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‘The Voice’: Team Blake and Team Alicia Strive for Top 12

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'The Voice': Team Blake and Team Alicia Strive for Top 12

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Team Adam and Team Kelly will take the stage on Wednesday night.

The Live Playoffs continued Tuesday night on NBC's The Voice with 10 artists from Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys’ teams singing for a chance to advance to the top 12. After all 24 artists who made it to this round sang Monday night, the top vote-getter from each team automatically advanced. Now the rest are duking it out for the remaining slots. On Wednesday night, Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson’s teams will sing, and the results from both nights will be announced afterward.

Team Blake went first, starting with Spensha Baker singing “Smoke Break” by Carrie Underwood. It was a fun modern country performance that is likely to connect with Team Blake’s fan base. Clarkson commended her on the song choice, and Shelton seemed confident that she will be moving forward.

Wilkes next sang “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt. His arrangement was creative and ambitious, slowing the song down and making it edgier. He showcased his impressive range as well as a knack for artistry and crafting the whole picture when it comes to a performance. Shelton highlighted the fact that the artists choose their own songs this round, adding that it was a great choice for Wilkes.

Singing the Dolly Parton classic “9 to 5,” Pryor Baird followed with an entertaining performance. He put some of his own spins on the song, giving it a different sound with his raspy voice. Shelton said he deserves to be on the show.

Austin Giorgio was up next, singing “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber. It was a much different song choice for him, but this is definitely the stage of the competition to take risks, and his paid off, showing a different side of his voice and that he is more versatile than meets the eye. Keys praised his classic sound.

Closing out the Team Blake performances, Gary Edwards sang “America the Beautiful,” which was a bit of a pandering move on his part, but his vocal was strong and he put soul and emotion behind his singing. Clarkson commended his runs, and Shelton said he deserves to move on.

Terrence Cunningham got things started for Team Alicia by singing “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan. His arrangement turned it into a smooth ballad, and he showed more of his range on Tuesday night than Monday night. Eventually the performance gained momentum and became more uptempo, Cunningham showing a lot of layers. Keys and the other coaches were all blown away by his creativity with the song.

Christiana Danielle was up next. She chose to sing “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, and she proved yet again that she can sing just about anything and make it her own. She gave a solid rock performance with a lot of personality, and Clarkson went so far as to say she was the best contestant on the show even though she isn’t on her team.

Jackie Foster sang “Alone” by Heart, putting a lot of power behind her vocal. Her range was incredible, and Keys pointed out that she seems to have a strong grasp on who she is as an artist. That confidence certainly came through in her performance. She managed to sing boldly without oversinging.

Singing “Need You Bad” by Jazmine Sullivan, Kelsea Johnson was up next, and she also sang with a lot of confidence. She has sung a lot of different kinds of songs on the show so far, and this song choice was another great one. Keys said she’s carving out her own space.

The last artist of the night was Johnny Bliss, who decided to sing Adele’s “One and Only” in one of the most emotional performances of the evening. It wasn’t pitch-perfect, but his tone always stands out. Overall, Keys has an impressively versatile team, and Bliss definitely embodies that.

On Wednesday night, 10 artists from Team Adam and Team Kelly will sing. Then the top four vote-getters from each team will join Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli, Team Adam’s Sharane Calister, Team Blake’s Kyle Jade and Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan in the top 12. The coaches also will have to chance to each pick an artist to round out the top 12. What did you think of Tuesday night’s performances?

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Sony Sues Brewer Over “Breaking Bud” Beer

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Sony Sues Brewer Over "Breaking Bud" Beer

The studio claims Knee Deep Brewing is infringing on its 'Breaking Bad' trademarks.

Legal trouble is brewing for a company that launched a Breaking Bad-inspired beer without a license from Sony Pictures Television.

Sony on Tuesday sued Knee Deep Brewing, claiming the company intentionally imitated the Breaking Bad logo and other design elements in order to capitalize on the fame of the AMC hit series, which "has been ranked by the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time and has been cited as one of the greatest television series in history."

