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Washington: US diplomats have warned China to stop using covert law enforcement agents on US soil to pressure Chinese citizens into returning home to face justice, often on corruption charges, US officials said.

Placing a law enforcement official here without notifying American authorities is criminal, CNN quoted the officials as saying.

They acknowledged the US and China have a legal cooperation treaty but stressed that it requires Beijing to share evidence and work through the US legal system.

China responded on Monday through its state news agency, Xinhua, saying it was simply fighting corruption with a programme called Fox Hunt 2015.

“China’s operation is legitimate and has been approved in bilateral agreements reached earlier this year,” China said. ” ‘Fox Hunt 2015,’ which targets corrupt officials of government departments and state-owned enterprises, is an important effort of China to crack down (on) corruption.”

Xinhua said US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson promised to actively support China’s “Sky Net” and “Fox Hunt” operations, which aim to bring back corrupt officials.

China apparently issued its statement in response to stories in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal about the US warning.

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State Department spokesman John Kirby addressed the issue in general terms on Monday at a press briefing, saying it’s a criminal offence for “an individual other than a diplomatic or consular officer to act in the US as a law enforcement agent of a foreign power” without notifying the US attorney general.

(IANS)

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Huawei Mate X: More Specs Revealed, to Soon Launch in China

As for the connectivity options, the device supports NFC, dual-frequency GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, and USB Type-C port

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FILE - A staff member stands in front of a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019. VOA

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huaweis foldable phone Mate X has passed through Chinas TENAA certification agency and is listed as a 5G phone with model number TAH-AN00.

According to the listing, the device would house an 8-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2,480×2,200 px. The battery will come with a minimum rating of 4,400 mAh, news portal GSMArena reported on Friday.

The device would come in three different RAM and storage configurations: 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 512GB, each with support for expansion via the Nano Memory card standard.

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People walk past a Huawei retail store in Beijing, June 30, 2019. VOA

In addition, the listing also reveals that the device is running Android 9 Pie operating system out-of-the-box and is likely to have EMUI 9.1 custom interface on top.

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As far as the cameras are concerned, the phone features a 40MP main sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens with a 16MP ultrawide lens and a Time of Flight (ToF) 3D camera.

As for the connectivity options, the device supports NFC, dual-frequency GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, and USB Type-C port. (IANS)