How Frustration Over TikTok Has Mounted in Washington

National security concerns over the Chinese-owned viral video app remain unresolved. Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly pushing for action.

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China’s Options for Punishing Taiwan Economically are Limited

The economic bans that China imposed on Taiwan for hosting Speaker Nancy Pelosi were not especially painful. Increasing the pressure could hurt China’s own economy.

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China Vows More Drills, but Taiwan Is Undeterred

China’s drills have hardened Taiwan’s understated approach to navigating a big-power rivalry over its political future.

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How We Mourn Covid’s Victims

In Britain, artists lit a structure aflame. At the Jersey Shore, names were carved on shells and rocks. With more than six million dead, memorials have evolved along the way.

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China’s secretive space plane flies higher and longer than before

A Long March 2F carrier rocket carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on June 5, 2022.

Enlarge / A Long March 2F carrier rocket carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on June 5, 2022. (credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Last week one of China’s most reliable rockets, the Long March 2F vehicle, took off from a spaceport in the Gobi Desert carrying a secretive space plane.

In a short report on the launch by China’s state-owned Xinhua news service, the government provided little detail about the “reusable test spacecraft” beyond saying it would remain in orbit for “a period of time” and providing technical verification of reusable and in-orbit services.

This is the second time China launched what is believed to be a small space plane, likely similar in size and scope to the US Space Force’s experimental X-37B vehicle. This uncrewed X-37B resembles NASA’s space shuttle, but at less than 10 meters in length, it is considerably smaller. The vehicle’s cargo bay can hold something about the size of a standard refrigerator.

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In China, Xi Risks Overconfidence That Could Stoke Taiwan Tensions

State propaganda about China’s rise is stoking extreme nationalism. That could blind China to its problems, and could lead to conflict — perhaps over Taiwan.

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Chinese No Longer Recognize the America They Once Admired

The U.S. should stop branding China as a threat and look in the mirror.

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It’s possible no electric vehicles will qualify for the new tax credit

Volkswagen is one of several automakers that are already assembling their EV battery packs locally. But the value of the materials that go into the pack will determine whether it qualifies for the revised clean vehicle tax credit.

Enlarge / Volkswagen is one of several automakers that are already assembling their EV battery packs locally. But the value of the materials that go into the pack will determine whether it qualifies for the revised clean vehicle tax credit. (credit: Volkswagen)

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 passed the United States Senate on Sunday and heads to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass easily. It contains numerous changes to the tax code, meant in large part to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

Among these is a revision to the existing tax credit for new plug-in electric vehicles. As we detailed last week, the IRA introduces income caps for the tax credit, and it will only apply to sedans that cost less than $55,000 and other EVs that cost less than $80,000. The bill also drops the 200,000 vehicle-per-OEM cap on the tax credit, which would benefit both General Motors and Tesla.

At least it will if their EV batteries are mostly made within North America, with at least 40 percent of the materials used having been extracted and processed within North America or a country with a free trade agreement. Now, instead of being based on battery capacity, half the credit ($3,750) is tied to where the pack is made, and the other half its supply chain. And that will be a problem if you’re looking to buy an EV in 2023.

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China’s Military Drills and Other Tensions With Taiwan, Explained

China’s military announced new exercises near Taiwan, a day after concluding four days of drills that simulated a blockade of the island.

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Out of Prison, Taiwan Activist Urges Resistance to Beijing’s Threats

Li Ming-che and his wife, who met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan last week, have sought to inspire others not to be intimidated into silence by Beijing.

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The Troubles of Kenya’s China-Funded Train

Five years after its launch, the railway has become associated with debt, dysfunction and criminal inquiries, and it is now a lightning rod in Tuesday’s election.

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Guadalcanal Anniversary Marked by a Kennedy

At a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of a crucial battle in the Pacific, two daughters of men who served there reflected on the lessons of war.

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After China’s Military Spectacle, Options Narrow for Winning Over Taiwan

The exercises were designed to deter Taiwan from moving further away from Beijing, but they also indicated how few policy carrots China has.

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Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan Shows the Need for a Clear U.S. Policy on China

Tensions over Taiwan underscore the need for the United States to engage more deeply with China on more than just trade.

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In the Philippines, Blinken Vows to Strengthen Military Ties

Against a backdrop of rising regional tensions with China, the U.S. secretary of state reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending Manila.

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In Turbulent Times, Xi Builds a Security Fortress for China, and Himself

Taiwan, Covid, “color revolutions,” the classroom: everywhere, China’s leader sees threats that foreign forces can exploit, and he has enlisted the whole nation to resist.

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Chinese Military Drills Near Taiwan Continue

The live-fire military drills, which appear to be simulating an attack on the main island, have edged closer than ever before to territory Taiwan considers its own.

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Taiwan’s Generational Divide on China’s Threats

In areas close to the military drills, younger Taiwanese worried about the future, while older residents looked back to a harsher past to find hope.

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U.S. Seeks to Reassure Asian Allies as China’s Military Grows Bolder

The Biden administration says its commitment to the region has only deepened, but critics say the tensions over Taiwan show that Washington needs stronger military and economic strategies.

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I’m Taiwanese and I Want to Thank Nancy Pelosi

Taiwan needs more leaders to stand with us against China.

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China’s Military Drills Continue Off Taiwan

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for “an immediate halt” to the exercises. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said China “will not isolate Taiwan.”

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With 5 Missiles, China Sends Stark Signal to Japan and U.S. on Taiwan

By firing into Japanese waters, Beijing is warning that both countries will become targets if they should come to the aid of Taiwan in any conflict.

