Month: September 2020

Donald Trump picks ‘brilliant’ Amy Coney Barrett for US Supreme Court

US President Donald Trump named Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, setting in motion a rush by Republicans to cement a conservative majority on the court on the eve of a tense and potentially disputed US election.Trump stood alongside Barrett at a White House Rose Garden ceremony to announce his decision, calling…

Donald Trump asks US court to let ban on Chinese app WeChat to proceed

US President Donald Trump asked a San Francisco judge to stay an injunction blocking a ban on Tencent Holdings’ WeChat, as the legal fights grow over the administration’s moves against Chinese-owned apps.US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler issued a preliminary injunction on September 19 at the behest of users who argued those prohibitions trampled the free-speech…

US hits 7 million coronavirus cases as Midwest outbreak intensifies

The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States has topped 7 million – more than 20 per cent of the world’s total – as Midwest states reported spikes in Covid-19 infections in September.The latest milestone arrived just days after the nation surpassed 200,000 Covid-19 deaths, the world’s highest death toll from the virus….

‘I was in his grip’: Donald Trump’s latest sexual assault accuser details incident at US Open tennis tournament

A former model has accused US President Donald Trump of groping and forcibly kissing her in 1997 – the latest allegation made against the Republican incumbent just weeks before he seeks re-election.Amy Dorris told Britain’s The Guardian that Trump sexually assaulted her in his VIP suite at the US Open tennis tournament in New York…

US Senate Democrats announce US$350 billion plan to confront China

US Senate Democrats announced a US$350 billion plan on Thursday to confront China, a glaring signal from Washington that no matter who wins the upcoming presidential election in November, there likely will be immense bipartisan pressure from Congress to maintain a tough stance against Beijing.The bill, called the America LEADS Act, comes as US-China relations spiral…

UK clinches US$19.5 billion post-Brexit trade deal with Japan

Britain on Friday said it had secured its first major post-Brexit trade agreement – a free trade deal with Japan – the day after bitter wranglings with the European Union.The Department for International Trade said the deal, which largely replicates the current EU-Japan deal, will be worth £15.2 billion (US$19.5 billion).The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership…

Xi Jinping calls for freer service trade as China tries to counter decoupling

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China will open up its market further to the services trade and called upon other countries to help forge an “open and inclusive” environment, promoting China as the leader to restore global trade and growth after the coronavirus outbreak.Xi’s advocacy of international cooperation at the opening ceremony…

How China’s rail network highlights the power of the old to shock

News of the ambitious development of China’s high-speed rail system, including the extension of the high-speed cargo network, had me thinking about Professor David Edgerton at King’s College, London, and his 2006 book The Shock of the Old.Edgerton complains that we are too obsessed with innovation – the “new” – when in fact the great…