While China was the first country to report cases of the new coronavirus, there was no solid evidence as to the origin of the virus, which had mutated to affect not only animals, but also humans. However, US President Donald Trump has persistently claimed that the Chinese government “developed” the COVID-19 pathogen in a lab.
On Friday, the US Commerce Department announced that it will put China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and 60 other Chinese companies on a trade blacklist in order “to protect US national security”.
TOKYO (Sputnik) – The Japanese Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that UK Secretary of State for International Trade Elizabeth Truss would visit Japan on Friday to sign a bilateral post-Brexit free trade deal on behalf of London.
TOKYO (Sputnik) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said that he is determined to host the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo “by all means”, the Kyodo news agency reported.
The report came amid the planned visit of US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Keith Krach to Taiwan, despite Beijing’s objections.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A fishing boat carrying 14 people sank near China’s southeastern coast, after which 12 people went missing, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing the local marine rescue centre.
As the SA Water senior manager of production and treatment explained, the amount of beer they’ve accepted “would be the equivalent of powering around 1,200 houses”.