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Taiwan: China’s Military Exercises Could Help It Practice an Attack

After Nancy Pelosi’s visit, Taiwan braces for three days of Chinese military drills. Beijing calls them a warning, but they may also help its forces hone their skills.

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As China Plans Drills Circling Taiwan, U.S. Officials Fear a Squeeze Play

Administration officials say they are hoping China’s military exercises last only a few days, but they are discussing their options if the movements expand into something more.

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Welcomed by Taiwan, Pelosi Leaves Rising Tensions With China in Her Wake

In a high-stakes visit to Taiwan, Ms. Pelosi offered assurances of American support. Taiwan now faces the prospect of Chinese military drills that could violate what it says are its territorial waters.

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This Is How the U.S. Will Stand With Taiwan

If we do nothing, then we must be comfortable with effectively ceding Taiwan by letting China continue its unabated bullying campaign.

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Where China Plans to Conduct Military Drills Circling Taiwan

China’s plans to conduct live-fire drills into Taiwan’s territorial seas could mark a new stage of brinkmanship.

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Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Risks Undermining U.S. Efforts With Asian Allies

The Biden administration has built an economic and diplomatic strategy in Asia to counter China, assuring friendly countries that the U.S. is in the region for the long haul.

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In Visiting Taiwan, Pelosi Capped Three Decades of Challenging China

From her first days in Congress, the future speaker was willing to confront China’s leaders. As she looked toward her legacy, the California Democrat was not about to back down this time.

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The Last Thing We Needed Was Pelosi Backing Down From a Bully

Bullies don’t usually read concessions as anything but signs of weakness.

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Ahead of Pelosi’s Trip, Defiance in Taiwan

Public nonchalance about the tensions over Nancy Pelosi belies a political reality: Many are tired of China’s threats and crave American support.

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Why Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan Is Utterly Reckless

The timing could not be worse. The Ukraine war is not over.

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U.S. Warns China Not to Turn Pelosi’s Expected Trip to Taiwan Into a ‘Crisis’

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime China hawk, has not confirmed that she plans to visit Taiwan, but all indications suggest that she will make a stop on the self-governing island without prior announcement.

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A Pelosi Trip to Taiwan Would Test China’s Appetite for Confrontation

Xi Jinping has long vowed to answer any challenge to China’s claim to Taiwan. But current economic and political forces may make him unlikely to court a crisis.

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Nancy Pelosi Headed to Singapore, Silent on Taiwan

Speculation about a stop in Taiwan, where she would be the highest-ranking U.S. visitor in decades, has jangled nerves in both Beijing and Washington.

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Should You Worry About Debris From China’s Big Rocket Booster?

To launch part of its space station to orbit, China used a large rocket that cannot control its atmospheric re-entry. It is the third time such a rocket has been used.

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Climate Bill ‘Transformative’ for Auto and Energy Industries

The Senate’s proposal aims to accelerate electric car sales and promote domestic battery manufacturing at China’s expense.

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Why Pelosi’s Proposed Taiwan Visit Is Raising U.S.-China Tensions

Beijing has issued strongly worded warnings implying that China might use military force if Nancy Pelosi moves forward with a planned trip to Taiwan.

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As Congress Debated Landmark China Bill, Beijing Surged Ahead

Experts are still assessing how China apparently leapfrogged ahead in its effort to manufacture a semiconductor that rivals those made in Taiwan, which supplies both China and the West.

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Biden and Xi Conduct Marathon Call During Time of Rising Tensions

White House officials characterized the call, which lasted for two hours and 17 minutes, as a relationship-tending mission.

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Australia’s Law Against Foreign Interference Gets Test Case

A donation to a hospital led to criminal charges for an Australian of Chinese descent. The case hinges not on what he did, but on what he might have been planning to do.

#australia, #china, #crime-and-criminals, #duong-di-sanh, #international-relations, #law-and-legislation

They Flocked to China for Boom Times. Now They’re Thinking Twice.

Global businesses and industries that rode the China growth wave for years are bracing for the fallout of a slowing economy.

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Nancy Pelosi’s Trip to Taiwan Is a Dangerous Gamble

She should postpone until the U.S. clarifies its Taiwan policy.

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China’s Domestic Troubles Will Hang Over Biden-Xi Call

Some American officials suspect that what is really driving China’s president to lash out recently is a desire to divert attention from his economic and pandemic problems at home.

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Senate Passes $280 Billion Industrial Policy Bill to Counter China

The lopsided bipartisan vote reflected a rare consensus in the otherwise polarized Congress in favor of investing federal resources into a broad industrial policy to counter China.

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For Hong Kong’s Beijing-Backed Officials, Xi’s All That

The city’s leaders are rushing to embrace Xi Jinping, China’s leader, a performance of devotion that is a jarring shift for Hong Kong’s once rambunctious political culture.

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Senate Advances Expansive Industrial Policy Bill to Counter China

The vote indicated bipartisan support for the legislation, which had been at risk of being scaled back substantially until Republicans rallied around a more extensive bill.

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For Investors and a Buffer, Alibaba Seeks a Hong Kong Primary Listing

The Chinese e-commerce giant’s application could give it better access to Chinese capital and a safety net against U.S. regulations.

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U.S. Officials Grow More Concerned About Potential Action by China on Taiwan

The Biden administration is watching for any moves by China to close off the Taiwan Strait, and they would prefer that Nancy Pelosi cancel her planned trip.

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Money Alone Won’t Buy U.S. Tech Superiority

Semiconductor supremacy isn’t something we can buy. It’s something we must build.

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