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Image of article 'US to Block Some Imports From China's Xinjiang Region Over Forced Labor Concerns'

US to Block Some Imports From China's Xinjiang Region Over Forced Labor Concerns

China also had agreed to purchase increased quantities of U.S. cotton under the countries' Phase 1 trade deal, which could be put at risk by a U.S. ban on imports from China's dominant cotton-producing region.

Customs and Border Protection officials told Reuters last week that they had prepared the broader bans on cotton, cotton textiles and tomatoes, among China's biggest commodity exports, along with the orders announced Monday.

Department of Homeland Security acting Deputy Secretary Kenneth Cuccinelli said the "Withhold Release Orders" (WROs) are aimed at combating China's use of forced labor by detained Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday said it will block U.S. imports of cotton, apparel and other products from five specific entities in western China's Xinjiang region, but has shelved proposed region-wide bans on all Xinjiang-produced cotton and tomato products.

DHS said Xinjiang entities whose products will be blocked from entering the United States include all products made with labor from the Lop County No. 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Center; hair products from the Lop County Hair Product Industrial Park; apparel produced by Yili Zhouwan Garment Manufacturing and Baodung LYSZD Trade and Business Co.; cotton produced and processed by Xinjiang Junggar Cotton and Linen Co. Ltd; and computer parts made by Hefei Bitland Information Technology Co. Ltd.

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Image of article 'AI regulators can learn a lesson from the 1967 Outer Space Treaty'

AI regulators can learn a lesson from the 1967 Outer Space Treaty

Khan argues that, in addition to a first pass at international law, global leaders must also create a rule-making body that can adjust regulations as the world changes.

Where AI ethics statements are mushy—the OECD blandly declares that “AI should benefit people and the planet”—the space accords are firm.

In a blog post, DeepMind researcher and Cambridge fellow Verity Harding argued that the Cold War space agreement offers a roadmap for international cooperation “achieved at a time at least as unsafe and complicated as today’s world—if not considerably more so.”

To head off AI-enabled human rights abuses (and the chaos of conflicting regulations), global leaders could turn to another set of rules governing a powerful new technology: the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.

World leaders’ attempts to forge global AI regulations have been half-hearted and halting.

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Image of article 'KC Craichy Hosts COVID Pandemic Town Hall (Sponsored by "United Medical Freedom Super PAC'

KC Craichy Hosts COVID Pandemic Town Hall (Sponsored by "United Medical Freedom Super PAC

You can register and watch for free at the following website: to a campaign of FEAR, the American people have allowed governors and other government officials to shut down their businesses, close their schools, prevent worship gatherings and take away many other God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed liberties.

The UMFSP is a non-partisan organization which educates members about medical liberties which are under attack or which need to be regained through legislation, court action or by compelling sheriffs and other elected peace officers to uphold their oath to defend the constitutional rights of the citizens.

This group supports the local, state and federal governmental candidates who will guarantee that they will defend medical liberties, irrespective of whether they are democrats, republicans, libertarians or other.

If you are reading this press release after September 10th, you can view the archived video at the UMFSP's website.

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Image of article 'Abu Dhabi instructs all hotels to offer kosher meals following Israel, UAE agreement'

Abu Dhabi instructs all hotels to offer kosher meals following Israel, UAE agreement

Authorities in Abu Dhabi sent a memo Tuesday instructing all hotels in the city to offer kosher food and beverage options, anticipating a surge in Israeli and Jewish travelers following the landmark peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism pledged its commitment to serving “all visitors and tourists in the emirate of Abu Dhabi" and advised hotel managers in the Emirati capital to include "kosher food options on room service menus and at all food and beverage outlets in their establishments."

TRUMP ANNOUNCES 'HISTORIC PEACE AGREEMENT' BETWEEN ISRAEL, UAE The department also instructed hotel establishments ”to seek kosher certifications for the handling of kosher meals," and designate an area in all kitchens for kosher food preparations.

The announcement comes just days before Israel will join the United Arab Emirates at a White House ceremony on Sept. 15 to sign the diplomatic peace deal known as the Abraham Accord, which seeks to normalize relations in the region.

The president of the Jewish Council of the Emirates, Ross Kriel, called the announcement "reflective of the many ways in which our lives in the UAE are being transformed in the days since the Abraham Accord was announced," The Times of Israel reported.

