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Engage China, or confront it? What’s the right approach now?


Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House adviser, calls the United States’ relationship with China’s Communist Party an economic and information “war,” while Eric Schmidt, a Google founder, says American interests are entangled with China, our biggest competitor in the race for global technological dominance. The next phase of the relationship between the two countries … Continue reading

Former Chinese finance minister warns China and US are on brink of ‘financial war’


The growing rivalry between China and the United States is at risk of becoming a “financial war”, a former Chinese finance minister said on Saturday. Speaking at an industry forum in Beijing, Lou Jiwei, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, said that despite the compromises … Continue reading

Trump says U.S. hasn’t yet agreed to roll back tariffs, despite China’s insistence that he has


President Donald Trump dealt a blow Friday to investors who were hoping the United States and China were inching closer toward a partial trade deal that would roll back billions in tariffs. Speaking to reporters, Trump said the US has yet to agree to wiping tariffs, undercutting a statement from China’s Commerce Ministry indicating openness … Continue reading

Fire the missiles! The U.S. navy is ready to sink China’s new aircraft carriers


Ah, yes, the “carrier-killer.” China is forever touting the array of guided missiles its weaponeers have devised to pummel U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs). Most prominent among them are its DF-21D and DF-26 antiship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made a mainstay of China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) defenses. Beijing has … Continue reading

China casts doubt on reaching long-term trade deal with U.S. under Trump


Chinese officials are casting doubts about reaching a comprehensive long-term trade deal with the U.S. even as the two sides get close to signing a “phase one” agreement. In private conversations with visitors to Beijing and other interlocutors in recent weeks, Chinese officials have warned they won’t budge on the thorniest issues, according to people … Continue reading

China’s factory activity shrinks for 6th month as trade war clouds outlook


Factory activity in China shrank for the sixth straight month in October and by more than expected, while service sector growth eased as firms grapple with the weakest economic growth in nearly 30 years. The world’s second-largest economy is facing heightened risks from slowing global demand and the Sino-U.S. trade war, adding pressure on policymakers … Continue reading

China cancels release of ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’


Though Quentin Tarantino‘s ninth movie Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood has dominated the North American box office since July, it’s still yet to be released in one of the world’s biggest markets: China. The two-hour, 41-minute flick was scheduled to come out in the Communist country on Friday, Oct. 25. According to the Hollywood Reporter, … Continue reading

The Chinese threat to American speech


China’s assertive campaign to police discourse about its policies, even outside of its borders, and the acquiescence of American companies eager to make money in China, pose a dangerous and growing threat to one of this nation’s core values: the freedom of expression. The Communist state is becoming more and more aggressive in pressuring foreign … Continue reading

Chinese officials will soon be required by the U.S. to report American contacts


The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will soon require Chinese officials in the U.S. to notify the State Department ahead of any contacts they plan to have with American educators, researchers and local and state governments. The release of the new rules was accompanied by notices to American educational and research institutions and local … Continue reading

Is China’s DF-26 missile a real threat to U.S. navy aircraft carriers?


Last year, Chinese state media reported that a new brigade of Beijing’s most advanced intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has been “activated.” The newly commissioned brigade is armed with the Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) IRBM. According to the Diplomat, “Video footage carried in Chinese state media showed at least 22 integrated six-axle DF-26 transporter-erector-launchers along with their … Continue reading

A Chinese engineer says he was fired from Facebook after discussing a colleague’s death and it’s caused outrage in China


Chinese social media has erupted in anger over the dismissal of a Chinese engineer from Facebook. The California-based software engineer Yi Yin’s story was circulated on WeChat and widely debated on a Chinese discussion forum, according to Bloomberg. Per Bloomberg, Yin said he received an email warning on the same day he attended the memorial … Continue reading

‘South Park’ banned in China after mocking Chinese government censors


With its most recent episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s fearless animated TV series, South Park, has garnered a great deal of attention across the world. The highly controversial Season 23 episode, Band in China, premiered last Wednesday, Oct. 2, and less than a week later was banned in China (no pun intended), according to the … Continue reading

China’s crimes are against humanity, not U.S. economy


Everyone has heard about China as an economic superpower bent on world domination. Its trade surplus with the world, especially with the United States, is vulgar. And for some time, China has been the fastest growing economy in the world, with some authorities referring to it as the world’s second largest economy. But there is … Continue reading

