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April 24 , 2019
  • The Washington Post reports, "U.S. authorities have charged an American engineer and a Chinese businessman with economic espionage and conspiring to steal sophisticated turbine designs to benefit the government of China and their personal business interests. The 14-count indictment, unsealed Tuesday, alleges Xiaoqing Zheng of Niskayuna, N.Y., and Zhaoxi Zhang of China's Liaoning province teamed up to filch millions of dollars' worth of General Electric's aviation trade secrets. 'This is one of the most significant indictments involving China's alleged theft of technology,' said Michael Wessel, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. 'The technologies involved in the indictment go to the heart of China's deficit in turbine technology.' Zheng, who has pleaded not guilty, was arraigned Tuesday in Albany, N.Y, and released pending trial."
  • CNBC reports, "The U.S. will send a high-level delegation to Beijing next week as trade negotiations with China continue. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will head to Beijing for talks that start on April 30, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. They will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. Following those talks, Liu will lead a delegation to Washington for further discussions that begin on May 8. The world's two largest economies have been embroiled in a trade dispute since last year that spooked world markets and hurt global growth. The Trump administration imposed levies on $250 billion of Chinese goods, and China retaliated by placing its own tariffs on $110 billion of American products. Both sides have met several times in a bid to hammer out a deal to end their protracted trade war."
  • CNN reports, "A prominent group of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were handed sentences of up to 16 months in prison on Wednesday for their role in the 'umbrella movement' rallies in 2014. A district court judge sentenced law professor Benny Tai, 54, retired sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 60, and retired pastor Chu Yiu-ming, 75, to 16 months each for a range of public nuisance offenses. Chu's sentence was suspended for two years meaning that he is unlikely to serve time in prison. Tai and Chan will begin their sentences immediately. The men were founders of Occupy Central with Love and Peace,' a non-violent social movement that demanded free and open elections in the semi-autonomous Chinese enclave. They were among nine pro-democracy campaigners convicted over their involvement in ensuing demonstrations that saw more than 100,000 protestors immobilize the city's financial district for 79-days. The demonstrations became known as the 'umbrella movement' owing to protesters' use of bright umbrellas to shield themselves from tear gas fired by police."
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