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Media Report
June 28 , 2019
  • The New York Times reports, "President Trump and China's leader, Xi Jinping, are expected to try again to resolve their tariff war when they meet in Japan on Saturday. First, they will need to figure out what to do about Huawei. The Trump administration has squeezed the Chinese technology giant with nearly the full might of the United States government, choking off the firm's access to vital American suppliers, barring it from the country's telecom market and filing sweeping criminal charges against it. Though Washington officials say those moves arose from national security concerns and are separate from the trade fight, few expect China to accept a deal to lift punishing tariffs that does not include relief for its biggest, most internationally successful tech firm. 'It is almost impossible for the Chinese to agree to almost anything while the Huawei action looms,' said Samm Sacks, a China expert at the think tank New America. 'Even if this is walked back, the Chinese fundamentally mistrust this administration. At this point, there's no walking back this mistrust.'"
  • The Wall Street Journal reports, "Apple Inc. is manufacturing its new Mac Pro computer in China, according to people familiar with its plans, shifting abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the U.S. as trade tensions escalate between the Trump administration and Beijing. The tech giant has tapped contractor Quanta Computer Inc. to manufacture the $6,000 desktop computer and is ramping up production at a factory near Shanghai, the people said. Quanta's facility is close to other Apple suppliers across Asia, making it possible for Apple to achieve lower shipping costs than if it shipped components to the U.S. While the Mac Pro isn't one of Apple's bigger products, the decision on where to make it carries outsize significance. Apple's reliance on factories in China to manufacture its products has been an issue for the company, especially under President Trump, who has pressured Apple and other companies to make more in the U.S."
  • The Washington Post reports, "Beijing on Friday criticized 'negative content' about China in legislation before the U.S. Congress, saying it would further damage relations already roiled by disputes over trade and technology. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the draft National Defense Authorization Act, if passed, would undermine efforts to mutually overcome obstacles. 'We express firm opposition to the U.S. Senate's approval of the act containing negative content related to China,' Geng told reporters at a daily briefing. 'Once the act becomes a law, it will damage China-U.S. relations and disrupt bilateral cooperation in some important areas.' The bill blocks transfer of sensitive technology to China and prevents Chinese state companies from receiving U.S. federal funds."

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