A Chinese vision of free trade

a chinese vision of free trade

Oct 7th 2021 SOMETIMES CHINA makes shrewd decisions. At other times it is capable of grave mistakes, even acts of wickedness. But the Chinese government is rarely silly. In particular, officials do not stake the prestige of their supreme leader, President Xi Jinping, on a whim. That makes it worth revisiting dismissive foreign reactions to a move that, though dry-looking, is important and revealing. Listen to this story Your browser does not support the <audio> element. Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android. On September 16th China formally…

What’s Behind China’s Latest Mega Hydro-Engineering Project?

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Advertisement In recent months, China’s Red Flag River Water Diversion Project Proposal (Red Flag River), an astonishing new inter-basin water diversion proposal, has gained much attention on social media in China and also in the downstream countries, especially in India. Named after the famous Red Flag Canal, the proposal aims to annually divert 60 billion cubic meters of water from the major rivers of the ecologically fragile Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, including three transnational rivers (Mekong, Salween, and Brahmaputra), to arid Xinjiang and other parts of northwest China. Chinese social media posts…

C.I.A. Reorganization to Place New Focus on China

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A decade ago, the Chinese government systematically dismantled the C.I.A.’s spying operation in the country, with informants captured or killed. Some former officials have blamed a breach of the agency’s classified communications system, while others have blamed a former C.I.A. officer later convicted of giving secrets to China. Since then, the agency has tried to rebuild its networks, but the Chinese government’s power to track the movements and communications of people have slowed the effort. A senior C.I.A. official said the new technology center would help the agency stay ahead…

Biden and Xi Jinping of China Agree to Hold a Virtual Summit

biden and xi jinping of china agree to hold a virtual summit

President Biden will meet President Xi Jinping of China for their first summit by the end of this year — but virtually, not in person, a concession to a pandemic era and a recognition of the dangers of going an entire year into a new presidential term without a formal meeting between the leaders of the world’s largest and second-largest economies. The announcement on Wednesday from American officials came after a six-hour meeting between Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, and his closest Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, Beijing’s top diplomat.…

Ros Atkins On… China’s climate change promises

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Ahead of the COP26 summit on climate change, the BBC’s Ros Atkins looks at the world’s biggest emitters of CO2 – what they’re promising, what they’re doing, and whether climate scientists think it’s enough. The first in the series focuses on China, the world’s biggest emitter. It is responsible for 27% of global CO2 emissions and has announced that it’s aiming to be carbon neutral by 2060. Experts agree that China plays a crucial role in global efforts to tackle climate change, but is it moving far enough – and…

‘War may be triggered at any time’: China fires off ominous warning as it sends record warplanes towards Taiwan

war may be triggered at any time china fires off ominous warning as it sends record warplanes towards taiwan

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s defence minister Chiu Kuo-cheng has expressed concern, saying that Beijing might mount a ‘full-scale’ invasion by 2025 Two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets take off from an unspecified location to fly a patrol over the South China Sea. China has sent in a record number of military flights near Taiwan since last Friday. AP “War may be triggered at any time”. That’s the ominous warning from China after it sent a record number of aircraft across the Taiwan Straits over the past few days. In its editorial ‘Time to warn Taiwan secessionists…

Why China’s air force is provoking Taiwan

why chinas air force is provoking taiwan

Top of The World — our morning news roundup written by editors at The World. Subscribe here. China-TaiwanOver the last four days, the Chinese military has sent dozens of fighter jets and bombers hurtling toward Taiwan in a provocative daily show of force. China’s People’s Liberation Army flew a record 149 flights over international airspace, prompting Taiwanese defense forces to scramble in response. The move has raised fears of a misstep that could provoke an unintended escalation. The US has also stepped up naval maneuvers in the Indo-Pacific with its allies,…

Why China Is Alienating the World: Backlash Is Building—but Beijing Can’t Seem to Recalibrate

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In early 2017, China appeared to be on a roll. Its economy was beating estimates. President Xi Jinping was implementing the country’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative and was on the cusp of opening China’s first overseas military base in Djibouti. Most important, Xi seemed poised to take advantage of President Donald Trump’s determination to pick fights with U.S. allies and international institutions. In a speech in Davos in January of that year, Xi even compared protectionism with “locking oneself in a dark room.” Nearly five years on, Beijing is…

Biden’s ‘Taiwan Agreement’ | National Review

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President Joe Biden holds a meeting on infrastructure with labor and business leaders at the White House in Washington, D.C. July 22, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) President Biden sparked confusion last night when he referred to a seemingly nonexistent agreement between the U.S. and China over Taiwan. “China has . . . I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree, we will abide by the Taiwan agreement. That’s where we are and I made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement,”…

US blocks radioactive fuel to China over fear it wants to TRIPLE nuke stockpile

us blocks radioactive fuel to china over fear it wants to triple nuke stockpile

THE US has blocked radioactive fuel to China over fears Beijing wants to triple its nuke stockpile. President Joe Biden’s administration ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to block exports to China on “national security” grounds, The Times reported. 5 US President Joe Biden with Chinese President Xi JinpingCredit: Getty 5 The Taishan 1 nuclear power station in ChinaCredit: Free for editorial use The export of radioactive materials to China’s state-owned nuclear company the China General Nuclear Power Group is now banned under the order. It comes after Chinese state media…

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