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Did China Provide 2 Billion Vaccine Doses To The World?

Did China Provide 2 Billion Vaccine Doses To The World?

Did China provide 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world, while America dropped hundreds of thousands of bombs instead?

Take a look at the new viral photo, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did China Provide 2 Billion Vaccine Doses To The World?

Sinophiles have been sharing an infographic comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to the last three American Presidents – Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

It shows that China under Xi Jinping provided 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world, while America under President Bush, Obama and Trump dropped over 240,000 bombs.

 

Truth : China Did Not Provide 2 Billion Vaccine Doses To The World

The truth is this is just Chinese propaganda and well, FAKE NEWS, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : China Did Not Provide 2 Billion Vaccine Doses To The World

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on 23 September 2021 that “China has provided 1.2 billion doses of finished and bulk vaccines to more than 100 countries and international organisations“.

So even if we take their word for it, China most definitely has NOT provided 2 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccines to the world.

Data analytics company, Airfinity, puts China’s worldwide COVID-19 vaccine exports slightly lower – at just 1.1 billion doses to 123 countries, as of 8 October 2021.

No matter how you slice this salami, China has not come close to providing the world with 2 billion vaccine doses.

Read more : Are Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines From China?

Fact #2 : Provided Does Not Mean Donated

The misleading “infographic” tries to imply that China “donated” 2 billion doses of vaccines to the world.

Note how it uses the same word – “provided” just like the Chinese Foreign Ministry. It is a curious use of the word, since other countries would have either used “exported” or “donated”.

The use of the ambiguous word “provided” is no coincidence, as China wants the world to think of it as benevolent and generous. The truth is much less impressive.

Most Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines were SOLD for profit, not donated for the good of their fellow men.

There’s nothing wrong in selling vaccines. It is simply FALSE to imply or claim that China donated 2 billion vaccine doses.

Fact #3 : China Is A Stingy Vaccine Donor

Despite their implied benevolence, China is a notably stingy donor.

China only started donating to COVAX on 3 February 2021, pledging 10 million doses of their Sinopharm vaccine.

Not only was that a paltry 0.3% of the 3.3 BILLION doses secured by COVAX at that time, it took them almost 3 months to manufacture those 10 million doses.

China pledged to donate a total of 100 million vaccine doses, with around 37 million doses delivered by 1 October 2021.

That pales in comparison to the United States, which donated more than 190 million doses as of 13 October and has pledged to donate more than 1.1 BILLION vaccine doses11X more than China.

Read more : Did China Contribute 60% Of COVAX Vaccine Supply?

Fact #4 : China Is A Stingy COVAX Donor

COVAX – the worldwide initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines – does not rely on donated vaccines. It relies primarily on financial aid, which allows it to directly purchase vaccines to distribute.

You can check how much each country or organisation donated in the latest COVAX donor list.

China did not contribute a single dollar to the COVAX Facility until 6 August 2021, when they announced a single US$100 million contribution.

That may sound impressive, until you actually compare their contribution with what the rest of the world is contributing…

COVAX Donors Contribution In USD
United States 3,500 million
Germany 1,070 million
Japan 1,000 million
United Kingdom 733 million
Sweden 538 million
European Commission 489 million
Italy 470 million
Canada 384 million
Sweden 296 million
France 242 million
South Korea 210 million
B&M Gates Foundation 206 million
Switzerland 162 million
Saudi Arabia 150 million
Norway 141 million
Spain 122 million
Netherlands 108 million
Australia 100 million
China 100 million

China could only match Australia, donating LESS THAN HALF what South Korea donated and just 10% of what Japan donated donated to COVAX, despite being the world’s second largest economy.

Even more embarrassingly, China donated LESS THAN HALF what the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – a private organisation – donated to COVAX.

But not to worry – Russia didn’t contribute a single cent to COVAX. So Chinese propagandists would do better to compare China’s contributions against their northern brethren, instead of their western rivals.

Fact #5 : China Is No Angel

China may not have dropped bombs on other countries like the United States, but it is no angel.

While the United States dropped bombs on terrorists and sometimes innocents caught in “The War On Terror”, China conducted its own “War on Terror” in its Xinjiang Province by rounding up between 1-3 million Uyghur Muslims and putting them into internment camps, which they call “vocational education and training centres”.

Now, there is no equivalence between dropping bombs on people, and imprisoning them to use as slave labour. But it would be foolish for anyone to believe that China is an angel.

China has aggressively threatened Taiwan, continuously sending flights of military planes into their ADIZ (Air Defence Identification Zone).

China also took over islands and features in the Paracel and Spratly Islands that belonged to other countries, and built military installations on them, including airfields, radar and radio stations as well as missile defences, and actively use them to threatened passing ships.

China even sent their troops to engage the Indian army in aggressive melee and face-off skirmishes on their border, resulting in deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and approximately 43 Chinese soldiers in 2020.

China’s conduct within their own country and internationally, has shown that the Middle Kingdom has no qualms ignoring international laws and destroying people’s lives, to get what they want.

That makes China no different from other superpowers abusing their economic and military strength to bully smaller and less powerful nations.

 

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Did America Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag?

Did America try to hide the logo on new gantry cranes with the US flag, so that people won’t know that they were made in China?

Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Did America Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag?

People are sharing a video showing the US flag falling from a gantry crane, revealing the ZPMC logo, together with this message :

During opening ceremony of new gantry cranes in USA. A sudden gust of wind blew away the board covering Chinese brand name. You can see the board is black on one side and has American flag on the other.

What an embarrassment trying to hide the Chinese made cranes.

 

Truth : America Did Not Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag

The video is genuine, but taken out of context. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded On 29 March 2013

The viral message was intentionally vague on when it happened, suggesting that it was new.

The truth is – the video was recorded more than 8 years ago – on 29 March 2013 in Miami, Florida.

At that time, the President of the United States was Barack Obama, not Joe Biden or Donald Trump.

Fact #2 : It Was Not An Opening Ceremony Of Any Kind

The viral message said that this incident happened during an “opening ceremony of new gantry cranes” in the United States. That is completely FALSE.

The video was recorded at the Port of Miami Tunnel project in Miami, Florida – just before President Obama spoke about his infrastructure plan.

It was related to the Port of Miami tunnel project on Dodge Island, which would connect the port to the interstate highway system, and had nothing to do with the gantry cranes.

Fact #3 : The Logo Was Covered For Optics

As President Obama was going to speak about shipping “products made in America” through ports like the Port of Miami, so it would have been awkward optics to have Chinese logos in the background.

Therefore, members of the White House advance team decided to cover up the ZPMC logo with a US flag.

Not only did the ZPMC have Chinese characters, it was also a Chinese state-owned company. Awkward indeed!

Fact #4 : They Left The ZPMC Logo Visible

After wind blew the American flag off the logo, a member of the White House team went onto the gantry to retrieve the flag.

But instead of putting it back over the logo, he shifted the American flag to the side of the gantry.

Ultimately, the ZPMC logo was left visible during President Obama’s speech, as this picture shows.

Fact #5 : The Gantry Cranes Were Not New

The gantry cranes seen in the picture appear to be ZPMC Super Post-Panamax (SPP) cranes that were delivered in January 2005.

They were more than 8 years old when President Obama spoke at the Port of Miami in 2013, and more than 16.5 years old when this fake news started circulating.

So the claim that the Americans were trying to pass off new Chinese cranes as American-made cranes is nothing but fake news.

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Should We Blame Joe Biden For Fall Of Vietnam Too?

Should we blame Joe Biden for the fall of Vietnam in 1975, as well as the disastrous Afghanistan evacuation?

Find out what’s the new viral claim, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : President Ford Blamed Joe Biden For Vietnam Disaster

Ever since the American evacuation of Afghanistan turned into the complete and utter collapse of the Afghan government, people have been claiming that it is a repeat of Vietnam.

I had earlier fact checked the viral claim that then Senator Joe Biden unilaterally blocked President Ford’s Vietnam evacuation.

On the same day, Jeffrey Lord of The America Spectator wrote a piece claiming that President Gerald Ford blamed Senator Joe Biden for the collapse of the South Vietnamese government in 1975.

It’s pretty long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS…

Somewhere the late President Gerald Ford is shaking his head.

It was Gerald Ford, famously President Richard Nixon’s number two, who took over the presidency when Watergate forced Nixon’s resignation. Which in turn put Ford in charge of winding down the Vietnam War, building on a negotiated settlement that Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger had reached with the North Vietnamese. The Paris Peace accords were signed in January of 1973, ending all U.S. combat activities.

But eventually, with U.S. combat troops departed, the war resumed. And Democrats were determined to shoot down all funding for the South Vietnamese — period.

In a highly unusual move, the Democrats who ran the Senate Foreign Relations Committee demanded a meeting with Ford at the White House. The last time a president had a formal meeting with the Committee was in 1919, a full 56 years earlier, when President Woodrow Wilson met with the Committee to push his post-World War One League of Nations proposal.

The April, 1975 meeting with Ford and the Committee was, Ford writes in his memoirs A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford, “extremely tense.” Ford quite specifically mentions the presence of the freshman Senator from Delaware — Joe Biden. The discussion became focused on getting out not only the remaining Americans in the country, but the Vietnamese who had been such loyal help to the Americans. Joe Biden would have none of the latter.

“I will vote for any amount for getting the Americans out,” Ford writes of Biden’s words. But “I don’t want it mixed with getting the Vietnamese out.”

 

Truth : Joe Biden Cannot Be Blamed For Fall Of Vietnam

With the Afghanistan evacuation crisis still unfolding, it may seem odd to suddenly blame President Joe Biden for the fall of Vietnam. After all, that happened 46 years ago!

The truth is – Joe Biden is not to blame for the fall of the South Vietnamese government in 1975, leading to the infamous helicopter evacuation from the roof of the American embassy in Saigon.

The fake story is being promoted to convey the narrative that the fall of the Afghan government is also Joe Biden’s fault. He did it back in 1975, and he just did it again in 2021.

That is demonstrably FALSE, and these fake news creators know it. However, they are counting on you to simply accept their word, and not to verify the facts yourself.

Here is a quick summary of the facts :

  • South Vietnam would have fallen anyway, even if  the US Congress gave President Ford the $722 million he asked for, to continue the war.
  • The entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee met with President Gerald Ford, not only the Democrats.
  • Joe Biden was against spending additional money on military assistance and the continued use of US troops.
  • Joe Biden was a first-term Senator at that time, and only one of 16 Senators to vote against the funding request.
  • The US Senate nevertheless approved the funding, but it was rejected by the House of Representatives.
  • The deal to withdraw US and allied troops from Afghanistan was negotiated and approved by the Trump Administration in February 2020.
  • The US-Taliban Agreement originally required all US and allied forces to depart Afghanistan by May 2021.
  • President Biden agreed to follow through with the US-Taliban Agreement with a delayed withdrawal date of 31 August 2021.

For those who want the nitty, gritty details, here are the details behind those facts…

Fact #1 : South Vietnam Would Have Fallen Anyway

When President Gerald Ford asked the US Congress for $722 million to continue the Vietnam war, North Vietnamese forces had already reached Xuân Lộc, the last line of defence before Saigon.

Xuân Lộc would fall on 20 April, allowing Saigon to be encircled by 27 April. The city fell and the South Vietnamese government capitulated on 30 April 1975.

In hindsight, it is obvious that the South Vietnamese government would have fallen, even if the US Congress gave President Ford the $722 million he asked for…

Fact #2 : President Ford Met With Entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee demanded a face-to-face discussion with President Ford, which took place on 14 April 1975.

It wasn’t just Democrat senators who asked for the meeting, it was also Republican senators.

You can read the entire transcript of that meeting here.

Fact #3 : Joe Biden Was Against Military Aid + Use Of US Troops

The American Spectator intentionally quoted a small section of what then Senator Biden said during the meeting with President Ford, to convey the perception that he did not want to help evacuate the Vietnamese.

The truth was he was against funding additional military aid to the falling South Vietnamese government, and the continued use of US troops.

Here was what Senator Joe Biden said at the meeting, in its entirety :

What concerns us is that a week ago Habib told us we would be formulating a plan. A week has gone by and nothing has happened. We should focus on getting them out. Getting the Vietnamese out and military aid for the GVN are totally different.

I feel put upon in being presented an all or nothing number. I don’t want to have to vote to buy it all or not at all. I am not sure I can vote for an amount to put American troops in for one to six months to get the Vietnamese out. I will vote for any amount for getting the Americans out. I don’t want it mixed with getting the Vietnamese out.

I don’t want to commit myself to any precise number. How much money depends on how many we try to get out.

Fact #4 : Joe Biden Was One of 16 Senators To Vote Against Additional Funding

Senator Joe Biden ultimately voted against the Vietnam Contingency Act (S. 1484) when it was proposed in the US Senate, because he disagreed with two terms in the bill :

  • military assistance to Vietnam
  • authorisation to use American troops (if necessary) to protect the evacuation of South Vietnamese citizens.

Specifically, he was against the Ford Administration tying military assistance to Vietnam and the continued use of US troops, with the evacuation of American and Vietnamese civilians.

He was worried that $100 million of contingency funds in this bill would be used to provide military aid, instead of helping to evacuate the refugees.

Fact #5 : US House of Representatives Rejected Funding Request

Senator Joe Biden’s Nay vote was pointless – the US Senate approved the funding request with a 75-17 vote on 24 April 1975.

