China Politics & Government
President Trump threatens $100 billion in additional tariffs on China | Jamie Dupree
China's Xi calls for military loyalty to new constitution
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Xi Jinping set to rule indefinitely after China removes term limit
Chinese state media defends removing presidential term limits
China’s Xi Jinping gets expanded mandate, may rule for life
China makes historic move to allow Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely
Japan and China turn the page on fraught ties, with Chinese foreign minister in Tokyo
2018-04-15 20:49:08 TOKYO - Asia's two largest economies on Sunday (April 15) vowed to work closely together on business and security issues while deftly managing their differences, in the face of policy whiplash from the United States. China's top envoy Wang Yi, who is the first Chinese Foreign Minister to visit Tokyo in nearly 8½ years, said at the outset of talks with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, that he hoped bilateral ties could "return on a path of sustainable and normal development" even though there were some "complex and sensitive elements   Read More ...
China's Xi presides over large-scale naval display in South China Sea
2018-04-12 16:49:05 BEIJING (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping presided over the Chinese navy's largest-ever military display on Thursday, state media reported, the country's latest show of force in the disputed South China Sea. State broadcaster China Central Television showed footage of Xi boarding the destroyer Changsha before sailing to an unspecified location in the South China Sea and watching the procession, which involved more than 10,000 naval officers, 76 fighter jets, and a flotilla of 48 warships and submarines   Read More ...
Chinese politician accused of conspiracy admits to graft
2018-04-12 12:53:44 BEIJING (AP) -- A former Chinese political high-flyer who has been accused of plotting against the ruling Communist Party pleaded guilty to bribery on Thursday, setting the stage for one of the highest-level convictions in President Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption and political disloyalty. Sun Zhengcai, former party leader of the western megacity of Chongqing, pleaded guilty to the charges in court and expressed repentance, according to the No   Read More ...
Trump, China escalate trade dispute as markets tumble - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-09 05:14:12 WASHINGTON (AP) - Unwilling to yield, President Donald Trump and China's government escalated their trade clash Friday, with Beijing vowing to "counterattack with great strength" if Trump follows through on threats to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods. Trump made his out-of-the-blue move when China threatened to retaliate for the first round of tariffs planned by the United States   Read More ...
White House Sends Mixed Signals on Trade Clash
2018-04-09 05:07:48 (NEW YORK ) — The trade clash between President Donald Trump and China’s government is escalating, with Beijing pledging to “counterattack with great strength” if Trump follows through on threats to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods. Trump made his out-of-the-blue move when China threatened to retaliate for the first round of tariffs planned by the United States   Read More ...
There's a Real Risk That Trump's Trade War With China Won't Change Anything
2018-04-09 05:07:40 To quote Will Ferrell in the hit movie Anchorman, “Boy, that escalated quickly.” On Friday, China’s Commerce Ministry said it would fight “at any cost” new $100 billion tariffs proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, indicating Beijing’s resolve to respond in kind to punitive measures Washington has threatened for alleged Chinese intellectual property (IP) theft. Talk of a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies had already spooked markets following Wednesday’s announcement that China planned to tax $50 billion in American goods — including soybeans, whiskey and aircraft — in response to an earlier proposal by Washington to slap a similar hike on 1,300 Chinese products   Read More ...
Kudlow tries to calm trade war fears but says Trump 'not bluffing' about China tariffs
2018-04-09 05:04:06 close Larry Kudlow, the new White House economic adviser, tried Sunday to calm fears about an economically damaging U.S.-China trade war but made clear that President Trump is “not bluffing” about imposing tariffs on China. “I don’t think there is any trade war in sight,” Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday,” amid Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Chinese export to stop the country from stealing intellectual property   Read More ...
Amid trade fight, Trump says China will do the 'right thing'
2018-04-09 05:02:56 WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid global fears of an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, President Donald Trump suggested that Beijing will ease trade barriers "because it is the right thing to do" and that the economic superpowers can settle the conflict that has rattled financial markets, consumers and businesses. But fostering more uncertainty, the president's top economic advisers offered mixed messages Sunday as to the best approach with China, which has threatened to retaliate if Washington follows through with its proposed tariffs, even as Trump emphasized his bond with Chinese President Xi Jinping   Read More ...
Donald Trump vows friendship with China — but also victory on trade as tariffs mount
2018-04-09 04:46:30 WASHINGTON – President Trump vowed friendship with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Sunday despite their trade differences, as the U.S. president and his aides sought to tamp down market fears of a trade war between between the two economic giants. "President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on trade," Trump said in a tweet in which he also predicted that the U   Read More ...
