China

09-12-2021

Western diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics widens

Britain, Canada and Australia on Wednesday (8 December) joined the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February, prompted by what the Western allies argue are widespread rights abuses by China.
08-12-2021

Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games

Australia will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday (8 December), as other allies weighed similar moves to protest China's human rights record.
Global Europe 07-12-2021

US officials to boycott Beijing Olympics over rights ‘atrocities’

US government officials will boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing because of China's human rights "atrocities", the White House said on Monday (6 December), just weeks after talks aimed at easing tense relations between the two superpowers.
03-12-2021

China stops Lithuanian goods at customs, Commission ‘collects information’

China has banned Lithuanian products from entering the Chinese market amid growing tensions, according to Lithuanian media on Thursday (2 December). The European Commission said it is still gathering information and will return to the matter later.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

US, EU concerned by China’s ‘problematic and unilateral actions’ at sea

The United States and European Union on Thursday (2 December) voiced strong concern at China's "problematic and unilateral actions" in the South China Sea and stressed the need for close contact to manage "competition and systemic rivalry" with Beijing.
02-12-2021

WTA suspends all tournaments in China over Peng concerns

The women's professional tennis tour announced it was suspending all tournaments in China amid what its chairman called "serious doubts" about the safety of Chinese player Peng Shuai, who accused a top Communist Party leader of sexual assault.
29-11-2021

Taiwan, Europe must defend democracy together, president tells visiting Baltic MPs

Taiwan and Europe must work together to defend against authoritarianism and disinformation, President Tsai Ing-wen told visiting lawmakers from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Monday (29 November).
EU-China 22-11-2021

China downgrades diplomatic ties with Lithuania over Taiwan

China downgraded its diplomatic ties with Lithuania on Sunday (21 November), expressing strong dissatisfaction with the Baltic State after Taiwan opened a de facto embassy there, escalating a row that has sucked in Washington.
EU-China 18-11-2021

Germany may have been naive on China at first, Merkel says

Germany may at first have been naive in some areas of cooperation with China, but should not sever all connections in reaction to growing tensions, Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Reuters.
Global Europe 16-11-2021

Biden promises candor, Xi greets ‘old friend’ in US-China talks

US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping stressed their responsibility to the world to avoid conflict as the heads of the two top global economies gathered for hours of talks on Monday (15 November).
Global Europe 11-11-2021

US and allies would ‘take action’ if Taiwan attacked, says Blinken

The United States and its allies would take unspecified "action" if China were to use force to alter the status quo over Taiwan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday (10 November).
09-11-2021

Taiwan says China can blockade its key harbours, warns of ‘grave’ threat

China's armed forces are capable of blockading Taiwan's key harbours and airports, the island's defence ministry said on Tuesday (9 November), offering its latest assessment of what it describes as a "grave" military threat posed by its giant neighbour.
05-11-2021

China vows no mercy for Taiwan independence ‘diehards’

China vowed Friday (5 November) to punish "diehard" Taiwan politicians, saying it would ban several from visiting the mainland, as tensions between Beijing and Taipei spiked to their highest level in years.
EU-China 04-11-2021

‘You are not alone,’ EU Parliament delegation tells Taiwan on first official visit

Taiwan's democracy is "a treasure" to be protected, the head of a visiting European Parliament delegation said on Thursday, promising to stand with the island as tensions between Beijing and Taipei spiral to their highest level in years.
04-11-2021

Lithuania says its rocky ties with China are a ‘wake up call’ for Europe

China's treatment of Lithuania is a "wake up call" for Europe, Lithuania's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday (3 November), calling for the European Union to be united in dealings with Beijing.
03-11-2021

European Parliament delegation visits Taiwan

A European Parliament delegation arrived in Taiwan Wednesday (3 November), part of an effort to build closer ties with the island despite warnings from China.
28-10-2021

Biden vows to stand with Asia on freedom, hits at China on Taiwan

President Joe Biden told Southeast Asian nations on Wednesday (27 October) the United States would stand with them in defending freedom of the seas and democracy and called China's actions towards Taiwan "coercive" and a threat to peace and stability.
Global Europe 28-10-2021

Top US general confirms ‘very concerning’ Chinese hypersonic weapons test

The top US military officer, General Mark Milley, has provided the first official US confirmation of a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts say appears to show Beijing's pursuit of an Earth-orbiting system designed to evade American missile defenses.
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.
14-10-2021

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

  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...