However, it was rejected by the House of Representatives in a vote of 162 to 246 on 1 May 1975.

Not that it mattered – Saigon and the South Vietnamese government had already fallen by then – on 30 April 1975.

No matter how you slice and dice it, Senator Joe Biden’s vote and comments during his meeting with President Ford had no material effect on the Vietnam War, or its disastrous conclusion.

Fact #5 : US-Taliban Agreement Was Negotiated + Approved By Trump Administration

The US-Taliban Agreement was negotiated and approved by the Trump Administration, and signed on 29 February 2020 in Doha, Qatar.

At that time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted that the Trump Administration was “seizing the best opportunity for peace in a generation.

The US-Taliban Agreement had two “interconnected guarantees” :

  • the withdrawal of all US and international forces by May 2021, and
  • unspecified Taliban action to prevent other groups (including Al Qaeda) from using Afghan soil to threaten the United States and its allies.

Fact #6 : President Biden Opted To Go Ahead With The US-Taliban Agreement

President Joe Biden had the option of renegotiating the US-Taliban Agreement, but that would have meant sending in more US troops to gain additional negotiating leverage over the Taliban.

That would have risked attacks on US and allied troops during the coming spring fighting season, and more casualties amongst both the military and civilians.

“The choice I had to make, as your president, was either to follow through on that agreement or be prepared to go back to fighting the Taliban in the middle of the spring fighting season,” Biden said.

He ultimately decided to go ahead with the withdrawal, with a delayed deadline of 31 August 2021.

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Did Joe Biden Block President Ford’s Vietnam Evacuation?

Did Senator Joe Biden block President Ford’s Vietnam evacuation in 1975, and the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees?

Take a look at the viral post, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Senator Joe Biden Blocked President Ford’s Vietnam Evacuation

After President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan resulted in a rout of the Afghan government, and a stampede to escape the Taliban, people started sharing this viral message.

The message, which was first introduced before the 2020 US Presidential Elections, is now circulating on social media and WhatsApp.

ONE FOR HISTORY BUFFS THAT I BET YOU DID NOT KNOW

In 1975, President Ford was left to manage the difficult ending of the Vietnam War. President Ford went to Congress for a relief package to allow American personnel and our allies to evacuate. However, there was ONE US SENATOR who opposed any such support. The result was the embarrassing and hurried evacuation from the roof of the American embassy in Saigon.

This senator reveled in the embarrassment and did everything he could to leverage it politically against Ford. Despite the efforts of this U.S. Senator – President Ford managed to rescue 1,500 South Vietnamese allies prior to the country’s fall. Had President Ford not acted quickly, these people would have been targeted and slaughtered for their support for America.

When they arrived in America, President Ford asked Congress for a package to assist these refugees to integrated into American society. That SAME troublesome SENATOR TORPEDOED ANY SUPPORT for these shell shocked, anti-communist Americans and our helpers, the refugees.

Instead, President Ford had to recruit Christian organizations to offer assistance on a voluntary basis. As he did so, the Senator belittled those efforts. What kind of person would oppose President Ford’s tireless work to do the right and humanitarian thing? Who would want to play politics with the well-being of innocent people who stood by America in the tragic Vietnam War?

THAT SENATOR WAS JOE BIDEN

From the book – “When the Center Held” by Donald Rumsfeld in 2018 (biography)

… spread it, far and wide!

 

Truth : Joe Biden Did Not Block President Ford’s Vietnam Evacuation

This recycled FAKE NEWS was originally created by Trump supporters, and remains fake news today.

Here is a quick summary of the facts :

  • Senator Joe Biden did not block President Gerald Ford’s Vietnam evacuation plans.
  • Senator Joe Biden did not torpedo any support for Vietnamese refugees.
  • President Ford did not rely on Christian organisations to help the Vietnamese refugees.
  • Senator Joe Biden voted to approve humanitarian aid for Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees.
  • Humanitarian aid was approved for both Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees.
  • Senator Joe Biden voted to welcome the Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. 

For those who want the nitty, gritty details, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Senator Joe Biden Voted Against Vietnam Contingency Act

Senator Joe Biden voted against the Vietnam Contingency Act (S. 1484) when it was proposed in the US Senate, because he disagreed with two terms in the bill :

  • military assistance to Vietnam
  • authorisation to use American troops (if necessary) to protect the evacuation of South Vietnamese citizens.

Specifically, he was against the Ford Administration tying military assistance to Vietnam and the continued use of US troops, with the evacuation of American and Vietnamese civilians.

He was worried that $100 million of contingency funds in this bill would be used to provide military aid, instead of helping to evacuate the refugees.

Fact #2 : Joe Biden Was One Of 17 Who Voted Against S. 1484

The claim that Senator Joe Biden was the only senator to vote against S. 1484 is false. He was one of 17 senators who voted against the Vietnam Contingency Act.

Fact #3 : Vietnam Contingency Act Passed In The US Congress

Despite Senator Biden’s Nay vote, together with 16 other senators, the Vietnam Contingency Act (S. 1484) was approved in the Senate with a 75-17 vote on 24 April 1975.

Fact #4 : Vietnam Contingency Act Rejected In House Of Representatives

The Vietnam Contingency Act however failed to pass the House of Representatives, where it was defeated in a vote of 162 to 246 on 1 May 1975.

It was generally agreed that the majority of Representatives were against the Ford Administration’s intentional linking of the evacuation with military assistance to Vietnam.

So it was ultimately not Joe Biden – a very young senator at that time – who blocked President Ford’s militarised evacuation plan, but the US House of Representatives.

Fact #5 : HR 6096 Rejected In House Of Representatives

The Vietnam Humanitarian Assistance and Evacuation Act of 1975 (HR 6096) was proposed in the US House of Representatives, to assist the Vietnamese refugees.

However, it was defeated in the same US House of Representative vote for S. 1484 above, with a vote of 162 to 246.

The defeated bill never got to the US Senate, so Senator Joe Biden never voted for or against it. It is therefore categorically FALSE to claim that he torpedoed the bill.

Fact #6 : S. 1661 Passed In The US Congress

After HR 6096 failed in the House of Representatives, President Ford submitted a new bill to the US Congress – the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act (S. 1661) on 6 May 1975.

This bill passed the US Senate with an overwhelming majority vote of 77 to 2. Only Republican senators Jesse Helm and William Scott voted against it.

Senator Joe Biden was not present for the vote, but later voted to advance the bill to the House of Representatives with a “favourable recommendation”.

Joe Biden certainly did not torpedo this humanitarian bill either.

Fact #7 : President Ford Did Not Rely On Christian Organisations

The S. 1661 Senate bill was merged into HR 6755 (Authorizing Funds for Assistance to Refugees from South Vietnam and Cambodia), which passed in the House of Representatives with a 381 vs. 31 vote.

HR 6755 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on 23 May 1975.

So the claim that President Ford had to rely on Christian organisations to help the Vietnamese refugees is also FALSE.

Fact #7 : US Congress Welcomed Vietnamese + Cambodian Refugees

On 8 May 1975, the US Congress issued a resolution called “Welcome the latest refugees to our shores (S. Res. 148)“.

92 senators, including Senator Joe Biden, voted in favour, with only one Republican senator voting against – Senator William Scott, and seven others abstaining.

In short, Joe Biden voted to welcome both Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees to the United States.

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Can Donald Trump Really Blame Iran For Rocket Attack?

Donald Trump just accused Iran of the rocket attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, threatening retaliation!

Take a look at the picture of three rockets he posted, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Donald Trump : Iran Responsible For Rocket Attack On US Embassy

Even in the waning days of his Presidency, Donald Trump isn’t quite done with Iran.

In a new threat against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Trump posted a picture of three unfired rockets, which he claimed were from Iran.

Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets. Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq…Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.

As Trump isn’t a very popular president outside of his fanatical base (no kidding), there is much skepticism about his post.

Some have pointed out that the rockets have English markings and could be American-made. Others wonder if these are even rockets – they look more like large versions of a rifle cartridge than rockets.

 

Rocket Attack On US Embassy : A Quick Primer

Before we look into the veracity of Trump’s claims, here’s a quick primer on the rocket attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

At around 8:30 PM on Sunday, 20 December 2020, approximately 21 rockets were fired on the US embassy in Baghdad.

Only about half of the rockets hit the embassy compound, while the others missed and hit an Iraqi apartment complex and vehicles near the embassy.

Photo Credit : Reuters/Landov

In the end, two buildings and a gym in the embassy, vehicles outside the embassy and a generator at the apartment complex, were damaged.

There was only one injury – an Iraqi soldier – no one else died or were injured by the attack.

 

Is Iran Responsible For Rocket Attack On US Embassy?

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t quite so simple as yes or no, Iran did or did not fire those rockets at the US embassy in Baghdad.

Let’s take a look at the facts…

Fact #1 : Those Are 107 mm Haseb Rockets

The Haseb is an Iranian copy of the Chinese Type 63-2 – a spin-stabilised 107 mm rocket with a high-explosive (HE) warhead.

The entire rocket weighs about 18 kg, with an 8 kg cast TNT warhead and a Chinese MJ-1 (Jiàn-1) impact and graze fuse.

Fact #2 : Iran Manufactures + Uses 107mm Haseb Rockets

Haseb rockets are manufactured by Iran’s Armaments Industries Group (AIG), and used by Iranian forces as a short-ranged barrage weapon.

In this picture, IRGC commandos are seen loading a Type 63 rocket launcher mounted onto a pickup truck.

Fact #3 : The English Markings Are Genuine

Some sharp-eyed netizens noticed that rockets have English words on them, instead of Farsi or Arabic words :

107mm ROCKET
LOT : 573
DATE : 2016
N.W : 18kg
R.No. : 2103

This has led to suggestions that the rockets may be fake, or made by Americans themselves, or replicas of the real rockets used in a false flag operation.

Here you can see the actual rockets (on the left) and inert replicas of the Haseb rockets. No doubt they look very similar.

However, there is really no need for the US military to purchase replicas even for a false flag operation. Many Haseb rockets have been captured over the years.

The English markings do not mean they are American-made. The Haseb rocket is also made for export by Iran’s Armaments Industries Group (AIG), and so uses English markings.

The inert replica above has English markings, because the real Haseb rockets have English markings.

Fact #4 : Haseb Rockets Have A Very Short Range

Haseb rockets have a very short range – up to 9 kilometres, and are not very accurate.

That means they would have to be fired very close to the Baghdad Green Zone in order to have a reasonable chance of hitting the US embassy inside.

Any suggestion that Iranian forces fired them inside Baghdad itself would be ludicrous. Even if Iran wanted to strike at the Americans, they would use an allied militant group to make attribution difficult.

Fact #5 : Attribution Is Difficult

The Haseb rockets are not exclusively used by Iranian forces. They are exported to Iranian auxiliary forces and allied militant groups like the Hezbollah.

So it would not be possible for the United States to directly attribute the rocket attack to Iran, unless they capture the people who actually fired the rockets.

It could also be a rogue militant group, or even a false flag action by a rival nation-state. After all, numerous examples of the Haseb rocket have been captured by other militant groups and even countries like Israel.

In fact, Gen. Frank McKenzie, who leads the US Central Command and once warned that American forces imminent threat from Iran specifically told The Wall Street Journal,

I do not know the degree to which Iran is complicit. We do not seek a war, and I don’t actually believe they seek one either.

Even Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah described the rocket attack on the US embassy as “undisciplined“.

Fact #6 : We Don’t Know Who Owned Those Rockets

The three Haseb rockets that Donald Trump posted were obviously not fired.

But whether they “failed to launch” as Trump claimed, or were simply captured unfired, is unknown. Trump likely can’t tell the difference.

Unless the rocketeers were captured together with these three rockets, it would be impossible to also attribute the rocket attack to any particular group, never mind Iran.

Even so, the mere possession of these rockets does not mean that they actually launched that particular attack.

 

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Maradona : Donald Trump Mistook Him For Madonna?

The Internet is laughing at US President Donald Trump who apparently mistook Maradona for Madonna!

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!

 

Maradona : Did Donald Trump Mistake Him For Madonna?

A screenshot of US President Donald Trump’s tweet about Diego Maradona’s death has set the Internet ablaze.

It showed him mistaking the Argentinian footballer for Madonna, the American singer-songwriter.

Very sad to hear about the death of Maradona. A great person. Her music was wonderful. I remember listening to her albums in the early 1980’s. Rest In Peace!

 

Did Donald Trump Mistaken Maradona For Madonna? Possible, But Not Likely

While the tweet sounds very much like something Donald Trump would write, there is no evidence it was actually posted by the outgoing US President.

Here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : He Has Been Focused On The Elections And Michael Flynn

From the time Diego Maradona’s death was announced, it appears that Donald Trump was focused on posting fake news about the US Presidential elections, and pardoning Michael Flynn.

Fact #2 : The Tweet Appears To Be Edited

The Donald Trump tweet about Maradona appears to be edited. If you compare that viral tweet with the other two samples above, you will note that :

  • his Twitter handle appears to be truncated, instead of under his name
  • the tweet lacks a time and date stamp
  • it lacks the Twitter for iPhone label
  • it seems to have A LOT more retweets, comments and likes than older and more controversial tweets

All of which point to an edited tweet…

With about half a million retweets and comments, you would have expected more screenshots. Yet, that is the only screenshot being shared on the Internet…

Fact #3 : No Media Confirmed The Tweet

Donald Trump has many followers, many of them members of the media who follow him to cover his many ridiculous statements.

