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Pompeo says way U.S. treats Hong Kong depends on how China does

Pompeo says way U.S. treats Hong Kong depends on how China does

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the United States would in future treat Hong Kong as a Chinese city rather than an autonomous one to the extent that China treats the territory as a Chinese city.Pompeo told the online Copenhagen Democracy Summit that elections due in Hong Kong in September would “tell us everything that we need to know about the Chinese Communist Party’s intentions with respect to freedom in Hong Kong.”He also said Washington was working its way through a decision-making process over who would be held accountable over curbs to...

June 19, 2020
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Hong Kong no longer deserves special U.S. status, Pompeo says

Hong Kong no longer deserves special U.S. status, Pompeo says

By , , WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer qualifies for its special status under U.S. law, potentially dealing a crushing blow to its status as a major financial hub.China had undermined Hong Kong’s autonomy so fundamentally, Pompeo said, that he could not support its recertification for its special pre-1997 trading status.China’s plan for new security legislation triggered protests in the territory, and it now falls to President Donald Trump to decide to end some, all or none of the U.S. economic...

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May 27, 2020
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U.S. to end sanctions waivers allowing some work at Iran nuclear sites

U.S. to end sanctions waivers allowing some work at Iran nuclear sites

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it will terminate sanctions waivers that had allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to carry out work originally designed to make it harder for Iranian nuclear sites to be used for weapons development.The waivers, which officials said expire on July 27, covered the conversion of Iran’s Arak heavy water research reactor, the provision of enriched uranium for its Tehran Research Reactor and the transfer of spent and scrap reactor fuel abroad.In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave no precise...

May 27, 2020
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U.S. planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources

U.S. planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources

By , Slideshow WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students believed by President Donald Trump’s administration to have links with China’s military, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.The move, first reported by the New York Times, could impact 3,000 to 5,000 Chinese students and could be announced as early as this week, according to the sources, including a current U.S. official and another individual who was briefed on the administration’s internal discussions.The United States and China are at...

May 28, 2020
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Trump threatens new tariffs on China in retaliation for coronavirus

Trump threatens new tariffs on China in retaliation for coronavirus

By , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his hard-fought trade deal with China was now of secondary importance to the coronavirus pandemic and he threatened new tariffs on Beijing, as his administration crafted retaliatory measures over the outbreak.Trump’s sharpened rhetoric against China reflected his growing frustration with Beijing over the pandemic, which has cost tens of thousands of lives in the United States alone, sparked an economic contraction and threatened his chances of re-election in November.Two U.S. officials, speaking on condition of...

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May 1, 2020
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Watchdog finds U.S. did not weigh civilian risks when pushing Saudi arms sales

Watchdog finds U.S. did not weigh civilian risks when pushing Saudi arms sales

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of State did not fully evaluate the risk of civilian casualties in Yemen when it pushed through a huge 2019 precision-guided munitions sale to Saudi Arabia, a government watchdog’s report said on Tuesday.“OIG (the State Department Inspector General) found that the Department did not fully assess risks and implement mitigation measures to reduce civilian casualties and legal concerns associated with the transfer of PGMs included in the Secretary’s May 2019 emergency certification,” the report said.Congress had requested an investigation into...

August 11, 2020
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U.S. requires Confucius Institute center to register as foreign mission

U.S. requires Confucius Institute center to register as foreign mission

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington said on Thursday it was requiring the center that manages Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes in the United States to register as a foreign mission, in a further sign of deteriorating bilateral relations.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement, labeled the Confucius Institute U.S. Center in Washington “an entity advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses and K-12 classrooms.”David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, told a briefing the dozens of Confucius Institutes in the...

August 13, 2020
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Pompeo renews criticism of China over virus but welcomes supplies

Pompeo renews criticism of China over virus but welcomes supplies

By , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hit out at Beijing again on Wednesday over the coronavirus outbreak and accused it of taking advantage of the pandemic to bully neighbors, even as he welcomed China’s provision of essential medical supplies.Pompeo told a news briefing that the United States “strongly believed” Beijing had failed to report the outbreak in a timely manner, in breach of World Health Organization rules, and had failed to report human-to-human transmission of the virus “for a month until it was in every province inside of China.”Pompeo also said...

April 23, 2020
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In historic move, Biden says 1915 massacres of Armenians constitute genocide

In historic move, Biden says 1915 massacres of Armenians constitute genocide

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comWASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire , a historic declaration that infuriated Turkey and further strained frayed ties between the two NATO allies.The largely symbolic move, breaking away from decades of carefully calibrated language from the White House, was welcomed by the Armenian diaspora in the United States, but comes at a time when Ankara and Washington grapple with deep policy disagreements over a .Turkey’s government and most of the...

April 24, 2021
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Exclusive: U.S. to impose restrictions on additional Chinese media outlets - sources

Exclusive: U.S. to impose restrictions on additional Chinese media outlets - sources

By , , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expected to designate at least four additional state-run Chinese media outlets as foreign embassies, increasing restrictions on their operations on American soil, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.The action by the State Department, sure to further inflame U.S.-China tensions, could come as soon as Thursday, the sources told Reuters. It follows President Donald Trump’s announcement on Friday of retaliatory measures against Beijing over its tightened grip on Hong Kong.The designations are expected to include China...

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June 3, 2020
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