The copying is gratuitous, Sony argues, and is clearly designed to avoid the difficulty of creating a unique brand.

"Simply put, rather than investing the time, effort and resources necessary to establish their own reputation and identity, Defendants have instead opted to hijack the famous brand identity associated with SPT and its BREAKING BAD show for Defendants’ own intended benefit," writes attorney Jean-Paul Jassy in the complaint. "Defendants’ unauthorized use of SPT’s trademarks and design elements threatens to erode the value of SPT’s BREAKING BAD Marks by undermining SPT’s continuing ability to attract licensees for such marks and secure compensation for the right to associate one’s products with the BREAKING BAD show."

Sony is suing for trademark infringement, dilution, false designation of origin and unfair competition, among other claims, and is seeking an injunction to stop Knee Deep from using "Breaking Bud" and the current design and logo and damages.

The brewery didn't immediately reply to a request for comment on the complaint, which is posted below.


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DirecTV Wants Out of Government’s Fight With AT&T, Time Warner

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DirecTV Wants Out of Government's Fight With AT&T, Time Warner

"The government offered no testimony or other evidence even hinting, much less demonstrating, that as a result of the merger DIRECTV’s incentives or behavior will change for the worse, or that it will be capable of harming competition."

The biggest antitrust trial in decades began nearly a month ago and, in that time, DirecTV says the Department of Justice has failed to show it belongs in the fight over AT&T's proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

DirecTV, which was acquired by AT&T for $49 billion in 2015, on Tuesday filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge Richard Leon to either dismiss it from the matter or enter a judgment in its favor.

"The government has failed to state a claim for relief against DIRECTV, which is not a party to the challenged merger, much less an acquirer of any stock or assets (as the Clayton Act requires)," writes attorney Daniel Petrocelli. "Nor has the government introduced any evidence that could justify finding that DIRECTV bears any liability in this case or that its presence is necessary for full and effective relief."

Petrocelli argues that even if the government follows through on a newly mentioned plan to seek divestiture of DirecTV, the satellite company still wouldn't need to be involved in the matter because the court could directly order AT&T to divest DirecTV.

"The government has rested and its evidence provides no basis for ordering any relief against DIRECTV," writes Petrocelli. "The government offered no testimony or other evidence even hinting, much less demonstrating, that as a result of the merger DIRECTV’s incentives or behavior will change for the worse, or that it will be capable of harming competition. Indeed, the government’s chief economic expert has predicted that DIRECTV will charge its subscribers less as a result of the merger."

The only reason the government named DirecTV as a defendant, Petrocelli argues, is so it could seek admission of hearsay statements made by the company prior to its 2015 acquisition by AT&T.

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Your Solution to All Mac Music Problems

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The prevalence of online hosting resources is definitely great but sometimes, you can’t access the internet and desire to play a video offline. How can you do this? In this review, we’ll analyze how to download videos from this online sharing service using Elmedia – a high-quality video player for Mac.

Several Words about Elmedia

This is a modern instrument developed for the needs of Mac users, which can help you download videos from online hosting resources. It permits you to open any format of audio or video files or download content with a view to having it on your Mac device. The program is -endowed with an awful lot of cool and useful options, which make it one of the worthiest players for Mac on the market.

If you are tired of choppy playbacks and bad quality of sound, this program is what you really need. It allows you to watch high-definition films because it is based on hardware accelerated decoding. Forget about constant glitches or lagging, Elmedia shows what the quality of players should be.

You won’t run into difficulties related to the choice of formats. Elmedia can open MP3, MP4, FLV, SWF, DAT, MKV or AVI files.

It is available on Setapp – an official site of this software product where you can come across the data about all options, price, and compatibility.

How to Download Playlists?

In very deed, one can download the whole playlists from YouTube. Below, you’ll find and make yourself familiar with a step-by-step instruction:

• You should switch to the browser mode. Click a menu bar and pick up Window – Browser.

• Log in to your personal account and pick the Playlists tab.

