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May 07 , 2019
  • The New York Times reports, "Chinese intelligence agents acquired National Security Agency hacking tools and repurposed them in 2016 to attack American allies and private companies in Europe and Asia, a leading cybersecurity firm has discovered. The episode is the latest evidence that the United States has lost control of key parts of its cybersecurity arsenal. Based on the timing of the attacks and clues in the computer code, researchers with the firm Symantec believe the Chinese did not steal the code but captured it from an N.S.A. attack on their own computers — like a gunslinger who grabs an enemy's rifle and starts blasting away. The Chinese action shows how proliferating cyberconflict is creating a digital wild West with few rules or certainties, and how difficult it is for the United States to keep track of the malware it uses to break into foreign networks and attack adversaries' infrastructure."
  • The New York Times reports, "China's top trade negotiator is heading to Washington for two days of trade talks, despite President Trump's threat to impose new tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods. China's Commerce Ministry announced on Tuesday that Vice Premier Liu He, one of the country's leading economic policymakers, would join a delegation of Chinese officials who will hold further trade talks on Thursday and Friday with the Trump administration. Mr. Liu is a close adviser and confidant of President Xi Jinping, China's top leader, and his participation could improve the changes of striking a deal. Still, the atmosphere surrounding the trade talks has shifted dramatically since a week ago, when this week's discussions were seen as a possible last round before the two sides halted a trade war that has made world markets shudder and thrown a damper on the global economic outlook."

  • CNN reports, "Beijing has rejected US accusations of operating 'concentration camps' in its Xinjiang region, with a government spokesman telling Washington Monday to 'stop interfering in Chinese domestic affairs. 'US Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver first made the remarks during a press briefing on Friday, saying as many as three million Muslim-majority Uyghur people may be held inside the massive Chinese government camps. The Communist Party is using the security forces for mass imprisonment of Chinese Muslims in concentration camps,' Schriver said. The disputed term is closely associated with the death camps of 1940s Nazi Germany, where up to six million people lost their lives. The western Chinese region of Xinjiang is home to a large population of Uyghur people, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group which has long had an uncomfortable and sometimes fractious relationship with the Han-majority Chinese government."
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