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US expands blacklist to include China’s top AI startups ahead of trade talks

WASHINGTON/SHANGHAI: The US government widened its trade blacklist to include some of China’s top artificial intelligence startups, punishing Beijing for its treatment of Muslim minorities and ratcheting up tensions ahead of high-level trade talks in Washington this week. The decision, which drew a sharp rebuke from Beijing, targets 20 Chinese public security bureaus and eight …

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UK’s top envoy makes “Japanese wife” gaffe in China

BEIJING: Britain’s new foreign minister made an awkward debut in China on Monday when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as “Japanese”. China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such …

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