• Click on a playlist.

• Define in what format a file should be saved and press the button “Download all”.

That is all! Now, you can see a playlist on your Mac device. They are saved in a “Downloads” folder, but if necessary, you can change their location.

How to download videos through the use of Elmedia?

This procedure is simple and not time-consuming. Firstly, you should integrate a player into a web browser. In doing so, you’ll receive a speedy access to a required mode. If you wish to embark on downloading content, please, follow the below-written steps:

• Find an appropriate webpage with a film or clip on YouTube. After that, you should copy the link and enter it into the required field in the player. If done, click “Go”.

• Change the filter to “Video”.

• Press “Download” button, which is located on the right side of your screen. Commonly, all downloads are stored in FLV format.

• When the procedure is finished, the software will save the file and you’ll have it on your Mac device. It will also be stored in Elmedia Player Library.

The procedure is more than just easy and every user (even if you aren’t tech-savvy) will understand how to use the core features of the app.

Elmedia is a simple and very useful tool for any Mac user. With the functionality of this software, you’ll forget about all difficulties related to playing videos.

If you need just a soundtrack from a video, Elmedia enables you to extract it. You can do this with ease and save this file in MP3 or MP4 formats.

The software is also compatible with AirPlay which means that all users of this app can play videos across different Apple devices. This feature is extremely useful when you make a video with iPhone but wish to see it on Mac book.

Elmedia offers a free trial version, during which you can check out all options, functionality, and apps work in the gross. If you are satisfied with the software, you can select a billing plan and upgrade!

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Steve Wozniak speaks out about quitting Facebook: ‘I’m just tired of all the ads’

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Steve Wozniak speaks out about quitting Facebook: 'I'm just tired of all the ads'

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The Apple co-founder said he will stop using Facebook in protest of how the social media platform and other internet companies handle users' personal information, frequently to inundate them with ads.

Wozniak adjusted his profile on Facebook before deactivating his account and said he was shocked to see the extent of the platform's data collection. His announcement comes as Facebook is under fire for its potential mishandling of user data with Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that allegedly obtained personal information on as many as 87 million users in an effort to influence elections.

"The Cambridge Analytica incident prompted a bunch of articles about Facebook," Wozniak told ABC News. "Everybody knows Facebook makes their money off of you and your data and all that. I'm not naive to that. But I think they do it to a far greater extent than you expect."

PHOTO: In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion in St. Louis.Jeff Roberson/AP, FILE
In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion in St. Louis.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday about the company's ongoing data-privacy scandal.

And, Wozniak added, he's a person who understands the value of privacy.

"He buys a house and he buys all the houses around it, and then he buys some property in Hawaii and then he buys the parcels on the side of that for his own privacy," Wozniak said. "I wish he would think of me that way as a user of Facebook."

Wozniak said he would rather pay to use Facebook than have his personal information harvested for advertisers.

"I would like to know is there a number that you will totally protect my privacy, not use my information for any advertising, any personally targeted stuff at all," Wozniak said during an interview on "GMA." "What's the price? I'd like to know that price. Oh my gosh, I might pay it if I knew the price. But I have a feeling the price is so outrageously high that people would instantly be shocked at how much Facebook is making off of them."

The Apple co-founder didn't delete his Facebook account entirely but instead opted to deactivate it so he can keep his screen name.

"I want to keep that name for myself in the future in case I ever felt like going back to it, or at least keep and other people out of it," he said.

PHOTO: Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak addresses the audience during Science Channels Silicon Valley: The Untold Story Screening at Computer History Museum, Jan. 17, 2018, in Mountain View, Calif.Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Discovery
Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak addresses the audience during Science Channel's "Silicon Valley: The Untold Story" Screening at Computer History Museum, Jan. 17, 2018, in Mountain View, Calif.
PHOTO: Apple CEO, Tim Cook, attends the annual session of China Development Forum (CDF) 2018 at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, March 26, 2018.Jason Lee/Reuters
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, attends the annual session of China Development Forum (CDF) 2018 at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, March 26, 2018.

