BEIJING: China said on Monday it was firmly opposed to any U.S. actions against Chinese software companies, responding to remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Washington will take action shortly against Chinese firms while accusing them of feeding data to Beijing’s government. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters during a daily briefing that China hopes the U.S.

Tik Tok logo is displayed on the smartphone while standing on the U.S. flag in this illustration picture taken. ? Reuters/Files United States President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday to impose a ban on TikTok in the country, ratcheting up the pressure on the popular short-video app?s Chinese owner to sell it.

China and U.S. flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration picture taken July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

TikTok is the latest target in a wide-ranging trade war between Beijing and Washington. ? Reuters/Files BEIJING: The founder of Bytedance, which owns social media giant TikTok, said Monday his teams were working around-the-clock "for the best outcome," as talks on the sale of its US operation to Microsoft continue, Chinese media reported.

Chinese drug company Sinopharm and Parana state have agreed to launch the fourth major COVID-19 vaccine trial in Brazil and will seek regulatory approval in the next two weeks, the Brazilian partners said on Wednesday. A trial by Sinopharm would join Phase III trials already announced in Brazil by AstraZeneca, Sinovac Biotech and a Pfizer partnership with BioNTech.

China?s Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter, industry tracker Canalys said Thursday. Huawei shipped 55.8 million devices in the April-June period, trumping Samsung’s 53.7 million, according to data from research firm Canalys. Huawei now sells nearly two-thirds of its handsets in China, which took an early hit from the coronavirus pandemic but has since reclaimed ground as new cases have dwindled.

CHICAGO: Johnson & Johnson on Thursday kicked off U.S. human safety trials for its COVID-19 vaccine after releasing details of a study in monkeys that showed its best-performing vaccine candidate offered strong protection in a single dose. When exposed to the virus, six out of six animals who got the candidate vaccine were completely protected from lung disease and five out of six were protected from infection as measured by the presence of virus in nasal swabs, according to the study published in the journal Nature.

ISLAMABAD: Keeping in view the positive engagement and response of the company, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Saturday lifted ban on the most popular online game Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG), ARY News reported. According to the details, a meeting was held between PTA and legal representatives of Proxima Beta Pte Ltd (PB).

An antibody drug already being used against the coronavirus in Cuba decreased the risk of intensive care admission and death among nursing home residents with moderate COVID-19, according to a small study conducted in the island nation. India’s Biocon said earlier this month it received regulatory approval in India for itolizumab for use in coronavirus infected patients with moderate-to-severe respiratory distress.

SYDNEY: Australia will force US tech giants Facebook and Alphabet?s Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content in a landmark move to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world. Australia will become the first country to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content provided by media companies under a royalty-style system that will become law this year, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.