Yet no one has actually seen and confirmed that Donald Trump actually posted the tweet. We certainly did not see it.

Fact #4 : Scott Morrison Was Also Victim Of Similar Hoax

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was also a victim of a similar hoax, with a fake tweet on Madonna’s death going viral.

Fact #5 : Many People Are Mistaking Maradona For Madonna

That said, it is definitely not inconceivable for Donald Turmp to mistaken Maradona for Madonna.

After all, many people are posting messages of condolences about Madonna’s premature death…

Yes, many people are mistaking Diego Maradona for Madonna.

So let us be very clear. The Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona (left) is the one who died. Not the American singer-songwriter, Madonna (right).

 

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Fact Check : Is America Rounding The Turn On COVID-19?

US President Donald Trump has been promising that America is rounding the turn on COVID-19 almost every single day.

Find out if America is truly rounding the turn, or if Trump is simply spinning around the merry-go-round!

 

Donald Trump : America Is Rounding The Turn On COVID-19!

US President Donald Trump has been promising Americans that they are “rounding the turn” or “corner” or “bend” for months now.

Here is a truncated timeline of Trump claiming that America truly is rounding the turn on COVID-19 :

August 31 : First mention of “rounding the final turn” on COVID-19 at a Nevada virtual rally.

September 3 : He said, “we are rounding that turn” at a Pennsylvania rally.

September 18 – 24 : He repeated it on a daily basis.

Trump stopped for a while when he caught the virus, announcing his positive test result on October 2.

October 8 – 9 : He started saying that America was “rounding the turn” on COVID-19 again.

October 11 – 27 : After skipping a day, he has repeated the same claims on a daily basis.

 

The Truth : America Is FAR From Rounding The Turn On COVID-19

Despite Donald Trump’s insistence from August 31 that America is rounding the turn, the truth is America is on a third wave of COVID-19 infectionsthe largest to date.

Dr. Anthony Fauci prefers to look at it as “an elongated exacerbation of the original first wave“, but no matter how we look at it, “it’s not good news“.

From the day Trump first announced that America was rounding the turn, COVID-19 cases have only surged from 23,204 cases a day to 82,630 cases a day.

The only saving grace – the death rate has remained flat at around 750 per day.

The facts are self-evident, Donald Trump’s claim that America is rounding the turn on COVID-19 is FALSE.

If the trend continues, it is possible that America could see new cases exceed 100,000 per day by the end of the year.

And the death toll is expected to exceed 270,000 by the end of the year.

In short, America is FAR from rounding the turn on COVID-19. Donald Trump is just taking everyone for a spin on his merry-go-round.

 

The Solution : How America Can FINALLY Round The Turn On COVID-19

There is no easy way to defeat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because there is no cure yet and it is highly-contagious.

However, countries like China have shown that it is possible to quickly cut its transmission, and restore normal social and economic activities.

Despite a population 4.3X larger than the United States, China has merely 1% of the cases, and 2% of the deaths in America.

Unless you believe that Chinese scientists and healthcare workers are far, FAR superior to American scientists and healthcare workers, the fault lies with President Donald Trump.

The lack of RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP is the reason why America is faltering so badly against COVID-19.

Trump has consistently dismissed and contradicted the advice of scientists like Dr. Anthony Fauci. He even disrupted their efforts by actively encouraging the public not to wear face masks, and to break home quarantine.

Even worse, he keeps peddling fake cures like injecting disinfectants and UV light, as well as unproven cures like hydroxychloroquine, which has killed several people.

America has not rounded the turn, or flattened the curve, because one man – Donald Trump – insisted that he knows COVID-19 better than anyone else in the world.

The only way for America to finally round the turn on COVID-19 is to vote Donald Trump out of office in the 2020 US Presidential Election on November 3.

If Donald Trump gets another four years in office, good luck, America. You will need it.

 

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TikTok + ByteDance Ban By Donald Trump Explained!

US President Donald Trump just signed an executive order, highlighting the dangers of TikTok and ordering a ban of ByteDance, calling it a national emergency!

Find out what this new Trump ban means for TikTok users, and ByteDance!

 

TikTok Triggers ByteDance Ban

On 6 August 2020, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, blocking everyone under US jurisdiction from transacting with TikTok owner, ByteDance Ltd.

This effectively bans the usage of TikTok in the United States and by US citizens worldwide. It also prohibits business dealings with ByteDance.

Trump called it a national emergency, citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act and Section 301 of Title 3, United States Code.

His executive order claims that TikTok collects and potentially shares personal and proprietary data of American citizens with the Chinese Communist Party, while censoring content deemed sensitive to the CCP, pointing out that :

These risks are real.  The Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, and the United States Armed Forces have already banned the use of TikTok on Federal Government phones.  The Government of India recently banned the use of TikTok and other Chinese mobile applications throughout the country; in a statement, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asserted that they were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.”  American companies and organizations have begun banning TikTok on their devices.  The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.

 

ByteDance Ban : How Does It Affect TikTok?

Interestingly, while Trump’s executive order explicitly mentions TikTok, it doesn’t actually ban TikTok. It only bans transactions with TikTok’s owner – ByteDance and its subsidiaries.

In other words, if Microsoft buys TikTok from ByteDance, TikTok can continue to operate, as long as the deal gets done soon.

This is different from the concurrent WeChat and Tencent Holdings ban, which specifically bans both WeChat (the app) and its owner (Tencent Holdings).

Of course, targeting ByteDance and its subsidiaries will include the US-based TikTok, and forbid any financial transfers to and from those subsidiaries.

Section 1.  (a)  The following actions shall be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law: any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. (a.k.a. Zìjié Tiàodòng), Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, in which any such company has any interest, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.

(c)  45 days after the date of this order, the Secretary shall identify the transactions subject to subsection (a) of this section.

In addition, it applies not just to American citizens worldwide but to any person or organisation within the United States.

The TikTok ban follows the WeChat ban, and similarly, does not start until 45 days later, on 20 September 2020. That suggests it’s being used as a leverage, rather than an urgent matter of national security.

Possibly to pressure ByteDance into accepting the Microsoft offer to buy them out. It could also just a way for Trump to boost his flagging chances at winning re-election.

And “coincidentally”, he signed his executive order on the same day Facebook unveiled Instagram Reels

 

TikTok Responds : We Are Shocked

TikTok responded with a statement, saying that they are shocked by the Executive Order :

We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.

 

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WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban By Donald Trump Explained!

US President Donald Trump just signed an executive order, ordering a ban of both WeChat and Tencent Holdings, calling it a national emergency!

Find out what this new US ban means for WeChat users, and Tencent Holdings!

 

WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban Signed By Donald Trump

On 6 August 2020, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, blocking everyone under US jurisdiction from using WeChat or transacting with its owner, Tencent Holdings.

This effectively bans the usage of WeChat in the United States and by US citizens worldwide. It also prohibits business dealings with Tencent Holdings.

Trump called it a national emergency, citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act and Section 301 of Title 3, United States Code.

His executive order claims that WeChat collects and potentially shares personal and proprietary data of both American and Chinese citizens with the Chinese Communist Party, citing an example :

In March 2019, a researcher reportedly discovered a Chinese database containing billions of WeChat messages sent from users in not only China but also the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia. WeChat, like TikTok, also reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive and may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party. These risks have led other countries, including Australia and India, to begin restricting or banning the use of WeChat. The United States must take aggressive action against the owner of WeChat to protect our national security.

 

WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban : What Does It Mean?

The executive order is actually quite wide-ranging. It does not only ban WeChat, but also Tencent Holdings and its subsidiaries.

This could mean other apps owned by Tencent Holdings – like Valorant, League of Legends, Clash of Clans, JOOX, etc. could be affected.

We will only know more when Wilbur Ross, the US Secretary of Commerce, clarifies the ban (as stated in section 1(c) below.

Targeting Tencent Holdings and its subsidiaries will also forbid any financial transfers to and from those subsidiaries, at least within the United States.

The following actions shall be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law: any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd. (a.k.a. Téngxùn Kònggǔ Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī), Shenzhen, China, or any subsidiary of that entity, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.

(c)  45 days after the date of this order, the Secretary shall identify the transactions subject to subsection (a) of this section.

In addition, it applies not just to American citizens worldwide but to any person or organisation within the United States.

The WeChat ban follows the TikTok ban, and similarly, does not start until 45 days later, on 20 September 2020. That suggests it’s being used as a leverage, rather than an urgent matter of national security.

This could be an effort to pressure the Chinese into agreeing to a trade deal, or a way for Trump to boost his flagging chances at winning re-election.

 

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Fact Check : Donald Trump Attacks Top Glove On Twitter?

Did Donald Trump attack Top Glove to protect American companies, and prevent it from becoming a Fortune 500 company?

Find out what’s going on with Donald Trump and Top Glove, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Top Glove In Trouble With US Government : A Quick Primer

On 15 July 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placed a detention order on disposable gloves manufactured by two Top Glove subsidiaries – Top Glove Sdn Bhd and TG Medical Sdn Bhd.

That action led to a massive sell-off in Malaysian and Singaporean bourses, with Top Glove shedding 9.63% (RM 2.10) in Malaysia and 9.18% (96 cents) in Singapore on 16 July 2020.

 

Claim : Donald Trump Attacked Top Glove On Twitter!

After that announcement, a screenshot of Donald Trump attacking Top Glove on Twitter started going viral.

It suggests that Top Glove was being targeted for being too successful, and Donald Trump wanted to protect American companies.

I’ve got to cause the Malaysian market to fall. We can’t let Topglove be a Fortune 500 company, we’ve to protect our own. Amazon shall not be taken over by some Chinese business man. #MAGA #MakeAMERICAgreatAGAIN

12:11 PM – 15 Jul 2020

Note : We intentionally placed a HOAX overlay on the screenshot to prevent it from being further abused.

 

Donald Trump Did NOT Attack Top Glove On Twitter : Here Are The Facts!

As our intentional placement of the HOAX overlay shows, that tweet is FAKE.

Skeptics may ask – how do you know Donald Trump did not attack Top Glove on Twitter?

Fact #1 : Donald Trump Did Not Post That Tweet

If you check Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, you won’t find the post at all. It doesn’t exist.

Donald Trump was “offline” for about 12 hours on 15 July 2020. He did not post anything after his 7:43 AM tweet, only posting on 7:39 PM when he commented about Joe Biden.

Fact #2 : No Mention Of It In Any Media Outlet

Donald Trump may be a buffoon, but he is a buffoon whose tweets are anxiously covered by media outlets all over the world.

Such a tweet, which was allegedly retweeted over 10,900 times, would have been covered by the Malaysian press, if not international media outlets.

Yet, you won’t find a single mention of this tweet online.

Fact #3 : Top Glove Cannot Possibly Be In Fortune 500

Fortune 500 is an annual list of the 500 most profitable American companies. Top Glove is not an American company, and therefore, would not qualify for the Fortune 500 list.

So it would not be logical for Donald Trump to be worried about Top Glove entering the Fortune 500 list.

Fact #4 : Top Glove Revenue Too Low To Be In Fortune 1000

Fortune 500 is not based on market capitalisation, but revenue for the fiscal year.

While Top Glove is the world’s largest manufacturer of gloves, its annual revenue is only RM 2.4 billion (about US$ 562 million).

Liberty Oilfield Services is ranked #1000 in the Fortune 1000 list for 2020, with an annual revenue of US$1,990.3 million – 3.5X Top Glove’s revenue!

Never mind about Fortune 500, Top Glove cannot even make it into the Fortune 1000 list!

While there is a Global 500 list, Top Glove does not have enough revenue to qualify.

Fact #5 : It Would Be Impossible For Anyone To Take Over Amazon

Amazon is no. 2 on Fortune 500, with an annual revenue of US$280 BILLION – about 500X more than Top Glove.

On top of that, it has a market capitalisation of US$1.46 TRILLION, with CEO Jeff Bezos owning 11.1% of its shares.

Anyone who wants to buy Bezos out, will need to fork out some US$162 BILLION. Any takers?

Even Donald Trump and his entire family isn’t rich enough to THINK about buying out Jeff Bezos!

PS. Someone suggested to us that the post was written by a Chinese native who wanted to say t hat Top Glove might “overtake”, not “take over” Amazon. As you can tell – that’s not happening either.. LOL!

Fact #6 : Top Glove Detention Order Due To Labour Issues

Top Glove Managing Director Datuk Lee Kim Meow identified labour issues as the reason for the CBP detention order.

According to him, a consultant they hired narrowed down two possibilities for the detention order :

  • Passport retention of Top Glove’s migrant workers
  • Recruitment fees previously paid by their migrant workers

Fact #7 : Top Glove Was Dogged By Forced Labour Controversies

Back in December 2018, The Guardian claimed that Top Glove was subjecting their migrant workers to forced labour, forced overtime, debt bondage and other labour controversies.

Just last month (June 2020), Channel 4 News reported that Top Glove employees were forced to live in cramped conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On top of that, they were only paid £1.08 (~RM 5.60) an hour, while being forced to work for long hours with excessive overtime.

The workers, who are mostly migrants, claimed that they had to pay up to US$5000 in recruitment fees, leaving them in debt bondage.

 

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Fact Check : George Floyd Protestors Broke Into White House!

A video claiming to show George Floyd protestors breaking into the White House is going viral. Find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : George Floyd Protestors Broke Into White House!

