Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 438 words, a 2-minute read.
1 big thing: Pence calls out U.S. businesses on China
In a speech about America's biggest adversary, Vice President Mike Pence saved some of his sharpest words for U.S. companies, Axios' Erica Pandey writes.
- The VP steered clear of the uber-hawkish wing of the Trump administration, saying the U.S. does not want to "decouple" with China and "does not seek open confrontation."
- But he expressed full support for Chinese Christians and Uighurs, defended pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and slammed the NBA and Nike for muzzling free speech to do business with China.
The big picture: Although Pence emphasized that the U.S. wants to engage with China, not fight it, he laid out a long list of examples of its bad behavior.
- Intellectual property theft.
- Chinese fentanyl in the American opioid crisis.
- Chinese export of surveillance technologies.
- The global influence operations under the Belt and Road Initiative.
Why it matters: With its massive market of consumers and leverage against the U.S. in the trade war, China is increasingly difficult for some American politicians and companies to criticize.
- Pence said the NBA is "siding with the Chinese Communist Party and silencing free speech ... acting like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime."
- “Nike promotes itself as a so-called social-justice champion, but when it comes to Hong Kong, it prefers checking its social conscience at the door,” he said.
Yes, but: In 2017, the VP walked out of an NFL game after players exercised those same rights to free expression by taking a knee during the national anthem.
Bonus: Pics du jour
Above: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus gather around the casket during a memorial service for Rep. Elijah Cummings.
- Cummings is the first African American to receive the honor of lying in state at the U.S. Capitol.
- Go deeper: Quotes from the memorial service
2. What you missed
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered Parliament an extended timetable to debate his Brexit deal, provided they back a general election on Dec. 12. Go deeper.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants the U.S. to hand over Syrian Kurdish commander Mazloum Kobani Abdi, calling him a "wanted terrorist" with an Interpol red notice. Go deeper.
- Former President Jimmy Carter was released from the hospital after being treated for a pelvic fracture due to a fall.
- Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a resolution in the Senate condemning the impeachment inquiry into Trump, calling on the House to vote to open a formal inquiry and provide Trump with “fundamental constitutional protections.” Go deeper.
3. 1 🖌thing
Visitors are crowding into the Louvre museum in Paris to see a major retrospective exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings to honor the 500th anniversary of his death, the AP reports.
- "The exhibition ... includes infrared reflectographs that offer an insight into the master painter's techniques," the AFP reports.
- "Nearly everything is achieved with very fine layers of paint — glazing," the Louvre's Vincent Delieuvin told AFP. "That allowed him ... to give the painting a vibration."