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China increases death toll; U.S. evacuates citizens from cruise ship

China increases death toll; U.S. evacuates citizens from cruise ship

Health
Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese health officials said the death toll rose by 105 over Sunday as governments rushed to evacuate citizens from a cruise ship off Japan's eastern coast that is home to the world's second-largest and still growing cluster of COVID-19 patients. Japanese health officials have reported in the last 24 hours 72 new cases of COVID-19 among the passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship under quarantine in Yokohama Port since Feb. 3, increasing the ship's number of confirmed cases to at least 357. The next highest number of infections outside mainland China is Singapore with 75. The U.S. State Department said in a statement early Monday that two chartered planes with more than 300 U.S. citizens and their family members who had been quarantined 12 days on the cruise ship...
China foreign minister says Huawei ‘won’t do back door deals’ on security

China foreign minister says Huawei ‘won’t do back door deals’ on security

Technology
China's foreign minister has said Huawei is a "trustworthy" company, after senior Conservatives called on the government to rule out working with the telecommunications giant.Wang Yi also said the Chinese firm has pledged "not to do back door deals" after six Conservative MPs, including four cabinet ministers, signed a letter raising concerns about the governments' decision to allow Huawei a role in building the UK's 5G Network. In the letter sent earlier this week, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Owen Paterson, David Davis and Damian Green called for "high-risk" vendors to be ruled out now, or phased out over time.The Chinese foreign minister told Sky News on Saturday: "Huawei is a private company. ...
HS2: UK in talks with China over construction of high-speed line

HS2: UK in talks with China over construction of high-speed line

Business
The UK and China have held "preliminary discussions" over giving Beijing's state-owned railway firm a role in building the HS2 high-speed rail line.However, government officials said no "concrete commitments" had been made.China's state railway company said it could build the line in just five years and at a much lower cost, according to a letter seen by Building magazine. But Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat warned letting CRCC build HS2 would be "extremely questionable".It comes after Boris Johnson this week approved the controversial HS2 scheme.This was despite an official review warning costs could reach over £100bn, against a budget of £62bn.Under current plans, the final stretch of the line is not due to be completed until 2040 - although Mr Johnson h
Coronavirus: No change in outbreak despite China spike, WHO says

Coronavirus: No change in outbreak despite China spike, WHO says

World
Coronavirus cases are not rising dramatically outside China despite a spike in Hubei province, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The only exception was on a cruise liner docked in Japan, where 44 new cases were reported, bringing the total there to 218.There was also no major shift in the coronavirus's pattern of mortality or severity, according to the WHO.The latest figures show 121 new deaths in China, bringing the total to 1,380.The total infections jumped by 5,090 to 63,851 cases on 13 February, the National Health Commission said on Friday.Health officials said six health workers were among those who had died, and that 1,716 health workers had been infected. The fatalities include Li Wenliang, a doctor who tried to a...
Equifax breach is the latest of many hacks linked to China

Equifax breach is the latest of many hacks linked to China

Technology
Federal charges in the 2017 breach of credit-reporting agency Equifax are the latest U.S. effort to link a series of hacks to Chinese agentsBy FRANK BAJAK AP Technology WriterFebruary 11, 2020, 12:11 AM4 min readBOSTON -- In 2014, the Obama administration accused five Chinese military agents of targeting Pittsburgh-area industrial companies including Westinghouse Electric, Alcoa and U.S. Steel. Since then, the number of companies allegedly targeted by Chinese hackers has only grown. Chinese President Xi Jinping assured th en-President Barack Obama in 2015 his military would stop stealing commercial secrets from U.S. companies. The evidence indicates that pledge was short-lived, if it was honored at all. The latest in a string of China-linked hacking incidents came with t...