A video showing protestors apparently breaking into the White House grounds, and attacking the White House is being shared on social media, with this message :

Protestors already broke inside White House for the first time in American history, gun fire at east gate and some sources said Trump fleed with his family to Kanzas, CIA have emergency meeting in an hour!

We won’t be sharing the video, but here are four screenshots from the video :

Take note of the signboards of the two high-rise building on the left – KeyBank and Chase. This will be important later…

 

George Floyd Protestors Broke Into White House : So Fake, So Lame!

Honestly, this is a very lame fake news attempt, probably by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army, because they don’t seem to know much about the United States…

Fact #1 : That Was Not The White House

The creator of this fake news is hoping that you have never seen the White House, which looks like this, and is completely different from the building in the video.

It doesn’t even have a rotunda – the round dome-like structure at the top of the building shown in the video.

Fact #2 : Protestors Cannot Get Close To The White House

It is true that US President Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Barron Trump, were evacuated to the White House bunker.

However, none of the protestors that gathered near the White House actually attempted to get past the barricades, much less attack the White House itself.

From what we can tell, the protestors are being restricted to Lafayette Square, across Pennsylvania Avenue.

Fact #3 : That Was The Ohio Statehouse

The building in the video was the Ohio Statehouse. Note the two high-rise building to its left – KeyBank and Chase. You will see their signboards in the video screenshots above.

Fact #4 : The Video Was Taken On 28 May 2020

The video was taken on 28 May 2020, showing protestors vandalising the Ohio Statehouse.

The damage, according to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (which is responsible for its upkeep), included :

  • 28 broken windows along the west and south sides of the building
  • damage to the wooden window frames
  • five pole lamps
  • two doors, including the West Rotunda entrance

A few protestors entered the Ohio Statehouse but quickly left.

Fact #5 : No Mainstream Media Reported On A White House Invasion

The video being shared had been recorded days ago, but no mainstream media had reported an invasion of the White House.

You would think that something like this would be major international news… right?

Fact #6 : Trump Wouldn’t Flee To Kansas

Why would US President Donald Trump flee to Kansas, when he loves staying at his estate in Mar-a-Lago in Florida?

The White House also has a bunker built to withstand a nuclear bomb. It would certainly withstand more than a few protestors.

Fact #7 : The CIA Does Not Operate Within The Country

This is the most idiotic part of the claim – that the CIA has an emergency meeting. Why would the CIA be involved with protestors in the United States?

The CIA is a foreign intelligence service that focuses on gathering, processing and analysing intelligence of foreign entities.

The FBI would be the right federal agency to look into crimes committed by these protestors. But generally, they will be handled by state police, not federal law enforcement.

 

Beware Of Other George Floyd Protest Fake News

This fake post about the White House is part of a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd protests in the US :

So beware of similar fake posts, because they appear to be part of some disinformation campaign.

 

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Fact Check : Fox News Hot Mic Leaks COVID-19 Hoax + Vaccine

Did Fox News get caught on hot mic admitting that COVID-19 is both a hoax, and has a vaccine? Here are the facts…

 

Fox News Caught On Hot Mic Leaking COVID-19 Hoax + Vaccine?

On 20 April 2020, John Roberts from Fox News was caught on video talking with another person, just before the start of a US Coronavirus Task Force briefing with US President Donald Trump.

He was heard telling the other person to take off his mask. That man, identified by many as a Fox News tech guy, is heard saying that “everyone here has been vaccinated anyway” before calling it “a hoax“.

The video was viewed over a million times, and shared by many as evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax.

Others have also leaped upon the video as evidence that the United States has a COVID-19 vaccine that is only available to the Trump Administration and Fox News.

Thinly-disguised Chinese propaganda efforts have also started to make use of the video to “propose” that the United States orchestrated the COVID-19 pandemic to destroy China and “unwanted populations of the world”.

 

Fox News Hot Mic COVID-19 Hoax : TLDR Summary

Here is the short and sweet summary for those who don’t have the time for the full debunking :

  • the video is genuine, but taken out of context
  • they were discussing the recent USC study
  • the COVID-19 pandemic is not a hoax
  • there is no COVID-19 vaccine yet

And think about this for a minute…

  • If COVID-19 does not exist, how do you vaccinate against it?
  • If everyone in the room was already vaccinated, why is Doug Mills still wearing a face mask?
  • Why would Donald Trump lie about a working vaccine?
    He would LOVE to have a vaccine right now, because it would mean he can restart the economy for a better chance to be re-elected in the coming elections.
  • The United States now has more COVID-19 cases and deaths than China.
    How does that fit into the nefarious US plot to use COVID-19 to destroy China?

 

Fox News Hot Mic COVID-19 Hoax : Debunked!

Now, let’s fact-check the video of the Fox News hot mic capture, as well as the claims that it proves that COVID-19 is a hoax, and that there is already a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #1 : The Video Is Genuine

The video of John Roberts from Fox News caught on a hot microphone is genuine. It was recorded just before the US Coronavirus Task Force briefing on April 20, 2020.

Fact #2 : That’s John Roberts + Doug Mills

Many posts correctly identified the first man as John Roberts but wrongly labelled him a Fox News host. He is the Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News.

The second man is not a “Fox News tech guy”, but New York Times photographer Doug Mills.

Fact #3 : They Were Misinterpreted

If you listen to the conversation carefully, you will realise a couple of things :

  • John Roberts was talking about a newly-released USC (University of Southern California) study, which claims a very low mortality rate.
  • Doug Mills was joking when he claimed that “everyone here’s been vaccinated anyway“, because he’s wearing a face mask and doesn’t take it off at all – a vaccinated person does not need to wear a face mask
  • When another journalist pointed out that the study would mean it’s only about dangerous as the flu, Doug Mills asked, “so it’s a hoax?
  • John Roberts can be heard in the background, saying, “No, I don’t think it’s a hoax” – referring to the new USC study.

Fact #4 : John Roberts Clarified The Conversation

John Roberts publicly tweeted that his conversation with Doug Mills was sardonic humour and sarcasm. And he clearly said that there is NO vaccine, and COVID-19 is NOT a hoax.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are Still Under Development

At the US Coronavirus Task Force press briefing, US President Donald Trump talked about the development of the COVID-19 vaccine at two separate occasions.

He mentioned that tremendous progress was being made on vaccines, and specifically pointed out that Johnson & Johnson are very well along with their vaccine.

If the Trump Administration has a vaccine, and Doug Mills was correct that everyone there was already vaccinated, it wouldn’t make sense for Donald Trump to say that.

In fact, he also pointed out that vaccines have to be tested, and ended by saying that “it will be a great thing when we have that, and we will have that“.

 

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Hydroxychloroquine Risk : Death From Cardiac Arrest!

Hydroxychloroquine claimed yet another life – an Indian doctor died after taking it to prevent COVID-19.

Find out what happened, and why it is dangerous for anyone to take hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19!

 

Hydroxychloroquine NOT Approved By FDA To Treat / Prevent COVID-19

In March 2020, US President Donald Trump stunned doctors, scientists and even the US FDA itself, when he claimed on a televised press conference that the US FDA approved chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, quickly stepped up to correct him.

But it has not stopped Trump from continuously advocating that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.

The fact of the matter is the US FDA approved chloroquine in 1944, and hydroxychloroquine in 1955, but neither have been approved for use against COVID-19.

On 19 March 2020, the US FDA issued a statement, clarifying that chloroquine was merely being studied to determine if it can be used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19.

They also reiterated that “there are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.

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Indian Doctor Died From Hydroxychloroquine Prophylaxis

On 29 March, Dr. Jiten Borgohain reported that Dr. Utpal Barman died of a massive cardiac arrest earlier that day, after taking the hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (Z-Pak) combination that Donald Trump promoted.

Dr. Barman, who was an anaesthesiologist at the Pratiksha Hospital in Guwahati, Assam in India, reportedly took the combination as a prophylaxis against COVID-19.

According to a close friend of the 43 year-old doctor, he was taking two doses of 200 mg hydroxychloroquine a day for just a few days when he complained of severe chest pain.

We received a panic call from Dr Barman’s wife and many of us reached his home to find him writhing in pain. At first, it looked like an acute myocardial infarction—or heart attack. He was immediately shifted to Guwahati Neurology Research Centre where he died shortly.

Sadly, it appeared that he was unnecessarily self-medicating himself, because there were no COVID-19 cases in Assam at that time.

 

Hydroxychloroquine Prophylaxis : Risk Are Real

Donald Trump is blasé about the risks of taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against COVID-19, because he suffers from the Dunning-Kruger effect – stupid people are incapable of understanding how stupid they are.

Many doctors, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are hesitant about using hydroxychloroquine to treat / prevent COVID-19 because it has NOT been proven to work, and it is known to be cardio-toxic in 1%-3% of people who take it.

Hydroxychloroquine prolongs the QT interval.

Use hydroxychloroquine with caution in patients with cardiac disease or other conditions that may increase the risk of QT prolongation including :

  • cardiac arrhythmias,
  • congenital long QT syndrome,
  • heart failure,
  • bradycardia,
  • myocardial infarction,
  • hypertension,
  • coronary artery disease,
  • hypomagnesemia,
  • hypokalemia,
  • hypocalcemia,
  • or in patients receiving medications known to prolong the QT interval or cause electrolyte imbalances.

Females, geriatric patients, patients with diabetes, thyroid disease, malnutrition, liver impairment, or those who drink alcohol to excess may also be at increased risk for QT prolongation.

Chronic toxicity should be considered when conduction disorders (bundle-branch block, AV block) or biventricular hypertrophy are diagnosed.

If cardiotoxicity is suspected, prompt discontinuation of hydroxychloroquine may prevent life-threatening cardiac complications.

Hydroxychloroquine’s cardiotoxicity may be further exacerbated by pairing it with Z-Pak (Azithromycin).

In addition to known hepatotoxicity effects, Z-Pak (Azithromycin) can potentially cause cardiac problems like arrhythmias, and even prolong the QT interval.

 

Hydroxychloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!

It is possible that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may be effective against COVID-19. That is the reason it is one of the twenty or so drugs being tested.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci was reticent about letting even US President Donald Trump declare that it works, because there is no proof yet that it works against COVID-19.

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Even if it can be used to treat COVID-19, they have to determine the therapeutic dose, and whether the dose will be harmful to patients.

Please do NOT believe anything Donald Trump tells you. Listen to Dr. Fauci and qualified scientists and doctors.

Stay safe, wherever you are!

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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China Just Sent Donald Trump These Face Shields!

China just sent medical aid including face shields to the United States, but US President Donald Trump flew into a rage when he saw the face shields they sent!

 

Face Shields : Critical PPE!

Face shields are critical PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for doctors, because COVID-19 is highly contagious.

But they are rapidly running out in the United States, because US President Donald Trump spent his time attacking China, instead of preparing for COVID-19.

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China Just Sent Donald Trump These Face Shields!

As part of their efforts to gain soft power, China has been sending planeloads of medical equipment and even doctors to countries like the Philippines, Spain and Italy.

Yesterday, they even sent a flight to the US filled with what they called “Gifts for The Great President Trump“.

But he flew into an absolute rage, when he discovered that, instead of doctors and N95 respirators or 3-ply surgical masks, the Chinese sent him janitors and these water bottle face shields!

Accompanying the janitors and water bottle face shields, was a letter from the pugnacious Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, stating :

To The High & Mighty American President Donald J. Trump,

The Middle Kingdom graciously offers you our very best experts, and the very best examples of Chinese ingenuity.

These sanitation specialists come to you directly from Wuhan, after completing two full months of training against the American virus.

Now that they have conquered the virus that was introduced into our beautiful Wuhan by your military cyclist, they will help you clean America and make it great again!

They will also help show your American doctors how to use our special face shields that we have designed to fit even the biggest American heads.

Please extend them your very best American hospitality. We understand that the Trump International Beach Resort is quite decent.

 

Meanwhile, China Sends These Gifts To Other Countries…

China also makes a point to show off the gifts they are sending to other countries, like…

The United Kingdom

Italy

Spain

 

Pakistan

 

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Chloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!

Health officials in Nigeria and the United States are reporting chloroquine poisoning cases with at least one death, after US President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the US FDA approved chloroquine for the treatment and/or prevention of COVID-19.

Here’s what’s going on, and why you should NOT use chloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19!

 

Donald Trump Falsely Claimed Chloroquine Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19

US President Donald Trump recently stunned doctors, scientists and even the US FDA itself, when he claimed on a televised press conference that the US FDA approved chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force almost immediately stepped up to correct him.

The fact of the matter is the US FDA approved chloroquine in 1944, and hydroxychloroquine in 1955, but neither have been approved for use against COVID-19.

On 19 March 2020, the US FDA issued a statement, clarifying that chloroquine is merely being studied to determine if it can be used to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19.

They also reiterated that “there are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.

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Chloroquine Poisoning In United States

Banner Health in the US has just confirmed that a man has died and his wife is under critical care, after they both consumed chloroquine phosphate in an apparent attempt to prevent COVID-19.

Within 30 minutes of taking chloroquine, the couple, both in their 60s, experienced immediate side effects and had to be admitted to a nearby Banner Health hospital.

“Given the uncertainty around COVID-19, we understand that people are trying to find new ways to prevent or treat this virus, but self-medicating is not the way to do so,” said Dr. Daniel Brooks, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center medical director. “The last thing that we want right now is to inundate our emergency departments with patients who believe they found a vague and risky solution that could potentially jeopardize their health.”

