Tag Archives: China

Trump backs “One China” policy in call with China's Xi

BEIJING/WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to honour the longstanding “One China” policy during a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, taking steps to improve ties after angering Beijing by talking to the leader of Taiwan. Trump further unnerved Beijing over the self-ruled island in December saying the United States did not necessarily have… Read More »

Taiwan president says aspires to create “new era” of peace with China

TAIPEI: Taiwan aspires to create a “new era” of peace with China and military action cannot resolve problems, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to the Pope released by her office on Friday (Jan 20). “Upholding peace requires ample goodwill and communication. Based on many years of experience in cross-strait negotiations during my… Read More »

'Underground' Catholics pose challenge for Pope's hopes of better relations with China

BEIJING/HONG KONG: Every winter Sunday in the Chinese village of Youtong, hundreds of Catholic faithful brave subzero temperatures to meet in a makeshift, tin-roofed church. Tucked away in a back alley in a rural area of Hebei, the province with China’s biggest Catholic community, the gatherings are tolerated – but are illegal in the eyes… Read More »

Deepening commercial ties with US won't change under Trump presidency – China

BEIJING: China’s commerce ministry said on Friday that deepening commercial cooperation with the United States will not change when U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, but warned against moves that could hurt bilateral trade ties. Trump made trade a centrepiece of his presidential campaign and railed against what he said were bad deals… Read More »

Norway and China restart diplomatic relations after row over Nobel peace prize

OSLO: Norway and China announced a normalisation of diplomatic and political relations on Monday, which had been frozen since the 2010 award of the Nobel Peace Prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo, the Norwegian foreign ministry said in a statement. The two countries will immediately resume negotiations on a free-trade deal, Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende… Read More »

Exclusive – Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef

SYDNEY/HONG KONG: Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway. Activity visible on Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands could anger Hanoi’s main South China Sea rival, Beijing, which claims sovereignty… Read More »