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Image of article 'UN rights chief urges Russia to conduct investigation in Navalny case'

UN rights chief urges Russia to conduct investigation in Navalny case

The number of cases of poisoning, or other forms of targeted assassination, of current or former Russian citizens, either within itself or on foreign soil, over the past two decades is profoundly disturbing," Bachelet said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her government has concluded that Navalny, 44, was poisoned with Novichok, the same substance that Britain said was used against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, both of whom survived, in an attack in England in 2018.

The hospital has been treating Navalny since he was airlifted to Germany after falling ill on a Russian domestic flight last month.

The top human rights official called on on Tuesday to conduct, or cooperate with, a full independent investigation into Germany's findings that opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

Her spokesman, Rupert Colville, cited the Skripal case and the poisoning of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko, who was killed in London in 2006.

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Image of article 'Philippine President Pardons US Marine Convicted in Killing of Transgender Woman'

Philippine President Pardons US Marine Convicted in Killing of Transgender Woman

Lawyers for Laude’s family, alongside human rights advocates, criticized the move as an effort to curry favor with the U.S. “There is so much disrespect in the manner by which Jennifer was killed — reflective of the disrespect the U.S. has for the Philippines’ democracy and sovereignty,” said Virginia Lacsa Suarez, a lawyer for Laude’s family, according to The New York Times.

“Cutting matters short over what constitutes time served, and since where he was detained was not in the prisoner’s control—and to do justice—the President has granted an absolute pardon to Pemberton,” tweeted Locsin.

“As former Private Prosecutor for the Laude family, I deplore the short period of imprisonment meted on Pemberton who killed a Filipino under the most gruesome manner,” Roque tweeted.

”’ Roque, a former lawyer for Laude’s family, released a harsher statement last week when a trial court ordered Pemberton’s early release.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday granted an absolute pardon to a U.S. Marine convicted in the 2014 killing of a transgender woman, days after his office blocked a court order for the marine’s early release.

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Image of article 'Economic distress due to Covid-19 causes rise in smuggling in NE: FICCI'

Economic distress due to Covid-19 causes rise in smuggling in NE: FICCI

FICCI has also requested the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla to intervene into the vital issue and to sensitize other paramilitary forces on the gravity of the issue and amplify the need for a greater focus on combating smuggling and smuggling-related crimes at the borders.In order to create large-scale awareness of this menace, FICCI CASCADE has been conducting interactions with government and enforcement agencies across several states in India on the ways to mitigate this challenge.

"FICCI CASCADE Chairman Anil Rajput said that illicit cigarette smuggling is a formidable challenge before our nation that has been draining our government exchequer by creating opportunities from tax arbitrage.

The report said : "The Assam Rifles during its recent successful interception, seized illicit cigarettes, smuggled from neighbouring country, worth Rs 14 crore.

The FICCI's Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (CASCADE) highly appreciated the efforts of central para-military force Assam Rifles and praised its Director General along with other officers for their anti-smuggling operations.

FICCI also appealed to the central government to declare smuggling as a national threat and that should be addressed with stricter vigilance and reforms.Meanwhile, security forces in Nagaland arrested four people for smuggling opium seeds worth Rs 1.44 crore on Saturday.

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Image of article 'WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to fight US extradition bid in UK court'

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange to fight US extradition bid in UK court

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to fight for his freedom in a British court after a decade of legal drama, as he challenges American authorities’ attempt to extradite him on spying charges over the site’s publication of secret U.S. military documents.

Lawyers for Assange and the U.S. government are scheduled to face off in London Monday at an extradition hearing that was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“By disseminating the materials in an unredacted form, he likely put people — human rights activists, journalists, advocates, religious leaders, dissidents and their families — at risk of serious harm, torture or even death,” James Lewis, a British lawyer acting for the U.S. government, told a hearing in February.

Assange argues he is a journalist entitled to First Amendment protection, and says the leaked documents exposed U.S. military wrongdoing.

Assange’s lawyers claim the U.S. intelligence services directed a private security firm to spy on him while he was living in Ecuador’s London embassy — a case currently being heard in a Spanish court.

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Apple refreshes and expands commitment to human rights

"We will continue to work alongside shareholders and human rights defenders in dialogue with Apple to ensure the company lives up to this responsibility," she continued.

"Apple's adoption of a human rights policy is a breakthrough moment and we commend Apple for taking this first step," says Gupta.

The document, called "Our Commitment to Human Rights," is 1,400-word pledge about how Apple treats people and the way it sees technology's role in protecting human rights.

While Tim Cook has said in front of the House of Judiciary that Apple supports human rights, the company has now formally stated its position in the form of its first-ever policy document on the topic.