Back in 2010, the U.S. navy surfaced 3 elite submarines to warn China what could happen in a war


In 2010, China was given a glimpse of what could happen in a war. Nuclear powers rarely go to war with each other, but that doesn’t mean they don’t threaten to do so. Indeed, military posturing is an integral part of what Forrest Morgan, an analyst for the RAND Corporation, called “crisis stability.” In other words, “building … Continue reading

‘I will not accept a bad deal’: Trump’s China trade rhetoric turns harsh at UN


U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a stinging rebuke to China’s trade practices on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, saying he would not accept a “bad deal” in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Four days after deputy U.S. and Chinese negotiators held inconclusive talks in Washington, Trump’s remarks were anything but conciliatory and emphasized the need … Continue reading

‘Horrific campaign of repression’: U.S. slams China’s treatment of Muslims


The United States led more than 30 countries on Tuesday in condemning what it called China’s “horrific campaign of repression” against Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang at an event on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly that was denounced by China. In highlighting abuses against ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in … Continue reading

‘China Shock’ 2.0 is haunting the U.S.


‘The China Shock Doctrine’, written by Samual Hammond and published in The American Enterprise Institute’s National Affairs Issue Number 41 – Fall 2019, is a nearly 5,000 words long essay on how the United States was shocked by China’s success in upgrading and diversifying its own manufacturing capacity in general and engineering talents in particular. … Continue reading

China has already lost the trade war


China already lost in the trade war with the U.S. Although you will never hear Chinese authorities, especially President Xi Jinping, admit it as such, the evidence is everywhere and only becoming more compelling by the day. Reuters recently reported that based on the Chinese government’s own data, China’s economic slowdown has worsened in August, with “growth in industrial production is at … Continue reading

China cancels plans to visit with US farmers next week


China officials on Friday canceled plans to visit American farmers next week and were expected to cut short their trip to the US. Officials said they had to return to China earlier than planned and would no longer visit agricultural producers in the Midwest next week, according to the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and the … Continue reading

Taiwan just lost Solomon Islands, its biggest ally in the Pacific, to China; US may retaliate


Taiwan lost its largest ally in the Pacific on Tuesday, when the Solomon Islands confirmed it was switching diplomatic allegiance to China. A spokesman for the Solomon Islands’ prime minister said the government’s caucus took a poll on Monday, with 27 lawmakers voting in favour of switching and six abstaining, followed by the Cabinet voting … Continue reading

‘Birth tourism’ scheme shows Chinese nationals how to bypass immigration and give birth in the US


A Chinese woman could face up to 15 years in jail for running a “birth tourism” scheme where she helped coach other Chinese women on how to trick immigration in order to give birth in the United States. Dongyuan Li, 41, from Irvine, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and visa fraud, … Continue reading

China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack


Saudi Arabia’s oil production was slashed in half following an attack on two of its oil facilities on Saturday, and China, along with other countries in Asia and the Middle East, may be the ones to pay the price. Two major oil refineries in Saudi Arabia came under attack and knocked out production on about … Continue reading

China has been illegally redirecting traffic on the world’s Internet for 2 1/2 years


A recent discovery shows a Telecommunications company with ties to China’s government misdirected traffic for two and a half years. In recent times, a misdirection hacker operation allowed for the theft of over $150,000 in digital coins as unwitting people were routed to a fake MyEtherWallet.com site rather than the authentic wallet service. When end … Continue reading

China’s economy is getting worse. That makes a trade deal more likely


China’s economic slowdown keeps getting worse. That could give the country incentive to repair its trading relationship with the United States and take more steps to stimulate its economy. The country released data Monday that showed industrial production — an important indicator for China’s economy — increased by just 4.4% in August compared to a … Continue reading

The U.S. is about to do something big in Hong Kong


Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, the David to China’s Goliath, is calling out to the land of the free for help—and help may be on the way. The question is whether it will be substantial enough and fast enough, and have the support of the president of the United States. For months now, a small … Continue reading

Foreign citizens banned from leaving China so they can be used for political leverage


