Pence urges China to respect Hong Kong laws amid protest

Reuters | August 19, 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged China on Monday to respect the integrity of Hong Kong’s laws and repeated President Donald Trump’s warning that it would be harder for Washington to make a trade deal with Beijing if there was violence in the former British territory. “For the United States to make a deal with China, Beijing needs to honor its commitments - beginning with the commitment China made in 1984 to respect the integrity of Hong Kong’s laws through the Sino-British Joint Declaration,” Pence said in an address at the Detroit Economic Club.

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Information problems can impede investment in cybersecurity because it may be difficult to determine the veracity of supplier or ISP claims of cybersecurity practices. ISPs cannot individually overcome these market-wide barriers to stronger security. Broader action may be called for by voluntary industry associations and/or by government action. Where there is clear evidence of market failure, the FCC may have reason to take stronger measures to motivate market participants to improve cybersecurity preparedness in the communications sector.

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Information problems can impede investment in cybersecurity because it may be difficult to determine the veracity of supplier or ISP claims of cybersecurity practices. ISPs cannot individually overcome these market-wide barriers to stronger security. Broader action may be called for by voluntary industry associations and/or by government action. Where there is clear evidence of market failure, the FCC may have reason to take stronger measures to motivate market participants to improve cybersecurity preparedness in the communications sector.

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