Tag: China

China’s digital dictatorship

WHEN communism crumbled in the Soviet Union, 25 years ago this week, the Chinese Communist Party seemed to many to be heading irreversibly downwards. Yes, the tanks had left Tiananmen Square after crushing a revolt in 1989, but the war appeared lost. Even China’s breakneck growth, which took off a year after the Soviet collapse, […]

China installs weapons systems on artificial islands

China appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank reported, citing new satellite imagery. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said its findings, made available first […]

Taiwan Is Both Exhilarated and Unnerved by Trump’s China Remarks

Lin Fei-fan led the charge nearly three years ago when hundreds of students occupied Taiwan’s legislature to protest a trade deal with China. With the island’s economy increasingly tied to the mainland’s, and Beijing’s global influence on the rise, he worried that Taiwan’s independence was at stake — and might be a lost cause. Now, […]

Chinese media offer stern warning to ‘rookie’ Trump

Donald Trump is a “diplomatic rookie” who must learn not to cross Beijing on issues like trade and Taiwan, Chinese state media said Tuesday, warning America could pay dearly for his inexperience. A protocol-shattering call with Taiwan’s president followed by a Twitter tirade against Beijing’s policies by the president-elect could risk upending the delicate balance […]

Trump Phone Conversation With Taiwan Head Rankles Chinese Communists

Following President-elect Donald Trump’s acceptance of a congratulatory phone call on December 2 from Tsai Ing-wen (shown, right), the president of the Republic of China (ROC, popularly known as Taiwan) the communist government of the mainland People’s Republic of China (PRC) issued a formal complaint about Trump’s action. On December 3, the People’s Republic’s foreign […]

White House moves to reassure China after Donald Trump’s call with Taiwan

White House officials say they have spoken with Chinese leadership following President-elect Donald Trump’s call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. Federal officials called to reassure the country that the US still adheres to the “One China” policy, which does not recognise Taiwan as its own sovereign nation. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said officials “do not understand […]

Syria war: Russia, China vote against Aleppo ceasefire

Russia and China on Monday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo to allow desperately needed aid into the war-ravaged zone. The United States and Russia verbally dueled before the vote, which called for a seven-day truce. Venezuela also rejected the resolution. The vote came […]

Trump’s election has China’s former critics looking to it to defend globalization — willingly or not

Just months ago, world leaders were fretting over the threat posed by an increasingly assertive China. The country’s government oversaw the worst crackdown on dissent in nearly three decades. The Chinese built, then militarized, islands in disputed waters of the South China Sea. They tightened controls over the Internet, freezing out foreign firms while allowing their domestic […]

Pope’s possible deal with China would ‘betray Christ’, says Hong Kong cardinal

The most senior Chinese Catholic has slammed a potential rapprochement between the Vatican and Beijing, saying it would be “betraying Jesus Christ”, amid a thaw in more than six decades of bitter relations. Talk of a deal between the two sides has been building for months, with some saying the diplomatic coup for Pope Francis […]

Apple iPhones could be hit if Trump imposes a 45 percent tariff on China exports, Beijing warns

Focus on trade relations with China  7 Hours Ago | 03:43Apple iPhones and other U.S. goods could suffer sales hits in China if President-elect Donald Trump goes through with his “naive” plan of slapping a large import tariff on Chinese products, a state-backed newspaper warned on Sunday.During his election campaign this year, Trump spoke of a […]