Two young Americans, Victor and Cynthia Liu, are “trapped” in China, increasingly desperate and despondent because Chinese authorities have blocked them from leaving for more than a year. “They are trapped. They are alone. They are desperate to come home,” David Pressman, the siblings’ New York-based attorney, told USA TODAY. “They are literally breaking down.” … Continue reading

China excludes soybeans and pork from additional tariffs in a huge win for US in trade war


China just announced that it would not be adding additional tariffs to US agricultural goods such as soybeans and pork, marking a huge win for American farmers. The superpower said via the state-owned Xinhua news agency that it would be encouraging Chinese companies to purchase more American agricultural goods after Trump delayed tariffs by two … Continue reading

The Trump administration has reportedly discussed a China trade deal that would lift some tariffs


The Trump administration has reportedly discussed a plan to offer China a deal that would include a rollback of some tariffs, potentially defusing tensions in a more than yearlong trade war that has rattled the world’s largest economies. Bloomberg reported Thursday that under the agreement, the US would remove some of its punishing tariffs on … Continue reading

We need to worry about China’s control of world’s pharmaceutical supply


Antibiotics, which turn life-threatening infections into minor nuisances, are considered the single biggest advance in modern medicine. But imagine if the supply of antibiotics to the United States was suddenly cut off. American national security officials are worrying about that scenario as they come to grips with this little understood fact: The vast majority of … Continue reading

Beijing’s hostility started the trade war


I first traveled to mainland China as a high school student in 2008. Like many observers at the time, I was enthralled by the apparent success of China’s development model, manifested in the urban landscapes of Beijing and Shanghai. I was influenced by the then-prominent idea of Chinese exceptionalism, which one could encounter in both … Continue reading

China’s car market is heading from recession to depression


The Chinese auto market is crashing.  Data from the Chinese Association of Auto Manufacturers show the passenger car market there contracted 6.9% in August and has fallen 11.0% for the year-to-date period. August 2019 marked the 14th consecutive decline for the Chinese auto market, an important landmark for analysts, as Chinese car sales could be … Continue reading

US companies leave China at a faster pace because of trade war


The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai said Wednesday U.S. companies are steering business away from China at an increasing rate amid the escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing. More than a quarter (26.5 percent) of the 333 respondents to AmCham’s annual survey said they have redirected investment away from China over the past year, … Continue reading

How China built its own J-20 stealth fighter from secret F-35 information


Although the two electro-optical systems pictured above are not identical, they share quite a few similarities in shape and placement: compared to the Eurofighter or Su-57’s electro-optical systems and Infrared Tracking Systems (IRTS), respectively, which are also mounted on top of the fuselage, the differences between the Lockheed Martin and J-20’s Systems are relatively minor. … Continue reading

Apple and Foxconn confirmed they broke a Chinese labor law by hiring too many temporary workers at the world’s biggest iPhone factory


On the eve of Apple announcing the iPhone 11, a report from China Labour Watch has accused the company – along with its manufacturing partner Foxconn – of profiting from worker exploitation to build the new phone. Investigators from China Labour Watch went undercover at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory, the largest iPhone factory in the world … Continue reading

China has piled up nearly 100 tons of gold reserves to help buffer against the blows of Trump’s trade war


Gold has risen 18% since the start of the year, in part because China has been adding vast amounts of the metal to its reserves. Bloomberg, citing the People’s Bank of China, reported that the Asian superpower added over 94 tons of gold to its reserves since December, consistent with gold’s rise since the end … Continue reading

Chinese exports to the US tanked by 16% in August as Trump’s trade-war tariffs hit demand


China’s exports to America tanked 16% to $44.4 billion in August — a sharp acceleration from their 6.5% drop in July, Reuters said — as Donald Trump’s tariffs sapped demand for Chinese goods in their biggest foreign market. However, Chinese imports of US goods dropped by about 22% to $10.3 billion, official customs data showed. … Continue reading

Protesters call on Trump to ‘liberate’ Hong Kong as violent clashes continue


Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urged U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district as police fired tear gas after protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic. Demonstrators flooded … Continue reading

A big mistake China’s political elite makes in fighting the trade war with U.S.


