Tag: China

China enlists citizens to patrol border with North Korea

China is sending civilian militias to help secure the border it shares with North Korea, state media said, in the wake of two reported killings of Chinese citizens by North Koreans that could strain ties between Pyongyang and its sole major ally. The China Defence News said on Wednesday the government had established a civilian-military […]

No easy ‘plan B’ for Iran if nuclear talks with major powers collapse

Iranian officials say they can turn to Beijing and Moscow if talks in Vienna fail to end Western sanctions, but with oil prices falling, China’s economy slowing and Russia in its own sanctions-induced slump, Tehran’s “plan B” hardly looks ideal.   Talks between Iran and six powers, which include China and Russia as well as […]

Xi Jinping and China’s Power Play With Russia

President Barack Obama will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week on international issues like Ebola and terrorism, but things likely will get awkward if they discuss Beijing’s growing nuclear arsenal and increasingly cozy partnership with Russia.   Xi has aggressively asserted his government’s power at home and abroad since taking office in 2013, […]

China climate deal sets stage for US political warfare

At least, that’s the way US Secretary of State John Kerry is describing the plan to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025 and halt the growth of Chinese emissions by 2030.   “Our announcement can inject momentum into the global climate negotiations, which resume in less than three weeks […]

Kerry urges US-China cooperation on climate change

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. and China must work together to stave off a global catastrophe from climate change. He appealed for greater cooperation between the two world powers despite strains between them over cyber theft and maritime security.   Kerry heads to Beijing this week, to set the stage for […]

China opposes sending North Korea to int’l court

China said Thursday it was against referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court, dimming chances that its longtime ally will face additional scrutiny over its dismal and well-documented system of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions.   The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security […]

China seeking closer military ties with Iran

China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defence minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran’s nuclear plans.   Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan told Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the two armed forces have […]

China is trying to build a new world order, starting in Asia

THE clue is in the name. The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation SCO groups six countries—China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan—and aims to be the dominant security institution in its region; but its origin and purposes are largely Chinese. So it looks rather worrying from a Western point of view that the group has agreed to […]

China earthquake: Toll nears 600 amid flood fears

The 6.1-magnitude quake struck a mountainous area, destroying thousands of houses and triggering landslides. A total of 589 people were killed and nine were missing, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said. More than 2,400 people were hurt, it said. Several roads have been blocked and there are concerns about barrier lakes formed when debris blocks […]

In Latin America, Russia and China Push New World Order

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and Communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping visited Latin America this month to push a new “international order” and boost relations between their regimes and the region’s totalitarian-minded rulers, signing huge deals with their counterparts in the Western Hemisphere on everything from trade and economic cooperation to military issues and espionage. According […]