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

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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…

1958, 1994 and 2021: India Continues to be an Onlooker in Taiwan Straits Crisis

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The brazenness with which China’s air force scrambled a record number of aircraft across the Taiwan Straits in the last few days is in sharp contrast to the strategic calmness with which the government and the people in Taiwan responded. For, the Taiwanese knew the antics of China’s Communist Party for long—having engaged with them in pitched military and diplomatic battles for more than seven decades. China sent 38 aircraft on its National Day on October 1, ramping them further to 39 aircraft the next day and crossing and violating…

Biden, China’s Xi expected to meet virtually by year’s end

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ZURICH (AP) — With tensions rising between the global powers, President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual meeting before year’s end, according to the White House. The agreement in principle for the talks was disclosed after White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi met for six hours in Zurich. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the two sides are still working through what the virtual meeting “would look like.” The presidential meeting was proposed…

How Close Did Chinese Military Jets Really Get to Taiwan?

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From the headlines of several news agencies, you’d think China was on the verge of war with Taiwan. U.S. News: “Brazen China Steadily Ramps Up Warplane Flights in Taiwan’s Airspace.” Yahoo News: “China Flies 52 Military Planes Into Taiwanese Airspace in Largest Incursion Ever.” NPR (during a similar spate of flights this summer): “China Sends a Record 28 Military Planes Into Airspace Controlled by Taiwan.” If China really had done this, it would constitute a gross violation of international law and, possibly, the fanning of war flames. Advertisement But in…

Why Wall Street Backs China Despite Beijing’s Tighter Grip

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This year has been unsettling for Chinese business. The ruling Communist Party has gone after the private sector industry by industry. The stock markets have taken a huge hit. The country’s biggest property developer is on the verge of collapse. But for some of the biggest names on Wall Street, China’s economic prospects look rosier than ever. BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, urged investors to increase their exposure to China by as much as three times. “Is China investable?” asked J.P. Morgan, before answering, “We think so.” Goldman Sachs…

The End of a ‘Gilded Age’: China Is Bringing Business to Heel

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Chinese tech companies are reeling from regulation. Nervous creditors are hoping for a bailout for China’s largest developer. Growing numbers of executives are going to jail. An entire industry is shutting down. For China’s leader, Xi Jinping, it’s all part of the plan. Under Mr. Xi, China is reshaping how business works and limiting executives’ power. Long in coming, but rapid in execution, the policies are driven by a desire for state control and self-reliance as well as concerns about debt, inequality and influence by foreign countries, including the United…

C.I.A. Admits to Losing Informants

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The warning, according to those who have read it, was primarily aimed at front line agency officers, the people involved most directly in the recruiting and vetting of sources. The cable reminded C.I.A. case officers to focus not just on recruiting sources, but also on security issues including vetting informants and evading adversarial intelligence services. Among the reasons for the cable, according to people familiar with the document, was to prod C.I.A. case officers to think about steps they can take on their own to do a better job managing…

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