Zuckerberg has defended his company's practices, saying in a recent interview that the idea Facebook doesn't care about its customers because they don't pay for the service is "extremely glib and not at all aligned with the truth."

Facebook recently has announced changes, including revisions to its privacy settings, to make it easier for users to control who can access their personal information. Zuckerberg told Vox that an advertising-supported business model is the only way a company such as his could connect people around the world regardless of their ability to pay.

"I'm just tired of all the ads and, it’s like spam, you know, nobody likes it," Wozniak said. "You couldn't find a single person who likes it, but it will always exist because the people who make money are the companies that are advertising, and they control the rules. They make the rules.

"I would always raise a child to believe that truth is the most important thing. And I see a lot of dis-truth in the way Facebook deals with people. When, like I said, when I click a like, I think it's between me and the poster, and no, it's between me and an advertiser."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Daughter of poisoned Russian spy discharged from hospital

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Yulia Skripal, daughter of poisoned Russian spy, discharged from hospital

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The poisoned daughter of a former Russian spy has reportedly been discharged from hospital after being targeted with a suspected nerve agent alongside her father.

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Hospital officials said Yulia Skripal, 33, left the hospital early on Tuesday morning having made a rapid recovery after spending almost a month unconscious and in critical condition.

A statement delivered by Salisbury Hospital Medical Director Christine Blanshard said they "wish Yulia well," but said "this is not the end of her treatment."

"Yulia has asked for privacy from the media and I want to reiterate that request," Blanshard said.

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PHOTO: Members of the emergency services re-affix the tent over the bench where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found in critical condition at the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, England.Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the emergency services re-affix the tent over the bench where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found in critical condition at the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, England.

Yulia and her father Sergei, 66, were found slumped on a park bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. Blanshard said Sergei has also made "excellent" progress and they hoped he would also be released from the hospital "in due course."

Assessments by the British government concluded they were attacked with a type of Russian nerve agent known as Novichok.

Russia has fiercely denied allegations it is responsible and accused the Brits of fabricating the attack.

PHOTO: Daughter of former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal pictured in this undated photo.Yulia Skripal/Facebook via AP
Daughter of former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal pictured in this undated photo.

Doctors at Salisbury District Hospital said last week that Yulia Skripal was "responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and no longer in a critical condition."

"Our job in treating the patients has been to stabilise them — ensuring that the patients could breathe and that blood could continue to circulate," Blanshard said Tuesday morning of the treatments used to save Yulia and her father. "We then needed to use a variety of different drugs to support the patients until they could create more enzymes to replace those affected by the poisoning."

Shortly after the hospital's announcement, it emerged that Yulia may have spoken to her cousin in Russia by phone.

A recording which purported to be of the conversation was aired on Russian television, consisting of a brief conversation between the two, with Yulia saying she did not think her cousin would be given a visa to enter the U.K. to visit her.

PHOTO: A Aug. 16, 2005 file photo shows the main entrance of Salisbury District Hospital, in Salisbury, England. British media say a former Russian spy is in critical condition after coming into contact with an unknown substance. Tim Ockenden/PA via AP Images, File
A Aug. 16, 2005 file photo shows the main entrance of Salisbury District Hospital, in Salisbury, England. British media say a former Russian spy is in critical condition after coming into contact with an "unknown substance."

Russian ex-spy first came into contact with nerve agent on home’s front door: Police Officer hospitalized in UK spy poisoning case released from hospital

On Monday, the Russian RIA news agency reported that Yulia is applying for asylum in the U.K.

Over the weekend the British press reported the Skripals may be resettled in one of the western countries involved in the "five-eyes" intelligence-sharing community — the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

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Trump says ‘forceful’ response on Syria imminent; Russia warns of grave repercussions

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Trump says 'forceful' response on Syria imminent; Russia warns of grave repercussions

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President Donald Trump has vowed a "forceful" response to an alleged chemical attack on Syrian civilians in a rebel-held neighborhood outside the capital Damascus on Saturday.

