US: N. Korea may conduct missile test as Biden visits Asia
A senior Biden administration official says U.S. intelligence shows that it’s a “genuine possibility” that North Korea will conduct another ballistic missile test or nuclear test around President Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea and Japan that begins later this week.
China says it's 'impartial' on Ukraine, denies aiding Russia
China says its stance on the conflict in Ukraine is “completely objective" and “impartial” and is repeating its accusations that the U.S. is spreading misinformation with reports that Beijing has responded positively to a Russian request for military supplies.
China, US diplomats clash over human rights, pandemic origin
Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing it of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
US ties with Russia, China sink as Biden toes tough lines
Airing myriad complaints, the Biden administration took an extraordinarily tough line with China and Russia last week. Airing myriad complaints, the Biden administration took an extraordinarily tough line with China and Russia this past week. Public spats between the countries erupted as Biden characterized Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “killer” and his top national security aides excoriated China for a litany of issues. Just 24 hours later, Biden's top diplomat and national security adviser blasted Chinese officials in face-to-face talks. In taking a strong line on Russia, Biden has said the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Putin are done.
After testy meeting, China says will discuss climate with US
The two countries feuded over journalist visas and consulates during the Trump administration, and climate change is seen as one area where they may be able to cooperate. AdSenior Biden administration officials held their first face-to-face meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Anchorage, Alaska, since taking office earlier this year. AdThe Xinhua report did not provide any details on the climate change working group, other than to say both countries were committed to enhancing communication and cooperation in the field. China and the U.S. both expelled a number of each other's journalists last year. In addition, Chinese journalists in the U.S. and foreign journalists working for U.S. media in China are now being granted only three-month stays, adding uncertainty to their tenure, though those stays have been generally renewed.
US, China wrap up testy 1st face-to-face talks under Biden
AdAs they opened the talks on Thursday, Blinken said the Biden administration is united with its allies in pushing back against Chinese authoritarianism. Yang responded angrily by demanding the U.S. stop pushing its own version of democracy at a time when the United States itself has been roiled by domestic discontent. “I’m hearing deep satisfaction that the United States is back, that we're reengaged,” Blinken retorted. In response, China stepped up its rhetoric opposing U.S. interference in domestic affairs and complained directly about it. “Is this a decision made by the United States to try to gain some advantage in dealing with China?” State Councilor Wang Yi asked.
US, China spar in first face-to-face meeting under Biden
Blinken said the Biden administration is united with its allies in pushing back against China’s increasing authoritarianism and assertiveness at home and abroad. Yang responded angrily by demanding the U.S. stop pushing its own version of democracy at a time when the United States itself has been roiled by domestic discontent. “I’m hearing deep satisfaction that the United States is back, that we're reengaged,” Blinken retorted. Just a day before the meeting, Blinken had announced new sanctions over Beijing's crackdown on pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong. “Is this a decision made by the United States to try to gain some advantage in dealing with China?"
China protests over Japan, US statement on human rights
Zhao on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, said China has protested to the United States and Japan over a joint statement it said maliciously attacked its foreign policy and seriously interfered in Chinas internal affairs. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)BEIJING – China has protested to the United States and Japan over a joint statement it said “maliciously attacked” its foreign policy and seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China was “strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed” to the statement. The China-Japan statement expressed concern over threats to Taiwan, Beijing’s human rights violations in Xinjiang, its activities in the South China Sea and “unilateral action that seeks to change the status quo” over Japan-controlled East China Sea islands that China also claims. The statement “maliciously attacked China’s foreign policy, seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs and tried to harm China’s interests," Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing.
White House sets low expectations for China talks in Alaska
(Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP)The White House is setting low expectations ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan’s first face-to-face meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Anchorage, Alaska. But ahead of the meeting, a senior administration official described the talks as a chance for the two sides for “taking stock” in the relationship. “We will push back if necessary when China uses coercion or aggression to get its way,” Blinken said before departing Japan. AdThe Republican courted China on trade and took pride in forging what he saw as a strong relationship with Xi Jinping. On negotiating many of the pressing issues in the relationship, the White House is “simply not there yet," the senior administration official said.
Top US, China officials to meet over intense divides
Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the administration foreign policy priorities on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Washington. (Ken Cedeno/Pool via AP)WASHINGTON – Senior U.S. and Chinese officials will meet next week in their first face-to-face talks since President Joe Biden took office to confront growing strains in the relationship between the world’s two largest economies. Ad“It’s pretty simple,” Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She added that the talks would also focus on areas, such as climate change, where the U.S. and China can cooperate. AdSince moving into the White House, however, Biden has yet to make any significant overtures to China, signaling that many of Trump's policies toward the country will continue.
