Canada abandons China free trade talks

By Helene Fung Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in a newspaper interview that Canada decided to walk away from free trade talks with China, amid tense relations over the arrest of Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng in Canada on an American warrant, and China’s detention of two Canadians in an apparent retaliation. Talks had stalled…

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U.S. to ban WeChat and TikTok from Sunday night

By Helene Fung The US Commerce Department will start banning social media and e-commerce app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from US app stores on Sunday night (local time), over national security concerns. However, existing TikTok users will not yet be affected. Bans on additional technical transactions won’t be implemented until 12 November, leaving a…

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US medical expert Fauci disagrees with Trump’s COVID-19 status assessment

By Helene Fung Director of America’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the expert leading the National Coronavirus Task Force, Dr Anthony Fauci, openly disagreed with President Donald Trump’s comment a day prior that he believed the country has “rounded the corner” on the COVID-19 pandemic. “I have to disagree with that, because,…

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Trump announces Bahrain and Israel deal to normalise relations

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump tweeted that Bahrain agreed to normalise relations with Israel, after he spoke by phone to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also tweeted a copy of the joint statement between the three leaders, which said: “This is a historic breakthrough…

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