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June 07 , 2019
  • Reuters reports, "Aggressive U.S. tactics such as a campaign against Chinese telecoms firm Huawei will lead to trade wars - and possibly real wars - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, in a show of solidarity with China alongside its leader Xi Jinping. In some of his strongest words on the subject, Putin accused Washington of 'unbridled economic egoism', singling out U.S. efforts to thwart a Russian gas pipeline to Europe and a U.S. campaign to persuade countries to bar Huawei, the world's biggest telecoms equipment maker, from supplying network gear. His broadside, at an economic forum in St Petersburg on the same platform as Xi, was a clear show of unity with China at a time when Beijing is locked in a trade war with Washington and Moscow's own ties with the West are at a post-Cold War low."
  • The New York Times reports, "Politicians have staged sit-ins and exchanged blows in the legislature. Lawyers, high-school teachers and even anime fans have organized petitions. And the authorities are bracing for protests Sunday that could be the largest since the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement shut down parts of Hong Kong five years ago. Anger is boiling in Hong Kong over a push for a law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China, legislation that critics say would subject residents of this semiautonomous territory to the security forces and courts controlled by the ruling Communist Party on the mainland. 'This law would allow China to take whoever they want here, or at least use it to intimidate. It is absolutely crazy,' said Wong Choi-fung, the author of a petition by stay-at-home mothers that has collected more than 6,000 signatures. 'As mothers, you never know what profession your children will choose, or if they would one day do something to irritate the unpredictable Chinese government.'"
  • Financial Times reports, "Google has warned the Trump administration that pushing ahead with sweeping export restrictions on Huawei would risk compromising U.S. national security, as the American technology giant seeks to continue doing business with the blacklisted Chinese tech titan.Senior executives at Google are pushing U.S. officials to exempt it from a ban on exports to Huawei without a license approved by Washington, according to three people briefed on the conversations. The Trump administration announced the ban after the U.S.-China trade talks collapsed, prompting protests from some of the biggest U.S. technology companies that fear they could get hurt in the fallout. Google in particular is concerned it would not be allowed to update its Android operating system on Huawei's smartphones. It argues that such a ban would prompt the Chinese company to develop its own version of the software."
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