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Trump’s new Africa strategy takes aim at ‘predatory’ China, Russia investments but transactional nature hit

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2018

National Security Adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington Thursday. | AP

The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, ...

Surge in scallops, lobsters helped U.S. fishermen net record $144 billion haul in 2016: Feds

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2018

A lobster walks on the ocean floor near a lobster trap off the coast of Biddeford, Maine, in September. The U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report says the industry was boosted by growth in value of shrimp, sea scallops and lobsters. | AP

U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, buoyed by growth in key species such as sea scallops and American lobsters, ...

Ottawa confirms China has detained second Canadian in suspected further retaliation for Huawei exec’s arrest

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2018

Canadian businessman Michael Spavor arrives next to the former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (not pictured) after a trip to North Korea, at Beijing Capital International Airport in 2014. | REUTERS

Canada’s foreign ministry confirmed Thursday that China has detained a second Canadian under what Beijing has said is suspicion of threatening its national security.“We can ...

China suspends tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars and auto parts

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave a business leaders event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. | AFP-JIJI

China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a ...

U.S. accuses Chinese intelligence of being behind massive Marriott hack

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

The Marriott logo is seen last month in Washington after Marriott International announced that up to 500 million hotel guests may have had their data compromised in a hack of the Starwood reservation database. The United States said Wednesday that China was behind the massive hack of data from hotel giant Marriott, part of an ongoing global campaign of cybertheft run by Beijing. | AFP-JIJI

The United States said Wednesday that China was behind the massive hack of data from hotel giant Marriott, part of an ongoing global campaign of ...

Toyota recalls 70,000 vehicles in North America to replace air bag inflators

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Toyota is recalling about 70,000 Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles in North America to replace air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel at ...

OMG: California regulators mull text messaging charge to help fund phone access of the poor

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible ...

Virgin Galactic aims to reach space threshold soon with tourism rocket test

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

The VSS Unity is released from the WhiteKnightTwo aircraft during a gliding test for SpaceShipTwo near Mojave, California, last January. The spaceship isn't launched from the ground but is carried beneath the special aircraft to an altitude around 50,000 feet (15,240 meters). There, it's released before igniting its rocket engine and climbing. | VIRGIN GALACTIC / VIA AP

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space.If successful, it would be a major ...

U.S. and China tried to keep Huawei exec’s arrest, trade war separate, then Trump waded in

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou waves goodbye to visitors at her home in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday. A Canadian court on Tuesday released Meng on bail, confining her to Vancouver and its suburbs while she awaits possible extradition to the United States. The U.S. has accused Huawei, the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies, of using a shell company to do business with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. | JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS / VIA AP

The United States and China have taken pains this week to emphasize that their trade talks are entirely separate from the U.S. case against a ...

Insurance claims from California wildfires at $9 billion and rising

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2018

The Camp Fire rages through Paradise, California, Nov. 8. Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state's insurance commissioner announced Wednesday. | AP

Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.About $7 billion in ...

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