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India makes ban on TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps permanent
China

India makes ban on TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps permanent

  • India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued fresh notices to make permanent a ban imposed on TikTok and 58 other Chinese applications.
  • The Ministry, in its decision in June, stated that these applications were "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
Updated 26 Jan, 2021 12:24pm
South China Sea tension flares again as Biden takes charge
China

South China Sea tension flares again as Biden takes charge

  • A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea over the weekend to promote “freedom of the seas” at a time of U.S. concern about China-Taiwan tensions and Beijing asserting its maritime agenda.
  • Taiwan, meanwhile, reported an incursion of Chinese bombers and fighter jets into its air defence identification zone.
Published 25 Jan, 2021 12:46pm
Biden picks Clinton adviser Rosenberger as White House China director
China

Biden picks Clinton adviser Rosenberger as White House China director

  • Laura Rosenberger, a State Department and White House veteran who was a foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2016 presidential election campaign, will serve as senior director for China in Joe Biden’s White House.
  • Ties between the United States and China have plunged to the lowest level in decades in the last year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Published 15 Jan, 2021 02:58pm
U.S. cancels U.N. envoy's trip to Taiwan, citing Biden transition
China

U.S. cancels U.N. envoy's trip to Taiwan, citing Biden transition

  • The U.S. State Department’s cancellation of all travel this week includes a planned visit to Taiwan by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, a State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that all travel this week had been canceled, including his own trip to Europe, as part of the transition to the incoming Biden administration.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 03:22pm
China draws comparison between storming of U.S. Capitol, HK protests
China

China draws comparison between storming of U.S. Capitol, HK protests

  • China drew a comparison on Thursday between the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and last year’s often-violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
  • Around the world, leaders expressed shock and concern, condemning the attempted subversion of democracy.
Published 07 Jan, 2021 02:50pm
China says it will respond to planned Taiwan, U.S. defense talks
China

China says it will respond to planned Taiwan, U.S. defense talks

  • China said on Wednesday it would make a “necessary response” to a planned military dialogue between the United States and Chinese-claimed Taiwan, saying it firmly opposed the event.
  • Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has ramped up military activity near the island.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 05:01pm
China senior diplomat says U.S. relations at 'new crossroads'
China

China senior diplomat says U.S. relations at 'new crossroads'

  • China’s relationship with the United States has reached a “new crossroads” and could get back on the right track following a period of “unprecedented difficulty”, senior diplomat Wang Yi said in official comments published on Saturday.
  • Relations between the world’s two biggest economies have come under increasing strain amid a series of disputes over trade, human rights and the origins of COVID-19.
Published 02 Jan, 2021 03:56pm
President Trump briefed on Chinese attempts to fund insurgents in Afghanistan
China

President Trump briefed on Chinese attempts to fund insurgents in Afghanistan

  • Earlier this month, President Donald Trump received unconfirmed information that China sought to pay non-state actors to attack American forces in Afghanistan.
  • In a press briefing on Thursday, Wang Wenbin, Spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, described the accusation as slanderous, stating that it was "completely nonsense and completely fake news".
Updated 31 Dec, 2020 04:13pm
China completes maiden flight for passenger jet, challenging global aviation giants
China

China completes maiden flight for passenger jet, challenging global aviation giants

  • Using the Chinese-made ARJ-21, the nation's main aircraft maker seeks to bolster the utilisation of domestically produced planes, in an effort to compete with international aviation behemoths such as Airbus and Boeing.
  • China seeks to leverage the nation's massive aviation network and growing domestic market to gain a larger chunk of the global aviation services industry.
Updated 31 Dec, 2020 12:23pm
US Congress Passes Landmark Bill in Support of Tibet
China

US Congress Passes Landmark Bill in Support of Tibet

  • On Monday, the United States Congress passed a bill that is expected to significantly upgrade American support for Tibetans, including sanctioning Chinese officials if they try to appoint the next Dalai Lama.
  • The Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA) was passed by the House and Senate as an amendment to the $1.4 trillion government-spending bill and the $900 billion coronavirus relief package.
Published 24 Dec, 2020 04:31pm
U.S. House Democrat slams Trump trade policies, urges Biden to work with allies
China

U.S. House Democrat slams Trump trade policies, urges Biden to work with allies

  • The head of the powerful U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on Friday slammed what he called President Donald Trump’s “unsophisticated response” to China’s ambitions and called for a major recalibration of U.S. policies.
  • Chairman Richard Neal, a Democrat, urged the future administration of fellow-Democrat Joe Biden to formulate a package of programs and investment to counterbalance China.
Published 12 Dec, 2020 07:11pm
China tweet that enraged Australia propelled by 'unusual' accounts, say experts
China

China tweet that enraged Australia propelled by 'unusual' accounts, say experts

  • A Chinese official’s tweet of an image of an Australian soldier that sparked a furious reaction from Canberra was amplified across social media by unusual accounts, of which half were likely fake.
  • 57.5% of accounts that engaged with Zhao’s tweet were fake, and “evidence of a largely orchestrated disinformation campaign” to amplify its message.
Published 04 Dec, 2020 09:12pm