Good morning from chilly DC, no commentary, just going to get right into it today. Thanks for reading. The Essential Eight 1. More On The US-China Tech War U.S. 'Stifling' Chinese Tech, State Media Says After ZTE Ban - Caixin Global: The action against ZTE in the midst of those tensions is part of Washington’s broader plan to impede China’s economic development, said the official Xinhua News Agency in an editorial titled “U.S. decision on ZTE stokes up trade tensions with China.” It noted that the U.S. often prohibits exports of its sensitive technology to China, while also complaining about its big trade deficit with the Asian country.