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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have chosen an all-female White House senior communications team, led by Jen Psaki as press secretary and Kate Bedingfield as communications director. Psaki currently oversees communications for the presidential transition, and she previously served as White House communications director under President Barack Obama, and as State Department spokesperson […]
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Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's candidates suffered further defeats Sunday and the traditional centre-right emerged stronger in municipal runoff elections seen as a gauge of where things stand in Brazilian politics ahead of presidential polls in 2022. Brazil's biggest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, both elected experienced centre-right mayors -- incumbent Bruno Covas and returning veteran Eduardo Paes, respectively -- as the candidates endorsed by Bolsonaro were roundly defeated, according to full official results.The Brazilian left meanwhile continued to struggle to bounce back from the damaging impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and the jailing of her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on corruption charges -- the events that paved the way for Bolsonaro's "conservative wave."The runoff elections "confirmed what we'd already seen in the first-round vote (on November 15): a defeat for Bolsonaro's camp," said political scientist Leonardo Avritzer of the Federal University of Minas Gerais."The left meanwhile continues to have enormous difficulties."For the first time in its history, Lula's and Rousseff's Workers' Party (PT) failed to win a single mayoral race in Brazil's 26 state capitals.Traditional parties to the center and right meanwhile consolidated the comeback they made in the first round, including Sao Paulo Mayor Covas's Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and Rio mayor-elect Paes's Democrats (DEM).Bolsonaro, the politician known as the "Tropical Trump," will for his part have to work to bolster his position before his expected reelection bid, analysts said."Bolsonaro showed little political capacity as a leader," said political scientist Flavia Biroli of the University of Brasilia."The center-right and right came out as winners, but that is not the same as the Bolsonaro right," she told AFP.Against 'politics of hate' Covas and Paes both took aim at Bolsonaro in their victory speeches.Covas, a 40-year-old cancer survivor tasked with handling one of the world's biggest coronavirus outbreaks, called his win a victory for "science and moderation."That was seen as a veiled jab at Bolsonaro's polarizing style and controversial handling of Covid-19, which the president has downplayed as a "little flu" even as it has killed more than 172,000 people in Brazil, the second-highest death toll worldwide, after the United States.Covas had to fend off what looked at times to be a tough challenge from leftist activist turned politician Guilherme Boulos, hailed by progressives as the new face of the Brazilian left.However, the result was not close in the end: Covas won 59 percent of the vote in Latin America's biggest city, to 41 percent for Boulos.The incumbent received warm congratulations from his predecessor and mentor, Sao Paulo state Governor Joao Doria, a top contender to challenge Bolsonaro for the presidency.In Rio, Paes condemned the "politics of hate" associated with both Bolsonaro and the candidate the president backed, Evangelical pastor and incumbent Mayor Marcelo Crivella."The results of extremism, hate and division have been good for no one," said Paes, who was previously Rio mayor from 2009 to 2016.Paes won with 64 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Crivella.The other runoff candidate backed by Bolsonaro, police reserve captain Wagner Sousa Gomes, also lost in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.Bolsonaro candidates routed The municipal polls, which are essentially Brazil's midterm elections, bore the indelible mark of the pandemic.The soaring death toll and the economic crisis that has ensued were central issues.Brazil's 148 million voters were electing mayors and city councils in 5,569 municipalities, with runoffs held in 57 cities.In other closely watched races, another rising left-wing star, Manuela D'Avila of the Communist Party of Brazil, lost to centrist candidate Sebastiao Melo in the southern city of Porto Alegre.In the northeastern city of Recife, scene of a left-wing family feud pitting two cousins against each other, Joao Campos of the center-left Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) defeated Marilia Arraes of the PT.Bolsonaro, who currently has no political party -- but must choose one to stand in 2022 -- meanwhile got bleak results for his candidates.Just two of the 13 mayoral candidates he endorsed won, and nine of 45 city council candidates.(AFP)
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(Bloomberg) -- The Trump administration is poised to add chipmaker SMIC and offshore oil-and-gas explorer CNOOC to a list of firms blocked from American investment due to military ties, Reuters reported, in the latest U.S. swipe at Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. and China National Offshore Oil Corp. are among four Chinese companies to be added to a list of firms owned or controlled by the military, Reuters reported, citing a document seen and three unidentified people familiar with the matter. Their addition -- along with China Construction Technology Co. Ltd. and China International Engineering Consulting Corp. -- would bring the total number of firms on the blacklist to 35.It wasn’t clear when the new list would be published in the Federal Register, Reuters said. The Defense Department didn’t respond to Reuters’ request for comment.CNOOC didn’t respond to emailed requests for comment. Cnooc Ltd., the company’s listed unit, fell as much as 9.3% in Hong Kong. China Oilfield Services Ltd., its drilling subsidiary, fell as much as 11%. “There will be huge impact on the company because the oil-and-gas value chain involves a lot of U.S. companies from upstream, mid-stream all the way to the gas side,” said Sengyick Tee, an analyst with SIA Energy. “This also means they cannot procure parts