 

Chloroquine Poisoning In Nigeria

Nigerian officials also reported that three people were hospitalised in Lagos for chloroquine poisoning, after taking chloroquine to prevent COVID-19.

They later issued a statement telling people not to use chloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19 :

According to CNN, Trump’s endorsement of chloroquine has led to price surges in Nigeria as people rush to purchase it.

Kayode Fabunmi, a Lagos-based lawyer, said: “The pharmacist knew the market and was saying to every incoming customer, ‘You know Donald Trump has said this thing cures coronavirus,’ and the price kept changing.

“The original price was 200 naira (around 50 cents), then it became 500 naira ($1.38) then it became 1,000 naira ($2.77) while I was there,” he said.

The Lagos State Health Ministry also issued a statement, with a video of Professor Akin Abayomi (Lagos State Commission for Health) :

 

Chloroquine Poisoning : Do NOT Use It To Prevent COVID-19!

It is possible that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine MIGHT have some effect on COVID-19. That is the reason it is one of the twenty or so drugs being tested.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci was reticent about letting even US President Donald Trump declare that it works, because there is no proof yet that it works against COVID-19.

Even if it can be used to treat COVID-19, they have to determine the therapeutic dose, and whether the dose will be harmful to patients.

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Let us remind you that chloroquine itself can cause shortness of breath, as well as other side effects like itchiness, blurred vision, nausea, vomitting, headache, diarrhoea, muscle weakness and easy bruising.

In addition, people can easily overdose on chloroquine and die from it.

Please do NOT believe anything Donald Trump tells you. Listen to your Dr. Fauci and qualified scientists and doctors.

Stay safe, wherever you are!

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Chloroquine Was NOT Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19!

Social media has been buzzing about US President Donald Trump’s claim that the US FDA just approved chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19!

But most people did not realise that he was almost immediately contradicted and corrected by Dr. Anthony Fauci, from the White House Coronavirus Task Force!

Here are the facts, and yet another reason why you should NEVER believe anything Donald Trump tells you!

 

Donald Trump : Chloroquine Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19!

US President Donald Trump is a self-proclaimed expert on practically all subjects, including COVID-19.

Recently, he stunned doctors, scientists and even the US FDA, when he claimed on a televised press conference that the US FDA approved chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force almost immediately stepped up to correct him.

But The Donald hates looking stupid, so he cut in, saying, “We will see.” As if he actually knows anything about medicine or science!

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Fact : Chloroquine Was NOT Approved By FDA To Treat COVID-19!

The fact of the matter is the US FDA approved chloroquine in 1944, and hydroxychloroquine in 1955, but neither have been approved for use against COVID-19.

On 19 March 2020, the US FDA issued a statement, with this section addressing chloroquine (with our emphasis) :

The FDA has been working closely with other government agencies and academic centers that are investigating the use of the drug chloroquine, which is already approved for treating malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, to determine whether it can be used to treat patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 to potentially reduce the duration of symptoms, as well as viral shedding, which can help prevent the spread of disease. Studies are underway to determine the efficacy in using chloroquine to treat COVID-19.

In the same statement, the US FDA also points out that :

[T]here are no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.

Take our advice, please do NOT believe anything Donald Trump tells you. Listen to your Dr. Fauci and qualified scientists and doctors.

Stay safe, wherever you are!

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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  • Avoid public events and crowds
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  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!

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How Did Iran Shoot Down UIA Flight PS752 By Mistake?

It seems incredulous that Iran could shoot down UIA Flight PS752 by mistake, but the sad fact is that no military can always correctly identify bogies.

We examine how Iran mistook UIA Flight PS752 for a US cruise missile, and shot it down with a Tor M1 missile, killing all 176 people onboard.

 

The Circumstances Surrounding UIA Flight PS752

On 3 January 2020, US President Donald Trump escalated tensions with Iran by ordering the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani.

Soleimani’s assassination by Hellfire missile could be construed as an act of war against Iran, and naturally compelled a military response. That came in the form of 22 ballistic missiles fired on two US bases in Iraq.

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The Iranians expected a US cruise missile attack in retaliation, and appeared to have prepared for such an eventuality with the deployment of short range missile defence systems around Tehran.

Five hours after they fired those ballistic missiles, UIA Flight PS752 took off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport.

Unfortunately, a SAM operator mistook it for a US cruise missile, and shot it down with a Tor M1 missile.

So how could Iran’s veteran military forces have made such a colossal mistake?

 

Tor M1 / SA-15 Gauntlet

First, let’s consider the SAM platform that shot down UIA Flight PS752 – the Russian Tor M1, also known by its NATO designation SA-15 Gauntlet.

The Tor (Russian for Torus) missile system is an armoured tracked vehicle with a pulse-doppler radar, and eight 9K331 Tor M1 missiles.

Introduced in 1991, this mobile SAM system is designed to accompany and protect troops in a battlefield against hostile aircraft and cruise missiles.

It is not usually parked in defence of fixed installations, and have greater autonomy than centralised air defence systems. It is likely that the Iranians brought in these mobile SAM systems as the last line of defence in an impending conflict.

 

War-Like Situation Before PS752 Flight

Next, we have to consider the war footing that the Iranian military, and specifically, the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) found itself in, after launching ballistic missiles at US bases.

Besides, the United States did earlier just assassinate one of their top military leaders – an action that could be considered an act of war.

Even if the Iranian government does not want a war with the United States, the Iranian military and the IRGC would have been compelled to prepare for the worst.

It is with that mindset in mind, that we consider how Iran could have mistaken UIA Flight PS752 for a cruise missile, shooting it down.

 

How Did Iran Shoot Down UIA Flight PS752 By Mistake?

Poor Training?

As one of Iran’s older SAM systems and a short range system at that, the Tor M1 is likely to be assigned to less elite units. So it is plausible that inexperience or poor training led to the tragedy.

No Central Command?

Multiple Tor vehicles can be linked to a Ranzhir-M mobile command center, for increased detection range and centralised command.

It is possible that the Tor vehicles were dispersed for localised defence, and not linked to a central command system. That would leave the decision to fire in the hands of a junior officer, possibly even a conscript!

Short Reaction Time?

The Tor M1 missile also has a narrow engagement range of 1.5 km to 12 km. It cannot be used against anything closer than 1.5 km, or further than 12 km.

When Flight PS752 popped up just a few kilometres from this Tor M1 vehicle, it would give the missile operator just a matter of seconds to identify it and decide whether to fire or not.

Heightened Expectations Of A Strike?

The expectation of a retaliatory strike would, no doubt, weigh heavily on the mind of the missile operator. After all, they just fired 22 ballistic missiles on two US bases.

In normal circumstances, the Tor missile system would not be “weapons hot”. But they were expecting a salvo of cruise missiles, so the missile operator would have been light on the trigger.

Failure To Whitelist Flight PS752?

When Flight PS752 popped up on the Tor missile system’s radar, the operator would have to decide if it was a hostile aircraft or a legitimate civilian aircraft.

Unfortunately, its pulse-doppler radar would not be able identify the type of the aircraft, only its speed and direction. But Flight PS752 and a Tomahawk cruise missile would have roughly similar subsonic speeds.

An example of a pulse doppler radar’s display

That’s why civilian airliners use transponders and the IFF system to ensure that everyone knows that they are not a threat. Flight PS752 would definitely have been squawking its transponder code.

Normally, SAM crews would receive the flight plans and transponder codes for airliners scheduled to fly in and out of the area, so they can be eliminated as threats.

It is plausible that this Tor missile operator did not, or could not, clear Flight PS752’s transponder code, and assumed it was a cruise missile attempting to masquerade as an airliner.

Failure To Establish No-Fly Zone

One thing is for sure though – the Iranians should have established a no-fly zone around Tehran, after firing their ballistic missiles. It was a serious and fatal mistake.

The danger of jittery, trigger-happy Air Defence crews in charge of weapons hot SAM systems cannot be understated.

It would also have made it easier to identify hostile aircraft in Iranian airspace. Yet they continued to let civilian aircraft fly in and out of Tehran.

 

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Taiwan Bans HUAWEI Smartphones Over Hurt Feelings :(

HUAWEI just can’t catch a break – Taiwan just banned three of their smartphonesover hurt feelings!

Find out what happened, and what this could mean for HUAWEI and the tumultuous Taiwan-China relationship.

 

Taiwan Bans HUAWEI Smartphones Over Hurt Feelings 🙁

On 14 November 2019, the Taiwanese National Communications Commission ordered Taiwanese companies to stop offering HUAWEI P30, HUAWEI P30 Pro and HUAWEI nova 5T smartphones for sale.

The reason? Because the Taiwanese government discovered that their software used “Taiwan, China” for time zones and contacts.

This mistake is offensive to Taiwanese government because it implied that Taiwan is part of China, and not a separate country – a sovereignty dispute that has existed since the Communists took over mainland China.

According to Peter Niou, a deputy director at Taiwanese National Communications Commission, the reference impaired Taiwan’s national dignity, and would continue until HUAWEI changed the incorrect reference to Taiwan.

It was reported by the Economic Daily News that this reference to Taiwan, China only appeared recently, after a software update.

 

Didn’t China Do The Same Thing?

Indeed, China is no stranger to banning companies over this sovereignty dispute. Here is a short list of companies they ban-hammered over similar slights :

Marriott : For listing Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as independent countries in a survey

Versace : For releasing t-shirts that identified Hong Kong and Macau as independent countries.

Gap : For selling a t-shirt that featured a map of China without Taiwan.

Christian Dior : For using a map of China without Taiwan in a presentation.

Zara : For listing Taiwan as an independent country on its website.

Delta Airlines : For listing Taiwan and Tibet as independent countries.

 

What Does The HUAWEI Ban Mean For Taiwan – China Relations?

While it may sound like a big shock, this new ban by the Taiwanese government on HUAWEI smartphones is very measured in nature.

The Taiwanese government only banned the three affected models, instead of a blanket ban on HUAWEI, which is something China would have done if the situation was reversed.

They even explicitly stated that the ban would be lifted as soon as the mistake was corrected.

It is also important to note that even as the Trump Administration has been pressuring the Taiwanese government to freeze the sale of semiconductor chips to China, they have not done so.

In fact, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) said earlier this month that it would continue producing chips for HUAWEI.

Therefore, it is doubtful that China would chime in on this issue. That said, it would not be politically-viable for HUAWEI to issue a correction right away.

We think they will let this issue blow over, before quietly releasing an update to change the reference.

 

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Forbes Is SHOCKED That HUAWEI P30 Pro Got New Colours!

Forbes just published an incredibly funny piece about the HUAWEI P30 Pro at IFA 2019!

They were SHOCKED that HUAWEI released two new colours for the P30 Pro, dramatically claiming that they were “redesigned” devices that “cleverly skirted” the Trump ban.

So drama. Cue major eye roll by every tech journalist or pundit worthy of the name. LOL!

 

The Dumbing Down Of Forbes

It is interesting how Forbes has evolved from a staid but serious business publication, into a “hip and trendy” publication that attempts to redefine creative writing as news.

They actually turned a simple report about HUAWEI coming out with two new colours for their P30 Pro smartphones into a dramatic piece of creative writing about how HUAWEI “cleverly skirted” and “circumvented” the Trump ban.

 

Forbes Is SHOCKED That HUAWEI P30 Pro Got New Colours!

Let’s take a look at how SHOCKED Forbes was about the HUAWEI P30 Pro getting new colours, and show you why they are either :

a) completely ignorant about mobile technology and the smartphone business, or
b) writing a fallacious piece for money (probably hoping it would go viral)

Either way, it’s shocking that Forbes actually published such a nonsensical piece.

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Forbes Claim #1 : The New HUAWEI P30 Pro Circumvents US Ban

Forbes started with a dramatic title, claiming that what HUAWEI did circumvented the US ban.

IFA 2019: Huawei Confirms Shock New Android 10 Smartphones, Circumventing U.S. Ban

How does the new HUAWEI P30 Pro CIRCUMVENT the US ban, Forbes???

Anyone who actually bothered to read up on the Trump ban would know that the US Commerce Department issued a Temporary General Licence to HUAWEI, that was recently extended by another 90 days.

That temporary licence indubitably allows HUAWEI to ship the P30 Pro smartphones with the new Android 10 operating system.

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Forbes Claim #2 : It’s Shocking News!

After noting that HUAWEI unveiled new versions of P30 Pro with Android 10 pre-installed, Forbes stated that,

This, of course, came as shocking news knowing that the Chinese telecommunications giant is under a strict U.S. ban which bars American companies including Google, Qualcomm, Microsoft and Intel to do business with it as well as foreign companies which products contain 25% or more of U.S.-originated technologies or materials.

How is that shocking at all, Forbes???

The only shocking thing is that you appear not to be aware that HUAWEI is legally entitled to ship their P30 Pro smartphones with the latest version of Android.

The temporary licence explicitly allows American companies to “provide service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei handsets that were available to the public on or before May 16, 2019.

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Forbes Claim #3 & #4 : It’s An Astucious WorkaroundThe New P30 Pro Is A Refresh

In the very next paragraph, they claimed it was a workaround with a really fancy word – astucious :

However, Huawei found an astucious workaround: The new P30 Pro smartphones are essentially a refresh of the devices that were initially launched in Paris earlier this spring.

