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US President Donald Trump nominates Indian American Krishna R. Urs to be ambassador to Peru

Urs, a 30-year veteran of the foreign service was earlier the Deputy Chief of Mission in Spain

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  • The appointment of Urs, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, would have to be approved by the Senate
  • Urs, a 30-year veteran of the foreign service was earlier the Deputy Chief of Mission in Spain
  • In January, Trump ordered the wholesale resignations of ambassadors appointed by Obama leaving huge holes in the diplomatic network 

Washington, June 29, 2017: US President Donald Trump has nominated Krishna R. Urs to be the ambassador to Peru, the White House announced on Wednesday.

The appointment of Urs, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, would have to be approved by the Senate.

He is currently Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid. Urs took over after James Costos, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, resigned.

Urs, a 30-year veteran of the foreign service was earlier the Deputy Chief of Mission in Spain.

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Urs, who knows Spanish, Hindi and Telugu, has specialised in economic issues and has developed extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America, the White House said.

In January, Trump ordered the wholesale resignations of ambassadors appointed by Obama leaving huge holes in the diplomatic network that he is only now beginning to fill.

Last week he nominated Kenneth Juster, the President’s Deputy Assistant for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, to be the Ambassador in New Delhi.

At the highest levels of the State Department, Trump has appointed Indian-American Nikki Haley as the US Permanent Representative to the UN, a position the has cabinet rank. (IANS)

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US President Donald Trump May Blacklist Chinese Surveillance Tech Firm

Administration officials could make a final decision in the coming weeks, the sources said

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FILE - President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 9, 2019. VOA

US President Donald Trump’s administration is considering blacklisting a Chinese video surveillance giants from buying American technology, in a latest attempt to counter Beijings global economic ambitions, a media report said.

The move would effectively place the company, Hikvision, on a US blacklist. It would mark the first time the Trump administration punished a Chinese company for its role in the surveillance and mass detention of the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority, informed sources told The New York Times on Tuesday.

The development is also likely to inflame the tensions that have escalated in President Trump’s renewed trade war with Chinese leaders.

Trump, in the span of two weeks, has raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, threatened to tax all imports and taken steps to cripple the Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei.

China has promised to retaliate against American industries.

Hikvision is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of video surveillance products and is central to China’s ambitions to be the top global exporter of surveillance systems.

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President Donald Trump arrives at a rally at Resch Center Complex in Green Bay, Wis., Saturday, April 27, 2019. VOA

The company has said that its products enable their clients to track people around the country by their facial features, body characteristics or gait, or to monitor activity considered unusual by officials, such as people suddenly running or crowds gathering.

The Commerce Department might require that American companies obtain government approval to supply components to Hikvision, limiting the company’s access to technology that helps power its equipment.

Administration officials could make a final decision in the coming weeks, the sources said.

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The potential crackdown stems from the Trump administration’s belief that China poses an economic, technological and geopolitical threat that cannot be left unchecked.

China has used surveillance technology, including facial recognition systems and closed-circuit television cameras, to target the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs, who have accused the Chinese government of discriminating against their culture and religion, The New York Times reported.

The country has exported this technology to nations that seek closer surveillance of their citizens, including Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. (IANS)