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Biden: 'There Need Not Be a New Cold War'

President meets with China's Xi Jinping

(Newser) - President Biden had his first face-to-face meeting as president with China's Xi Jinping on Monday, and he sounded an optimistic tone afterward. "I absolutely believe there need not be a new Cold War," he said after the sit-down in Bali, Indonesia, per the AP . "I'...

At World Summit, a Notable Handshake

Biden meets face to face with China's Xi Jinping in Indonesia

(Newser) - President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping opened their first in-person meeting Monday since the US president took office nearly two years ago, aiming to "manage" differences between the superpowers as they compete for global influence amid increasing economic and security tensions. Xi and Biden greeted each other with...

Biden, Xi to Meet Amid Rising Tensions Over Taiwan

Pair will have first face-to-face meeting as world leaders

(Newser) - President Biden will meet Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of next week’s Group of 20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, a face-to-face meeting that comes amid increasingly strained US-China relations. It will be the first in-person meeting between the leaders of the world’s two biggest...

Putin: 'We Aren't in a Rush' in Ukraine
Putin Says
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Putin Says Russia Will Fight On

'We aren't in a rush' in Ukraine, Russian president says

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Friday to press his attack on Ukraine despite Ukraine's latest counteroffensive and warned that Moscow could ramp up its strikes on the country's vital infrastructure if facilities in Russia are targeted. Speaking to reporters Friday after attending a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation...

US Sends Warships Through Taiwan Strait

China says it's watching but doesn't specify a response

(Newser) - Two US guided-missile cruisers were sailing through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the Navy reported, the first American passage since China launched military exercises in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 's trip to Taipei early this month. The US 7th Fleet in Japan issued a statement saying the...

China Suggests US Is 'Playing With Fire'

Biden and Xi Jinping talk by phone

(Newser) - President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked for more than two hours on the phone Thursday against a backdrop of increasing tension between their nations over several issues. The US said the idea of the call was to calm the hostility more than to achieve anything specific, the New ...

Pentagon Prepping in Case Pelosi Does Go to Taiwan

Trip isn't confirmed, but US military is developing plans for any contingency

(Newser) - US officials say they have little fear that China would attack Nancy Pelosi’s plane if she flies to Taiwan. But the US House speaker would be entering one of the world’s hottest spots, where a mishap, misstep, or misunderstanding could endanger her safety. So the Pentagon is developing...

Beware of Chinese Spying, Heads of FBI, MI5 Warn

Tech is most at risk, directors tell business, education leaders in London

(Newser) - Seeking maximum impact, the heads of the FBI and Britain's MI5 stood together Wednesday to warn of the danger of Chinese espionage. Western technology companies are especially at risk of losing intellectual property, the two told chief executives at Thames House, headquarters of the British domestic security agency, in...

US, China Exchange Warnings on Taiwan

Austin meets defense minister at forum in Singapore

(Newser) - Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed American support for Taiwan on Saturday, suggesting at Asia's premier defense forum that recent Chinese military activity around the self-governing island threatens to change the status quo. Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Austin noted a "steady increase in provocative and...

Gaffe or Policy Shift? Nobody Is Quite Sure
Biden Gaffe
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Biden Gaffe or Policy Shift? Nobody Is Quite Sure

Biden's comments on Taiwan have analysts guessing

(Newser) - So has US policy toward Taiwan changed or not? "No," President Biden declared Tuesday when asked that specific question, reports the AP . But Biden's comments the previous day still seem to have muddied the water on what the US would do if China were to invade the...

After Getting Visa Applications, China Questions US Boycott

Biden administration says it's sending help for athletes and coaches, but not diplomats

(Newser) - Given that the Biden administration earlier this month announced a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics, China is asking why it's receiving visa applications for US government employees. That can be explained, the US answered: Those applications are for consular and security officers—not diplomats or high-ranking officials, the...

China's Xi to Biden: US 'Playing With Fire' on Taiwan

Warning comes in otherwise cordial 3-hour virtual meeting

(Newser) - President Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke for more than three hours Monday in a virtual meeting described by both sides afterward as largely cordial. In fact, Xi greeted Biden as his "old friend" at the start, notes the AP . But the BBC highlights at least one area...

Kamala Harris Has a Warning for China Over 'Intimidation'

Vice president delivered rebuke from Singapore on Tuesday on nation's actions in South China Sea

(Newser) - Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a sharp rebuke to China for its incursions in the South China Sea, warning its actions there amount to "coercion" and "intimidation" and affirming that the US will support its allies in the region against Beijing's advances. "We know that Beijing...

US Blames China for Huge Microsoft Hack

Other nations join in finger-pointing over breach that hit computers worldwide

(Newser) - The Biden administration on Monday blamed China for a hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software that compromised tens of thousands of computers around the world earlier this year , per the AP . The Justice Department announced charges against four Chinese nationals who prosecutors said were working with the Ministry of...

Group of Seven Talks Get Tense Around China

Summit leaders divided on how to approach human rights abuses

(Newser) - Forced labor in China has become a hot-button issue at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, the AP reports. A US official speaking after a morning session said that the assembled leaders shared President Joe Biden's concern about the human rights and economic impact of the practice but...

China Mutes, Even Censors Reaction to Chloe Zhao Win

State-run media outlets didn't cover Oscars and few mentions turn up on Weibo

(Newser) - Chloe Zhao made history Sunday night and people are talking about it on social media everywhere—except in China, where those who are doing so are doing it in code, NBC News reports. Users posting about Zhao’s Oscar wins—she's the first Chinese woman to win best director,...

US Move May Further Fray Relations With China

White House sanctions officials in Beijing over Uighurs

(Newser) - The US, the European Union, Britain, and Canada launched coordinated sanctions against officials in China on Monday over what they call human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region, per the AP . "Amid growing international condemnation, the [People's Republic of China] continues to commit genocide and...

High-Level US, China Talks Were 'Unusually Undiplomatic'

Alaska meeting turned into war of words

(Newser) - America's top diplomats met their Chinese counterparts in Alaska Thursday—and it was clear from the start that relations would remain frosty. In his opening statement at the Biden's administration's first face-to-face high-level talks with China, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US would discuss its...

Here's What Biden, Xi Jinping Talked About

US, China presidents share their first call

(Newser) - Joe Biden had his first call as president with Xi Jinping, pressing the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing's crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong as well as other human rights concerns. The two leaders spoke Wednesday just hours after Biden announced plans for a Pentagon task force...

China Has 2 Biting Words for the Departing President

'Good riddance'

(Newser) - On Donald Trump's final day as president, China stopped biting its tongue. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the country's top officials and leading state-media outlets largely refrained from directly criticizing Trump as relations between the two countries soured over trade and the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the...

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