Tag: China

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 […]

South China Sea: Australia considers joint naval patrols with Indonesia

Australia is considering joint naval patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea, the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop confirmed on Tuesday. Bishop said Indonesia’s request for joint patrols at a bilateral meeting in Bali last week was “consistent with our policies of exercising our right of freedom of navigation”. “That’s in accordance with international […]

China to launch manned space mission Shenzhou 11 on Monday

China will launch a two-man space mission, Shenzhou 11, on Monday, the state-owned Xinhua news agency said, taking the country closer to its ambition of setting up a permanent manned space station by 2022.   Space programme official Wu Ping said at a briefing: “The astronaut flight group is in good condition, prelaunch preparations are […]

Russia Says It’s Joining China to Counter U.S. Missile Defense

Russia said it’s working with China to counter U.S. plans to expand its missile-defense network, which the two nations see as targeting their military assets. The upgrades aim to give Washington the ability to launch a nuclear strike “with impunity,” Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff said Tuesday at a […]

North Korea doesn’t intend to abandon nuclear programs

The radioactive dust from North Korea’s fifth and most powerful nuclear weapons test had barely settled Friday when the calls to slap more sanctions on Kim Jong-un’s regime began.   Republicans in Congress howled about the need to punish Pyongyang and crack down on its Chinese allies, and President Barack Obama vowed that the fallout […]

China, Russia launch naval war games in South China Sea

The Chinese and Russian navies launched eight days of war games in the South China Sea on Monday, in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against the backdrop of regional territorial disputes.   The “Joint Sea-2016” maneuvers include ships, submarines, ship-borne helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, along with marines and amphibious armored vehicles […]