President Trump Wants to Hit Chinese Goods With $100 Billion in New Tariffs
2018-04-06 04:48:57 (WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump instructed the U.S. trade representative to consider slapping an additional $100 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods on Thursday in a dramatic escalation of the trade dispute between the two countries. Trump’s surprise move came a day after Beijing announced plans to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft, in response to a U   Read More ...
Trump proposes $100 billion in new tariffs on Chinese goods
2018-04-06 04:00:44 WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump instructed the U.S. trade representative to consider slapping an additional $100 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods on Thursday in a dramatic escalation of the trade dispute between the two countries. Trump's surprise move came a day after Beijing announced plans to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft, in response to a U   Read More ...
President Trump threatens $100 billion in additional tariffs on China | Jamie Dupree
2018-04-06 03:48:28 Ratcheting up what’s quickly turned into a tit-for-tat on trade, President Donald Trump on Thursday authorized U.S. trade officials to identify up to $100 billion in possible additional tariffs on imported goods from China, after the Chinese earlier this week had said they planned to levy $50 billion in import duties on American goods, in retaliation for U.S tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum   Read More ...
Trump looks to impose additional $100 billion in China tariffs
2018-04-06 03:46:26 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is weighing an additional $100 billion in tariffs on China, raising the stakes in a potential trade war his top aides have tried to downplay. The president ordered the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to explore the new trade penalties, beyond the $50 billion in U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports the White House announced Tuesday   Read More ...
Trump escalates trade war with $100 billion in proposed new Chinese tariffs
2018-04-06 03:45:12 A former official at the U.S. Treasury department says the current tariff war between the United States and China is a threat to the global supply chain. (April 4) WASHINGTON — President Trump is upping the ante in his high-stakes trade dispute with China, proposing $100 billion in additional tariffs on Chinese goods — on top of the $50 billion in tariffs put forward just two days ago   Read More ...
Trump escalates trade war with $100 billion in proposed new Chinese tariffs
2018-04-06 03:00:21 A former official at the U.S. Treasury department says the current tariff war between the United States and China is a threat to the global supply chain. (April 4) WASHINGTON — President Trump is upping the ante in his high-stakes trade dispute with China, proposing $100 billion in additional tariffs on Chinese goods — on top of the $50 billion in tariffs put forward just two days ago   Read More ...
China Hits Back at Trump's Trade Tariffs With $50 Billion Hike on U.S. Goods
2018-04-05 21:08:53 China announced boosted tariffs on U.S. goods including soybeans, aircraft and vehicles worth an estimated $50 billion Wednesday, retaliating for a similar scale hike on Chinese merchandise proposed by the Trump administration in response to alleged Intellectual Property theft, in the latest salvo of what business leaders fear may now escalate into a full-scale trade war. On Tuesday, the Trump administration published a list of some 1,300 Chinese products it plans to slap with a 25% tariff   Read More ...
New China worry for Donald Trump: Can U.S. win propaganda war against 'Voice of China'?
2018-04-05 21:04:44 The 'Voice of China' propaganda blitzkrieg is meant to neutralize U.S. influence on every continent. But there's time to catch up and turn the tide. President Trump has more than tariffs, trade wars and military escalation to worry about when it comes to China. Within the last few weeks, China has leaped into the front ranks of global media by launching its uper-network   Read More ...
More info wanted on N. Korea-China talks / Govt hopes for briefings from Beijing
2018-03-30 05:14:37 The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Japanese government is accelerating information gathering and analysis on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s surprise visit to China, and is seeking to receive briefings from Beijing. During an intensive deliberation at the House of Councillors Budget Committee on Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe referred to the visit by the chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and his summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping   Read More ...
Trump keen to meet Kim after successful China talks
2018-03-30 05:04:27 US President Donald Trump has said he is keen to meet Kim Jong-un after being told the North Korean leader's trip to China "went very well". But Trump said maximum sanctions and pressure on North Korea would continue ahead of proposed talks in May. He added that denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula was now a possibility. The comments follow Kim's meeting with China's President Xi Jinping, in his first known foreign trip since taking office in 2011   Read More ...
Tariff list on China could broaden to include aerospace components, intellectual property
2018-03-27 00:00:43 China accuses the United States of "repeatedly abusing" trade practices, as Beijing braces for an imminent announcement from U.S. President Donald Trump slapping more tariffs on Chinese imports. Newslook. WASHINGTON — Aerospace components. Information communication technology. Machinery. The list of Chinese imports the Trump administration is considering slapping higher tariffs on as part of a broader effort to punish China for what it calls unfair trade practices could include items such as rocket parts and high-tech innovations   Read More ...