As western leaders mull a response, Trump discussed possible military action that could be taken during a Cabinet meeting with military leaders on Monday.

Options on the table include limited military strikes, such as the Tomahawk missiles launched from a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Mediterranean targeting a Syrian airstrip almost exactly one year ago after an alleged chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib that killed more than 100 people.

“We have a lot of options, militarily,” the president said after the Cabinet meeting. “And we’ll be letting you know pretty soon — probably after the fact.”

PHOTO: Smoke rising after Syrian government airstrikes hit in the town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus, Syria, April. 7, 2018. Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP
Smoke rising after Syrian government airstrikes hit in the town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus, Syria, April. 7, 2018.

Lawmakers urge Trump to respond to Syria attack but divided on how Trump says 'major decisions' on Syria coming in next 24 to 48 hours

When asked by reporters after the meeting if Russian President Vladimir Putin, who supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, bore responsibility for the attack, Trump said, "Yeah he may, and if he does, it's going to be very tough. Everybody is going to pay a price."

Trump's third national security adviser, John Bolton, was in the room during the Cabinet meetings on his first day in office.

It's thought that any U.S. military response is unlikely to include significant numbers of ground forces. In March, Trump signaled he wanted a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, taking observers by surprise.

Western representatives at the United Nations issued strong words Monday condemning the suspected attack in Douma, thought to have killed dozens of people and around 500 were treated with symptoms consistent with exposure to nerve agent.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Russia has the "blood of Syrian children" on its hands.

PHOTO: Nikki Haley addresses an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria at United Nations headquarters in New York, April 9, 2018.Justin Kane/EPA via REX/Shutterstock
Nikki Haley addresses an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria at United Nations headquarters in New York, April 9, 2018.

"History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria," she said. "Either way, the United States will respond."

However the Russian Ambassador to the U.N., Vassily Nebenzia, said the chemical attack was staged and warned that any American military response in Syria would have "grave repercussions."

Nebenzia said Russian experts had entered Douma on Monday and did not find any traces of chemical substances used against civilians.

And the Syrian envoy, Bashar Jaafari, said that Syria had no chemical weapons stockpiles.

Mattis on possible US airstrikes in Syria: 'I don't rule out anything, right now' US pushing UN resolution to investigate alleged Syria chemical weapon attacks

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia, seen here in a file photo from April 5, 2018 at United Nations headquarters, said no chemical weapons were used in Syria.AP
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia, seen here in a file photo from April 5, 2018 at United Nations headquarters, said no chemical weapons were used in Syria.

"We condemn their use, at any time and under any circumstances," he said.

Trump also discussed the situation in Syria with French President Emmanuel Macron later on Monday, with both leaders expressing a desire for a "firm response."

France already vowed a response in line with the United States in a previous call on Sunday.

According to the Syrian American Medical Society, there have been 10 chemical attacks recorded by activists and doctors in Syria this year, including the incident in Douma on Saturday.

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AP Explains: US targets heart of China’s economic blueprint

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FILE – In this March 23, 2018, file photo, a delivery man calls for directions while pulling a cart of goods past a U.S. apparel store in Beijing, China. President Donald Trump's threat to hike tariffs on technology imports from China strikes at the heart of Beijing's state-led blueprint for prosperity and restoring the nation's greatness. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

President Donald Trump's threat to hike tariffs on technology imports from China strikes at the heart of Beijing's state-led blueprint for prosperity and restoring the nation's greatness.

For four decades, China has leaned on foreign companies to hand over technology — or help potential Chinese rivals develop their own — in exchange for market access. That helped make China a leader in fields from mobile phones to high-speed rail to wind turbines, but also fueled complaints that China was improperly benefitting from those tactics.

Chinese officials say they are willing to negotiate. In a speech Tuesday to a business conference in southern China, President Xi Jinping promised progress on areas that are U.S. priorities including cutting tariffs on auto imports, opening China's banking industry and boosting the total volume of imports — pledges some analysts saw as an overture aimed at ending the biggest global trade dispute since World War II.