Following concerns from its shareholders about Apple allegedly aiding China censorship, the company has published a formal document stating its commitment to upholding human rights.

Image of article 'An Israeli plan from 1969 to resettle 60,000 Gazans in Paraguay has been uncovered in a declassified state archive'

An Israeli plan from 1969 to resettle 60,000 Gazans in Paraguay has been uncovered in a declassified state archive

A secret Israeli plan to re-settle 60,000 Palestinians living in Gaza to Paraguay has been discovered in a state archive of government papers.

Business Insider/Google Maps In 1967, Israel captured Gaza, an enclave beside the Mediterranean on its southern border, from Egypt in the Six-Day War.

But the Paraguay transfer plan emerged because, "the Israel government identified the problem in advance," he said.

According to the archived cabinet minutes, the head of the Mossad, Major General Zvi Zamir, said: "The proposal in question is the consent of the Paraguayan government, through the Paraguayan Institute of Agriculture and Immigration, to absorb for a minimum period of four years — although it can continue longer if things develop — 60,000 Arab Muslim people, Who by definition are not communists.

AP Photo/Charles Bennett, File Wishful thinking Through the human rights lens of 2020, the plan may appear shocking, said Mor-Circurel, but the Israeli leadership perspective in the late 1960s was formed from their own historical experience.

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Image of article 'United Nations stresses need to return to political process in Libya'

United Nations stresses need to return to political process in Libya

The UN Support Mission in (UNSMIL) has stressed the need for an inclusive return to the political process in the country. "

"Across Libya, UNSMIL is registering an increase in reports of human rights violations, including arbitrary arrests and detention, restrictions placed on freedom of movement and expression, as well as on the right of peaceful assembly and protest," the mission said.

The mission also voiced concern about reports of ongoing human rights violations and abuses in the city of Sirte, some 450 km east of Tripoli, which include killing of a civilian, the arbitrary arrest of several others, and the illegal forced entry into private properties.

Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj had said last week that he would reshuffle the cabinet or appoint a crisis government, following protests in several cities in western Libya against the political, economic and security instability as well as lack of basic services.

Despite signing the UN-sponsored political agreement and appointment of the UN-backed government of national accord in 2015, Libya remains politically divided amid insecurity and escalating violence.

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Image of article 'Litigation may go up after SC ruling on daughters’ rights in HUFs'

Litigation may go up after SC ruling on daughters’ rights in HUFs

The Supreme Court (SC), on 11 August, ruled that daughters have equal rights in a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) just like sons right from their birth.

The ruling clarified the earlier judgments, which had said that daughters do have equal rights (they are coparceners) in HUF, but only if the father was alive when the Hindu Succession Act was modified on 9 September 2005.

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Image of article 'Locusts, COVID-19, Human Rights: All Impact Cotton (NYSEARCA:BAL'

Locusts, COVID-19, Human Rights: All Impact Cotton (NYSEARCA:BAL

Shoppers everywhere are more price-conscious, not just in the U.S. With a 5% government increase in its minimum support price for cotton, India looks set for a bumper crop both this year and next.

The Cotton Association of India increased its crop estimates for 2019-20 to 335 lakh bales, a jump of 8% on the previous year.

Because prices have fallen and other crops are easier to grow, Pakistani acreage has declined by 1.3% this year, according to the Cotton Commissioner.

During the trade war, U.S. cotton exports to China declined by almost 28% between 2017 and 2019.

Australian and Brazilian cotton sales skyrocketed, with both countries more than quadrupling exports to China in 2018-19.

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Image of article 'UK considering a coin to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi'

UK considering a coin to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi

Floyd’s death has led to global protests against racism, colonialism and police brutality.

As part of a global reassessment of history, colonialism and racism triggered by the death in May of a Black man, George Floyd, in the United States after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, some British institutions have begun re-examining their past.

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak asked the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) in a letter to pursue recognition of individuals from those communities, the UK Treasury said in an emailed statement late on Saturday.

REUTERS/Christian Mang/File Photo (Reuters) - Britain is considering minting a coin to commemorate India’s independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, amid growing interest in recognizing the contributions of people from the Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.

In his letter to the RMAC, Sunak said members of the BAME communities have made a “profound contribution” and that the committee should consider recognizing it on the UK’s coinage.

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President Trump's Department of Violent Goons Investigates Tweets of Portland Journalists

The Post reports the intelligence reports on journalists in Portland were compiled by the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, a sub-agency established in 2007, five years after Homeland Security was created in 2002.