In fighting the US-China trade war, China’s political elite makes a big mistake: it assumes that China has achieved “power parity” with the US. That’s according to a recent article published in the September issue of Current History. It argues that the growing economic interdependence between the world’s two largest economies has given China the … Continue reading

Trade war causing companies to flee China


The more than yearlong trade war between the United States and China is shaking up supply chains all over the world. An analysis by the Tokyo-based investment bank Nomura looked at a sample of more than 50 manufacturers that have already left China in order to avoid President Trump’s tariffs and found the departures will … Continue reading

Carriers, missiles, submarines and stealth: China’s military has arrived


China is believed to possess as many as 1,200 short-range missiles and up to 300 intermediate range missiles, according to a Pentagon report. Aircraft carriers, stealth fighters, anti-satellite weapons, drones, cyber attack technology and a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles are all among a series of Chinese weapons said to present serious concerns for Pentagon … Continue reading

Pentagon looks to Australia to cut China out of its stranglehold on rare earth supply


In an effort to secure the national security supply chain against China, the Pentagon is planning to stand up rare earth production sites in Australia. The Australian government released a report Tuesday listing nearly $4 billion in projects proposed by more than a dozen mining and metals firms. Rare earths are a group of 17 … Continue reading

China refutes Trump’s claim it’s the source of fentanyl in the U.S.


China said Tuesday that it’s not the source of the fentanyl that’s killing Americans, contrary to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent tweets blaming China for the drug deaths. At a briefing for the National Narcotics Control Commission, China reiterated that it is making extensive efforts toward controlling the synthetic opioid and should not be labeled … Continue reading

Trump’s trade war has led to a historically weak Chinese currency


Global currencies have been pushed front-and-center as trade tensions between the US and China have escalated. Of particular interest to many watchers is the relative strength of the dollar versus the Chinese yuan, which sits at multiyear lows. On Friday, the yuan posted its largest monthly loss in 25 years after sliding 3.8% versus the … Continue reading

Rodrigo Duterte is a gift to The Philippines by playing China against USA


Rodrigo Duterte is at the halfway point of his presidency of the Philippines and since coming to power in 2016, he has made huge waves domestically and internationally for his tough talk and policies. The one policy that has defined his presidency is his signature war on drugs that has killed thousands and prompted fierce … Continue reading

Obama’s ‘first film’ is too late to soften US-China antagonism


This film documents what happened to an Ohio General Motors plant that closed after the 2008 financial crisis and was later bought by a Chinese company. Its name is ‘American Factory’. CBS News reported that it is the “first documentary produced by (former President) Barack and Michelle Obama for Netflix. Directed by veteran independent filmmakers … Continue reading

Is China’s upcoming ‘super’ stealth fighter the end of the U.S. F-35?


Chinese scientists claim they have developed a new kind of material for making aircraft less detectable by radar. But the development probably is not the breakthrough that some observers claim it is. Prof. Luo Xiangang and colleagues at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Chengdu, said they … Continue reading

Donald Trump scolds General Motors for moving plants to China after bailout


President Donald Trump scolded General Motors on Friday for shifting car production to China, despite getting a taxpayer bailout. “They moved major plants to China, BEFORE I CAME INTO OFFICE,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “This was done despite the saving help given them by the USA. Now they should start moving back to America again?” … Continue reading

China’s ambitious greenhouse gas emissions at risk amid trade war with U.S.


China‘s greenhouse gas emission targets are at risk as a result of the trade war with the United States, which has put Beijing’s coal-reliant economy under heavy pressure, a senior climate official said on Friday. “External elements, such as the Sino-U.S. trade war, have brought negative impacts and increasing uncertainties to the global economy, which … Continue reading

Aides admit Trump was lying about those “phone calls” with China


At last week’s G7 summit in Biarritz, Donald Trump gave an entire network of world leaders whiplash when he declared, contrary to weeks of threats, that not only did the Chinese seem amenable to a trade deal, but that he’d actually heard from Beijing’s top officials that very week. “China called last night our top … Continue reading

Huawei’s new phone could be the first major hardware casualty of the US-China trade war


On a normal year, millions of Huawei fans anticipate the announcement of the company’s new smartphones. But 2019 is not a normal year. In May 2019, Huawei was placed on a US trade blacklist, preventing US companies from doing business with Huawei without permission from the US government. As a result, Huawei cannot use Google’s … Continue reading

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