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President Trump's trade agenda may soon include restrictions on Chinese investment in U.S. companies, according to Politico.

Bottom line: No specific details have leaked, but this seemingly could curtail the strengthening trend of Chinese money plunging into U.S. companies, including Silicon Valley tech startups. If restrictions are applied to big spenders like Alibaba or Tencent, there could be severe retribution for U.S. investors who play heavily in China.

From Politico:

Trump told Cabinet secretaries and top advisers during a meeting at the White House last week that he wanted to soon hit China with steep tariffs and investment restrictions in response to allegations of intellectual property theft, according to three people familiar with the internal discussions.

Just yesterday we wrote that Trump's decision to block Broadcom's purchase of Qualcomm was, in part, an indirect proxy in the IP protection fight to come against China.

  • Globalist optimist: Trump is known to change his mind on just about everything.
  • Protectionist optimist: Trump is now marching to the beat of his own drummer more than ever before, and that drummer thinks trade wars are good.

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UN rights chief: At least 54 killed, 1,700 detained since Myanmar coup

A Feb. 7 protest in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images

Police and military officers in Myanmar have killed at least 54 people during anti-coup protests, while "arbitrarily" detaining over 1,700 people, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Thursday.

Why it matters: Protesters have demonstrating across Myanmar for nearly a month, demanding the restoration of democracy after the country's military leaders overthrew its democratically elected government on Feb. 1.

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Anomalous Arkansas case data from Feb. 28 was not included in the calculated change; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. may be on the verge of another surge in coronavirus cases, despite weeks of good news.

The big picture: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled. And some states are ditching their most important public safety measures even as their outbreaks are getting worse.

Sidewalk robots get legal rights as "pedestrians"

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As small robots proliferate on sidewalks and city streets, so does legislation that grants them generous access rights and even classifies them, in the case of Pennsylvania, as "pedestrians."

Why it matters: Fears of a dystopian urban world where people dodge heavy, fast-moving droids are colliding with the aims of robot developers large and small — including Amazon and FedEx — to deploy delivery fleets.