China urges US to lift trade restrictions, stop interference
Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the U.S. Monday to lift restrictions on trade and people-to-people contacts while ceasing what Beijing considers unwarranted interference in the areas of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING – China's top diplomat called Monday for new U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration to lift restrictions on trade and people-to-people contacts while ceasing what Beijing considers unwarranted interference in the areas of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. Ad“We know that the new U.S. administration is reviewing and assessing its foreign policy," Wang told diplomats, scholars and journalists at the Lanting Forum. As is standard in Chinese foreign policy, Wang put the onus for improving relations squarely on the shoulders of the U.S. and offered no direct proposals for major breakthroughs, even while encouraging increased dialogue. Wang said China has “no intention to challenge or replace the United States" and is ready to peacefully coexist and seek common development.
Greek FM heads to UN amid tense standoff with Turkey
Turkey on Monday, Aug. 31, accused Greece of "piracy" and warned it will stand up to Athens' alleged efforts to militarize islands near its coast. Neighbors and NATO allies Greece and Turkey have been locked in a tense standoff in the eastern Mediterranean, where Turkey is prospecting the seabed for energy reserves in an area Greece claims as its own continental shelf. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Dendias would be delivering a letter from him to Guterres detailing what he said was Turkey's illegal activity in the region. Simulated dogfights between Greek and Turkish fighter pilots have multiplied over the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. A Turkish and a Greek frigate collided last month, reportedly causing minor damage to the Turkish frigate but no injuries.
US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump
Asked about the intelligence assessment Friday evening in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump appeared to dispute the idea that Russia was disparaging Biden. I think the last person Russia wants to see in office is Donald Trump because nobody has been tougher on Russia than I have ever, he said. But the president seemed to agree with the intelligence indicating China didnt want him reelected. Though U.S. officials allege that China has its own preference, Fridays statement did not directly accuse Beijing of election interference or taking action to prop up Biden. Instead, the statement said, China views Trump as unpredictable and does not want to see him win reelection.
Asia Today: Beijing's daily cases drop, India's rise sharply
Also, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged China to reveal all it knows about the coronavirus outbreak that is believed to have originated in the country. Indias total deaths reached 12,237, a rise of 334 in the past 24 hours, according to a Health Ministry statement on Thursday. South Korea reported 59 cases as infections continue to steadily rise in the greater capital area. Figures released by Statistics New Zealand capture the first week of the virus lockdown, which lasted more than two months. The theme park closed temporarily at the end of January due to the coronavirus outbreak, and is the second Disney-themed park to re-open worldwide, after Shanghai Disneyland.
China's new outbreak wanes as US calls for answers on virus
The outbreak first detected at a wholesale market in the capital last week has infected at least 158 people in China's biggest resurgence since the initial outbreak was brought under control in March. The city reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, down from 31 on Wednesday. Pompeo has joined President Donald Trump in criticizing Chinas response to the outbreak, including giving credence to a theory that the virus may have emerged from a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan. China is also being called on to relieve the virus' financial consequences in Africa. China opposes Australia's calls for an independent investigation into the origins of and responses to the pandemic.
US official says China not forthcoming in talks with Pompeo
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell said the Chinese were not really forthcoming during Pompeo's closed-door talks on Wednesday with Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Communist Party's top foreign affairs official. The meeting was held at Honolulu's Hickam Air Force Base and coverage of it other than from official statements was not possible. China could not be described as really forthcoming in all this," Stilwell said. Pompeo also reiterated to the Chinese that Trump is prepared to let a key nuclear arms control agreement with Russia expire unless it can be renegotiated to include China. We are looking for positive engagement in high-level arms talks, Stilwell said.
Pompeo meets Chinese officials amid Bolton book revelations
WASHINGTON Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was meeting with a top Chinese official in Hawaii on Wednesday as new revelations about President Donald Trump and China rocked Washington. No reporters were allowed to travel with Pompeo and Biegun, and coverage of the event is expected to be extremely limited. The legislation, which Congress passed with little opposition, includes sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the mass surveillance and detention. In his book, Bolton writes that Trump appealed for Xi's help in getting a second term at a G-20 leaders dinner in Osaka, Japan, according to the excerpt published by the Journal. He stressed the importance of farmers and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome," Bolton wrote.
Pompeo to meet top Chinese official in Hawaii amid tensions
WASHINGTON Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make a brief trip to Hawaii this week for closed-door talks with a senior Chinese official, as relations between the two nations have plummeted amid numerous disputes. The State Department said Pompeo and his deputy Stephen Biegun would travel to Hawaii on Tuesday and Wednesday but offered no additional detail about his plans. People familiar with the trip said Pompeo and Biegun will meet Wednesday with a Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Communist Partys top foreign affairs official. Washington and Beijing are at odds over trade, Chinas handling of the coronavirus pandemic, human rights, the status of Hong Kong and increasing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea. In recent months, the two sides have ramped up their hostile rhetoric and taken reciprocal steps to expel journalists and restrict diplomats ability to travel.