Diplomats visit Canadian think tank expert in China custody

China 05/14/19, 08:44

Diplomats have visited a Canadian think tank expert whose detention in China is believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Canadian consular officials visited with Michael Kovrig on Monday, the country's diplomatic service said in an emailed message. No details were given in keeping ...

Why tariff war threatens Beijing’s global economic ambitions

China 05/12/19, 10:26

China's intensified tariff war with the Trump administration is threatening Beijing's ambition to transform itself into the dominant player in global technology. The United States is a vital customer and source of technology for Chinese makers of electronics, medical equipment and other high-tech exports — industries that the ruling Communist Party ...

Chaotic scenes at Hong Kong legislature over extradition law

China 05/10/19, 22:01

Hong Kong's legislative assembly descended into chaos Saturday as lawmakers for and against controversial amendments to the territory's extradition law clashed over access to the chamber.At least one person was taken from the chamber on a gurney following the morning melee, in which legislators grappled with each other on the ...

Using American hostages comes easy to the Chinese Communist Party

China 05/10/19, 14:20

A family of American citizens has been held captive in China since June 2018. The family, a mother, daughter, and son have been denied exit from China, and are being used as bait to capture their father, who happens to be on the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP), most-wanted list. Cynthia and Victor ...

Trade dispute with US a political challenge for China’s Xi

China 05/09/19, 03:52

The tariff war between Washington and Beijing poses one of the biggest challenges yet for Chinese President Xi Jinping, potentially exposing his political vulnerabilities at a time when the Chinese economy is already slowing. The U.S. effort to win concessions from China on strategic industrial policies has put Xi's own prestige ...

China holds appeal hearing for Canadian sentenced to death

China 05/09/19, 03:18

A Chinese court held an appeal hearing Thursday for a Canadian who was sentenced to death for drug smuggling in a case that has deepened a diplomatic rift between the two countries. The intermediate-level court in northeastern Liaoning province said Robert Schellenberg's sentence would be announced at an unspecified date. Convicted of ...

Supporters of Chinese billionaire’s accuser decry censorship

China 05/03/19, 04:53

For three years, Chen Chun has published articles on his public WeChat account touching on politics, philosophy and current affairs — subjects that are often censored on Chinese social media.More recently, the writer in southern China has focused on the country's growing #MeToo movement. He drew attention to several sexual ...

U.S. government: Chinese regime still harvest organs on large scale

China 05/02/19, 10:37

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) called out China as one of the world’s most egregious persecutors of religious faiths in its 2019 annual report released on April 29. The report also states that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is still harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners on ...

Xi: China wants to expand sprawling infrastructure project

China 04/27/19, 02:11

President Xi Jinping has called for more countries to join China's sprawling infrastructure-building initiative after he promised to improve standards in response to complaints about debt and other problems.Speaking at a gathering of leaders to celebrate his signature project, Xi tried Saturday to dispel complaints the Belt and Road Initiative ...

Putin: Belt and Road fits with Eurasian Economic Union goals

China 04/26/19, 01:45

China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative meshes perfectly with the goals of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.Putin's comments to a Belt and Road forum in Beijing may help alleviate concerns over potential tensions between China and Russia, given Beijing's rapidly expanding economic footprint in ...

Update: UN’s Guterres lauds China’s climate change help

China 04/25/19, 23:57

The Latest on China's Belt and Road infrastructure building conference. (all times local): 12:45 p.m. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says China's Belt and Road initiative offers a chance to help reverse the effects of climate change. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan delivers his speech for the opening ceremony of the second Belt ...

China’s Xi promotes building initiative amid debt worries

China 04/25/19, 21:58

President Xi Jinping has promised to promote high financial standards for China's Belt and Road infrastructure-building initiative as Beijing tries to dispel complaints the multibillion-dollar project leaves developing countries with too much debt.Xi avoided mentioning debt complaints in a speech Friday at the opening of a forum to celebrate his ...

Massive security in Beijing ahead of Belt and Road meeting

China 04/24/19, 23:28

Security is tight and traffic snarled in the Chinese capital as world leaders gather for a conference on Beijing's sweeping "Belt-and-Road" infrastructure initiative.The meeting starting Thursday brings together leaders or envoys from three dozen countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Serbia, Myanmar and Kenya.Though tightly state-managed by China, the event is casting ...

Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

China 04/23/19, 22:43

Asian and African leaders plan to press Beijing at a conference this week to reduce the politically volatile debt burden left by its Belt and Road Initiative to build ports and other trade-related infrastructure.That may bring a note of conflict into the official celebration of President Xi Jinping's signature foreign ...

Successful Shanghai businessman sentenced to 4 years for his belief

China 04/23/19, 21:41

Mr. Deng Chenglian, a successful businessman in Shanghai, was arrested at home a year ago. He was sentenced to four years in prison and fined 8,000 yuan just four days ago. Mr. Deng was brought into the Fengxian courtroom on April 16, 2019, in a wheelchair. Because of torture and mental abuse during ...