China Politics & Government
Trump considers big 'fine' over China intellectual property theft
Xi tells Trump 'positive changes' in North Korea
Trump discusses China, Nafta trade talks with US trade envoy: White House
China to hold key meeting to review draft amendment to Constitution
Macron seeks to woo China's Xi with "horse diplomacy"
In show of military might, China’s Xi Jinping tells PLA not to fear death
Trump is 'determined to bite somebody, and China is the most likely target,' trade expert says
2018-01-19 12:23:53 A year after President Donald Trump took office, the United States' trade deficit with China looms larger than ever. Although both countries calculate the gap differently, the latest data from Beijing indicates a trade differential at a record high of $275.81 billion in 2017. That figure does not bode well for bilateral relations, which many expect to take a turn for the worse in 2018 after a year of relative inaction from Trump   Read More ...
China to enshrine Xi's thought into state constitution
2018-01-19 12:16:06 BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping’s political thought into the country’s constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution. The arguably more important party constitution was amended at the once-in-five-years party congress in October to include Xi’s political thought. The party unanimously passed an amendment then to add “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” as one of its guiding principles   Read More ...
China to enshrine Xi's thought into state constitution
2018-01-19 12:02:04 BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping's political thought into the country's constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution. The arguably more important party constitution was amended at the once-in-five-years party congress in October to include Xi's political thought. The party unanimously passed an amendment then to add "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" as one of its guiding principles   Read More ...
China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping
2018-01-19 11:08:45 BEIJING – Beijing authorities on Friday took outspoken rights lawyer Yu Wensheng into custody as he was taking his child to school, his wife said, days after Yu said he was stripped of his legal license for criticizing President Xi Jinping. Yu, a Beijing-based lawyer and activist, has repeatedly criticized the ruling Communist Party over a sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers and activists, which has seen hundreds detained and dozens arrested in recent years   Read More ...
China looks to call bluff on Trump trade action
2018-01-19 10:47:58 BEIJING (Reuters) - As influential voices within the U.S. business community warn China that U.S. President Donald Trump is serious about tough action over Beijing's trade practices, there is little sense of a crisis in the Chinese capital, where officials think he is bluffing. In Beijing, many experts think Washington is unwilling to pay the heavy economic price needed to upset prevailing trade dynamics between the world's two largest economies   Read More ...
China looks to call bluff on Trump trade action
2018-01-19 10:43:09 BEIJING (Reuters) - As influential voices within the U.S. business community warn China that U.S. President Donald Trump is serious about tough action over Beijing’s trade practices, there is little sense of a crisis in the Chinese capital, where officials think he is bluffing. In Beijing, many experts think Washington is unwilling to pay the heavy economic price needed to upset prevailing trade dynamics between the world’s two largest economies   Read More ...
China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping: report
2018-01-19 10:08:18 Beijing authorities on Friday took outspoken rights lawyer Yu Wensheng into custody as he was taking his child to school, his wife told Reuters, days after Yu said he was stripped of his legal license for criticizing President Xi Jinping. Yu, a Beijing-based lawyer and activist, has repeatedly criticised the ruling Communist Party over a sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers and activists, which has seen hundreds detained and dozens arrested in recent years   Read More ...
GAC setback: Chinese automaker's U.S. plans hit Washington opposition
2018-01-19 08:08:42 WASHINGTON — Chinese automaker GAC Automobiles' plan to sell vehicles in the United States ran afoul of Washington trade politics on Wednesday, as the top U.S. Senate Democrat and U.S. President Donald Trump separately criticized Chinese trade practices. GAC Automobiles, formally known as Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd, said Monday at the Detroit Auto Show it plans to start selling vehicles in the United States in late 2019, potentially through a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV   Read More ...
Govt snoozing as China builds in Doklam: Congress
2018-01-19 07:31:10 The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of misleading the nation on Doklam. Arguing that satellite imagery showed China has established military establishments in Doklam near the Indian border, the Congress said the Modi government has been caught “snoozing”, compromising the country’s “security and strategic interests”. That India’s “national security and strategic interests are being compromised” is “apparent from satellite imagery” available in the public domain, Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said   Read More ...
