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In this Sunday, March 8, 2020, photo, residents wearing masks look at their smartphones near an advertisement for 5G smartphones from Chinese tech giant Huawei in Beijing. Factories in China, struggling to reopen after the coronavirus shut down the economy, face a new threat from U.S. anti-disease controls that might disrupt the flow of microchips and other components they need. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese factories face new threat: US anti-virus controls

Mar. 18, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Factories in China, struggling to reopen after the coronavirus shut down the economy, face a new threat from U.S. anti-disease controls that might disrupt the flow of microchips and other components they need. The shock threatens to set back the ruling Communist Party's efforts to revive the...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Coronavirus rocks already strained ties between US and China

Mar. 18, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Badly strained ties between the United States and China are deteriorating further with the two sides hurling harsh accusations and bitter name-calling over responsibility for the spread of the novel coronavirus. The global pandemic is just one in a series of irritants that has rocked the...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks to journalists after meeting with military commanders at the Defense Ministry in Brasilia, Brazil.  President Donald Trump and Bolsonaro are expected to discuss the crisis in Venezuela, a possible free-trade agreement between their countries and Chinese telecom company Huawei over a working dinner Saturday, March 7 at Trump's resort in Florida. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Venezuela on agenda for Trump's meeting with Brazil's leader

Mar. 7, 2020 10:53 PM EST

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump would not commit Saturday to continue holding off on hitting Brazil with tariffs on imports of its aluminum and steel, saying “I don't make any promises.” Trump commented in the presence of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who Trump was...

In this June 5, 2019, photo, residents of the Hui Muslim ethnic minority walk in a neighborhood near an OFILM factory in Nanchang in eastern China's Jiangxi province. The Associated Press has found that OFILM, a supplier of major multinational companies, employs Uighurs, an ethnic Turkic minority, under highly restrictive conditions, including not letting them leave the factory compound without a chaperone, worship, or wear headscarves. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Gadgets for tech giants made with coerced Uighur labor

Mar. 7, 2020 12:03 AM EST

NANCHANG, China (AP) — In a lively Muslim quarter of Nanchang city, a sprawling Chinese factory turns out computer screens, cameras and fingerprint scanners for a supplier to international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo. Throughout the neighborhood, women in headscarves stroll through the streets,...

In this June 5, 2019, photo, residents of the Hui Muslim ethnic minority walk in a neighborhood near an OFILM factory in Nanchang in eastern China's Jiangxi province. The Associated Press has found that OFILM, a supplier of major multinational companies, employs Uighurs, an ethnic Turkic minority, under highly restrictive conditions, including not letting them leave the factory compound without a chaperone, worship, or wear headscarves. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China-made phones, tablets tainted by coerced Uighur labor

Mar. 5, 2020 10:04 AM EST

NANCHANG, China (AP) — In a lively Muslim quarter of Nanchang city, a sprawling Chinese factory turns out computer screens, cameras and fingerprint scanners for a supplier to international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo. Throughout the neighborhood, women in headscarves stroll through the streets,...

Finnish minister: EU needs to establish own OS, web browser

Feb. 26, 2020 11:31 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — A top Finnish government member wants the European Union to develop its own computer operating system and internet browser to reduce reliance in the 27-nation bloc on tech giants. Finnish Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni said in a speech Wednesday that an EU-developed operating system would...

In this Feb. 18, 2020 photo, a view of the latest version of Chinese tech company Huawei’s folding smartphone, the Mate Xs, on display,  at a press preview in London It’s the company’s first folding device to be available internationally and will compete in the niche category with new models from Samsung and Motorola. The company used a video livestream for the phone’s debut instead of a press launch originally planned at a mobile tech show in Spain that was cancelled over worries about the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/James Brooks)

China’s Huawei debuts latest version of folding phone

Feb. 24, 2020 8:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — China’s Huawei unveiled its latest folding smartphone Monday and its first such device to be available internationally, competing in a niche category with new models from Samsung and Motorola. The company took the wraps off the new Mate Xs by video instead of a press launch, as the...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, attendees walk past a display for 5G services from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. The Trump administration is stepping up pressure on European allies to ban Chinese tech firm Huawei from supplying next-generation mobile networks, with more officials visiting this week to press the case. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

US expert says 5G tiff could affect information exchanges

Feb. 20, 2020 1:11 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for cybersecurity policy says he welcomes European Union moves toward recognizing the risks at stake in 5G technology, but warned that the U.S. will not be able to share top-level information with countries that choose “untrusted” vendors, such as...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as he arrives at Munich International Airport, in Munich, Germany on Thursday, February 13, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation's top intel official

Feb. 20, 2020 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will become acting director of national intelligence, a move that puts a staunch Trump ally in charge of the nation's 17 spy agencies, which the president has only tepidly embraced. “Rick has...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo people look at a Huawei store in Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province. A federal judge in Texas has dismissed Chinese tech giant Huawei's lawsuit challenging a U.S. law that bars the government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment because of security concerns. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang, File)

US judge dismisses Huawei suit over government contracts ban

Feb. 19, 2020 10:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has dismissed Chinese tech giant Huawei's lawsuit challenging a U.S. law that bars the government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment because of security concerns. The lawsuit, filed last March, sought to declare the law unconstitutional. Huawei argued...