Showered with cash and gifts: veteran US State Department official Candace Claiborne pleads guilty to hiding contacts with Chinese intelligence agents

A veteran US State Department office manager pleaded guilty on Wednesday to hiding extensive contacts with two Chinese intelligence agents who showered her with tens of thousands of dollars in gifts as they asked for diplomatic and economic information.Candace Claiborne, 63, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of one count of conspiring to defraud the United States by repeatedly covering up foreign intelligence contacts over more than five years. She was required to report such contacts because…

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The Chinese state-owned tech company helping to keep the heart of Western capitalism beating

As the row over Chinese technology giant Huawei’s role in fifth-generation (5G) networks rumbles on, some financial telecoms networks in the United States and Europe regarded as critical to economic stability and national security are using hardware, patented technology and software codes created by a company controlled by the Chinese government.Shenzhen-listed Accelink Technologies Corporation, a company based in Wuhan, Hubei province, was formerly the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications’…

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Indian court lifts ban on TikTok video-sharing app in victory for China’s Bytedance

An Indian state court on Wednesday moved to lift a ban on popular video app TikTok in the country, two lawyers involved in the case said, in a boost for its developer Beijing Bytedance Technology Co.Earlier this month, the court in the southern state of Tamil Nadu ordered the federal government to prohibit TikTok downloads, saying the app was encouraging pornography and could expose children to sexual predators.Acting upon subsequent instructions from the federal IT ministry, Apple Inc and…

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