Chad Wolf, the acting head of DHS, has proved to be an able and willing executor of President Trump’s agenda of white supremacy and cruelty to children since his ascension to the role in November of 2019.

The Department of Homeland Security, perhaps best known as an agency that has overseen the deaths of at least seven children in custody held under horrifically sadistic conditions, told the Post that it will discontinue the practice of issuing intel reports about journalists to local police.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent local police departments in Oregon at least three intelligence reports about the journalism and tweets of reporters in Portland over the past week, according to the Washington Post.

Strangely enough, Wolf may be publicly promising to investigate his agency’s infringement on the First Amendment, but he did so on the same day the U.S. Justice Department sought permission to strip protections from journalists under the argument that protesters in Portland were posing as journalists to avoid having to “disperse,” which would effectively prevent journalists from doing their jobs of continuing to document police violence.

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Image of article 'Nashville Ballet and League of Women Voters Present 72 Steps'

Nashville Ballet and League of Women Voters Present 72 Steps

Inspired by Tennessee's vital role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Nashville Ballet will share a digital presentation of Gina Patterson's 72 Steps on Tuesday, August 18—the date that Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment 100 years earlier.

72 Steps will be available to stream for free through the generous sponsor support of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Nashville.

Originally commissioned by the LWV of Nashville and their Perfect 36 Supporters in 2018, 72 Steps explores themes of basic human rights, civic responsibility, and the ongoing battle for a more equitable society through the lens of the suffrage movement.

“Given that Tennessee was the 36th and final vote needed for the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the League of Women Voters [of Nashville] felt it was important to mark the upcoming 100th anniversary in a special way,” explained LWV of Nashville project co-chairs Cindee Gold and Debby Gould.

In addition to the free digital performance, Nashville Ballet invites schools to book a digital showing of 72 Steps for their classrooms or other groups as the ballet is complementary to state curriculum for middle school history classes.

Image of article 'America's image around the world is being tarnished by the violent federal response in Portland'

America's image around the world is being tarnished by the violent federal response in Portland

Countries already resentful of America's world-policing now watch in dismay as jackbooted federal officers, armed like warfighters and with dubious legal authority, descend upon its own people.

While the mirror images of an over-militarized police and an over-militarized foreign policy damage America's moral leadership globally, that leadership is at least partially redeemed by the righteous dissent of the American people.

According to a recent international survey of 10 geopolitically important and diverse countries conducted by my organization, the Eurasia Group Foundation, resentment over America's unrestrained foreign policy was the biggest determinant of anti-Americanism abroad, after the dislike of President Trump.

America's hypocrisy undermines its global influence The appalling acts of police violence in Portland and elsewhere throughout the past week feed a global impression of American hypocrisy, of a country plagued by the very sort of arbitrary cruelty it regularly denounces abroad.

If striking scenes of police violence reveal it is not living up to its promise of equal rights for all, striking scenes of public protest reveal that America is still a vibrant democracy capable of reforming and improving itself – and inspiring other countries to do the same.

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Image of article 'Mike Pompeo Warns Americans What China Is Doing To The World: ‘We Can Never Go Back To The Past'

Mike Pompeo Warns Americans What China Is Doing To The World: ‘We Can Never Go Back To The Past

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on leaders around the world on Thursday to unite against the Chinese Communist Party, warning that if the free world doesn’t change that “communist China will surely change us.”

“My remarks today are the fourth set of remarks in a series of China speeches that I asked National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, FBI Director Chris Wray, and the Attorney General Barr to deliver alongside me,” Pompeo began.

And now my goal today is to put it all together for the American people and detail what the China threat means for our economy, for our liberty, and indeed for the future of free democracies around the world.”

My remarks today are the fourth set of remarks in a series of China speeches that I asked National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, FBI Director Chris Wray, and the Attorney General Barr to deliver alongside me.

And now my goal today is to put it all together for the American people and detail what the China threat means for our economy, for our liberty, and indeed for the future of free democracies around the world.

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Image of article 'Over 800 Japanese Child Athletes Faced Physical and Sexual Abuse, Report Reveals'

Over 800 Japanese Child Athletes Faced Physical and Sexual Abuse, Report Reveals

VIDEO Aside from shedding light on the athletes’ experiences, HRW criticizes Japan’s “ambiguous” law against child abuse.

Image Screenshot via Human Rights WatchAccording to the report, child athletes are punched, kicked, choked, deprived of water, and beaten or whipped with sports equipment.

Image Screenshot via Human Rights WatchThe result comes in a 67-paged report that highlights Japan’s history of “taibatsu,” or corporal punishment in sports.

