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Latest news, in-depth features and opinion on the United States, covering politics, economy, Donald Trump, the US-China trade war, the growing US-China rivalry, military, crime, healthcare, mass shoot

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As coronavirus accusations fly, evidence grows that these bats were the source
The coronavirus that sparked the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to have come from bats found in Asia, according to a new study by researchers in Hong Kong. University of Hong Kong microbiologists created a group of cells that resembled the intestine of the Chinese horseshoe bat, a species found in countries including China, India, Nepal and Vietnam. They were able to infect the cell structure with the coronavirus, known as Sars-CoV-2. Previous research had found that the bat species carried a virus like the one that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and which was similar to the new coronavirus. Taken together, the findings meant that “the Chinese horseshoe bat may really be the or
Social distancing in America worked, says study
Social distancing measures have flattened the curve of Covid-19 infections in the United States, but researchers have cautioned states not to relax the rules lightly. A study by data scientists and health experts from three universities in America and Britain found that controls on movement in the US significantly slowed the time taken for the number of coronavirus cases to double in all but three states.  The research, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, was published on preprint server Medrxiv.org on April 30. Schools and businesses in the US have been closed since mid-March, but states are under growing pressure to get their economies moving again after the unemployment rate rose to 14
US ‘suspected of dossier leak’ as Australia cools on Wuhan lab theory
There are signs of a growing split between Australia and the United States over an unproven theory that the coronavirus came from a Wuhan laboratory, amid claims the US embassy may have leaked a dossier linked to the allegations. According to Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), Australia’s government fears the Donald Trump administration’s promotion of the lab theory could undermine its call for an independent inquiry into the origins of the pandemic and a ban on the sale of exotic live animals. “The Americans pushing the lab theory kind of discredits that initiative,” said Richard McGregor, a senior fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. “It prejudges it, which in a way c
Two deaths upended how America understands the coronavirus
When Patricia Dowd, a 57-year-old auditor at a Silicon Valley chip maker, died on February 6, her death was a mystery.  She had developed flu-like symptoms but was already on the mend and working from home in San Jose, California. Her daughter found her dead in her kitchen. After flu tests came back negative, the coroner could only determine that she had probably suffered a heart attack – until Tuesday, when the Santa Clara County medical examiner announced that a postmortem tissue sample from Dowd came back positive for coronavirus. Postmortem tests of Dowd and one other Santa Clara resident – a 69-year-old man who died on February 17 – have shown both were infected with the novel coronavir
As deaths mount, is the US ready for the coronavirus?
As coronavirus cases surge worldwide, US President Donald Trump said his administration has done an “incredible job” preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the country. A US health official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has meanwhile warned it is not a question of “if” but rather “when” America will face a community spread of the virus. California has been monitoring 8,400 people for signs of infection after it reported a coronavirus case of unknown origin, potentially the first instance of community transmission in the US. Washington state has reported 2 deaths from the coronavirus, and New York has reported its first case. The US has 88 reported cases as of March 2.
Meet Wang Newton: a drag king in a world of queens
Wang Newton is a drag king and comedian based in New York City. She is one of the very few Asian-American “kings” in the US. Wang, who moved to the US from Taiwan at the age of five, has also performed on stages across Asia, including Taipei. She talks about life as a drag king in an industry dominated by queens.
How mahjong shaped America
Linda Feinstein has been playing mahjong, a Chinese tile-based game, since she was nine years old. Now 71, Feinstein runs a popular American mahjong club in New York that attracts hundreds of players every Monday. Mahjong was invented in ancient China and spread to the US in the 1920s. Its popularity waned as more women went to work, but it’s made a comeback after 9/11, and in this video we look at how mahjong has made an impact on America.
Step aside, America. Singapore is now the world’s most competitive economy
Singapore has overtaken the United States to become the world’s most competitive economy, according to Switzerland’s IMD Business School’s annual rankings. It regained a spot it last claimed in 2010, an accolade that means it came up tops among the 63 economies assessed for sustainable growth, job generation and welfare for its citizens. The US was knocked off its perch at the top, slipping to third as the confidence boost from tax cuts faded and high-technology exports weakened. The competitiveness of the world’s biggest economy was also hit by higher fuel prices, weaker high-tech exports and fluctuations in the value of the dollar. “In a year of high uncertainty in global markets due to r
‘I am not a spy’: Chinese students in US become ‘cannon fodder’ of politics
Albert Pi, in his second year of a PhD program in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), endured an 85-day wait for his US visa while visiting family in Beijing over the winter break. A trip meant to last only two weeks nearly turned into a permanent homecoming. The reason for the delay: “administrative processing,” a designation for visa applications undergoing additional vetting for security reasons. Several students in science and technology interviewed by the South China Morning Post said their visa wait time ran from eight to 10 weeks. Before Donald Trump took office in January 2017, there were fewer such delays and wait times typ
Biden says China is not going to ‘eat our lunch.’ Other candidates beg to differ
Joe Biden, a front-runner in the Democratic race for US presidential nomination, has come under bipartisan ridicule for playing down the notion that China is a rising economic and geopolitical threat to America. “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man,” Biden said during a campaign stop in Iowa City, Iowa on Wednesday. “They are not competition for us.” Biden’s view on China pits him against lawmakers and other presidential candidates who are wary of Beijing’s expanding global influence. Since the China trade deal I voted against, America has lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs. It’s wrong to pretend that China isn’t one of our major economic competitors. When we are in the White H