China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping: wife
2018-01-19 06:36:23 Yu, a Beijing-based lawyer and activist, has repeatedly criticized the ruling Communist Party over a sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers and activists, which has seen hundreds detained and dozens arrested in recent years. “I have not received any legal document about his detention and don’t even know what crime he is suspected of committing,” she said. Xu added that she is in the process of searching for a lawyer to defend Yu if necessary, but many of those lawyers she knows in Beijing also have problems with their licenses   Read More ...
China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping - wife
2018-01-19 05:50:10 BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing authorities on Friday took outspoken rights lawyer Yu Wensheng into custody as he was taking his child to school, his wife told Reuters, days after Yu said he was stripped of his legal licence for criticizing President Xi Jinping. Yu, a Beijing-based lawyer and activist, has repeatedly criticised the ruling Communist Party over a sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers and activists, which has seen hundreds detained and dozens arrested in recent years   Read More ...
China-EU ties crucial in Trump's era: European experts
2018-01-19 05:17:47 The relations between China and the European Union (EU) are crucial in the era of Donald Trump, when the U.S. administration is set to pursue America's interest first and distancing itself from global economic leadership, said European experts. From a global perspective, China-EU ties are crucial in the era of Trump, Alicia Garcia-Herrero, a senior research fellow in Brussels-based think tank Bruegel and chief economist for Asia of investment management firm Natixis, said in a recent interview with Xinhua   Read More ...
Govt considering upgrade of trade deal with HK, Macao
2018-01-19 05:15:09 The government is conducting study to upgrade the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, in an effort to further open up Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR. CEPA refers to the economic and trade agreements that the Chinese mainland reached with HK and Macao. The main document was signed in 2003. "The ministry is working with relevant government departments to upgrade CEPA, and it would be first conducted in Guangdong province   Read More ...
High school textbooks to include Xi Jinping thought
2018-01-19 05:12:26 Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era will be included in China's senior high school textbooks after the country's education authorities highlighted the thought in its latest reform plan, an expert said Thursday. The thought will be fully included in the teaching plan to implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), read the plan that sets standards for high school teaching curriculum   Read More ...
Govt snoozing as China occupied Doklam; Modi, Sushma misled nation: Congress
2018-01-18 10:11:32 The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj of misleading the nation over Chinese troops occupying the Doklam plateau, saying Indian security and strategic interests have been compromised. “The satellite imagery and media reports suggest that China has established military establishments in Doklam near Indian borders which indicates that India’s security and strategic interests have been compromised,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala   Read More ...
U.S. solar energy industry urges Trump not to impose tariffs on imports
2018-01-18 09:00:44 U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump not to impose high tariffs on solar imports so as to preserve tens of thousands of jobs in the sector. "A decision to impose high tariffs in line with the International Trade Commission's recommendation will lead to the layoff of tens of thousands of workers, cause companies to stop investing in the United States and bring an American economic engine screeching to a halt," Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the SEIA, wrote in a letter to Trump   Read More ...
China's activities have increased in Doklam, constructs building & bunker: Congress
2018-01-18 07:34:51 New Delhi: The activities of China has increased considerably in the Doklam region, claimed the Congress on Thursday and demanded clarifications from Prime Minister Narendra Modi about what his government is doing in this direction and for the safety of the country. Congress has supported its claims using satellite images. "Two-story building is built in the Doklam region," said Congress' Randeep Surjewala in a press conference and added that bunker is also built   Read More ...
Chinese automaker's U.S. market drive runs into Washington opposition
2018-01-18 06:06:53 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese automaker GAC Automobiles’ plan to sell vehicles in the United States ran afoul of Washington trade politics on Wednesday, as the top U.S. Senate Democrat and U.S. President Donald Trump separately criticized Chinese trade practices. GAC Automobiles, formally known as Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd, said Monday it plans to start selling vehicles in the United States in late 2019, potentially through a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV   Read More ...
'America First' fails to unite states in Trump's 1st year
2018-01-18 04:01:05 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conversation With the Women of America panel at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Jan. 16, 2018. (Xinhua/Ting Shen) While trying hard to put America first around the world during his first year as U.S. president, Donald Trump has turned the country increasingly self-serving and the wider world ever more unsettled   Read More ...
