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Taiwan won’t start a war with China, defence minister says amid tensions

14-10-2021

  Taiwan will not start a war with China but will defend itself “full on”, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday (14 October), amid a spike in tensions across the Taiwan Strait that has raised concern internationally. Taiwan, a...

EU-China 22-10-2021

Taiwan delegation irks China with eastern Europe tour

A Taiwanese government delegation is visiting three eastern EU members to the dismay of China, which is irritated by any signs of Taiwan acting as an independent country.
22-10-2021

With Xi-Biden telco, US aims to show responsible handling of China ties

White House officials are gearing up for a virtual meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping they hope will show the world Washington can responsibly manage relations between the rival superpowers, people familiar with the matter say.
Global Europe 22-10-2021

Biden says United States would come to Taiwan’s defense

The United States would come to Taiwan's defense and has a commitment to defend the island, US President Joe Biden said, though the White House said later there was no change in policy towards the island.
21-10-2021

China vows to open up market, but US sees no change

China on Wednesday (20 October) promised the World Trade Organization it would further open its vast market, but the United States swiftly countered that Beijing showed "no inclination to change".
21-10-2021

Taiwan foreign minister adds Slovakia to rare Europe trip

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu will visit Slovakia next week on a rare trip to Europe that will also include a trip to the neighbouring Czech Republic and a virtual address to a forum in Rome, his ministry said.
07-10-2021

Taiwan seeks international support after Chinese incursions

Taiwan will ensure regional peace and stability and seeks to work with other like-minded democracies, President Tsai Ing-wen told senior French and Australian dignitaries on Thursday (7 October), days after a dramatic spike in tensions with China.
06-10-2021

Biden says he and China’s Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (5 October) that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement, as tensions have ratcheted up between Taipei and Beijing. “I’ve spoken...
EU-China 05-10-2021

Global player? Brdo EU summit to seek answers on China, US strategy

The European Union's 27 leaders will seek a new approach to China on Tuesday (5 October) in their first summit on Sino-European strategy since the bloc imposed sanctions on Beijing in March and faced retaliation, jeopardising a new investment pact.
01-10-2021

China’s Belt and Road plans losing momentum as opposition, debt mount

China’s vast Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is in danger of losing momentum as opposition in targeted countries rises and debts mount, paving the way for rival schemes to squeeze Beijing out, a new study showed on Wednesday (28 September)....
30-09-2021

China’s electric carmakers make their move on Europe

China's electric carmakers are darting into Europe, hoping to catch traditional auto giants cold and seize a slice of a market supercharged by the continent's drive towards zero emissions.
27-09-2021

Cryptocurrency exchanges rush to cut ties with Chinese users after fresh crackdown

Cryptocurrency exchanges and providers of crypto services are scrambling to sever business ties with mainland Chinese clients, after Beijing last Friday (24 September) issued a blanket ban on all crypto trading and mining.
27-09-2021

Huawei executive release offers chance to reset relations – Chinese state media

The release of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is an opportunity for a reboot of bilateral relations with the United States and Canada but "toxic political rhetoric" could still "poison" the atmosphere", Chinese state media said.
24-09-2021

Taiwan blasts ‘arch criminal’ China for Pacific trade pact threats

China is an "arch criminal" intent on bullying Taiwan and has no right to oppose its bid to join a pan-Pacific trade pact, Taiwan's government said in an escalating war of words over Taipei and Beijing's decision to apply.
23-09-2021

Xiaomi says its smartphones do not censor users following Lithuania report

China's Xiaomi Corp said on Wednesday (22 September) that its devices do not censor users' communications, a day after Lithuania's Defence Ministry recommended that consumers avoid Chinese phones due to a censoring feature in the smartphone giant's flagship phone.
EU-China 22-09-2021

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones with censorship software

Lithuania's Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

Biden nominee for key China export post expects Huawei to remain blacklisted

US President Joe Biden's nominee to a post overseeing export policy on China said he sees Chinese telecoms firm Huawei as a national security threat and expects to keep the company on a trade blacklist unless "things change."
Global Europe 20-09-2021

Australia defends scrapping of French submarine deal, Macron and Biden to talk

Australia on Sunday (19 September) defended its decision to ditch a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines and opt instead for an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, saying it had flagged its concerns to Paris months ago.
17-09-2021

Georgieva pressured World Bank employees to favor China in report

World Bank leaders, including then-Chief Executive Kristalina Georgieva, applied "undue pressure" on staff to boost China's ranking in the bank's "Doing Business 2018" report, according to an independent investigation released Thursday (16 September).
Global Europe 17-09-2021

France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal

France accused US President Joe Biden on Thursday (16 September) of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a historic defence export contract to supply Australia with submarines.
Global Europe 10-09-2021

Facing stalemate in ties, Biden and China’s Xi discuss avoiding conflict in call

US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke for 90 minutes in their first talks in seven months on Thursday (9 September), discussing the need to avoid letting competition between the world's two largest economies veer into conflict.
06-09-2021

Germany’s ambassador to China dies just two weeks into the job

German ambassador to China Jan Hecker has died, barely two weeks into the job, the European nation's foreign office said on Monday (6 September).
01-09-2021

Hungary, Poland, Serbia: China’s backdoors to Europe

China benefits from divisions that prevent the EU from forming a unified front against it. That is why relations with EU members Hungary and Poland, as well as with the Western Balkans and Serbia in particular, are getting stronger, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
31-08-2021

Budapest mayor obtains vote on China university in blow for Orban

Hungary's election authority approved Monday (30 August) a bid by Budapest's mayor to hold a referendum over a planned campus of China's Fudan university, in a blow for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán who backs the project.
23-08-2021

US lends support to Lithuania against China pressure

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Lithuania's foreign minister on Saturday (21 August) and agreed on "bilateral coordinated action" to help the country withstand pressure from China over its decision to develop ties with Taiwan, Lithuania said.