporter from China’s Global Times newspaper and a traveler at the airport. Unrest began in Hong Kong ten weeks ago, when people started taking to the streets to protest a proposed bill that would have allowed suspects to…

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China vows to respond if US deploys missiles in Asia

Fu Cong, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s director general for arms control department, said in a press briefing on Tuesday that China “will not stand idly by” if the US deployed missiles in Asia. “If the US deploys missiles in this part of the world, at the doorstep of China, China will be forced to take countermeasures,” Fu said. “I urge…

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China says US officials must stop colluding with Hong Kong separatists

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s commissioner in Hong Kong said on Tuesday that US politicians had to immediately halt colluding with the Hong Kong protesters. He was reacting to a statement issued by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in support of what she referred to as “courageous pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.” On Sunday, thousands of people,…

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China says ready to fight US on trade, slams Trump’s ‘irrational’ move: Envoy

Trump vowed on Thursday to slap a 10-percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese imports come next month, taking to a whole new level the ongoing trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies. Zhang Jun, China’s new ambassador to the United Nations, denounced on Friday Trump’s move as “an irrational, irresponsible act” and urged Washington to “come back to…

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US threats against ‘developing nation’ tag at WTO bound to fail: China

Trump ramped up his attacks on Beijing and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in a memo he signed on Friday, threatening that Washington could unilaterally revoke the special breaks global rules grant to nations that call themselves developing countries. The “developing nation” status in the trade system is a benefit that allows countries designated as such longer timelines for implementing…

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Chinese, British work on Arak heavy water facility has ‘picked up pace’: Iran’s atomic energy chief

“The joint committee tasked with redesigning the Arak Heavy Water Reactor Facility — comprised of Iran, China and Britain — is performing its job well,” said Salehi, Iran’s parliamentary news agency ICANA reported on Friday. “We are consequently satisfied with the project’s progress because the reactor’s reconstruction has picked up pace after being delayed for several months,” he added. The 40-megawatt…

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China: US undermining global stability with unilateralism

In a first white paper issued since 2012, the Chinese Defense Ministry warned on Wednesday that “international strategic competition is on the rise” as a result of provocation by America. Washington, it said, has adopted “unilateral policies” and has “provoked and intensified competition among major countries, significantly increased its defense expenditure, pushed for additional capacity in nuclear, outer space, cyber…

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China slams US ‘bullying’ after new Iran oil sanctions

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday China strongly opposes the hostile measures against energy company Zhuhai Zhenrong Co Ltd. “We are opposed to the US bullying behavior of wantonly cracking down, suppressing and sanctioning Chinese companies and individuals based on US domestic law. We are firmly opposed to it and strongly condemn it,” she said. On Monday, US…

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