More than 800 former child athletes in Japan suffered physical and sexual abuse while training for their sports, according to a recent report from Human Rights Watch.

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Image of article 'US says Chinese hackers targeted coronavirus vaccine research'

US says Chinese hackers targeted coronavirus vaccine research

In other cases, prosecutors said, “they were stealing information of obvious interest” to the Chinese government.

Beginning in September 2009, the two men, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, stole “hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of trade secrets, intellectual property, and other valuable business information,” according to an indictment unsealed in the Eastern District of Washington.

U.S. federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged two Chinese men with hacking hundreds of U.S. and foreign companies, nongovernmental organizations and human rights activists, as well as trying to hack three U.S. firms researching the coronavirus, in an escalation of Washington’s war with Beijing over intellectual property theft and espionage.

Flags fly on Tiananmen Square with the Great Hall of the People in the background in Beijing | Hwee Young/EFE via EPA US says Chinese hackers targeted coronavirus vaccine research The hackers allegedly breached defense contractors and stole sensitive military information, prosecutors said.

The hackers allegedly breached defense contractors and stole sensitive military information, prosecutors said, including about military satellite programs and communications systems.

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US Accuses Supplier for Amazon, Apple, Dell, GM, Microsoft of Human Rights Abuses

The US Department of Commerce added 11 Chinese companies to its list of firms implicated in human rights violations, including China's reported campaign against Muslim minority groups from an area of the country known as the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

At least one of those companies, Nanchang O-Film Tech, is listed as a supplier or undefined "partner" with nearly two dozen tech and car companies, including Amazon, Apple, Dell, GM and Microsoft.

Pressure from Trump led to 5G ban, Britain tells Huawei

The decision has also led to accusations that the UK government is putting its loyalty to Trump – who is waging a diplomatic war against China over coronavirus, human rights, trade, its stance on Hong Kong, and Huawei in the run-up to the US presidential elections – before its commitment to put the UK in the vanguard of global technological advances.

Last week’s move reversed a decision made in January when the government announced that Huawei equipment could be used in its new 5G network on a restricted basis.

“The National Cyber Security Centre has reviewed the consequences of the US’s actions … “The NCSC has now reported to ministers that they have significantly changed their security assessment of Huawei’s presence in the UK 5G network.

The government’s private admissions are out of kilter with public statements last week by ministers, who said Huawei had been banned because of new security concerns raised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of GCHQ.

Huawei refused to comment on its talks with civil servants and ministers and pointed to a statement issued last week saying: “This disappointing decision is bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone.

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iPhone spyware company NSO wins in court against Amnesty

At a moment when NSO and the Israeli MOD [Ministry of Defense] should be held accountable for their practices, it is appalling that the court has failed to do so,” Danna Ingleton, the acting co-Director of Amnesty Tech, said in a statement sent by the human rights organizations to reporters.

A Tel Aviv District Court judge dismissed the suit alleging Amnesty did not present enough evidence, and said Israel’s Defence Ministry, which is tasked with overseeing the export of surveillance technologies, has the right safeguards in place to protect human rights Amnesty said that the ruling would enable the company to continue to assist human rights abusers to violate the privacy of their victims.

The court ruled that NSO can keep exporting its hacking and surveillance tools, arguing that the human rights organization Amnesty International, which had sued the company in an attempt to block its exports, failed to prove that an NSO customer used its technology to spy on Amnesty staff.

The human rights organization wanted an Israeli court to block exports of spyware created by the company.

The ruling of the court flies in the face of the mountains of evidence of NSO Group’s spyware being used to target human rights defenders from Saudi Arabia to Mexico, including the basis of this case – the targeting of one of our own Amnesty employees.

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Image of article 'Pompeo formally rejects Beijing's claims in South China Sea'

Pompeo formally rejects Beijing's claims in South China Sea

These countries counter Beijing's claims to maritime territory largely used for fishing and offshore energy development in the South China Sea.

Pompeo on Monday said the U.S. is formally aligning itself with the 2016 decision by an international tribunal that rejected Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea as having no basis in international law.

“Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them,” the secretary said in a statement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Michael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze Pompeo formally rejects Beijing's claims in South China Sea Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones MORE on Monday announced that U.S. policy is to reject China’s claims in the South China Sea, a move likely to draw intense backlash from Beijing and further strain its relations with Washington.

Pompeo's public opposition to Beijing’s moves on the South China Sea come at one of the lowest points of relations between the U.S. and China, over the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic and concerns ranging from human rights to cybersecurity.

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