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President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed a trade agreement Wednesday at the White House without any U.S. concessions on the Justice Department's case against Huawei Technologies. (Associated Press)

Huawei not part of trade deal

- The Washington Times

China's efforts to persuade the U.S. government to drop its criminal prosecution of a senior executive of Huawei Technologies, the global telecommunications giant, as part of a partial trade deal were not successful.

President Trump, a master of using social media for information warfare, set off a firestorm with his tweet threatening to attack cultural sites in Iran. (Associated Press/File)

Trump and information warfare

- The Washington Times

Few question that President Trump has emerged as a master of the use of social media to communicate to mass audiences and circumvent traditional media outlets, most of which spend a disproportionate amount of ink and electrons criticizing him. Every tweet by the president triggers news reports and reaction, sometimes at the highest levels of foreign governments.

U.S. infrastructure is vulnerable to devastating electromagnetic pulse attacks. (Associated Press/File)

Countering EMP threat now in law

- The Washington Times

The latest defense authorization bill signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 20 contains new measures requiring the federal government to protect the nation from the danger of nuclear-blast-produced electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks and similar solar-produced electronic disruptions.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi stepped up Beijing's war of words Friday. At a meeting, he labeled the U.S. the "troublemaker of the world" and falsely accused the U.S. of having a hand in the Hong Kong protests. (Associated Press)

CIA opposed Chinese expulsions

- The Washington Times

The CIA tried to block the expulsion of two Chinese intelligence officers in September who were caught illegally trying to enter a sensitive U.S. military base in Virginia.

In this file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 11, 2017, while testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. President Donald Trump is considering nearly a dozen candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, choosing from a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials. A transcripts of an interview with Mr. McCabe released on Jan. 2, 2010, shows that he acknowledged misleading investigators about the source of a leak of information to the media. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

IG faults FBI headquarters-led probe

- The Washington Times

A significant fault of the FBI's ill-fated Russia collusion investigation was the fact that the investigation into the Trump presidential campaign was conducted and led by the FBI headquarters.

China steals U.S.-funded quantum research

- The Washington Times

China has exploited federally funded research at American and other Western universities that is now used in cutting-edge quantum technology being integrated into Beijing's military forces, according to a private intelligence report made public this week.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok agreed to avoid treating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton harshly about her private email system. (Associated Press photographs)

Details of bias from ex-FBI counterspy Peter Strzok revealed

- The Washington Times

Former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok agreed to avoid treating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton harshly in a 2016 interrogation about her private email system, over concerns Mrs. Clinton might retaliate after becoming president.

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has threatened to pull out of the 2015 nuclear accord if Tehran is unable to achieve sufficient economic benefits. (Associated Press/File)

DIA on Iran nuclear program

A Defense Intelligence Agency report made public this week concludes that Iran's government remains prepared to pursue nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them.

President Trump has signed off on the decision to withdraw from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, but the move hasn't been announced publicly yet, according to two administration officials. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

U.S. set to leave Open Skies pact

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to withdraw from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty over concerns Moscow has violated yet another arms control agreement.

China has an estimated 12,000 PLA troops in Hong Kong, according to Reuters, and massed additional troops and military vehicles in nearby Shenzhen, where paramilitary police in riot gear are training. Beijing officials were notified in stark terms that any repeat of the use of military forces as in the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre would spell the end of efforts to seek a resolution of the U.S.-Chinese trade war. (Associated Press/File)

U.S. warned China on Hong Kong

The Trump administration has put China on notice that any large-scale crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong would spell the end of trade negotiations.

Skyfall details blocked

Pro-arms-control officials in the State Department knew for weeks that the deadly nuclear accident in Russia in August involved the Skyfall nuclear-powered cruise missile but held up releasing the information, according to Trump administration officials.

"I would like to get along with China if we can, and if we can, that's great. If we can't, that's OK, too," President Trump said about U.S. diplomatic relations with China and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Associated Press)

Trump on China

President Trump recently outlined his views on China when asked if Beijing was an adversary or partner.

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-17 ballistic missiles rolled through Beijing on Tuesday in a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Communist Party power. (Associated Press)

China's new hypersonic missile

China's large-scale military parade this week featured an array of high-technology arms, but the most significant reveal was a hypersonic missile called the DF-17.

The DR-8 drone, covered in a camouflage tarp on a flatbed truck, was seen for the first time in photographs published on Chinese social media. (Associated Press/File)

China reveals new supersonic drone

China's military is rapidly developing unmanned aircraft and recently disclosed one of its newest systems: a supersonic reconnaissance drone designed to defeat air and missile defenses.

When U.S. and Chinese officials met last month in Beijing, the talks hit an impasse with Beijing officials digging in their heels in refusing to acknowledge past illicit activities. (Associated Press)

Future China trade deal uncertain

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration is holding fast in its confrontation with China over Beijing's illicit trade practices and other nefarious activities.