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US Will Sail Near China Islands 8 Times a Year

Defense official estimates 2 patrols every 3 months

(Newser) - The US angered Beijing last month when it sent a warship near China's man-made islands in the South China Sea. It was not a one-time thing: A defense official tells Reuters that similar patrols—those within 12 nautical miles, signaling that the US doesn't recognize China's sovereignty—... More »

US, China Pull a Surprise: Major Climate Deal

World's 2 largest polluters join forces to curb emissions

(Newser) - The US and China rank as the world's two largest polluters , but a surprise deal is turning them into the world's two largest pollution fighters: The nations announced that they'll be working in tandem on long-term greenhouse-gas controls that would cut emissions by nearly a third over... More »

China: iPhone Is Threat to National Security

Beijing worried about state secrets being stolen

(Newser) - China is lashing out at Apple, claiming that the iPhone is a danger to national security because of its ability to track and record user's whereabouts, reports Reuters . A researcher who appeared on today’s CCTV state media broadcast lambasted the tech giant, saying that if China’s “... More »

China to Obama: Don't Meet Dalai Lama

Move will 'gravely damage' relations, Beijing warns

(Newser) - China has warned President Obama that he will inflict "grave damages upon the China-US relationship" if he meets with the Dalai Lama today as planned. The White House says the president will meet the Tibetan spiritual leader as a show of concern for human rights in China—a move... More »

Biden Stirs Pot in Beijing as Tensions Simmer

He begins China visit amid soaring regional tensions

(Newser) - Joe Biden has landed in Beijing for what was meant to be a trade mission but has become a high-stakes bid to calm soaring regional tensions over China's new air-defense zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
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US: Obama Pushed China on Cyberspying

President, Chinese leader Xi Jinping wrap up 2-day summit

(Newser) - President Obama pushed Chinese President Xi Jinping to do more to address the online theft of US intellectual and other property coming from his country and said the hacking is "inconsistent with the kind of relationship we want to have with China," a top White House aide said.... More »

US-China Summit: High Stakes, Casual Vibe

Obama meeting with Xi Jinping at California estate

(Newser) - Cyber-spying, trade, North Korea, US military maneuvers—there's no shortage of big issues for President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to tackle tonight and tomorrow during their informal summit in Southern California. But the biggest emphasis is on establishing "personal chemistry," reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

How Ham Can Prevent War With China

Noah Feldman on the need to tread lightly in the coming 'cool war'

(Newser) - China and the US are not-so-secretly on the verge of, if not a new cold war precisely, at least a cool one. When someone steals your top weapons secrets , then says they want a "new type" of relationship, you "start thinking he was planning to drink your milkshake,... More »

China Tech Giants Threaten US Security: Lawmakers

Huawei, ZTE secretly work for Communist Party: report

(Newser) - A House intelligence committee report gives a stern warning about two Chinese telecommunications giants that have been trying to expand their business in the US, and cautions that China could use their devices to spy on Americans. Huawei Technologies Inc. and ZTE Inc. say the claims are "baseless" and... More »

Captured US Spy Exposed China's Agents

Hu Jintao personally intervened to demand an investigation

(Newser) - The US spy China captured earlier this year managed to send the CIA information on many of China's spies in the US before being caught, sources tell Reuters , providing the first confirmation that the spy managed to significantly undermine Chinese intelligence operations. Indeed, President Hu Jintao was outraged by... More »

Booming China Wants More of Our ... Soybeans

Exports are up, but so is the trade deficit

(Newser) - China is growing richer, and it wants more and more of what our land produces. US exports to the country are up 50% over 2008, and food led the pack last year—soybeans in particular. Why? They're cheaper to import than feed grain, and are used to beef up... More »

Chinese VP Arrives in Washington

Xi Jinping, China's next president, to meet with Obama

(Newser) - The man slated to be China's next president began his US tour today, meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office before having lunch with Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. Biden will serve as Xi Jinping's host in Washington, the New York Times reports. Other stops on the... More »

Report: China Likely Hacked US Satellites

China strongly denies all reports of endangering security

(Newser) - Hackers who hit two US satellites four times in 2007 and 2008 may have been tied to the Chinese military, reports Bloomberg . “Such interference poses numerous potential threats, particularly if achieved against satellites with more sensitive functions,” says a draft of the annual report by the US-China Economic... More »

China Threatens 'Trade War' Over Senate Bill

Bill would place tariff on countries that depress their currencies

(Newser) - A senior Chinese official warned today that the US is in for a “trade war” if it enacts a Senate bill that would punish China for artificially keeping its currency low. The bill “in no way represents the reality of the economic and trade relationship between China and... More »

China May Suspend Some Military Exchanges With US

Beijing unhappy with Taiwan arms deal

(Newser) - China is making its displeasure known over the US’ recent arms deal with Taiwan , with officials indicating that they’ll be cancelling some agreed upon military exchanges with the US, reports the Wall Street Journal . While China hasn’t fully outlined what it will do, “I think they have... More »

China to US: Cancel Taiwan Arms Deal

...or else relations will be harmed, officials warn

(Newser) - China is harshly denouncing a US arms deal with Taiwan announced yesterday, calling for the US ambassador to China to protest the deal and warning that it will harm US-China ties if it is not canceled. The Obama administration notified Congress of the $5.8 billion plan yesterday; it would... More »

Brawling Hoyas a Hit in China

Yesterday's game was packed, but fight-free

(Newser) - Last week's brawl between a Chinese professional basketball team and the Georgetown Hoyas may have made for embarrassed officials, but it also made the Hoyas a hot ticket, reports ABC News . Yesterday's game in Shanghai was the first since the fight, and half an hour before the start... More »

Joe Biden to China: 'US Never Will Default'

VP calls on China to rein in North Korea, Iran, and allow more freedom

(Newser) - Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up his five-day visit to China with a strong message of China-US interdependence and firm promises that the United States would never default on its debt, reports Reuters . Speaking in the southwest city of Chengdu earlier today, Biden emphasized the continued strength of the US... More »

Biden, Clinton Press China on Human Rights

Protesters gather outside as talks begin in Washington

(Newser) - Chinese officials arrived in Washington today for a round of high-level talks, and were greeted with a light scolding from Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton for their government’s recent crackdown on dissent. “We have a vigorous disagreement in the area of human rights,” Biden said in his... More »

China's New Fighter Ripped Off Downed US Jet

Chinese bought up wreckage of F-117 Nighthawk shot down in '99

(Newser) - China's got a brand-new shiny stealth fighter —and the country may want to drop Washington a thank-you note for it, reports the AP. Seems a US-made F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999 attracted some attention in Beijing. And Balkan military officials and experts say that... More »

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