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Scoop: U.S. seizes 13-ton shipment of Xinjiang human hair products

Scoop: U.S. seizes 13-ton shipment of Xinjiang human hair products

Photo credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers detained a shipment of almost 13 tons of wigs and other human hair products suspected of being made through forced labor in Xinjiang, China, U.S. government officials tell Axios.Why it matters: Importing products made with forced labor into the U.S. is illegal. But it's extremely difficult to trace U.S. supply chains back to factories in Xinjiang that use forced labor, making this a rare event.What's happening: On June 17, CBP a withhold release order for Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co. Ltd. in...

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Caterpillar sourced clothes from Xinjiang factory involved in coercive labor scheme

Caterpillar sourced clothes from Xinjiang factory involved in coercive labor scheme

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/AxiosA China-based supplier of clothing items to U.S. construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar participates in a coercive labor program known as "Xinjiang Aid," according to documents and evidence reviewed by Axios.Why it matters: It is against U.S. federal law to import products made through forced labor.What's happening: Summit Resource International, the exclusive wholesaler of Caterpillar-branded men’s and women’s clothing to retail, received multiple shipments of tens of thousands of pounds of and from . and Jinan Ainuoxin Garment Co. between...

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Zoom's U.S.-China tightrope

Zoom's U.S.-China tightrope

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosLast week, video conferencing company Zoom sought to reassure global users that it would no longer outside of mainland China at Beijing's behest. But Zoom's struggle to please two governments with radically different ideologies is only just beginning.Why it matters: U.S. tech companies with a significant presence in China face penalties or even expulsion from the country if they don't abide by Chinese government requests, and severe censure from U.S. civil society and government officials if they do. What's happening: Zoom it would build up the capacity to block...

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Zoom confirms Chinese government asked it to suspend activists over Tiananmen Square meetings

Zoom confirms Chinese government asked it to suspend activists over Tiananmen Square meetings

A man displays an image of the Tiananmen crackdown during a vigil remembrance in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Photo: Miguel Candela/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesU.S. video conferencing company Zoom on Thursday acknowledging that the Chinese government requested that it suspend of several U.S.- and Hong Kong-based Chinese activists for holding events commemorating the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.The big picture: Zoom claims that it only took action because the Chinese government informed the company that "this activity is illegal in China" and that meeting metadata showed...

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Zoom closed account of U.S.-based Chinese activist “to comply with local law”

Zoom closed account of U.S.-based Chinese activist “to comply with local law”

Zoom founder Eric Yuan rings the Nasdaq opening bell. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty ImagesThe U.S. video-conferencing company Zoom closed the account of a group of prominent U.S.-based Chinese activists after they held a Zoom event commemorating the Square Massacre, Axios has learned.Update: A Zoom spokesperson confirmed to Axios that the account had been closed "to comply with local law" and said it had now been re-activated.“Just like any global company, we must comply with applicable laws in the jurisdictions where we operate. When a meeting is held across different countries, the...

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Rubio: "We don't have enough information" on coronavirus origins

Rubio: "We don't have enough information" on coronavirus origins

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told "Axios on HBO" that there isn't yet enough information to determine whether or not the coronavirus outbreak resulted from an accident at a Chinese lab.What he's saying: "I'm not ruling out that it could be a lab accident, and some experts have not ruled it out either," said Rubio. "Though I can't prove it and no one can because we don't have enough information to disprove it or prove it."The backstory: Rubio expressed far less certainty than some top U.S. officials have in recent statements. Why it matters: U.S....

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Beijing demanded praise in exchange for medical supplies

Beijing demanded praise in exchange for medical supplies

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosA growing number of Chinese officials pushed their counterparts in Europe to make positive statements about China in order to receive shipments of medical supplies to fight the novel coronavirus.Why it matters: The revelations further taint Beijing's attempts to portray itself as a responsible and trustworthy leader in global public health.Context: Over the past two months, numerous high-ranking government officials from countries fighting coronavirus outbreaks have offered seemingly effusive for its assistance.What's happening: Officials in some countries...

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Beijing Builds Its Influence in the American Media

Beijing Builds Its Influence in the American Media

; they’re much easier to influence because, unlike media published in local languages, most local governments “don’t really pay attention to the Chinese-language media,” Bishop says.For example, a of Qiao Bao’s website reveals only a handful of mentions of the Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, whose death this year made headlines around the world. (A for Liu’s name on the World Journal website, by contrast, reveals hundreds of results.)Trending NowBy TaboolaMore from Foreign PolicyBy TaboolaLatest12345Voices

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