China to count bloggers and gamers as "employed" during pandemic

Aug 12, 2020
The news has fueled a perception that officials are out to inflate employment figures for a record 8.7 million graduates potentially entering a worsening jobs market.
Students at a job fair in Shanghai. An estimated 8.7 million graduates could enter the workforce this year during the pandemic.
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With executive orders, White House takes aim at two social media giants

These orders mean that in 45 days, transactions with WeChat or TikTok from American persons or companies would be banned.
Pictured: The social media application logo, TikTok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on an American flag background.
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Trump administration moves past TikTok to take action on more Chinese tech companies

The rationale is that the U.S. needs "clean networks" to guard Americans’ data and the secrets of U.S. companies.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has laid out an expansive plan to keep out entire categories of Chinese tech: apps, data storage, internet and phone services. Pictured: Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department on Aug. 5, 2020.
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Why Microsoft wants TikTok and how the U.S. government feels about that

Aug 3, 2020
In the tech world, Microsoft is seen as the serious company that does grown-up stuff, so why does it want the social media platform?
Microsoft's potential acquisition of TikTok could put it in the leagues of Facebook and YouTube.
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In China, livestream sales flourish in time of COVID-19

Jul 27, 2020
Struggling retailers hope livestreaming will provide a lifeline. Aspiring influencers don't always strike it rich.
Former livestreaming influencer Sam Tian says making it in the industry is largely a matter of luck.
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U.S. accuses hackers of stealing trade secrets, vaccine data for China

The Justice Department indictment says two hackers worked with the Chinese government to steal intellectual property from companies around the world.
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China passes national security law for governing Hong Kong

Some fear that the new law will take away freedoms that make Hong Kong the only real global financial center in China.
Chinese authorities repeatedly said the law is aimed at a few "troublemakers" and not investors, but people are nervous.
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Where do the U.S. and China stand on trade?

Jun 19, 2020
President Trump renewed threats to cut economic ties with China, yet there's reportedly a new deal for China to buy more U.S. farm goods.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the president's 2020 trade policy agenda on June 17, 2020.
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China's big savers weather pandemic uncertainty

Jun 16, 2020
The communist government is not handing out cash to struggling workers. Many have to depend on themselves.
Zhang Lei manages an entertainment center in Shanghai, and for four months, he was not sure whether he would still have a job or not.
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Critics say Zoom is exporting Chinese censorship

Jun 11, 2020
The controversy comes at a challenging time for a company whose fortunes have soared during the pandemic yet faces stiff challengers in the video-meeting sector.
Zoom founder Eric Yuan speaks during Zoom's IPO in 2019.
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