Biden administration earmarks $56 million for humanitarian aid to Pakistan

As floods devastate the South Asian country, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Pakistan to seek debt relief from its close partner China. Blinken promised Pakistan strong U.S. support as it recovers from floods that submerged one-third of the country, an area the size of the United Kingdom. "We send a straightforward message. We … Continue reading Biden administration earmarks $56 million for humanitarian aid to Pakistan

UK gives conditions for ‘cordial relationship’ with China

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly says Beijing must change its behavior on the world stage Britain will not consider China a threat if it respects international law and norms, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has said. "What I would ultimately like to see is a healthy partnership. We are not quite there yet, and the choice … Continue reading UK gives conditions for ‘cordial relationship’ with China

Philippines to deport over 40,000 Chinese workers

Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com The justice ministry in Manila said it will close 175 Chinese-owned "Philippine offshore gambling operators" and deport some 40,000 Chinese workers, as part of a crackdown on the online gaming industry. As operators capitalized on the Philippine's liberal gaming laws to target customers in China, where gambling is banned, … Continue reading Philippines to deport over 40,000 Chinese workers

Australia calls on China to help end the Russia-Ukraine war

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong called on China to use its influence to end Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Wong spoke to reporters Thursday after a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where she held a 'constructive' meeting with her Chinese counterpart. Australia … Continue reading Australia calls on China to help end the Russia-Ukraine war

Biden administration targeting China’s tech sector

Restrictions on semiconductor shipments could reportedly be introduced next month The US government plans next month to tighten restrictions on the country's shipments of semiconductors used for artificial intelligence, along with chipmaking tools, to China, Reuters reported this week, citing its sources. People familiar with the matter told the news outlet that the Commerce Department … Continue reading Biden administration targeting China’s tech sector

China sanctions Boeing, Raytheon CEOs over arms deal with Taiwan

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said this week that due to their involvement in Washington's latest arms sales to Taiwan, Beijing will impose sanctions on the chief executives of arms manufacturers Boeing Defense and Raytheon. The sanctions on Boeing CEO Ted Colbert and Raytheon head Gregory Hayes are in response … Continue reading China sanctions Boeing, Raytheon CEOs over arms deal with Taiwan

Monkeypox Spread: Chinese officials warn citizens against touching foreigners

After the first known case of monkeypox was reported on mainland China last week, a senior Chinese health official advised the public to avoid physical contact with foreigners. He also asked the Chinese to refrain from "skin-to-skin contact" with people who have been abroad within the past three weeks, as well as all "strangers." "To … Continue reading Monkeypox Spread: Chinese officials warn citizens against touching foreigners

Tesla refocuses on business in China

Elon Musk has conceded that Tesla needs to step up its game when it comes to after-sale service. In China, service complaints are a persistent problem for Tesla, and now the company is overhauling its retail network strategy to respond. Tesla China is recruiting hundreds of service technicians, and considering closing some showrooms in the centers … Continue reading Tesla refocuses on business in China

NO DOUBLE STANDARD: China slams US for taking sides with Ukraine and Taiwan

China accused the United States of double standards at the United Nations for challenging Beijing's sovereignty over Taiwan while emphasizing the principle of sovereignty for Ukraine after Russian forces invaded. A day after Chinese leader Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden in a phone call against playing with fire over Taiwan, deputy UN Ambassador Geng Shuang reinforced the message during … Continue reading NO DOUBLE STANDARD: China slams US for taking sides with Ukraine and Taiwan

Xi declares ‘no-limits support’ for trusted friend Putin

Xi Jinping will leave China for the first time in more than two years for a trip this week to Central Asia where he will meet Russia's Vladimir Putin, just a month before he is set to cement his place as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. The trip, Xi's first abroad since … Continue reading Xi declares ‘no-limits support’ for trusted friend Putin

US ends sale of high-demand chips in China

High-profile Chinese universities and state-run research institutes have been relying on U.S. computing chips, whose export to China have now been restricted by Washington, to power their artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Last week, U.S. chip designer Nvidia said it was told by U.S. government officials to stop exporting its A100 and H100 chips to China, … Continue reading US ends sale of high-demand chips in China

A timeline of the M6.8 quake in Sichuan Province, China

SUMMARY A magnitude-6.8 earthquake jolted Luding County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, at 12:52 p.m. on Monday. Here is what we know so far:  - A total of 66 people were killed, over 250 injured, 15 missing, as of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. - Sichuan has activated the highest level of emergency response for the earthquake. - China … Continue reading A timeline of the M6.8 quake in Sichuan Province, China

China and Taiwan: The basics

Why do China and Taiwan have poor relations? China sees the self-ruled island as a part of its territory and insists it should be unified with the mainland, by force if necessary How is Taiwan governed? The island has its own constitution, democratically elected leaders, and about 300,000 active troops in its armed forces Who recognises Taiwan? Only … Continue reading China and Taiwan: The basics

Taiwan fires live rounds at unidentified drones

Taiwan has fired warning shots at three unidentified drones that flew near its outlying islands. It is not clear who was flying the drones, but all three were seen flying back towards the Chinese mainland, said Taiwan's defence ministry. It comes as Taipei has over the past weeks complained of Chinese drones flying close to … Continue reading Taiwan fires live rounds at unidentified drones

One China Policy: The winners and losers

For decades, US presidents have had to grapple with a hugely sensitive tightrope known as the "One China" policy. Meziesblog explains what it consists in. What is the 'One China' policy? It is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China's position that there is only one Chinese government. Under the policy, the US recognises and has formal … Continue reading One China Policy: The winners and losers