• China vows retaliation if any U.S. action against journalists
    BEIJING/SHANGHAI, August 4 (Reuters): China vowed on Tuesday to retaliate if the United States persisted with "hostile action" against Chinese journalists who may be forced to leave in coming days if their U.S. visas are not extended. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters at a daily briefing that no Chinese journalist in the United States had been granted a visa extension since the United States, on May 11, limited their stay to 90 days, w
  • Hong Kong delays polls citing pandemic, but democracy camp sceptical
    HONG KONG, July 31 (Reuters): Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday postponed a Sept. 6 election to the Chinese-ruled city's legislature by a year because of a rise in coronavirus cases, dealing a blow to the pro-democracy opposition which had hoped to make huge gains. The decision came after 12 pro-democracy candidates were disqualified from running for perceived subversive intentions and opposition to a sweeping new security law imposed by Beijing, prompting questions amo
  • U.S. imposes human rights sanctions on Chinese company, individuals
    WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters): The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a Chinese company and two officials related to the company for what it said were human rights abuses against Uighurs and other ethnic minority people in China's Xinjiang province, the Treasury Department said. The move was yet another step in the deteriorating relations between the United States and China and came a week after U.S. President Donald Trump closed the Chinese consulate in Houston,
  • Shocked Hong Kong in a new era under 'white knuckle' China grip
    HONG KONG, July 31 (Reuters): For 23 years Hong Kong was an anomaly. A free and partially democratic city under Chinese rule, protected by a tradition of firm rule of law from the British colonial era, and a promise from Beijing of freedoms for its 7.5 million people that were unthinkable on the mainland. On June 30, however, China imposed a harsh new paradigm on Hong Kong, marking an end to the liberal pledge, say government, political and diplomatic sources. The nationa
  • China says U.S. fuelling new Cold War due to presidential election
    LONDON, July 30 (Reuters): China on Thursday accused the United States of stoking a new Cold War because certain politicians were searching for a scapegoat to bolster support ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November. U.S. President Donald Trump identifies China as the West's main rival, and has accused President Xi Jinping of taking advantage over trade and not telling the truth over the novel coronavirus outbreak, which Trump calls the "China plague".
  • China orders regular coronavirus tests at wholesale markets
    BEIJING, July 30 (Reuters): China asked local authorities to carry out regular coronavirus tests at wholesale markets, the country's health authority said on Thursday, part of an all-out effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. China's National Health Commission (NHC) has urged local authorities to strengthen monitoring for the coronavirus at major wholesale markets that can cover extensive neighbouring areas, especially those with stands selling frozen an
  • China, Iran, Russia on agenda as Pompeo testifies in U.S. Senate
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters): U.S. lawmakers expect to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on dealings with China and Russia, the decision to move troops out of Germany and weapons exports when the country's top diplomat offers rare public testimony in the Senate on Thursday. Pompeo will testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for the first time in 15 months, discussing the State Department's annual budget request. Foreign Relations Committee Dem
  • Australia tells U.S. it has no intention of injuring important China ties
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters): The United States and close ally Australia held high-level talks on China and agreed on the need to uphold a rules-based global order, but the Australian foreign minister stressed Canberra's relationship with Beijing was important and it had no intention of hurting it. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper held two days of talks in Washington with their Australian counterparts, who had flown around the world for
  • China seizes U.S. consulate in Chengdu, retaliating for Houston
    CHENGDU, China, Jly 27 (Reuters): China took over the premises of the U.S. consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Monday, after ordering the facility to be vacated in retaliation for China's ouster last week from its consulate in Houston, Texas. The seizure capped a dramatic escalation in tensions between the world's two biggest economies that began when employees at China's Houston consulate were seen burning documents in a courtyard last Tuesday, hours b
  • Philippines' Duterte says cannot confront China over maritime claims
    MANILA, Jly 27 (Reuters): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he had no choice but to treat disputes in the South China Sea as diplomatic endeavours because the alternative was to go to war with China. Duterte was speaking in defence of his government's decision not to press a 2016 decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which went in favour of the Philippines in a case against China. During his annual address to the nation, Duterte said China was
  • Pompeo urges more assertive approach to 'Frankenstein' China
    WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took fresh aim at China on Thursday and said Washington and its allies must use "more creative and assertive ways" to press the Chinese Communist Party to change its ways, calling it the "mission of our time." Speaking at the Nixon Library in President Richard Nixon's birthplace in Yorba Linda, California, Pompeo said the former U.S. leader's worry about what he had done by opening th
  • China orders closure of US Consulate in Chengdu
    Beijing, July 24 (IANS): The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered the closure of the US Consulate General in the south-western city of Chengdu as a retaliatory move against Washington's decision to close the Asian giant's mission in Houston. In a statement, the Ministry also made specific requirements on the ceasing of all operations and events by the Consulate General, which was established in 1985 and currently has more than 200 staff, Xinhua news agency reported.
