May 24, 2018

Trump administration probes foreign auto imports

Kia cars await shipment at a South Korean port. Photo: Seung-il Ryu/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The U.S. has launched a Section 232 national security investigation into foreign automobile imports, reports Reuters.

Why it matters: President Trump used the same law to set the first round of steel and aluminum tariffs in March. If this probe results in tariffs on auto imports, it will hurt China, which is looking to crack the American market, but it will also deal significant blows to U.S. allies Japan and South Korea.

The details: The probe will "investigate whether vehicle and parts imports were threatening the industry’s health and ability to research and develop new, advanced technologies," per Reuters.

There is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry.
— Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement

The backdrop: The investigation comes as trade tensions between the U.S. and China are beginning to dissipate. Gao Feng, China's Commerce Ministry spokesperson, told reporters, “China opposes the abuse of national security clauses, which will seriously damage multilateral trade systems and disrupt normal international trade order."

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Twitter fact-checks Chinese official's claims that coronavirus originated in U.S.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

Twitter slapped a fact-check label on a pair of months-old tweets from a Chinese government spokesperson that falsely suggested that the coronavirus originated in the U.S. and was brought to Wuhan by the U.S. military, directing users to "get the facts about COVID-19."

Why it matters: The labels were added after criticism that Twitter had fact-checked tweets from President Trump about mail-in voting, but not other false claims from Chinese Communist Party officials and other U.S. adversaries.

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