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On eve of China summit, Biden administration subpoenas Chinese companies on possible security risks

The Biden administration said Wednesday that it has served subpoenas on multiple Chinese companies to seek information on possible national security risks, showing that at least some of the Trump administration’s tough policies on China are taking root in the new administration. The announcement of the subpoenas came as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and […]

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China Turns to Elon Musk as Technology Dreams Sour

China is having its techlash moment. The country’s internet giants, once celebrated as engines of economic vitality, are now scorned for exploiting user data, abusing workers and squelching innovation. Jack Ma, co-founder of the e-commerce titan Alibaba, is a fallen idol, with his companies under government scrutiny for the ways they have secured their grip […]

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Biden urged to back AI weapons to counter China and Russia threats

Getty Images/Reuters The US and its allies should reject calls for a global ban on AI-powered autonomous weapons systems, according to an official report commissioned for the American President and Congress. It says that artificial intelligence will “compress decision time frames” and require military responses humans cannot make quickly enough alone. And it warns Russia […]

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Scientists said claims about China creating the coronavirus were misleading. They went viral anyway.

Scientists from Johns Hopkins, Columbia and other leading American universities moved with rare speed when a Chinese virologist, Li-Meng Yan, published an explosive paper in September claiming that China had created the deadly coronavirus in a research lab. The paper, the American scientists concluded, was deeply flawed. And a new online journal from MIT Press […]

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China Orders Ant Group to Revamp Its Business

The country’s central bank made clear its displeasure with the financial technology company, adding to the growing scrutiny of Chinese internet giants. Chinese regulators on Sunday ordered the financial-technology giant Ant Group to fix what they described as a litany of business failings, escalating a pressure campaign that has been building since the government abruptly […]

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China Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Alibaba

Jack Ma and other entrepreneurs prospered under Beijing’s laissez-faire attitude toward the business side of the internet. The dynamic is shifting as the companies have grown in power. China’s internet giants came to dominate segments of the world’s No. 2 economy because Beijing’s authoritarian government largely looked the other way while they grew and grew. […]

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How China Censored Covid-19

This article is copublished with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative newsroom. In the early hours of Feb. 7, China’s powerful internet censors experienced an unfamiliar and deeply unsettling sensation. They felt they were losing control. The news was spreading quickly that Li Wenliang, a doctor who had warned about a strange new viral outbreak only to […]