China says U.S. chip act will distort global semiconductor supply chain

Semiconductor chips are seen on a circuit board of a computer in this illustration picture taken February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Florence Lo/IllustrationRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comHONG KONG, July 29 (Reuters) – China’s commerce ministry said on Friday that a major new chips act passed by the U.S. Congress will distort the global semiconductor…

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Ukraine today, Taiwan tomorrow? Tensions mount between US and China over Taiwan

As the West spends billions in aid to support Ukraine’s offensive against Russia, concerns are mounting over the looming possibility of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States would intervene militarily if the self-governing island came under attack by the mainland. But is Beijing ready to mount a full-scale takeover…

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China wants to take Taiwan peacefully but is preparing militarily -U.S. intelligence officials

Chinese and Taiwanese printed flags are seen in this illustration taken, April 28, 2022. Picture taken April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comWASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – China would prefer to take over neighboring Taiwan without military action but is working to get to a position where its military could…

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Covid-19: China confronts dilemma of lockdown in Beijing as cases hit record high

Chinese authorities are seriously considering imposing a lockdown in Beijing as confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country’s capital topped 100 on Wednesday. But after a much-criticised month-long lockdown in Shanghai, such an option could have a very high economic and political cost. At least 113 people have been infected with Covid-19 in China’s capital, health authorities…

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Russia sees China as lifeline against sanctions, but U.S. threatens ‘consequences’ if Beijing helps

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his China’s counterpart Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony following the Russian-Chinese talks on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 11, 2018. Sergei Chriikov | AFP | Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — Two days after national security advisor Jake Sullivan warned his Chinese counterpart of…

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North Korea, China and the U.S. are closely watching South Korea’s election

Supporters await the arrival of presidential candidate Yoon Seok-youl of the main opposition People Power Party during during a presidential election campaign on Feb. 15, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea.Chung Sung-jun | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesA conservative victory for South Korea’s upcoming presidential election could see the country adopt a rigid stance on…

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China refuses to call Russian attack on Ukraine an ‘invasion,’ deflects blame to U.S.

BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson refused to categorize Russia’s attack as an “invasion” during a news conference Thursday.Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an attack on Ukraine earlier in the day, and explosions in Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine followed. Ukraine’s military claimed to be engaged in fighting within its borders, and Ukraine President…

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Pro-Beijing candidates sweep victories at Hong Kong polls

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-Beijing candidates dominated Hong Kong’s legislative elections, beating out moderates and independents in the city’s first public poll after Beijing passed a resolution to amend the city’s election laws.Candidates loyal to Beijing won a majority of the seats in Sunday’s election after the laws were changed to ensure that only pro-Beijing…

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China and France assail U.S.-Australia deal on nuclear-powered submarines

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration Thursday was facing acute anger from a rival, China, and one of its closest allies, France, over a pact that will help Australia develop nuclear-powered submarines.The nuclear deal, which also includes the United Kingdom, was announced by President Biden on Wednesday and immediately threatened to aggravate tensions with Beijing and potentially damage…

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