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CGTN America 19 Sep 2019

Anna Ashton of the US-China Business Council discusses the progress of trade talks

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CGTN's Asieh Namdar speaks to Anna Ashton of the U.S.-China Business Council about the progress of U.S.-China trade talks.


More than a dozen US cities have ordered night-time curfews as protests rage demanding justice for George Floyd, a black man in police custody, and an end to police violence against minorities. Curfews are in force in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Atlanta among other cities. The unrest has been escalating across the country, as demonstrators took to the streets for the fifth day running. While many protests have been peaceful, some demonstrators have set police cars on fire and there have been incidents of looting. In Minneapolis, where the protests began, police have massed in large numbers and deployed tear gas and rubber bullets to clear demonstrators breaking an 8 pm curfew.
George Floyd's death has also sparked demonstrations internationally, including in the German capital. Hundreds rallied in front of the US embassy in Berlin in solidarity. Several groups had called for the rally on social media, under the motto "Justice for George Floyd - against racist police violence." And just a few miles away, graffiti of Floyd was painted onto a section of the Berlin Wall, together with the caption "I can't breathe."
Police and protesters across the US have clashed again on the fifth straight day of unrest, as anger intensifies over the death of George Floyd.

The protests marked by chants of 'I can't breathe' - a rallying cry echoing the dying words of Mr Floyd - have spread to more than 30 cities, with cars and buildings burned, shops looted, and at least two people dead.

Governors in several states have called in National Guard troops after President Donald Trump warned state authorities they needed to adopt tougher tactics, or federal government would step in.
US President Donald Trump warns China could face consequences for the coronavirus outbreak
Trump said China should face consequences if it was "knowingly responsible" for the coronavirus pandemic.
"If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, yeah, I mean, then sure there should be consequences," Trump told reporters at a daily briefing.
The US-China relationship was good "until they did this", he said, citing a recent first-phase agricultural deal aimed at quelling a trade war between the two countries.
The question now was whether what happened with the coronavirus was "a mistake that got out of control, or was it done deliberately?" he said, adding: "There's a big difference between those two."
Trump previously said his government is seeking to determine whether the virus emanated from a Chinese lab.
Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports
On The Listening Post this week: How a conspiracy documentary hijacked US social media and fuelled misinformation on COVID-19. Plus: Peru and the art of digital homeschooling.

COVID-19 misinformation in US
So much about this pandemic remains unknown, which is why reporting on it is so challenging. A lack of scientific consensus, heavy-handed government policies, and lockdown-induced economic woes have resulted in a wave of fear, anxiety, and powerlessness - perfect conditions for misinformation and conspiracy theories to thrive.

The US is ground zero for a lot of these theories, not least because the president and outlets like Fox News have long trafficked in them. There is a market for conspiracy theories; one that can turn a discredited scientist and an obscure filmmaker into an internet phenomenon.

The Listening Post takes a look at 'Plandemic' - the viral sensation of COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

Contributors:

Joe Uscinski - co-author, American Conspiracy Theories

Joan Donovan - research director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University

Will Sommer - tech reporter, The Daily Beast

Jared Yates Sexton - author & analyst

On our radar:
Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Nic Muirhead about a recent buyout in Italy meaning that Fiat automobiles now controls one of Italy's biggest newspapers - La Repubblica - and with it, a shift in editorial tone.

Listen, Watch, Learn: Peru's school system takes to airwaves
In many countries, it is still far too early to send children back to school. Take Peru, for instance; with more than 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, it has the second most of any Latin American country, behind Brazil.

One area where Peru seems to have fared better is education. Within three weeks of declaring a national lockdown, and with the collaboration of both public and private broadcasters, the Peruvian government brought to air Aprendo en Casa, or I Learn at Home - six hours of educational programming, every weekday.

The goal is to make the entirety of both the primary and secondary school curricula available to all students, including the millions without TV and internet access.

The Listening Post's Meenakshi Ravi takes a look at Aprendo en Casa - the TV and radio platform that is schooling Peruvian kids during lockdown.

Contributors:

Ernesto Cortes - general manager, RPP Group

Diana Marchena - planning coordinator, Education Ministry of Peru

Víctor Zapata - Lima-based secondary school teacher

Fátima Saldonid - presenter, Aprendo en Casa & Broadcaster, TV Perú

Marlith Norabuena - rural school teacher
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