U.S. ramps up scrutiny of Chinese companies buying American tech firms

May 6, 2021
The increased scrutiny has led to an intended chilling effect, with Chinese foreign direct investment slowing since 2016.
Buying a company is a way for foreign firms to access technology, but if the technology is sensitive, that can pose a national security threat in the view of the U.S. government.
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More countries scrutinize foreign efforts to acquire their companies

Apr 9, 2021
The U.S. government is concerned about the national security risks in Chinese companies buying American companies.
The Chinese flag at one of its U.S. consulates. Thursday the Commerce Department stopped seven Chinese firms from buying American-made technologies.
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If the U.S. economy gets sick, other countries could catch 'pneumonia'

Jul 23, 2020
The U.S. health crisis isn't just depressing the national economy. The global economy could feel it, too.
A "Detour" sign outside the offices of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. The economic downturn in the United States is likely to hurt the global economy, says economist Susan M. Collins of the University of Michigan.
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It sounded like the U.S.-China trade deal was "over." Trump says it's still on.

White House adviser Peter Navarro has walked back his comments from Monday night that suggested the deal was "over."
Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said his comment was taken out of context.
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Why China is cutting tariffs on everybody

Dec 23, 2019
It's thanks to something known as "most-favored-nation" status under international trade agreements.
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Furious, China summons US ambassador over Hong Kong bills

Nov 28, 2019
The U.S. laws mandate sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses in Hong Kong.
Pro-democracy protesters take part in a Thanksgiving Day rally at Edinburgh Place on November 28, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
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The lucky migrant workers who get to retire in Beijing

Oct 4, 2019
While many people move away from the countryside for work, few of them are able to officially register in the cities.
A man sells dream catchers in Beijing. Few migrant workers from the countryside can stay in the city long term.
Photo courtesy of Shanghai 808 Studio

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The children of Chinese factory workers

Oct 2, 2019
As part of a series on Communist China’s 70th anniversary, Marketplace’s China correspondent Jennifer Pak and Shanghai bureau news assistant, Charles Zhang, spoke to people in the country’s shoe industry – the world’s biggest – about their achievements and challenges over the last few decades. You can read more stories from the China 70 series here. China’s […]
Hu Maolin was left in the care of his grandmother when he was two years old, while his parents worked in the cities.
Photo courtesy of Shanghai 808 Studio

Canadian farmers caught in the middle of U.S.-China disputes

Sep 30, 2019
Since Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou late last year, Chinese imports of several agricultural crops have slowed or stopped altogether.
Soybeans growing on a farm in Canada.
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How tariffs leave businesses stuck in the middle

Sep 9, 2019
"It's a very helpless feeling," said auto parts executive Kevin Feig, on being subject to tariffs.
Morning commuters near Pasadena, California in 2009.