Chinese authorities have confirmed a deadly virus that has infected more than 200 people in four countries can be transmitted via human-to-human contact. The confirmation comes as airports around the world introduced temperature screening, with hundreds of millions of Chinese people traveling home and abroad for the Lunar New Year holiday. Four people have died so far, while cases have also been confirmed in Thailand, Japan and South Korea.
As Donald Trump prepared on Tuesday to address the billionaires in Davos, the US Senate prepared to hear opening arguments in an impeachment trial that could remove Trump from the presidency. Trump was impeached in a party-line vote on two articles, or charges, in the House last month, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, relating to accusations that he threatened US national security with his conduct towards Ukraine.
Huawei Technologies Co. founder Ren Zhengfei shrugged off the threat the U.S. will impose even stricter sanctions against his company, saying he was confident China’s largest tech company can survive further attacks from Washington. Tighter restrictions on the sale of American technology to the telecommunications giant — something the White House is considering — will not have very significant impact on Huawei, the billionaire chief executive said.
A former Interpol chief accused of bribery was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in jail by a Chinese court on Tuesday. Meng Hongwei, who was the first Chinese head of Interpol, vanished on a trip back to the country from France in September 2018. China later confirmed he had been detained as part of President Xi Jinping’s drive against corruption. Meng has admitted to taking more than $2m in bribes.