Xi Jinping insists China will achieve ‘reunification’ with Taiwan – video

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, said on Saturday that reunification with Taiwan must happen and that it would happen peacefully, despite a week of tensions. Xi spoke at an official celebration in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People that focused largely on the ruling Communist Party continuing to lead China as the country rises in … Read more

Meetings like Biden-Xi summit may be only way forward for U.S. and China, former Obama advisor says

A summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping could be the only way to find a path forward in the strategic competition between the world’s top two economies, a former White House official said Thursday.  Evan Medeiros, who was former President Barack Obama’s top advisor on Asia-Pacific, said only the top … Read more

China’s power crunch is a bigger concern than Evergrande, says top fund manager

China is facing power outages as a result of a coal supply shortage, tighter emissions reduction targets and greater electricity demand from manufacturers. Source link

Chinese switch to flashlights, generators amid power cuts

People ate breakfast by the light of smartphones and shopkeepers turned on generators as cities across China enforced power cuts Wednesday to meet official conservation targets and ease shortages in some areas. News reports blame high coal prices they say make power companies reluctant to meet booming demand, while economists say the real motive is … Read more

China’s Xi warns of ‘grim’ Taiwan situation in letter to opposition

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the unveiling of the Communist Party’s new Politburo Standing Committee on October 25, 2017 in Beijing, China. Lintao Zhang | Getty Images News | Getty Images The situation in the Taiwan Strait is “complex and grim”, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in a congratulatory letter on Sunday to the … Read more

For Xi Jinping and China Evergrande, a delicate balancing act

The crisis at property giant China Evergrande Group poses a $305 billion conundrum for President Xi Jinping: how to impose financial discipline without fuelling social unrest. With one year before the Chinese president is poised to secure an unprecedented third five-year term, the stakes are high during what is proving to be the most consequential … Read more

China’s aggression led to the formation of a new trilateral security pact, says defense expert

An increasingly aggressive and assertive China contributed to the formation of a new trilateral security partnership among the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, a defense expert told CNBC. The the new partnership, announced on Wednesday, seeks to strengthen stability in Indo-Pacific. The U.S. and U.K. will assist Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines, which will allow … Read more

Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend BRICS summit via video link

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 13th BRICS summit to be held on Thursday at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, China’s Foreign Ministry announced here on Wednesday. Modi will chair the virtual meeting of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), the Ministry of External Affairs said in … Read more

How China’s ultra-loyal web army silences Beijing’s critics

As with Western platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, Chinese social media is very much polarized, but the nationalists are increasingly gaining the upper hand. This Chinese take on cancel culture has been fueled by growing national pride — showcased this year as the Communist Party celebrates its centennial. Source link

Kamala Harris is set to visit Southeast Asia as U.S.-China tensions rise. Here’s what to expect

Kamala Harris in March 2021. The U.S. has a defense partnership with Singapore and is the largest foreign direct investor there. And the U.S. has growing trade with Vietnam, which opposes China’s vast territorial claims in the South China Sea. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images SINGAPORE — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is expected on … Read more