Trump considers big 'fine' over China intellectual property theft
2018-01-18 02:45:22 WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (Jan 17) the United States was considering a big "fine" as part of a probe into China's alleged theft of intellectual property, the clearest indication yet that his administration will take retaliatory trade action against China. In an interview with Reuters, Trump and his economic adviser Gary Cohn said China had forced US companies to transfer their intellectual property to China as a cost of doing business there   Read More ...
National legislature vows to keep in line with Party leadership
2018-01-18 02:31:27 Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, presides over a meeting of the Leading Party Members' Group of the NPC Standing Committee to study Xi Jinping's speech at the second plenary session of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 16, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing) Leading Party members of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee on Wednesday vowed to stay in line with the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core   Read More ...
Trump considers big 'fine' over China intellectual property theft
2018-01-18 00:18:31 President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States was considering a big "fine" as part of a probe into China's alleged theft of intellectual property, the clearest indication yet that his administration will take retaliatory trade action against China. In an interview with Reuters, Trump and his economic adviser Gary Cohn said China had forced U.S. companies to transfer their intellectual property to China as a cost of doing business there   Read More ...
Doc says Trump got good score on his test
2018-01-17 20:04:56 US President Donald Trump performed “exceedingly well” on a surprise cognitive screening test administered last week, his doctor said, as the White House continued to bat back questions about the president’s mental fitness for office. Navy doctor Ronny Jackson, who administered Trump’s first presidential physical last week, said on Tuesday Trump received a perfect score on a test designed to detect early signs of memory loss and other mild cognitive impairment   Read More ...
Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested
2018-01-17 05:47:41 WASHINGTON — A former C.I.A. officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The collapse of the spy network was one of the American government’s worst intelligence failures in recent years. The arrest of the former officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense F   Read More ...
AU council decries Trump's 'shithole' remarks
2018-01-17 04:50:56 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg (not seen) at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Jan. 10, 2018. (Xinhua/Ting Shen) The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union on Tuesday issued a statement against U.S. President Trump's "shithole" remarks. The council said it received with utter shock the news of the uncouth words used by Trump in reference to African people and people of African descent   Read More ...
Trump, China's Xi discussed North Korea in Monday phone call - White House
2018-01-16 17:49:20 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed hope during a phone call on Monday that the resumption of dialogue between North Korea and South Korea might prompt change in Pyongyang's "destructive behaviour," the White House said on Tuesday. Trump also "committed to sustain the United States-led global campaign of maximum pressure to compel North Korea to commit to denuclearisation," the White House said in a statement   Read More ...
Xi Jinping-Donald Trump hold talks over telephone amid trade tensions
2018-01-16 14:47:00 Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday held telephone talks with his US counterpart Donald Trump to resume a suspended dialogue programme aimed at improving bilateral economic ties, amid tensions over their huge trade imbalance. The phone call between the two leaders came as the Trump administration threatened tough action against China including punitive tariffs, sanctions and even a trade war. Tensions have escalated between Beijing and Washington in recent months, with China last Friday reporting a record $275   Read More ...
China's Xi tells Trump that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula must continue
2018-01-16 12:11:55 China's President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump in a phone call on Tuesday that the hard-earned easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula must continue, Chinese state media reported. Unity on the issue was extremely important, Xi said, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. Senior officials from 20 nations will gather in Vancouver on Tuesday for a summit on curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions, in a bid to increase diplomatic and financial pressure on Pyongyang to scrap its missile and nuclear programs   Read More ...
Plough at Cadsden �C 'the Pub of Choice for Prime Ministers'(1/4)
2018-01-16 09:30:11 Zhang Yu, managing director of the Plough at Cadsden, talks with the pub’s previous owner Steve Hollings. Declaring itself “the Pub of Choice for Prime Ministers” for many decades, the Plough said it is probably the most famous pub in England, situated just outside of Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. The 16th-century Buckinghamshire inn has become a hotspot for Chinese tourists since then British Prime Minister David Cameron treated visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping there in 2015   Read More ...
"Positive Changes" In North Korea, Xi Jinping Tells Donald Trump
2018-01-16 09:07:13 Beijing: Chinese president Xi Jinping told his US counterpart Donald Trump that there have been "positive changes" on the Korean peninsula, state media said Tuesday following a phone call between the two leaders. Trump has pushed Xi to increase economic and political pressure on North Korea in the hopes of convincing it to stop the development of its nuclear weapons program   Read More ...