Trump orders huge tariffs on China, raises trade war worries
2018-03-23 15:46:19 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Primed for economic combat, President Donald Trump set in motion tariffs on as much as $60 billion in Chinese imports to the U.S. on Thursday and accused the Chinese of high-tech thievery, picking a fight that could push the global heavyweights into a trade war. China threatened retaliation, and Wall Street cringed, recording one of the biggest drops of Trump's presidency   Read More ...
U.S. Businesses Brace for a Backlash as Trump Turns Up the Trade Pressure on Beijing
2018-03-23 12:19:05 (WASHINGTON) — Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses are bracing for a backlash as President Donald Trump targets China for stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over. The administration is expected Thursday to slap trade sanctions on China, perhaps including restrictions on Chinese investment and tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of Chinese products   Read More ...
China Threatens Pork and Aluminum Duties in Response to Trump's Trade Tariffs
2018-03-23 12:18:22 (BEIJING) — China announced a list of U.S. goods including pork, apples and steel pipe on Friday on which it might raise tariffs in an escalating trade dispute with President Donald Trump. The Commerce Ministry called on Washington to negotiate a settlement to the conflict over higher U.S. import duties on steel and aluminum but set no deadline.Beijing’s move appeared to be a calculated step aimed at increasing domestic American pressure on Trump by making clear which exporters, especially farming areas that supported the president in the 2016 election, might be hurt   Read More ...
U.S. stocks tumble after Trump signs onto China tariffs
2018-03-23 12:16:42 President Donald Trump's move to impose tariffs on $50-$60 billion of Chinese imports sent U.S. stock prices tumbling Thursday. Fearing a possible trade war between the world's biggest economies, worried investors rushed to park their money in the bond markets. The S&P 500 index dropped 2.6 percent, while the tech-focused Nasdaq composite gave up about 179 points, or 2.4 percent, according to Google Finance   Read More ...
Trump seeks new China tariffs, as trade war worries mount
2018-03-23 12:16:25 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday directed his top trade representative to level an estimated $50 billion in new tariffs against Chinese goods, taking his latest action against what he sees as unfair trade practices even as markets remain skittish about a possible trade war. The tariffs have been "long in the making," the president said, adding that his administration is "doing things for this country that should've been done for many years" and that Thursday's action was "the first of many   Read More ...
Trump’s Tariff Hammer Won’t Hit China’s IP Nail: Gadfly
2018-03-23 12:04:32 President Donald Trump is frustrated over trade imbalances and the theft of intellectual property by China. His proposed tariffs aren’t likely to remedy the situation, and could make it worse. Trump on Thursday ordered tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports, with the proposed product list set to include items in aerospace, information and communication technology and machinery. Some people are talking about the pronouncement as if building a wall against the encroaching Chinese tide might be new or effective   Read More ...
China's Xi holds fire as US President Trump poses unprecedented threat on trade
2018-03-23 11:47:36 BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - After US President Donald Trump fired the first shots in what may be an extended trade war, Chinese President Xi Jinping made clear he's going to wait before unleashing his country's formidable arsenal in response. China's plans for reciprocal tariffs of US$3 billion (S$3.94 billion) on products from pork to wine represent a tiny fraction of its US imports   Read More ...
Xi Jinping Warns Against Dividing China After U.S. Passes Taiwan Law
2018-03-20 10:00:13 Eva Dou Updated March 20, 2018 2:38 a.m. ET BEIJING—Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that any “tricks” to divide China will be thwarted, a warning that followed U.S. legislation opening the door to high-level visits with Taiwan. China has denounced the Taiwan Travel Act, signed last week by President Donald Trump, which authorizes such visits between the U.S. and the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing as part of its territory   Read More ...
Trump signs US-Taiwan travel bill, angering China
2018-03-20 05:14:39 U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, angering China, which views the self-ruled island as a wayward province.The bill, which is non-binding, would have gone into effect on Saturday morning, even if Trump had not signed it, said the White House. The move adds to strains between the two countries over trade, as Trump has enacted tariffs and called for China to reduce its huge trade imbalance with the United States, even while Washington has leaned on Beijing to help resolve tensions with North Korea   Read More ...
