[NFA] U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to meet a Chinese delegation at a U.S. military base in Hawaii this week to discuss bilateral ties that have soured deeply since the start of the year, sources familiar with the matter said.
Sources tell Reuters that top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo plans to meet a Chinese delegation this week in Hawaii.
They say the two sides will hash out their increasingly rocky relationship and the group plans to meet at a U.S. military base.
In recent months the world's top two economies have been at odds over the global pandemic.
In mid-May President Donald Trump even went so far as to suggest he could cut ties with Beijing.
And Trump has initiated a process of eliminating special U.S treatment for Hong Kong but stopped short of an immediate cutoff.
"We're very, very saddened by what happened to our relationship with China." China also hasn't minced its words and instead the Foreign Ministry has told the U.S not to interfere and "stop inflammatory actions." A diplomatic source told Reuters that Pompeo's meeting this week is expected to take place at Hawaii's Hickam Air Force base.
Another source said he was expected to leave Washington on Tuesday (June 16) for the meeting on Wednesday.
Speaking on India-China border tensions, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said, "I have spoken with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar a number of times about this. Chinese took incredibly aggressive actions and Indians have done their best to respond to that. There aren't many neighbours that can satisfactorily say that they know where their sovereignty ends and the Chinese Communist Party will respect that. That is certainly true now for people of Bhutan. The world must come together to respond to this. This increasing revisionist effort that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is engaged in is something that President Trump has taken incredibly seriously." He further said, "World has seen true colours of Chinese Communist Party and I am convinced more than ever that free people of the world will come to understand the threat. The impact General Secy Xi Jinping has on the world is not good for free and democracy loving people."
On Tuesday, President Trump gave an interview in which he said he was considering banning TikTok. Trump echoed earlier comments from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump implied a ban on TikTok would be a way of punishing China for the coronavirus. Business Insider reports that Coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan. Trump's rationale was somewhat different from the reason given by Pompeo. Pompeo said the US was worried TikTok could be a national-security risk.
CNN reports three-time Paralympian and six-time Guinness World Record holder Angela Madsen died earlier this week. The 60-year-old passed while attempting a solo row from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Madsen had been alone at sea for 60 days. The US Coast Guard discovered her body late Monday night, several hours after she last made contact with anyone. A paraplegic, Madsen was a beloved advocate for both LGBTQ and disability rights. Madsen served as a Marine in her 20s when she injured her back.
According to Business Insider, nonessential travel is resuming as governors ease states' lockdown orders. But, it's not your typical summer travel season. 15 governors have enacted statewide travel restrictions. 12 states will require incoming travelers to self-quarantine when they arrive. This includes: Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Alaska and Maine require anyone visiting to have a recent negative COVID-19 test upon entering.
[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted a video showing one of his supporters in Florida shouting "white power" at protesters of his administration, drawing rebukes from allies and adversaries as protests continue in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. Gavino Garay has more.
[NFA] In a reversal, the Navy on Friday scrapped its recommendation to reinstate Captain Brett Crozier and instead upheld a decision to fire him from his command of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier where he became a hero to his crew. Colette Luke has more.
[NFA] U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled a law enforcement reform bill on Wednesday as a rival to more sweeping Democratic legislation, as Congress sought to curb racial discrimination and police abuses three weeks after the death of George Floyd. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Union Minister for External Affairs, S Jaishankar attended 'India Global Week 2020' through video conferencing where he spoke on India-US relationship. He said, "Think back at last 4 US presidents- Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton and you would agree that you can't find four people in world less similar to each other. Yet one thing on which they agreed is importance of India and need to strengthen that relationship. Maybe some of it is our charm but I think a lot of it is also their thinking. We have a very strong political, strategic, security, technology, economic relationship and defence corporation with the United States."
President Donald Trump said "99%" of coronavirus cases in the US are "totally harmless." Dr. Anthony Fauci is the nation's top infectious-disease expert. Fauci said Trump's claim is "false." "I'm trying to figure out where the president got that number," Fauci said in a Financial Times interview published Friday. Business Insider reports that there is overwhelming evidence of COVID-19's effects contradicts Trump's statement.
President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend Roger Stone. Stone was convicted of crimes that included lying to Congress. Prosecutors said Stone lied to protect the President. The announcement came just days before Stone was set to report to a federal prison. The President and Stone have been friends for over 40 years.
Former Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone said he's "confident" he can win an appeal after the President commuted his prison sentence for obstructing a probe into whether the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
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Hong Kong's opposition camp set up polling booths across the Chinese-ruled city on Saturday for primary elections aimed at selecting democracy candidates who stand the best chance of success in Legislative Council elections in September. Adam Reed reports.