  • China launches independent, unmanned Mars mission
    WENCHANG, China, July 23 (Reuters): China successfully launched an unmanned probe to Mars on Thursday in its first independent mission to another planet, a bid for global leadership in space and a display of its technological prowess and ambition. China's largest carrier rocket, the Long March 5 Y-4, blasted off with the probe at 12:41 p.m. (0441 GMT) from Wenchang Space Launch Centre on the southern island of Hainan. The probe is expected to reach Mars in February where
  • China says UK citizenship pathway for Hong Kong residents violates international law
    SHANGHAI, July 23 (Reuters): A new British policy allowing Hong Kong residents to claim British citizenship is a violation of international law and interferes with China's internal affairs, China's embassy in London said on Thursday. British Interior Minister Priti Patel said on Wednesday that Hong Kong people with British National Overseas or BN(O) status would be able to apply for special visas to live in Britain that could eventually lead towards citizenship, startin
  • U.S. orders China to shut Houston consulate in move China calls 'unprecedented escalation'
    BEIJING/WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters): The United States has told China to close its consulate in Houston in a dramatic worsening of ties between the world's two biggest economies, and a source said Beijing was considering shutting the U.S. consulate in Wuhan in retaliation. Washington "abruptly demanded" closure of the Houston consulate on Tuesday, China's foreign ministry said, calling the move an "unprecedented escalation." The editor of an offici
  • U.S. accuses Chinese nationals of hacking spree targeting COVID data, defense secrets
    WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters): The U.S. Justice Department is indicting two Chinese nationals for hacking defense contractors, COVID researchers, and other companies worldwide. In a court filing published Tuesday, U.S. authorities say that the Chinese nationals, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, participated in a multiyear cyberespionage campaign that stole weapons designs, drug information, software source code, and more. The indictment alleges that hackers operated from 2014 to 2
  • U.S. wants to build coalition to counter China's 'disgraceful' menace, Pompeo says
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the United States wants to build a global coalition to counter China as he accused Beijing of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to further its own interests. U.S. President Donald Trump identifies China as the United States' main rival, and has accused President Xi Jinping of taking advantage over trade and not telling the truth over the novel coronavirus outbreak, which Trump calls the "C
  • China will strive to make up economic losses caused by coronavirus: President Xi
    BEIJING, July 21 (Reuters): China will strive to make up economic losses caused by the coronavirus epidemic and achieve good results for growth this year, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday, according to state TV. The government will make fiscal policy more proactive, and prudent monetary policy more flexible, China Central Television cited Xi as saying in a meeting with corporate representatives from Hikvision, Goertek, Panasonic China and others. Xi said China will fully
  • China threatens 'forceful counter-attack' after Britain suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty
    BEIJING, July 21 (Reuters): China said on Tuesday it would respond strongly to Britain's suspension of its extradition treaty for Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, and called on the UK to immediately correct its mistakes. "China will make a forceful counter-attack to the UK's wrong actions," said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, speaking at a daily news conference in Beijing. Wang added that Britain's moves violated international law and norms. "C
  • 'We are a battleground now': In Southeast Asia, U.S-China tensions flare on social media
    Reuters   Tensions between the United States and China over the South China Sea have erupted into a war of words on social media, in what analysts see as a change in U.S. strategy amid a burgeoning superpower rivalry in Southeast Asia.   After Washington last week hardened its position by explicitly rejecting Chinese maritime claims in the South China Sea, U.S. embassies in the region produced an unprecedented flurry of op-eds and statements criticising Beijing