But the political importance of the industrial policy Washington wants Beijing to change suggests Trump will face intense resistance to major changes.

WHAT'S CHINA'S GAME?

China's tactics have long frustrated the United States, Europe, Japan and other trading partners. But they avoided an open confrontation because China also was a growing market for power generation, telecoms, aerospace and other technology.

Sentiment against Beijing has mounted following complaints by foreign companies they are being squeezed out of promising industries as China develops its own suppliers.

"For them, it's a success story. To change that to something else, I don't know how the system would be willing to do that, because it is so successful," said Joerg Wuttke, a former president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China who has worked in this country for three decades.

"There will be attempts to appease the United States, but it's not going to work," said Wuttke. "We are entering a new phase of uncertainty."

WHAT IS THE FUSS ALL ABOUT?

Other governments, not just the U.S., say China's tactics violate the spirit of free trade. Many complaints center on investment or regulatory issues that aren't part of its World Trade Organization commitments.

A builder of Japan's Shinkansen bullet train, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, complained that after it licensed rail technology for use in China, local manufacturers tried to sell it abroad.

Beijing pressed automakers to shift to using Chinese components suppliers by imposing import taxes on autos assembled in local factories with foreign-made parts. By the time a WTO panel ruled in 2008 that violated China's market-opening pledges, automakers had shifted to local suppliers and were teaching them how to make better parts.

U.S. authorities also accuse China's government of using or encouraging cyberspying and theft of technology and business secrets.

More recently, Western governments are on edge about state-financed Chinese purchases of semiconductor, robotics and other companies while foreign buyers are barred from acquiring most assets in China. In Europe, that has prompted complaints the continent might be losing its competitive edge.

Earlier, Washington filed a World Trade Organization complaint accusing Beijing of imposing unfair contract terms on foreign suppliers and allowing its companies to keep using their technology once a license expires.

In September, Trump blocked the Chinese purchase of a U.S. maker of semiconductors in September. The same month, the president of the European Union's governing body announced plans for the 28-nation trade bloc's first "investment screening" system.

WHAT IS THE U.S. STRATEGY?

Trump's opening salvo was approval of possible 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese aerospace, computer and other technology. The U.S. Trade Representative's Office said that was in response to Chinese policies that "coerce American companies into transferring their technology" to Chinese enterprises. It said products picked for tariffs were those that benefited from such tactics.

Beijing fired back with its own $50 billion list of American goods including pork and steel pipes for a duty increase. Trump ratcheted up pressure by announcing he might seek higher import taxes on an additional $100 billion of Chinese goods.

The Trump administration might launch a similar investigation of Chinese cloud, financial and value-added telecoms services, researchers for consulting firm Eurasia Group said in a report.

"We remain concerned that the tariff imposition process could spiral dangerously out of control, given that this trade action is really less about trade and more about China's rise as a technology leader," the researchers said.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES FOR COMPROMISE?

Chinese leaders launched market-style reform in the 1980s but never abandoned the idea the ruling Communist Party would guide development and state-owned companies would dominate the economy.

Even today, China is the most closed major economy. Foreign or private competitors have little or no access to industries including banking, oil and gas, telecoms, airlines, coal mining, steel and railways. Foreign automakers and other companies must work through state-owned partners, sharing technology and developing their skills.

Leaders declared in 2013 that market forces would prevail in decision-making, but countered that by saying state industries would still dominate and the party would intensify control of government-owned companies.

"One of the difficulties is that the compromises primarily have to come from the Chinese side," said Lester Ross, a lawyer in Beijing for the firm WilmerHale and chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China's policy committee.

"I don't think the Chinese leadership likes to see itself in that position," he said. "It sees itself as a rising power — a rejuvenated country with great ambitions to rise to the top of the world. And it doesn't see any real obligation to make concessions unless they are absolutely in their own interest."

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