The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan at the conclusion of the 10th U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy:

The United States and Japan emphasized their continued commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet during the tenth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy in Tokyo, Japan, on October 10 and 11, 2019.

The dialogue included discussions with private sector representatives from both countries on promotion of open, interoperable, reliable, and secure fifth generation mobile technologies (5G) networks and services; public-private cooperation on the deployment in third countries of digital infrastructure and services; international   more...
The United States and Australia and have entered into formal negotiations for a bilateral agreement under the U.S. Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (the CLOUD Act), as the first step towards significantly boosting law enforcement cooperation between the two allies, with strong protections for rule of law, privacy and civil liberties.

United States Attorney General William Barr and Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, announced the negotiations during a meeting on Oct. 7, 2019.

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WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce will add 28 Chinese governmental and commercial organizations to the Entity List for engaging in or enabling activities contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States. This action constricts the export of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to entities that have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in China’s campaign targeting Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

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It’s great to see so many members of the law enforcement community here today. Many of you have come from far away, and we are grateful for your presence. You are joined by those from the NGO community, industry, academia, and Capitol Hill. This is likely the first time that so many stakeholders in the lawful-access conversation have been in one place.

I’m especially thankful to be joined by two good friends from abroad: Peter Dutton, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, and Priti Patel, the U.K. Home Secretary. Thank you to each of you for accepting my invitation to be here, and for traveling such a long way. Our nations face a constellation of common security concerns. But we do not face them alone. We have always stood shoulder to shoulder in the fight for freedom, peace, and security. And we will continue to do so.

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The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of the terrorist organization Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS). ISIS-GS claimed responsibility for the October 2017 ambush of a joint U.S.-Nigerien patrol near the village of Tongo Tongo, Niger, which resulted in the deaths of four U.S. soldiers.

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MODERATOR: Everybody, we’re fortunate enough to be joined by our Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. This briefing is provided on the record. We’ve got about 25 minutes, I think, for this. We believe we’ll be joined by survivors of religious persecution who were in the event from earlier today, so we’re leaving the front seats open for them, however they will not take questions here. Okay, all right.

Sir.

AMBASSADOR BROWNBACK: Thank you, appreciate that. Thanks for being out today. I’m ecstatic with what the President did today on his announcements and work here on religious freedom, first time ever a country has hosted an event on religious freedom at the UN General Assembly. He put forward a very strong statement. We’ll have several of the survivors that are here that I may ask to say something.

One of them is here with us right now, Meriam Ibrahim. Meriam was put in jail in Sudan for being a Christian, death penalty, and – but they didn’t kill her because she was pregnant at the time and they thought that was, I guess, a bridge too far. And so world opinion galvanized around her and she was able to get out and is now in the United States.

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