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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...

NYSE Reverses Course on China Decision in 'Bizarre' Move

Withdraws plans to delist 3 Chinese phone carriers

(Newser) - The New York Stock Exchange has withdrawn plans to remove shares of three Chinese state-owned phone carriers under an order by President Trump that Beijing warned might lead to retaliation. The exchange cited “further consultation” with regulators but its announcement late Monday gave no other details, the AP reports....

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Nation's Spy Chief Just Unloaded on China

DNI John Ratcliffe calls Beijing the greatest threat to democracy since World War II

(Newser) - The nation's top intelligence official just unloaded on China in unusual fashion. "The People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War II," writes director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe in a...

Feds Reveal Alleged Covert Chinese Operation

DOJ says the 8 allegedly surveilled NJ man wanted by Beijing and left a threatening note

(Newser) - The Justice Department has charged eight people with working on behalf of the Chinese government in a pressure campaign aimed at coercing a New Jersey man who was wanted by Beijing to return to China to face charges, officials said. Five of the eight were arrested Wednesday, accused of participating...

China: We're Ready to Start Detaining Americans

'It's a real game-changer'

(Newser) - Chinese officials say they're ready for a dangerous game of tit-for-tat, the Wall Street Journal reports. They're telling Washington that China may round up US nationals there unless charges against Chinese military-affiliated scholars in America are dropped. The warnings, sent through several channels—including Beijing's US Embassy—...

Musk to US: You Owe Me Tariff Money, Plus Interest

Tesla, other major automakers suing the government over trade war with China

(Newser) - Elon Musk isn't just calling for the US to end new tariffs on Chinese products—he wants a refund for the money's he already paid, plus interest. Musk's car company, Tesla, filed a lawsuit against the US this week over the import tariffs, as did automakers Ford,...

China, Russia Are Interfering in Campaigns, Intelligence Shows

Beijing is working against Trump, Russia against Biden, official says

(Newser) - China and Russia are interfering in the US presidential campaign, according to an intelligence report, with both parties' candidates as targets. "We assess that China prefers that President Trump—whom Beijing sees as unpredictable—does not win reelection," said William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security...

After Order From China, US Shuts Down Consulate

China ordered Chengdu mission closed in retaliation for Houston closure

(Newser) - The US closed its consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday, a victim of the rising tensions between the global powers, the AP reports. China ordered the mission closed late last week in retaliation for a US order to shut down the Chinese Consulate in Houston earlier...

China Retaliates for Closure of Houston Consulate

Beijing orders closure of US consulate in Chengdu

(Newser) - China says that as a "necessary response" to the US order to close its consulate in Houston, the US is going to lose one of its consulates in China. The foreign ministry said Friday that it had ordered the closure of the consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu,...

After FBI Interview, Chinese Biologist Fled to SF Consulate

FBI says she lied about military connections

(Newser) - A biology researcher accused of lying to the FBI fled to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco last month and is still there, the agency says. According to court papers filed July 20, University of California, Davis researcher Tang Juan went to the consulate after a June 20 interview with...

'Outrageous': US Boots China From Consulate

Officials seen burning documents on Tuesday

(Newser) - The US has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in "one of the biggest blows to diplomatic ties between the two countries in decades," reports Bloomberg . Firefighters responded to reports of smoke at the consulate late Tuesday as footage showed officials burning documents in barrels in...

Pompeo Accuses China of Human Rights Abuses

US sanctions 3 Chinese officials over treatment of Uighurs, other minorities

(Newser) - The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party for alleged human rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities, per the AP . The decision to bar these senior officials and their families from entering the US is the latest of a series of...

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