REALLY? A workaround, Forbes?

Seriously, it is unquestionably NOT a workaround if they just introduced two new colours of the SAME P30 Pro smartphone!

Introducing new colours of existing smartphone models is actually a pretty common practice, as it generates (free) publicity and drive new sales.

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And how is this a REFRESH, Forbes?

The only thing they did was introduce two new two-tone colour finishes for the SAME P30 Pro smartphones that you admitted launched in Paris earlier in the spring.

Think about it for a moment… If Toyota offers two new colour options for their Camry sedans a few months after launching them with five colour options, would you call that a refreshed model?

HUAWEI themselves pointed this out when they showed this slide at IFA 2019 after announcing the new Misty Lavender and Mystic Blue colour options :

As you can see, the two new colours join the existing five colour options for the HUAWEI P30 Series. They are all one, big, happy family, Forbes… ONE family, not two.

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CONFIRMED : HUAWEI Licence Extended By 90 Days!

HUAWEI gets another reprieve from the Trump Administration, with its temporary general licence extended by another 90 days!

Here is the full story, and what it means for HUAWEI and their business partners in the US and elsewhere!

 

The First HUAWEI Temporary General Licence

Just days of adding HUAWEI to the Entity List of US national security threats, the Trump Administration issues HUAWEI a 90-day temporary licence.

This partially restored their access to US technology and suppliers. It basically allows them to service and maintain their current networks and smartphones.

Establishing new networks or create new products, using technologies with more than 25% US content or origin, would require companies to apply for special licences from the US Commerce Department.

 

HUAWEI Licence Extended By 90 Days!

HUAWEI’s first temporary general licence was slated to expire today, on 19 August 2019.

But Trump had been signalling that he was open to extending HUAWEI’s licence, after he delayed new tariffs on Chinese goods until 15 December.

That was confirmed today when the US Commerce Department announced that it was extending the temporary general licence for HUAWEI, by another 90 days.

“As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei’s products, we recognize that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Simultaneously, we are constantly working at the Department to ensure that any exports to Huawei and its affiliates do not violate the terms of the Entity Listing or Temporary General License.”

This means HUAWEI will be able to continue supporting existing networks and devices up till 19 November 2019.

 

Can HUAWEI Can Launch New Devices With Licence Extension?

With the HUAWEI Mate 30 smartphones slated for launch very soon, this is a very important question – can HUAWEI launch new devices based on Android and its ecosystem?

The temporary general licence that was specifically issued to HUAWEI does not permit the use of US technologies (of more than 25% origin or content) in new HUAWEI devices without a special licence.

However, it buys HUAWEI and its business partners time to request special licences to sell their products or services to HUAWEI.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed that he received more than 50 applications last month, with more coming in.

It is actually very important for many US companies to continue to do business with HUAWEI, who spent some $11 billion on US products and services in 2018.

 

More HUAWEI Affiliates Added To Entity List

It was not all good news though. The US Commerce Department also announced that it was adding 46 additional HUAWEI affiliates to the Entity List, due to national security concerns.

 

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The HUAWEI Trump Ban – Everything You Need To Know! 5.5

Rumours have been fast spreading on instant messengers and social media about the HUAWEI Trump ban, leading to a ton of misconceptions, misunderstandings and outright BS.

In this article, we will explain the HUAWEI Trump ban, and what it means to HUAWEI and to you, the customer.

 

The HUAWEI Trump Ban Timeline Updated!

The US government’s distrust of HUAWEI goes back many years, and only grew as HUAWEI became one of China’s biggest and arguably, most visible global companies with over $100 billion in revenue and over 180,000 employees worldwide.

Circa 2010 : US intelligence officers began claiming that HUAWEI was serving as a proxy for the Chinese government

2011 : The US government squelched HUAWEI’s attempt to acquire 3Leaf Systems, a US company that offers server virtualisation solutions.

2012-10-08 : The US House Intelligence Committee released a report about its investigations into HUAWEI and ZTE, which also questioned their dealings with Iran.

2018-08-13 : US President Trump banned the use of HUAWEI and ZTE products by US government agencies.

2018-12-01 : Meng Wanzhou, HUAWEI’s global chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei, is arrested by Canadian authorities at the request of the United States.

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Early 2019 : The Trump government begins earnestly pressuring allies to stop using HUAWEI telecommunications equipment, particularly in building new 5G networks.

2019-05-10 : The US-Chinese trade talks failed, and President Trump immediately raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.

2019-05-15 : President Trump signed an executive order barring US companies from using telecommunications equipment from sources that are “national security threats”. The US Commerce Department also added HUAWEI to the Entity List of US national security threats.

2019-05-16 : ARM issued a memo instructing their employees to suspend business with HUAWEI. Read our full report and analysis.

2019-05-19 : Google announced that it would suspend business with HUAWEI to comply with US law.

2019-05-20 : Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Micron and Western Digital announce that they will stop supplying HUAWEI. German chipmaker Infineon also stopped some shipments.

2019-05-20 : The Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Commerce Department announced a 90-day temporary licence to HUAWEI, partially restoring their access to US technology and suppliers.

2019-05-21 : FedEx in Singapore and Hong Kong withheld two HUAWEI packages for “delivery exception“. Read our full report and analysis.

2019-05-23 : Two packages from Japan bound for HUAWEI in China were diverted to the FedEx HQ in the United Stataes instead. Read our full report and analysis.

2019-05-25 : The SD Association removed HUAWEI as a member, but the NM Card gives an extra workaround. Read our full report.

2019-05-26 : The WiFi Alliance temporarily suspends HUAWEI, but this only affects future Wi-Fi standards. Read our full report and analysis.

2019-05-29 : HUAWEI announced a legal challenge on the constitutionality of the HUAWEI Trump ban, but it will be too late to help them. However, China has a Trump card!

2019-05-29 : Just as quietly as HUAWEI was removed as members of the the WiFi Alliance, the SD Association and the Bluetooth SIG, its membership was restored!

Even the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro was put back on the Android Q beta programme! Read our full report and analysis!

2019-05-29 : Malaysian Prime Minister (and the world’s OLDEST prime minister) Dr. Mahathir Mohammad said that Malaysia has no intention on shunning HUAWEI, and that they will “try to make use of their technology as much as possible“.

2019-05-29 : The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) told its editors to stop using HUAWEI scientists and engineers to review scientific papers for fear of “severe legal implications”.

2019-06-02 : The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) reversed their decision to ban HUAWEI scientists and engineers from reviewing scientific papers! Read our full report and analysis!

2019-06-12 : HUAWEI confirmed that they were postponing the launch of their refreshed MateBook laptop indefinitely, because they are unable to purchase the necessary components from US-based companies like Intel.

China’s Global Times reports that HUAWEI will instead launch a different laptop in July that will run Windows 10 on an ARM-based processor. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-06-14 : HONOR is moving ahead with the sale of the HONOR 20 smartphones, starting 21 June 2019. Read our full report!

At the same time, Broadcom slashed its annual revenue outlook by a whopping $2 billion, as a result of the HUAWEI Trump ban. Broadcom shares fell 6% as a result.

2019-06-17 : Microsoft starts selling HUAWEI MateBook laptops again, after removing them from the Microsoft Store when HUAWEI was added to the Entity List.

In their statement, they stated that “[Microsoft] will continue to respond to the many business, technical and regulatory complexities stemming from the recent addition of Huawei to the US Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations Entity List”

2019-06-21 : FedEx refused to deliver a HUAWEI P30 Pro smartphone to a US resident, citing the HUAWEI Trump ban. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-06-22 : FedEx reversed their stance, now claiming that it was “an operational error“. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-06-23 : HUAWEI calls the repeated delivery mistakes by FedEx “a vendetta“. Read our full report!

2019-06-24 : Despite the HUAWEI Trump ban, HONOR reported that they sold their first batch of HONOR 20 smartphones in 3 hours in Malaysia, with over a million units in China in two weeks. Read our full report!

2019-06-25 : FedEx sued the Trump Administration to block trade restrictions (like the HUAWEI ban) that force it to act as enforcement agents. UPS declined to join the FedEx lawsuit.

2019-06-29 : President Trump stunned everyone by reversing the HUAWEI ban, stating that it was “no great national emergency”; and agreeing not to introduce more tariffs… all without a trade agreement with China. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-07-14 : Reuters reported that the US Commerce Department could start approving licences for US companies to start selling again to HUAWEI in a matter of weeks.

2019-07-22 : Impatient with the US Commerce Department, the CEOs of Google, Cisco, Intel, Broadcom, Micron and Western Digital pressured Donald Trump to force the US Commerce Department to issue licenses allowing them to sell to HUAWEI once again. Read our full report and analysis!

2019-08-19 : The US Commerce Department extended HUAWEI’s temporary general licence by a further 90 days. They also added 46 more HUAWEI affiliates to the Entity List. Read our full report and analysis!

 

Who Does The HUAWEI Trump Ban Affect?

The HUAWEI Trump ban covers both HUAWEI and its sub-brand, HONOR. As it so happens, HONOR is launching their HONOR 20 smartphone today.

Together with the success of their P30 and P30 Pro smartphones, the ban could not come at a worst time.

 

What Exactly Does The HUAWEI Trump Ban Do?

Many pundits wrongly quoted Trump’s executive order as the basis for the Google and other US companies suspending supplies to HUAWEI. That is only partly true.

His executive order does not mention HUAWEI at all. In fact, it actually applies to every company listed in the US Entity List, which is over 270 pages long!

It basically prohibits “any acquisition, importation, transfer, installation, dealing in, or use of any information and communications technology or service (transaction)” by “any person… subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” to “persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary“.

It was really the US Commerce Department’s action of adding HUAWEI (and its 68 affiliates) to the Entity List that forced US companies to stop doing business with HUAWEI.

Even without Trump’s executive order, US companies are generally prohibited from doing business with companies listed in the Entity List. They will have to apply for a licence to export products to those entities.

 

The HUAWEI Trump Ban Effects

Google

Google rescinded HUAWEI’s Android licence, as well as access to Google Play services and the Play Store. But what does that mean?

  • Current HUAWEI and HONOR devices that run on Android and were launched on, or before 16 May 2019 will continue to have access to Google Play services, and the Google Play Store..
  • HUAWEI and HONOR devices launched from 17 May 2019 onwards will not have access to Android, Google Play services, or Google Play Store.

  • HUAWEI and HONOR will continue to receive Android software updates and patches until 19 August 2019.

In other words, if you own a HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone that was launched before 16 May 2019, you have nothing to worry about… at least until August 2019.

ARM

The suspension of business between ARM and HUAWEI has no real effect in the short to medium-term, because HUAWEI can continue to manufacture existing and completed designs.

Read our full report : The HUAWEI ARM Business Suspension – How Bad Is This?

Processor Suppliers : Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom

HUAWEI has long worked on creating their own mobile SoCs, like their flagship-class Kirin 970 and Kirin 980. They have been pretty successful in this regard – all of their top smartphones run on Kirin processors.

They do not have a replacement for the Intel processors that power their MateBook laptops. However, they have apparently prepared for this eventuality by stockpiling 3 months worth of chips.

Memory Suppliers : Micron, Infineon

Fortunately for HUAWEI, most DRAM manufacturers are not US companies, or subject to US law. Whereas Micron (a US company) can no longer supply HUAWEI with memory chips, there are other DRAM companies that can make up the shortfall… including their competitor, Samsung.

Tech Organisations : WiFi, Bluetooth, SD New!

Initially, HUAWEI was quietly but unceremoniously booted from the Wi-Fi Alliance, the Bluetooth SIG and the SD Association. But two weeks later, their memberships were quietly restored. Read our full reports :

Perplexingly, the IEEE announced and retracted their ban on HUAWEI scientists and engineers serving as peer reviewers and editors in just four days.

Read our full report : The IEEE Reverses HUAWEI Ban After Just 4 Days!

 

How Does The HUAWEI Trump Ban Affect YOU?

If you own a HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone sold on or before 16 May 2019, you have NOTHING to worry about.

  • Your HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone will continue to work normally
  • You will continue to have access to Google Play services, and the Google Play Store.
  • You will continue to receive updates and security patches

If you are planning to purchase a future HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone, you should wait and see.

  • Despite the ban, HUAWEI still has access to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
  • They can still produce smartphones that run on Android, but won’t be able to install Google Play services, the Google Play Store, or apps by US companies like YouTube and Facebook.
  • HUAWEI has been working on its own mobile operating system, HongMeng OS, which is said to be undergoing trials right now.
  • Future HUAWEI smartphones may run on HongMeng OS and their own slew of apps, but there will be a dearth of third-party apps, at least initially.
  • If the ban persists, HUAWEI will likely be forced to ship future smartphones with stock Android and HUAWEI apps to replace Google Play services.

 

What About New Devices?

The partial licence from the US Commerce Department only permits “service and support” for “existing” devices that were “available to the public on or before May 16, 2019“.

HUAWEI and its affiliates can create and sell new devices. However, they will not be covered by the temporary licence, and therefore…

  • they cannot have Google Play services or Play Store, or any US apps like YouTube and Instagram, installed
  • they are not entitled to Android software updates either

That said, US companies or companies that use substantial US technologies can apply to the US Commerce Department for special licences to sell to HUAWEI. As of July 2019, over 50 applications were submitted for consideration.

 

How Will This Affect HUAWEI’s Business?

This is, no doubt, a really serious problem for HUAWEI. Losing the ability to include Google services will be detrimental to the success of future devices.