and software from U.S. companies.”President Donald Trump, a Republican, has continued to roll out punitive measures against China despite losing the U.S. presidential election earlier this month to Biden, a Democrat. The actions will make it harder for the incoming administration to de-escalate tensions with Beijing, although they will also arguably give the U.S. side more leverage in future negotiations.In a related executive order earlier this month, the U.S. said China was “increasingly exploiting” American capital for “the development and modernization of its military, intelligence, and other security apparatuses,” posing a threat to the U.S. That order prohibits investment firms and pension funds from buying and selling shares of 31 Chinese companies designated by the Pentagon since June as having military ties.In response to the previous order, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of “viciously slandering” its military-civilian integration policies and vowed to protect the country’s companies. “This not only severely harms the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies, but also the interests of foreign investors including U.S. ones,” ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at the time, urging the order’s withdrawal.Exxon, ShellState-owned CNOOC, the country’s main deepwater oil and gas explorer, has ties to key global energy producers and projects. The firm is among Exxon Mobil Corp.’s partners in its Guyana project, owns a stake in a Royal Dutch Shell Plc LNG export terminal in Australia, and has a share in the U.K. North Sea’s Buzzard oil field.CNOOC’s main base of operations are the coastal waters surrounding China, which account for more than 60% of its listed company’s production, with the majority coming from the Bohai Sea near Beijing.Operations in the South China Sea, which account for about 29% of output, have at times run into controversy because China claims drilling rights in waters far from its borders, and within 200 miles of countries like Vietnam and the Philippines. The firm also owns interests in shale and deepwater projects in the U.S., accounting for production of about 67,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, according to its website.SMIC was little changed after falling as much as 0.9% earlier. A company representative referred request for comment to a prior statement denying military connections.SMIC RestrictionsIn September, the U.S. Commerce Department separately imposed export restrictions on SMIC, requiring American firms to apply for a license to send certain products to China’s largest chipmaker. SMIC and its subsidiaries present “an unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use,” the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security wrote.SMIC represents a cornerstone in China’s vision of creating its own, world-class semiconductor industry, which the Communist Party sees as an essential foundation for a self-sufficient technology sector. The company is the country’s biggest contract manufacturer of chipsets and raised more than $7 billion to expand in a Shanghai stock offering in July.SMIC still has far to go to catch up to rivals such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which makes chips for Apple Inc.’s most advanced smartphones. TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, is commercializing 5 nanometer technology, at least two generations ahead of SMIC’s capabilities.A Trump administration blacklisting would make that effort more difficult -- if not impossible -- because SMIC could be barred from American suppliers, which tend to make the most advanced chip-making equipment.(Updates with market movements in fourth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- Airbnb Inc. and DoorDash Inc. will disclose higher-than-expected valuation ranges for their initial public offerings when they start their roadshows this week, according to people familiar with the matter.Airbnb is targeting a range of $30 billion to $33 billion, up from the $30 billion that had been expected, the people said, asking not to identified as the matter is private. DoorDash plans a range of around $25 to $28 billion, more than the expected $25 billion, according to one of the people.Details of the higher valuations were first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Representatives for Airbnb and DoorDash declined to comment on the matter.Both companies are seeking to go public before the end of the year, Bloomberg News has reported, crowning an unusually active period for new offerings that’s also defied the broader economic slowdown triggered by the coronavirus outbreak.The two have had contrasting experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic, with Airbnb seeing bookings plummet amid travel restrictions and economic slowdown while DoorDash saw its revenue more than triple in the first nine months of this year as Americans leaned on food delivery apps to get dinner at home.Read more: Airbnb Files for IPO Disclosing Pandemic’s Effect on RentalsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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America should prepare for a "surge upon a surge" in coronavirus cases as millions of travellers return home after the Thanksgiving holiday, top US scientist Anthony Fauci warned Sunday. The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 Covid-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump's administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, travel and the danger posed by the virus."There almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union." Travel surrounding Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday made this the busiest week in US airports since the pandemic began."We may see a surge upon a surge" in two or three weeks, Fauci added. "We don't want to frighten people, but that's the reality."The trend is ominous, Fauci and other government scientists said, with the Christmas holidays soon bringing more travel and family gatherings.Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, noted a surge in Covid-19 after a holiday weekend in May."Now we're entering this post-Thanksgiving surge with three, four and 10 times as much disease across the country,' she told CBS's "Face the Nation.""We are deeply worried."The US surgeon general, Jerome Adams, was equally blunt. "I want to be straight with the American people," he told "Fox News Sunday." "It's going to get worse over the next several weeks."Desperate wait for vaccine Elsewhere, thousands of health workers marched in Madrid in support of the public health system in Spain, one of the European countries hardest hit by the pandemic.And guards opened fire to quell a prison riot in Sri Lanka, where four inmates were killed while protesting a surge of coronavirus infections.In France, the highest administrative court ordered the government to loosen rules allowing no more than 30 people at religious services, in the face of angry objections from church leaders.Around 9,000 runners -- some wearing face masks -- took part in the Shanghai International Marathon, according to Chinese media, a mass-participation sports event rare during the pandemic.And New York City again took a small step back toward normality, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that elementary schools would reopen for in-person instruction on December 7. The US news media, meantime, reported that first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 -- one of the first to claim high effectiveness, along with a Moderna product -- had arrived in the United States from a Pfizer lab in Belgium.Pfizer was using charter flights to pre-position vaccine for quick distribution once it receives US emergency authorization -- expected as early as December 10 -- the Wall Street Journal and other media reported.The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both said to be safe and perhaps 95 percent effective, have introduced a glimmer of hope after months of gloomy news."This is the way we get out of the pandemic. The light is at the end of the tunnel," Admiral Brett Giroir, the US official overseeing coronavirus testing, told CNN.But like Fauci and the other scientists, he expressed grave concerns about the months immediately ahead."About 20 percent of all people in the hospital have Covid, so this is a really dangerous time," Giroir said. Europe struggles to reopen Until large numbers of Americans have been vaccinated -- Giroir said half the eligible population might be by March -- much will still depend on people taking precautions, including mask-wearing and distancing, he and Fauci said.Giroir said it might take until the second or third quarter of next year for most Americans to be vaccinated, but that substantial benefits would accrue much sooner.By first vaccinating those at highest risk, he said, "we can absolutely get 80 percent of the benefit of the vaccine by only immunizing a few percent of the population."Adams, the US surgeon general also expressed cautious optimism, saying, "We are mere weeks away from starting to vaccinate the vulnerable, and we can significantly protect people who are at risk for this virus."So hang on just a little bit longer."The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1,453,074 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Sunday.Europe on Saturday crossed a grim barrier, registering 400,649 deaths.Germany, once a beacon of hope in Europe's coronavirus nightmare, reached on Friday the mark of more than one million cases.(AFP)
(Bloomberg) -- Oil dropped toward $45 a barrel as a consensus within OPEC+ to postpone an output hike planned for January remained elusive ahead of a meeting of the cartel’s power brokers later on Monday.Futures in New York declined 1.1% in Asian trading. Most participants in an informal discussion of OPEC+ ministers on Sunday supported keeping production curbs at current levels into the first quarter, said one delegate, although there was opposition from the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan.The Trump administration, meanwhile, is poised to add four Chinese companies including energy giant China National Offshore Oil Corp. to a list of firms owned or controlled by China’s military, Reuters reported. Worsening relations between the world’s two largest economies may threaten energy demand.Oil is set for the biggest monthly gain since May on signs of Covid-19 vaccine breakthroughs, raising optimism for a long-term rebound in fuel consumption. Unless the existing OPEC+ agreement is revised this week, however, producers will restart about 1.9 million barrels a day of halted output, potentially pushing the global market back into surplus.While a majority of watchers are expecting a three-month delay to the planned output increase, a recent price rally may complicate talks. Some producers such as Iraq -- which is seeking an upfront payment for its crude -- are facing a cash squeeze and are keen to pump more.“The argument that might be going on within OPEC centers around the big improvement in the demand outlook for 2021,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets. “The expectation is that Asian demand will lead the way and drive the improvement in the market, particularly with Europe and the U.S. potentially facing further Covid containment measures.”The global demand outlook remains mixed due to an uneven recovery from a virus-induced crash. China is continuing its robust rebound, with at least one fuel supplier already gearing up for an expected surge in air travel ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in February. In the U.S., foot traffic in airports hit the highest since March before the Thanksgiving holiday, though it remains about 1.5 million people lower year-on-year.An official gauge of activity in China’s manufacturing sector rose faster that expected in November, suggesting the economy’s recovery is gathering pace toward the end of the year. Solid global demand for exports ahead of the Christmas period is helping to underpin the recovery.See also: OPEC Faces Seismic Demand Split as Cartel Plots Next MoveThe Middle East, meanwhile, is once again seeing rising tension. An oil refinery in Iraq’s north was hit by a rocket, causing a fire, according to al-Arabiya television. That comes after Iran accused Israel and the U.S. of being behind the assassination of one of its top nuclear scientists Friday, vowing revenge.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
China's factory activity grew at its fastest pace in over three years in November, official data showed Monday, as the world's second-largest economy continued its recovery from the coronavirus.