Beijing promotes foreign minister - ASEAN/East Asia
2018-03-20 04:50:26 Beijing: China elevated the status of its current foreign minister and selected a new defence minister as the country deals with rocky relations with the United States and expands its military. The rubber-stamp National People’s Congress endorsed the appointment of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, 64, as state councillor, making him a ranking member of the country’s “Cabinet”. He replaces Yang Jiechi, China’s former top diplomat, who was tipped for a leading role in managing Beijing’s increasingly uncertain relations with the United States under President Donald Trump   Read More ...
China promotes foreign minister, names new defence chief
2018-03-20 04:10:11 Beijing, China | AFP | China on Monday elevated the status of its current foreign minister and selected a new defence minister as the country deals with rocky relations with the United States and expands its military. The rubber-stamp National People's Congress endorsed the appointment of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, 64, as state councillor, making him a ranking member of the country's "cabinet"   Read More ...
US trade groups urge Trump to stop planned China tariffs
2018-03-20 04:09:57 Washington, United States | AFP | Leading US trade associations have written to President Donald Trump urging him to halt plans to slap tariffs on Chinese imports. The letter, first reported Sunday by the Wall Street Journal, is signed by 45 US trade groups representing everything from the high-tech industry to apparel vendors, agribusiness and auto parts importers. The trade groups represent companies such as Apple, Alphabet - the parent company of Google - Walmart and Nike   Read More ...
These Are the Men (and One Woman) Filling China's Top Posts
2018-03-20 04:05:42 The new cabinet announced Monday by China is the culmination of months of leadership reshuffles that saw President Xi Jinping assert his dominance over policy making. The lineup includes recently promoted Communist Party leaders, veteran ministers and a few new faces. While many investors will be focused on changes to China’s economic and financial regulators, several other key officials will also shape the country’s policies over the next five years   Read More ...
Retailers urge Trump against China tariffs
2018-03-20 04:05:14 Several large retail companies, including Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and Macy's, are making a direct appeal to President Donald Trump not to impose tariffs on goods imported from China. Aleksandra Michalska reports. Video provided by Reuters.   Read More ...
China's Xi Jinping reappointed as president with no term limits
2018-03-20 04:05:03 BEIJING — Xi Jinping was reappointed Saturday as China’s president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve. The National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp legislature, also appointed close Xi ally Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice president. Xi, 64, is considered the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong and last Sunday was given the right to continue in office indefinitely after the legislature scrapped term limits for the president and vice president   Read More ...
China's parliament approves government reorganisation plan
2018-03-17 02:46:50 BEIJING (Reuters) - China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday approved a government reorganisation plan that merges China's banking and insurance regulators, gives new powers to policymaking bodies such as the central bank and creates new ministries. The vote was witnessed by journalists inside central Beijing's Great Hall of the People. Details of the plan were announced on Tuesday. Parliament is packed with legislators loyal to the ruling Communist Party meaning it was always going to pass   Read More ...
Trump signs U.S.-Taiwan travel bill that China has opposed
2018-03-16 23:01:42 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation that would allow U.S. officials to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, a move certain to anger China, which views Taiwan as a wayward province. The bill, which is non-binding, would have gone into effect on Saturday morning, even if Trump had not signed it, said the White House   Read More ...
Did Xi Jinping just become China’s strongman? Not quite.
2018-03-13 10:46:39 What does it mean that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) changed the rules just now and removed presidential term limits? Many analysts expected that President Xi Jinping would step down in 2023 after completing a second term — then pull the political strings from behind the scenes, akin to “paramount leader” Deng Xiaoping. To some analysts, this latest move makes Xi a strongman   Read More ...
China's Xi further expanding power with anti-corruption body
2018-03-13 10:13:00 BEIJING (AP) — Following passage of a constitutional amendment potentially making him president-for-life, China's Xi Jinping moved to further expand his powers Tuesday with the establishment of a powerful new anti-corruption agency. The move is part of a sweeping government reorganization aiming to boost the authority of the ruling Communist Party headed by Xi, who has firmly established himself as China's most formidable leader since Mao Zedong, the founder of the communist state   Read More ...
China's Xi gains power with merger of anti-corruption bodies
2018-03-13 09:10:33 BEIJING (AP) - President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign stood to gain a major boost as China's ceremonial legislature moved Tuesday to establish a powerful new agency with authority over vast numbers of workers in the public sector. The National People's Congress began a third and final reading Tuesday of the draft supervision law described by state media as "aiming at a centralized, unified, authoritative and efficient supervisory network under the (Communist) Party's leadership   Read More ...