A Chinese official meets North Korean leader Kim in Pyongyang in highest-level talks in years

A Chinese official meets North Korean leader Kim in Pyongyang in highest-level talks in years

BEIJING: A top ranking official Chinese official reaffirmed ties with North Korea during a meeting Saturday with the country’s leader Kim Jong Un in the capital Pyongyang, China‘s state media reported, in the highest-level talks between the allies in years. The visit by Zhao Leji, who ranks third in the ruling Communist Party hierarchy and … Read more

China tried to meddle but Canadians decided the last two elections, says PM Trudeau

China tried to meddle but Canadians decided the last two elections, says PM Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears as a witness at the Public Inquiry Into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 10, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP China tried to meddle in the last two Canadian elections but the results were not impacted and it was “improbable” Beijing preferred … Read more

A pivot to China saved Elon Musk. It also binds him to Beijing.

A pivot to China saved Elon Musk. It also binds him to Beijing.

When Elon Musk unveiled the first Chinese-made Teslas in Shanghai in 2020, he went off script and started dancing. Peeling off his jacket, he flung it across the stage in a partial striptease. Musk had reason to celebrate. A few years earlier, with Tesla on the brink of failure, he had bet on China, which … Read more

China vows to treat foreign firms equally amid industrial upgrade push

China vows to treat foreign firms equally amid industrial upgrade push

China pledged on Monday to treat foreign companies the same way as domestic peers in a bid to attract more foreign investment, cooperation and expertise, as Asia’s largest economy moves to upgrade and strengthen its industrial chains. “China will fully guarantee national treatment for foreign companies, so that more foreign companies can invest in China … Read more

US weighs sanctioning Huawei’s secretive Chinese chip network

US weighs sanctioning Huawei’s secretive Chinese chip network

The Biden administration is considering blacklisting a number of Chinese semiconductor firms linked to Huawei Technologies Co. after the telecom giant notched a significant technological breakthrough last year, people familiar with the matter said. Such a move would mark another escalation in a US campaign to ringfence and curtail Beijing’s AI and semiconductor ambitions. It … Read more

China’s Two sessions | What is it and key highlights of this year’s event

China’s Two sessions | What is it and key highlights of this year’s event

The story so far: China held its annual parliamentary meetings known as ‘Two Sessions’ last week from March 4 to 11 to vote on legislations pre-approved by its ruling party, the Communist Party of China (CPC). The ‘Two Sessions’ event, which lasted for a week and comprised Beijing’s top political advisory body Chinese People’s Political … Read more

Chipmakers searching for ‘China Plus 1’ are finding Malaysia

Chipmakers searching for ‘China Plus 1’ are finding Malaysia

PENANG, Malaysia: Construction cranes still surround the brand-spanking-new plant in Kulim’s industrial park in Malaysia. But inside, legions of workers hired by Austrian tech giant AT&S are already gearing up to produce at full capacity by year’s end. Outfitted in head-to-toe coveralls, with oversized safety glasses and hard hats, they’re reminiscent of the worker bees … Read more

China tightens grip over internet during key political meeting

China tightens grip over internet during key political meeting

China has intensified efforts to block software that enables Internet users to access banned websites during a top political meeting this week, a leading provider of firewall-leaping software said. Beijing operates some of the world’s most extensive censorship over the Internet, with web users in mainland China unable to access everything from Google to news … Read more

The Dalai Lama: Tibet’s spiritual leader, bane of Beijing

The Dalai Lama: Tibet’s spiritual leader, bane of Beijing

The Dalai Lama, the charismatic Buddhist spiritual leader celebrated worldwide for his tireless campaign for greater autonomy for his Tibetan homeland, has been a thorn in China‘s side for decades. Tenzin Gyatso, who describes himself as a “simple Buddhist monk”, became the face of the Tibetan cause as he crisscrossed the globe, mixing with royalty, … Read more