The disruption of their supply chain will start to bite if the ban persists beyond three months – that’s when their stockpile runs out. They will also lose the ability to support existing customers with software patches.

However, the issuance of the temporary licence, just days after listing HUAWEI as a foreign adversary and a national security threat, signals that the HUAWEI Trump ban is just another bargaining chip in the US-China trade war.

In all likelihood, Trump is using the HUAWEI ban to force China to accept his terms for a trade deal. He badly needs a face-saving win after numerous failures in recent months.

 

Why This Is Bad For The Global Economy + Security

President Trump’s persistent pressure on HUAWEI is forcing a decoupling of the Chinese and American economies. This is bad for the global economy, as well as global security.

The intertwining of US and Chinese economies is a form of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) that was once guaranteed by nuclear weapons.

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But with an erratic US President cutting off supply to US products and technology essential for their companies, China will continue to turn inwards to insulate their economy, even adopting a form of economic Juche.

The more their economies decouple, the more the US loses the ability to engage China positively on a variety of geopolitical issues. In fact, it may eventually lead to an outright Cold War between the US and China, if not military confrontation.

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The HUAWEI Trump Ban Revision History

Updated @ 2019-08-19 : Added details about the extension of HUAWEI’s temporary general licence (full report).

Updated @ 2019-07-24 : Added details about Trump agreeing to issue licenses for US tech companies to start selling again to HUAWEI (full report).

Updated @ 2019-07-15 : Added details about the slow action by the US Commerce Department

Updated @ 2019-06-29 : Added details about Trump’s shocking reversal of the HUAWEI ban (full report).

Updated @ 2019-06-25 : Added details about the FedEx lawsuit against the Trump Administration.

Updated @ 2019-06-24 : Added details about HONOR 20 sales despite the Trump ban (full report), and FedEx’s refusal to ship a HUAWEI P30 Pro to the United States (full report).

Updated @ 2019-06-20 : Added details of the diverting of HUAWEI packages by FedEx (full report).

Updated @ 2019-06-17 : Added details of Microsoft’s decision to resume selling HUAWEI MateBook laptops.

Updated @ 2019-06-14 : Added details of the upcoming HUAWEI laptop that will run Windows 10 on ARM (full report), the upcoming sale of the HONOR 20 smartphone (full report), and the impact on Broadcom.

Updated @ 2019-06-03 : Added IEEE’s reversal of its earlier decision to ban HUAWEI employees from reviewing scientific papers (full report).

Updated @ 2019-05-31 : Added many updates, including what Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir said about maximising the use of HUAWEI technologies. 

Updated @ 2019-05-29 : Added details of HUAWEI’s legal motion and Trump card (full report), as well as the restoration of their Bluetooth, WiFi, SD and Android Q rights (full report).

Updated @ 2019-05-26 : Added details of the HUAWEI WiFi Alliance suspension (full report)

Updated @ 2019-05-25 : Added how HUAWEI outsmarted the SD + microSD ban with their NM card (full report)

Updated @ 2019-05-23 : Added details about the HUAWEI ARM business suspension (full report)

Originally posted @ 2019-05-21

 

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US Tech Companies Pressure Trump On Lifting HUAWEI Ban!

US tech companies pressured US President Donald Trump into lifting the HUAWEI ban, after he vacillated on his decision to let them sell to HUAWEI again last month.

After a face-to-face meeting with seven of the top US tech companies, Trump agreed to facilitate the resumption of business ties with HUAWEI.

 

Lifting The HUAWEI Ban : Didn’t Trump Already Agree To It???

On 29 June 2019, Donald Trump said that “he would allow HUAWEI to once again buy US products“, calling it “no great national emergency“.

Perhaps because he foolishly revealed that he “agreed easily” to let US tech companies do business again with HUAWEI, there was a backlash by China hawks in the US government.

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It even resulted in the introduction of legislation by a bipartisan group of senators to block Trump from removing HUAWEI from the trade blacklist until national security concerns have been addressed.

As a result, the lifting of the HUAWEI ban was literally put on hold.

 

Tech Meeting Agenda : Lifting The HUAWEI Ban

On Monday, 22 July 2019, the CEOs of seven top US tech companies – Google, Cisco, Intel, Broadcom, Micron and Western Digital – sat down with Donald Trump and four other key trade officials :

  • Larry Kudlow (Director of the National Economic Council),
  • Steven Mnuchin (Treasury Secretary),
  • Wilbur Ross (Commerce Secretary), and
  • Robert Lighthizer (top US trade negotiator).

Their agenda was very clear-cut – lifting the HUAWEI ban, so they can resume selling to one of their top business partners.

Broadcom, for instance, expects to lose $12 billion in sales because of the HUAWEI ban.

 

How Wilbur Ross Screwed Up The Process

US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, has come under fire recently for incompetence and lack of leadership, with a penchant to sleep during meetings.

No wonder the seven US tech companies pointedly criticised Ross for not providing “clear guidelines” on selling to HUAWEI after Trump announced that “he would allow HUAWEI to once again buy US products“.

Ross had said that licenses would be issued where there is no threat to US national security, but has not been forthcoming with the details.

It was only last week that Reuters reported that the slow bureaucracy at the US Commerce Department could start approving licences for US companies to start selling again to HUAWEI in a matter of weeks.

 

No Lifting Of HUAWEI Ban… Just Yet

It was at this meeting that they successfully pressured Donald Trump into agreeing to make “timely licensing decisions” on sales to HUAWEI.

In other words, Trump went back on his words (yet again), this time on lifting the HUAWEI ban. Chinese President Xi must be pulling his hair out in frustration!

Photo Credit : Nikkei

But this meeting with US tech giants has forced the White House into publicly agreeing to the timely licencing of sales to HUAWEI.

This lets Trump claim that he isn’t really lifting the HUAWEI ban, just allowing sales that do not contravene US national security interests.

 

A Big Win For HUAWEI

Although this is not the lifting of the HUAWEI ban that Trump initially claimed, it is still a big win for HUAWEI.

They successfully convinced the CEOs of seven top US tech companies to physically pressure Donald Trump into partially lifting the ban.

Although the mechanism for licensing sales to companies under the US Entity List already exists, there is a presumption of denial – which means, in reality, it’s virtually impossible to get those licences.

When the White House agreed to provide those licences at the meeting, what it really means is that HUAWEI will soon be able to purchase at least some of what they need from US companies.

 

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Trump Lifts HUAWEI Ban – No Great National Emergency!

US President Donald Trump not only walked back the HUAWEI ban, he now says that it’s “no great national emergency problem“.

No, it’s not an April Fool joke, although US President Trump seems to behave like it’s all a big fucking joke.

Here is the latest twist in the 4 year comedy-horror show that is the Trump Presidency.

 

Trump In May : HUAWEI Is A National Security Threat

On 15 May 2019, President Trump signed an executive order barring US companies from using telecommunications equipment from sources that are “national security threats“.

He then had the US Commerce Department add HUAWEI to the Entity List of US national security threats, basically labelling HUAWEI as a national security threat.

That barred American companies, or companies using “significant American technology”, from selling their services or products to HUAWEI.

 

Trump In June : No Great National Emergency Problem

Less than 1.5 months after declaring HUAWEI a national security threat to the United States, Donald Trump not only walked back his HUAWEI ban, he contradicted his earlier reason for the ban!

According to CNN, he said that after his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on 29 June 2019, “he would allow Huawei to once again buy US products“.

US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei… there’s no great national emergency problem. – US President Donald Trump

Credit : CNN

CNN also pointed out that :

He said he “agreed easily” in his meeting with Xi to continue allowing US companies to do business with the telecom giant.

 

The Donald Is A Thoroughly Confused Idiot

Seriously? Is HUAWEI a national security threat to the United States or not?

If HUAWEI is a genuine national security threat, then it cannot be part of any trade bargain on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

But Trump has now officially lifted the HUAWEI ban and announced that there will be NO NEW TARIFFS, all without an official trade deal, which is very perplexing.

Does he know what he’s doing? Or is he just making stuff up on the spur of the moment?

One thing is for sure – The Donald is a thoroughly confused idiot.

 

The Damage Caused By The Trump Ban On HUAWEI

The HUAWEI Trump ban immediately forced many companies or organisations to immediately suspend business with HUAWEI, including :

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It led to some customer support woes for HUAWEI, some embarrassing reversals (BT, WiFi, SD, IEEE, FedEx), and some interesting ideas (Windows on ARM, rare earths) to circumvent or beat the ban…

 

Is HUAWEI Safe From Another Ban?

As if he’s trying to close the barn door after the horses have bolted, Trump hinted that HUAWEI isn’t 100% safe from his wrath.

“We mentioned Huawei,” Trump said of his talks with President Xi Jinping of China earlier Saturday. “We’ll have to save that for the very end.”

In other words, HUAWEI just scored a welcomed reprieve, but Trump will likely demand concessions during the next trade talks, or he could possibly initiate another ban…

 

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Why Futurewei, HUAWEI R&D Arm, Cut Ties With HQ!

Reuters just reported that HUAWEI’s US research and development arm, Futurewei Technologies, separated its operations from its corporate parent after the HUAWEI Trump ban kicked in.

Here is a look at what happened, and why Futurewei cut ties with HUAWEI.

 

What Is Futurewei?

Futurewei Technologies is HUAWEI’s US-based research and development company.

With offices in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Chicago and Dallas, it employs hundreds of people, and has deep ties with US universities.

Thanks to its research partnerships and grant programs with at least 50 US universities, Futurewei now has over 2,100 patents in telecommunications, 5G, video and camera technologies.

 

What Did Futurewei Do?

After HUAWEI and its 68 global affiliates were placed on the US Entity List, Futurewei moved to separate its operations from HUAWEI :

  • banning HUAWEI employees from its officers
  • moved Futurewei employees to a new IT system
  • forbidden Futurewei employees from using the HUAWEI name or logo in communications

However, Futurewei remains a fully-owned subsidiary of HUAWEI Technologies.

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Why Did Futurewei Cut Ties With HUAWEI?

There are a few reasons why Futurewei cut ties with its own parent company, HUAWEI :

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  1. As a US company, it is forbidden by the HUAWEI Trump ban to export technology to its own parent company. So there is no longer an advantage to maintain official ties.
  2. Most importantly, it helps Futurewei maintain research partnerships with US universities.

The University of California-Berkeley suspended funding, but allows its researchers to continue working with Futurewei employees who are US citizens or legal permanent residents.

Stanford “paused” new funding agreements with Futurewei in December 2018, but continues to work with Futurewei under existing research agreements.

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HUAWEI Calls FedEx Repeated Delivery Failures A Vendetta!

After the latest FedEx refusal to deliver a HUAWEI P30 Pro smartphone, HUAWEI finally hit back, calling it a vendetta. Here’s the latest update on the ongoing HUAWEI-FedEx saga…

 

The HUAWEI – FedEx Vendetta Claim Explained

Right after the HUAWEI Trump ban kicked off, FedEx diverted two HUAWEI packages and attempted to divert two other packages.

The first two packages were sent on May 19 and May 20 from Japan. Instead of being delivered to HUAWEI in China, FedEx diverted them to their HQ in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 23.

FedEx claimed it was an error by a 30-year old employee who sent the packages to the FedEx HQ for a “compliance audit“.

The other two packages were sent from Hanoi on May 17. Destined for HUAWEI offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, they were held up at local FedEx offices on May 21 for “delivery exception”.

Then, a few days ago, FedEx refused to deliver a HUAWEI P30 Pro smartphone to a US resident, citing the Trump ban.

They later changed their story, claiming it was an “operational mistake“, even though they had earlier confirmed they intentionally withheld and returned the smartphone because of “US GOVERNMENT ISSUE WITH HUAWEI AND CHINA GOVERNMENT

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HUAWEI : FedEx Has A Vendetta!

It comes as no surprise then, when HUAWEI tweeted that FedEx has a vendetta against them :

Oddly enough, they mentioned FedEx’s rival – UPS – in their tweet. It was probably a reference to UPS’ tweet that,

“There is nothing prohibiting shipping a Huawei phone from the U.K. to the U.S.”

FedEx finally adopted the same stance the next day, stating that,

“FedEx can accept and transport all Huawei products except for any shipments to listed Huawei entities on the U.S. Entity List.”

As we pointed out earlier, FedEx is only legally required not to knowingly ship technology to HUAWEI and its 68 affiliates listed on the US Entity List.

While we do not believe that FedEx actually has a vendetta against HUAWEI, their explicit refusal to ship that HUAWEI P30 Pro shows gross neglect by their management to properly address the HUAWEI Trump ban.

With not one, not two, but three delivery failures and the PR faux pas on Twitter, you have to wonder – what on Earth is going on at FedEx?

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FedEx Reverses HUAWEI Ban, Calls It “Operational Error”

FedEx just reversed their refusal to deliver HUAWEI products based on the HUAWEI Trump ban, calling it an “operational error“.

They also clarified their policy on HUAWEI and its 68 affiliates who are on the US Entity List. Here are the full details!

 

What FedEx Ban On HUAWEI?

FedEx never officially stated its stance on the HUAWEI Trump ban, until a PCMag journalist tried to send a HUAWEI P30 smartphone to his US colleague.