Xi tells Trump 'positive changes' in North Korea
2018-01-16 09:01:19 BEIJING: Chinese president Xi Jinping told his US counterpart Donald Trump that there have been "positive changes" on the Korean peninsula, state media said Tuesday following a phone call between the two leaders. Trump has pushed Xi to increase economic and political pressure on North Korea in the hopes of convincing it to stop the development of its nuclear weapons program   Read More ...
Xi tells Trump 'positive changes' in North Korea
2018-01-16 09:01:11 BEIJING: Chinese president Xi Jinping told his US counterpart Donald Trump that there have been "positive changes" on the Korean peninsula, state media said Tuesday (Jan 16) following a phone call between the two leaders. Trump has pushed Xi to increase economic and political pressure on North Korea in the hopes of convincing it to stop the development of its nuclear weapons program   Read More ...
Former Kenyan envoy to China says votes were doctored in favour of his Jubilee rival
2018-01-16 08:40:01 In summary Sunkuli accuses poll agency of vote fixing Electoral commission in the spotlight in poll petition The former envoy says the forms 35A presented in court were different from what was given to him Former Kenyan envoy to China Julius Sunkuli on Monday told a court that results declaring Gideon Konchellah winner of the August 8 parliamentary elections were doctored   Read More ...
Xi, Trump discuss trade, Korean Peninsula over phone
2018-01-16 08:30:07 Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, on Tuesday discussed bilateral trade and the situation on the Korean Peninsula via phone. The China-U.S. relations maintained overall stability and achieved significant progress in 2017, said Xi. Keeping bilateral ties on a track of healthy and stable development is in the interests of both countries and both peoples, and conforms to the common aspiration of the international community, the Chinese president said   Read More ...
China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money
2018-01-16 07:07:25 Beijing is in the second year of a relentless campaign to wean China off its debt-heavy investment model, clamping down on everything from speculative property lending to shadow-bank financing activities as policy makers look to foster sustainable longer term growth. It was slightly above the poll’s October forecast of 6.4 percent expansion, but would still lag the survey’s 2017 projection of a 6   Read More ...
China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns
2018-01-16 07:06:35 Beijing is in the second year of a relentless campaign to wean China off its debt-heavy investment model, clamping down on everything from speculative property lending to shadow-bank financing activities as policy makers look to foster sustainable longer term growth. It was slightly above the poll’s October forecast of 6.4 percent expansion, but would still lag the survey’s 2017 projection of a 6   Read More ...
Merkel will return to world stage in Davos
2018-01-16 07:01:13 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Trump. Merkel, who has been struggling to put together a government since a German election in September, had been expected to skip the annual gathering of leaders, CEOs, bankers and celebrities in the Swiss Alps for a third straight year   Read More ...
China's Xi tells Trump hard-earned easing of tensions on Korean peninsula must continue
2018-01-16 06:40:22 BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump in a phone call on Tuesday that the hard-earned easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula must continue, Chinese state media reported. Unity on the issue was extremely important, Xi said, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. Senior officials from 20 nations will gather in Vancouver on Tuesday for a summit on curbing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, in a bid to increase diplomatic and financial pressure on Pyongyang to scrap its missile and nuclear programs   Read More ...
China's Xi tells Trump hard-earned easing of tensions on Korean peninsula must continue
2018-01-16 06:30:55 BEIJING: China's President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump in a phone call on Tuesday (Jan 16) that the hard-earned easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula must continue, Chinese state media reported. Unity on the issue was extremely important, Xi said, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. Senior officials from 20 nations will gather in Vancouver on Tuesday for a summit on curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions, in a bid to increase diplomatic and financial pressure on Pyongyang to scrap its missile and nuclear programmes   Read More ...
Xi, Trump discuss bilateral ties, Korean Peninsula over phone
2018-01-16 06:30:07 Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday discussed the recent progress on the Korean Peninsula over the phone. Xi pointed out that economic and trade cooperation between China and the U.S. has brought concrete benefits to both sides and noted that the two countries should maintain this healthy and stable momentum. Both sides should push forward the second round of four high-level China-U   Read More ...