Jacob Fromer

Washington

Jacob Fromer

Correspondent, Washington

Jacob Fromer has reported from Beijing and Washington. He has a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Ambassador Qin Gang continues push to enlist US business allies against Washington’s China trade policy

For the second time in two weeks, a senior Chinese diplomat in the US speaks with members of the business and trade community about tensions with Washington.

For the second time in two weeks, a senior Chinese diplomat in the US speaks with members of the business and trade community about tensions with Washington.

22 Jan 2022 - 8:34AM
Joe Biden says he won’t lift tariffs on Chinese imports since Beijing hasn’t abided by phase one trade deal

US president says China is not meeting its commitments, made under the Trump-era trade agreement, to purchase more American goods.

US president says China is not meeting its commitments, made under the Trump-era trade agreement, to purchase more American goods.

20 Jan 2022 - 9:50AM
US sanctions 4 North Koreans living in China it links to Pyongyang’s hypersonic missile tests

Those punished worked in the Chinese cities of Dalian and Shenyang to acquire supplies to help the North build its nuclear weapons programme, the US says.

Those punished worked in the Chinese cities of Dalian and Shenyang to acquire supplies to help the North build its nuclear weapons programme, the US says.

13 Jan 2022 - 6:12AM
Joe Biden warns that autocrats in China are gauging health of US democracy, on anniversary of January 6 attack on Capitol

The US president uses a speech on the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the Capitol building to condemn Donald Trump for provoking the deadly assault and for continuing to lie about it.

The US president uses a speech on the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the Capitol building to condemn Donald Trump for provoking the deadly assault and for continuing to lie about it.

7 Jan 2022 - 3:08AM
US ‘more aligned’ with allies on China, Russia, Biden’s top diplomat says

Washington is in a stronger position to stop ‘China’s efforts to challenge the rules-based international order’, Blinken says.

Washington is in a stronger position to stop ‘China’s efforts to challenge the rules-based international order’, Blinken says.

22 Dec 2021 - 7:04AM
US importers to face ‘crazy hard’ hurdles once bill targeting Xinjiang forced labour becomes law

Importers will have to prove to the US government that no forced labour was used to produce their goods once President Joe Biden signs the law.

Importers will have to prove to the US government that no forced labour was used to produce their goods once President Joe Biden signs the law.

17 Dec 2021 - 8:33AM
US sanctions DJI and AI firms including Megvii over alleged Xinjiang human rights abuses

The US has added eight more Chinese companies, including DJI Technology and artificial intelligence giant Megvii, to an investment blacklist for alleged involvement in the surveillance of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

The US has added eight more Chinese companies, including DJI Technology and artificial intelligence giant Megvii, to an investment blacklist for alleged involvement in the surveillance of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

17 Dec 2021 - 9:13PM
US sanctions Chinese AI firm SenseTime, Xinjiang officials, citing human rights abuses

US Treasury claims SenseTime is responsible for ‘human rights abuse enabled by the malign use of technology’.

US Treasury claims SenseTime is responsible for ‘human rights abuse enabled by the malign use of technology’.

11 Dec 2021 - 8:11AM
Lawmakers press US corporate sponsors of Beijing Winter Olympics, saying diplomatic boycott on Games is not enough

There is growing anger in Washington towards giant American corporations that have paid billions to sponsor the Games and stayed silent on China’s human rights record.

There is growing anger in Washington towards giant American corporations that have paid billions to sponsor the Games and stayed silent on China’s human rights record.

10 Dec 2021 - 6:59AM
White House confirms diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian had said Beijing would take ‘resolute countermeasures’ if the boycott proceeded.

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian had said Beijing would take ‘resolute countermeasures’ if the boycott proceeded.

7 Dec 2021 - 5:58AM
High-level US, EU diplomats express worry over China’s ‘bullying’ of Taiwan and Lithuania

Wendy Sherman and Stefano Sannino note a ‘shared interest in deepening cooperation with Taiwan consistent with their respective “one-China” policies’.

Wendy Sherman and Stefano Sannino note a ‘shared interest in deepening cooperation with Taiwan consistent with their respective “one-China” policies’.

4 Dec 2021 - 7:27AM
IOC aided Beijing’s ‘disappearance’ of Peng Shuai, US congressional resolution says

‘The IOC cares more about appeasing the Chinese Communist Party and the Olympics’ corporate sponsors than the well-being of Olympic tennis star Peng Shuai,’ says one of the lawmakers who introduced the resolution.

‘The IOC cares more about appeasing the Chinese Communist Party and the Olympics’ corporate sponsors than the well-being of Olympic tennis star Peng Shuai,’ says one of the lawmakers who introduced the resolution.

4 Dec 2021 - 7:12AM
US, EU diplomats voice concern about China’s human rights abuses, aggression

Wendy Sherman and Stefano Sannino discuss repression in Xinjiang and Tibet and ‘the erosion of autonomy and democracy in Hong Kong’, among other topics.

Wendy Sherman and Stefano Sannino discuss repression in Xinjiang and Tibet and ‘the erosion of autonomy and democracy in Hong Kong’, among other topics.

3 Dec 2021 - 6:37AM
12 more Chinese companies are placed on US export blacklist

The newly sanctioned entities include quantum computing companies, semiconductor firms and Chinese businesses that have contributed ‘to Pakistan’s unsafeguarded nuclear activities’.

The newly sanctioned entities include quantum computing companies, semiconductor firms and Chinese businesses that have contributed ‘to Pakistan’s unsafeguarded nuclear activities’.

25 Nov 2021 - 6:24AM
Henry Kissinger ‘not expecting’ China to try to take Taiwan in next decade

Former US diplomat says he does not foresee an all-out attack in that time, but China may try to weaken Taiwan’s ‘ability to appear substantially autonomous’.

