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Gowdy: U.S. Can Hit China ‘Where It Hurts the Most’ for Hoarding PPE

With China reportedly covering up the coronavirus outbreak and hoarding important medical materials such as Personal Protective Equipment to corner the market and the White House mulling taking action against them, former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said in a Tuesday appearance on “Fox & Friends” the United States could hit China “where it hurts the most” to hold them accountable.

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Taiwan Government Bans Use of Zoom over Security Concerns

Taiwan has reportedly banned the use of the Zoom video conferencing app for official government business due to security concerns, making it the first government to do so. The decision comes on the heels of the New York City Department of Education banning Zoom, and may be motivated in part by the news that Zoom routed meeting traffic through China.

Supporters of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) want the island to resist pressure from China

Report: Chinese Companies in Australia Stockpiled Medical Supplies for China

A report by the Australian edition of 60 Minutes on Sunday quoted an anonymous employee of a Chinese-owned property management company called Greenland who said the company bought up “tonnes of gloves, masks, gowns, sanitizer, and other vital medical supplies” and sent them to China in January and February. Other Chinese-owned companies in Australia, and around the world, reportedly encouraged staffers to stockpile as much medical equipment as they could so the firms could ship the materials to China in the last days before the pandemic spread across the world.

An employee of the government's factory "Blakit" prepare to pack medical masks in the town of Baranovichi, 150 km (93 miles) southwest of Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older …