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Governor Rick Snyder
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Michigan's governor says he's promoting the state's leadership in mobility and autonomous vehicle technology development as part of his trade trip to China.

The office of Gov. Rick Snyder says he signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with China's Ministry of Science and Technology that seeks to "further advance innovation and cooperation within the automotive and technology sectors, including new energy and autonomous vehicle technologies."

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Ford says it won't be moving production of a hatchback vehicle to the United States from China - despite President Donald Trump's claim that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America.

Citing Trump's new tariffs, Ford on Aug. 31 said it was dropping plans to ship the Focus Active from China to America.

Trump took to Twitter Sunday to declare victory and write: "This is just the beginning. This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!"

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President Donald Trump is looking for advice from a range of lawmakers as he considers whether to impose trade sanctions on aluminum and steel imports.

The president is meeting at the White House with nearly 20 lawmakers, including a number of senators representing Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

Trump says the administration is "considering all options" but he's considering issuing "tariffs and/or quotas."

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At least 30 percent of the new vehicles Ford will roll out in China by 2025 will be electric, with Beijing pushing hard to improve air quality for people living in smoke-choked cities.

The Detroit automaker said Tuesday that the 15 new electric vehicles, part of the 50 new vehicles it is introducing to China's massive market in the next 18 years, will be Lincolns and Fords.

Its joint venture with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., announced last month, will produce a separate range of electric vehicles under a new brand.

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The U.S. intelligence community is investigating alleged Russian hacking of the Presidential election. It’s one of many cyber threats the country faces. A former national security expert and Michigan congressman is explaining these threats in-depth. 

In 2007 the Chinese government fired a missile targeting a satellite orbiting the planet at 18,000 mph. For the first time space was militarized.

“So if you’re in the security space you think, ‘hmm, this is a bit of a problem.”

Jamie Clover Adams
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Michigan plans to step up efforts to connect food and agriculture companies in the state with Chinese buyers during a November trade trip.

Officials announced Thursday that Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams will lead a trade mission to China from Nov. 9-14.

Stops are planned in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

The trip will include one-on-one meetings, retail tours and briefings with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials.

Snyder: Talking to China important despite GOP critics

Aug 27, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says it's important to talk trade with Chinese officials despite some GOP presidential hopefuls blaming China for the recent tumble of U.S.