U.S., China bicker over 'extravagant expectations' on trade deal

Reuters | May 20, 2019

China accused the United States on Monday of harboring “extravagant expectations” for a trade deal, underlining the gulf between the two sides as U.S. action against China’s technology giant Huawei began hitting the global tech sector. Adding to bilateral tension, the U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, the latest in a series of “freedom of navigation operations” to anger Beijing. Alphabet Inc’s Google has also suspended business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services, except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world.

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U.S. President Donald Trump visited the U.S. troops in Iraq to celebrate Christmas, the official Iraqiya television reported on Wednesday. The state-run channel briefly said that Trump "denied any plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq." As for his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from neighboring Syria, Trump said that "a lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking," according to the channel.

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U.S. President Donald Trump visited the U.S. troops in Iraq to celebrate Christmas, the official Iraqiya television reported on Wednesday. The state-run channel briefly said that Trump "denied any plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq." As for his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from neighboring Syria, Trump said that "a lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking," according to the channel.

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