Former US diplomat says he does not foresee an all-out attack in that time, but China may try to weaken Taiwan’s ‘ability to appear substantially autonomous’.

22 Nov 2021 - 10:20PM
US and Taiwan to hold talks on Monday about forging closer economic ties

The latest sign that President Joe Biden intends to continue developing closer ties with Taipei despite the rising tensions with Beijing.

The latest sign that President Joe Biden intends to continue developing closer ties with Taipei despite the rising tensions with Beijing.

20 Nov 2021 - 10:27PM
Joe Biden says US considering diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

The US president’s comment came as he sat down for a meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

The US president’s comment came as he sat down for a meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

19 Nov 2021 - 11:11PM
US panel on China policy recommends several steps to deter Beijing from invading Taiwan

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission takes hard line, with chair saying ‘the Chinese government deepened its embrace of aggression … and coercion’.

US-China Economic and Security Review Commission takes hard line, with chair saying ‘the Chinese government deepened its embrace of aggression … and coercion’.

19 Nov 2021 - 7:09AM
Joe Biden signs law blocking Chinese telecoms firms like Huawei, ZTE from new equipment licences

The new law, called the Secure Equipment Act, prevents the US Federal Communications Commission from granting or reviewing applications for licences from companies that the agency determines are a security threat to the US.

The new law, called the Secure Equipment Act, prevents the US Federal Communications Commission from granting or reviewing applications for licences from companies that the agency determines are a security threat to the US.

12 Nov 2021 - 7:15AM
China’s treatment of Uygurs may be genocide, warns report by US Holocaust Museum

‘The impunity with which the Chinese government has been able to commit these crimes cannot persist,’ the 56-page report says.

‘The impunity with which the Chinese government has been able to commit these crimes cannot persist,’ the 56-page report says.

10 Nov 2021 - 6:30AM
US senators introduce resolution praising Lithuania for strengthening relations with Taiwan

Proposed resolution just the latest congressional action supportive of Taipei; other recent bills would allow US$2 billion annually in military financing and create a US-Taiwan infectious diseases monitoring centre.

Proposed resolution just the latest congressional action supportive of Taipei; other recent bills would allow US$2 billion annually in military financing and create a US-Taiwan infectious diseases monitoring centre.

9 Nov 2021 - 10:25PM
China’s nuclear arsenal is expanding faster than US military officials anticipated one year ago, says Pentagon report

A report by the Pentagon highlights growing concern in Washington about Beijing’s rush to build more nuclear weapons and other cutting-edge military technologies.

A report by the Pentagon highlights growing concern in Washington about Beijing’s rush to build more nuclear weapons and other cutting-edge military technologies.

5 Nov 2021 - 4:15AM
Respect for US democracy in decline around the world, Pew survey finds

‘Few believe US democracy, at least in its current state, serves as a good model for other nations,’ the report says.

‘Few believe US democracy, at least in its current state, serves as a good model for other nations,’ the report says.

1 Nov 2021 - 11:57PM
China Telecom America’s operating licence revoked by US FCC, citing national security

The order gives China Telecom Americas 60 days to halt US domestic and international service; China Unicom Americas and Citic Group’s ComNet (USA) are also under review by the US communications watchdog.

The order gives China Telecom Americas 60 days to halt US domestic and international service; China Unicom Americas and Citic Group’s ComNet (USA) are also under review by the US communications watchdog.

27 Oct 2021 - 11:12PM
A rare form of quartz is key to Xinjiang’s solar boom, and almost all of it is in the US

The US has cracked down on the Chinese region’s solar industry over human rights concerns, but hasn’t tried to leverage its own near monopoly in high-purity quartz.

The US has cracked down on the Chinese region’s solar industry over human rights concerns, but hasn’t tried to leverage its own near monopoly in high-purity quartz.

26 Oct 2021 - 10:11AM
Biden links policies targeting Uygurs in Xinjiang to the Holocaust

‘We see today the patterns, the choices, playing out around the world, even as we speak – the oppression and use of forced labour of the Uygurs in Xinjiang,’ said US President Joe Biden.

‘We see today the patterns, the choices, playing out around the world, even as we speak – the oppression and use of forced labour of the Uygurs in Xinjiang,’ said US President Joe Biden.

16 Oct 2021 - 10:00PM
Microsoft’s LinkedIn job site says it will shut operations in China, citing ‘greater compliance requirements’

Network, criticised for censoring politically sensitive posts in China, says it is facing a ‘significantly more challenging operating environment’, and that it will start a China-only service that will ‘not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles”.

Network, criticised for censoring politically sensitive posts in China, says it is facing a ‘significantly more challenging operating environment’, and that it will start a China-only service that will ‘not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles”.

15 Oct 2021 - 6:18AM
US, Japan, Australia tout support of infrastructure projects as ‘transparent’ alternative to China’s ‘coercive debt financing’

Washington, Tokyo and Canberra joined forces three years ago to provide an alternative development financing model to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Washington, Tokyo and Canberra joined forces three years ago to provide an alternative development financing model to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.

8 Oct 2021 - 10:54PM
US, Chinese diplomats’ meeting in Zurich paves way for continued talks

US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping plan to meet virtually before the end of the year, reports say.

US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping plan to meet virtually before the end of the year, reports say.

7 Oct 2021 - 6:53AM
US to ask for public comment on reinstating tariff exclusions on Chinese goods

New move by Washington suggests the Trump-era hard line on Chinese imports will continue, at least in the short term.

New move by Washington suggests the Trump-era hard line on Chinese imports will continue, at least in the short term.

6 Oct 2021 - 9:00PM