It was held for a few hours in the US and then promptly returned, with the following message :

“PARCEL RETURNED BY FEDEX, DUE US GOVERNMENT ISSUE WITH HUAWEI AND CHINA GOVERNMENT”

Photo credit : Sascha Segan, PCMag

When they queried FedEx about their refusal to deliver the P30 smartphone, they received this reply,

“[O]n May 16, 2019, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and 68 of its global affiliates were included on the ‘Entity List’ which sets out a list of certain entities that US companies are restricted from doing business with. My apologies for the inconvenience this has caused you.”

Followed by this subsequent response :

[T]o ensure our compliance, at this time we are not accepting any shipments to any of the listed Huawei entities.”

You can read the full story, and our assessment of this FedEx delivery ban of HUAWEI and its affiliates, in our article – FedEx Refused To Deliver HUAWEI P30 Due To Trump Ban!

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FedEx Reverses Stance, Calls It An Operational Error

A day later, FedEx reversed its stance, calling its earlier refusal to deliver the HUAWEI P30 smartphone an “operational error“.

“The package in question was mistakenly returned to the shipper, and we apologize for this operational error.

As a global company that moves 15 million shipments each day, we are committed to compliance with all rules and regulations and minimizing impact to our customers as we adjust our operations to comply with a dynamic US regulatory environment.”

The layperson’s translation would go something along these lines :

We finally realised we had no right to refuse the delivery, so it is now an “operational error”.

Please don’t blame us because we have to keep adjusting to US regulations that change on the whims of an unstable idiot.

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FedEx Clarifies Its HUAWEI Ban Policy

In our earlier article, we pointed out two salient points – the HUAWEI Trump ban is an EXPORT BAN, and PCMag is not on the US Entity List.

In other words, FedEx had no legal basis for refusing to deliver ANY HUAWEI device to any US resident.

On 23 June 2019, FedEx finally clarified its HUAWEI ban policy, stating that,

“FedEx can accept and transport all Huawei products except for any shipments to listed Huawei entities on the U.S. Entity List.”

Just as we pointed out earlier – FedEx is only legally required not to knowingly ship technology to HUAWEI and its 68 affiliates listed on the US Entity List.

This puts them on the same page as their rival, UPS, who confirmed in this earlier tweet :

“There is nothing prohibiting shipping a Huawei phone from the U.K. to the U.S.”

Finally, someone at FedEx read up on the fine print of the HUAWEI Trump ban! Congratulations!

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FedEx Refused To Deliver HUAWEI P30 Due To Trump Ban!

FedEx just refused to deliver a HUAWEI P30 smartphone because of the HUAWEI Trump ban. But they picked the wrong target – PCMag.

Needless to say, this has resulted in a kerfuffle, or shall we say, covfefe?

Find out what happened, and why FedEx was totally wrong about refusing to deliver any HUAWEI smartphones because of the Trump ban.

 

FedEx Banned HUAWEI P30 Delivery Due To Trump Ban!

Sascha Segan of PCMag just reported that FedEx refused to deliver a HUAWEI P30 smartphone that his UK colleague, Adam Smith, mailed to him.

The reason? The notice on the returned parcel said, in rather bad grammar but clearly, that…

“PARCEL RETURNED BY FEDEX, DUE US GOVERNMENT ISSUE WITH HUAWEI AND CHINA GOVERNMENT”

Photo credit : Sascha Segan, PCMag

When Adam reached out to FedEx on Twitter, they replied,

“Adam, on May 16, 2019, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and 68 of its global affiliates were included on the ‘Entity List’ which sets out a list of certain entities that US companies are restricted from doing business with. My apologies for the inconvenience this has caused you.”

With this subsequent response :

“Adam, it is my understanding that to ensure our compliance, at this time we are not accepting any shipments to any of the listed Huawei entities.”

HUAWEI spokeswoman Teri Daley, on the other hand, responded,

“This is a complete misinterpretation of the EO/EL” (Executive Order / Entity List).

So who is correct? FedEx or HUAWEI? First, a quick primer on what on the HUAWEI Trump ban

 

The HUAWEI Trump Ban

Many pundits wrongly quoted Trump’s executive order as the basis for the Google and other US companies suspending supplies to HUAWEI. That is only partly true.

His executive order does not mention HUAWEI at all. In fact, it actually applies to every company listed in the US Entity List, which is over 270 pages long!

It basically prohibits “any acquisition, importation, transfer, installation, dealing in, or use of any information and communications technology or service (transaction)” by “any person… subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” to “persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary“.

It was really the US Commerce Department’s action of adding HUAWEI (and its 68 affiliates) to the Entity List that forced US companies to stop doing business with HUAWEI.

Even without Trump’s executive order, US companies are generally prohibited from doing business with companies listed in the Entity List. They will have to apply for a licence to export products to those entities.

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Does The HUAWEI Trump Ban Affect FedEx?

As a US company, they are prohibited from doing business with HUAWEI or its 68 affiliates listed in the Entity List.

The Trump Executive Order, on the other hand, specifically prohibits US companies from exporting technology to HUAWEI and its affiliates.

But unless they are knowingly delivering packages containing US technology to HUAWEI or its affiliates, they have no legal exposure to the HUAWEI Trump ban.

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Why FedEx Was Wrong About The HUAWEI Trump Ban

FedEx was wrong not to deliver PCMag’s P30 smartphone for a few reasons :

Reason #1 : It Is An Export Ban

The Trump executive order only prohibits the EXPORT of technology to HUAWEI and its affiliates.

It does not prohibit anyone from importing HUAWEI smartphones into the United States. A fact their rival, UPS, confirmed in this tweet :

“There is nothing prohibiting shipping a Huawei phone from the U.K. to the U.S.”

Neither does it prohibit an existing owner of a HUAWEI smartphone from sending it to a US resident.

Reason #2 : PCMag Is Not In The Entity List

The HUAWEI P30 was sent by a third-party (PCMag), not HUAWEI. They have no legal basis to reject the delivery because PCMag is not in the Entity List.

Reason #3 : There Is A Temporary 90-Day Licence

The US Department of Commerce issued a temporary 90-day licence for the support and service of existing HUAWEI smartphones that were available on or before May 16, 2019.

The HUAWEI P30 launched in March, and is therefore covered under that 90-day licence.

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The IEEE Reverses HUAWEI Ban After Just 4 Days!

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) reversed their HUAWEI ban, just FOUR DAYS after announcing it. Let’s find out what the heck’s going on!

 

The IEEE Announces Its HUAWEI Ban…

On 29 May 2019, the IEEE announced their partial HUAWEI ban to comply with the HUAWEI Trump ban.

It was a perplexing move, coming almost two weeks after HUAWEI ban kicked in, and on the same day the WiFi Alliance, the SD Association and the Bluetooth SIG reversed their decisions to remove HUAWEI as members!

In their press statement announcing their partial HUAWEI ban, they clarified that HUAWEI employees are still allowed to :

  • join and participate in IEEE conferences, events and meetings
  • access the over 4.8 million papers on IEEE Xplore
  • submit technical papers for publication
  • sponsor and accept an IEEE award
  • participate in business, logistics and other meetings, including those related to conference planning

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In addition, HUAWEI or its employees can continue to :

  • earn or exercise voting rights of membership
  • attend IEEE standards development meetings
  • submit new proposals for standards
  • participate and comment in public discussions of standards technology proposals

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However, to comply with US government regulations, they have to restrict HUAWEI and its employees from non-public activities, including :

  • peer review of submitted scientific papers
  • the IEEE editorial process

IEEE complies with U.S. government regulations which restrict the ability of the listed Huawei companies and their employees to participate in certain activities that are not generally open to the public. This includes certain aspects of the publication peer review and editorial process.

As you can see, the IEEE’s partial HUAWEI ban is really quite limited in scope… and has no real impact on HUAWEI as a company.

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And Then Retracts Its HUAWEI Ban…

But just four days later, they announced that they were retracting their partial HUAWEI ban… claiming that they received clarification from the US Department of Commerce.

IEEE has received the requested clarification from the U.S. Department of Commerce on the applicability of these export control restrictions to IEEE’s publication activities. Based on this new information, employees of Huawei and its affiliates may participate as peer reviewers and editors in our publication process.

Based on that clarification, they announced that HUAWEI employees and its affiliates may once more participate as peer reviewers and editors in the IEEE.

One can only wonder why they did not just wait a few more days… even a week… for that Commerce Department clarification before announcing their HUAWEI ban…

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HUAWEI Bluetooth + WiFi + SD + Android Q Rights Restored!

Just as quickly and quietly as HUAWEI lost their Bluetooth, WiFi and SD alliance memberships, they were restored!

They were also added back to the Android Q Beta program! Seriously, what’s going on???

 

What Happened?

It all started on 15 May 2019, when President Trump initiated the HUAWEI Trump ban. That led to Android, ARM, the WiFi Alliance, the SD Association and the Bluetooth SIG to cut ties with HUAWEI over the next few days.

You can read all about it in our full report – The HUAWEI Trump Ban – Everything You Need To Know!

 

HUAWEI Bluetooth + WiFi + SD Rights Restored!

Just as quickly and quietly as HUAWEI was removed as members of the the WiFi Alliance, the SD Association and the Bluetooth SIG, its membership was restored.

There were no press releases, no announcements, no details on why HUAWEI was removed in the first place, or why they were now restored (around 29 May 2019).

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HUAWEI Back On Android Q Beta Program!

HUAWEI also found their Mate 20 Pro smartphone back on the Android Q Beta program, just as quietly as it was removed.

The restoration of the Mate 20 Pro into the Android Q Beta program is likely due to the temporary, partial licence issued by the US Commerce Department, which allows for existing HUAWEI devices to be supported with software updates.

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Has HUAWEI Turned The Tide?

These sudden, unexpected changes must be a welcomed reprieve for HUAWEI. And the PR value cannot be understated.

Yet there is no clarity about why the WiFi Alliance, the SD Association and the Bluetooth SIG changed their minds about being subject to the Trump ban.

Obviously, they would not have done this without some sort of dispensation or waiver by the Trump Administration. This could be an olive branch to HUAWEI, in return for some concessions from the Chinese government.

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The HUAWEI WiFi Alliance Suspension Clarified! 2.0

HUAWEI cannot seem to catch a break. They have been temporarily suspended from the WiFi Alliance, thanks to the Trump ban. But what exactly does this HUAWEI WiFi Alliance suspension mean?

There is so much misunderstandings and false claims on the Internet, we thought we should clear up the confusion…

Updated @ 2019-05-31 : The WiFi Alliance quietly restored HUAWEI as a member. Seriously.

Originally posted @ 2019-05-26

 

The WiFi Alliance

The WiFi Alliance is a non-profit organisation that promotes and certifies Wi-Fi technology, and owns the Wi-Fi trademark.

Based in Austin, Texas, the Wi-Fi Alliance is made up of over 550 member companies, including Apple, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, Microsoft and of course, HUAWEI.

 

The HUAWEI WiFi Alliance Suspension

To comply with the US Department of Commerce listing of HUAWEI in the Entity List, the Wi-Fi Alliance has temporarily suspended HUAWEI’s participation in some of their activities.

Wi-Fi Alliance is fully complying with the recent U.S. Department of Commerce order without revoking Huawei Technologies membership.

Wi-Fi Alliance has temporarily restricted Huawei Technologies participation in Wi-Fi Alliance activities covered by the order.

 

Why Didn’t The WiFi Alliance Remove HUAWEI As A Member?

Unlike the SD Association, things are different with the WiFi Alliance, because HUAWEI has contributed significantly to the development of the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard.

Removing HUAWEI completely as a member could jeopardise the Wi-Fi 6 standard, as HUAWEI undoubtedly holds some key patents.

So the WiFi Alliance has to thread carefully… ostensibly complying with the Trump ban, while keeping HUAWEI within the alliance.

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What Does This Mean For Consumers?

Now, stop listening to your friends who keep sharing scary messages about how your HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone will no longer have WiFi.

The WiFi on your HUAWEI or HONOR smartphone will continue to work normally. In fact, future HUAWEI and HONOR smartphones will still continue to have Wi-Fi capabilities!

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What Does This Mean For HUAWEI?

Let us summarise what this means for HUAWEI, to clear up the confusion for everyone :

  • HUAWEI is still officially a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
  • HUAWEI can still make and sell products that use the Wi-Fi standards, including Wi-Fi 6.
  • HUAWEI can still use the Wi-Fi Certified trademark in their products.
  • HUAWEI is just restricted in what input they can have in future Wi-Fi standards.

This temporary Wi-Fi Alliance suspension has no short-term or even medium-term effect on HUAWEI because the upcoming Wi-Fi 6 standard has already been ratified.

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What Happens If The HUAWEI WiFi Suspension Continues?

If Trump does not lift his ban, HUAWEI will have limited input into the next-generation Wi-Fi standard. This could lead to two possible outcomes :

  1. The Wi-Fi Alliance will have to avoid using HUAWEI technologies in the future Wi-Fi 7 standard.
  2. HUAWEI quits the Wi-Fi Alliance and forms its own competing Wi-Fi consortium with other companies.

Neither are particularly good for the development of better and faster wireless technologies. Alliances work better with more collaboration and cooperation, not less.

But it’s no secret – Donald Trump has never cared about alliances.

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And HUAWEI Is Back In Again

Almost as quickly and quietly as the WiFi Alliance removed HUAWEI as a member, they restored HUAWEI’s membership around 29 May 2019.

There was no official explanation for both removing HUAWEI or restoring them, all in a matter of days.

 

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