Exclusive: U.S. prepares crackdown on Huawei's global chip supply - sources

Huawei | March 26, 2020

Senior officials in the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei Technologies, sources familiar with the matter said, as the White House ramps up criticism of China over coronavirus. The move comes as ties between Washington and Beijing grow more strained, with both sides trading barbs over who is to blame for the spread of the disease and an escalating tit-for-tat over the expulsion of journalists from both countries.

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Angela Merkel's CDU and its centre-left coalition partner, the SPD, suffered their worst results in European Election history. Support for the Greens has been particularly strong in Germany amidst increasing awareness of climate change. As the following infographic shows, young voters 30 years old and under have been the driving force behind the Green Party's success in Europe's biggest economy.

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Angela Merkel's CDU and its centre-left coalition partner, the SPD, suffered their worst results in European Election history. Support for the Greens has been particularly strong in Germany amidst increasing awareness of climate change. As the following infographic shows, young voters 30 years old and under have been the driving force behind the Green Party's success in Europe's biggest economy.

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Ventech Solutions | May 25, 2022

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