China scraps cooperation with US over Taiwan spat

China said Friday it was ending cooperation with the United States on key issues including climate change — a move Washington decried as “fundamentally irresponsible” as relations between the two superpowers nosedive over Taiwan. The damaging rift, which carries significant geostrategic risk, was triggered by Chinese fury over a visit by US House Speaker Nancy … Read more

US Summons Chinese Ambassador Over “Irresponsible” Actions On Taiwan

Beijing insists that Taiwan is a part of China awaiting reunification, by force if necessary. Washington: The White House summoned China’s ambassador to Washington to condemn the “irresponsible” behavior of Beijing over Taiwan, a senior US official said Friday. John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council, said that Ambassador Qin Gang was summoned following … Read more

China lockdown rules shown in photo of Chenghua and Jinniu

One photo has summed up the mind-boggling difference in Covid rules between two neighbouring Chinese districts. The image, shared on social media by Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow for global health Yanzhong Huang, shows locals on one side of a street lining up for Covid tests, while on the other, diners are enjoying their … Read more

Here are the great risks — and quiet potential — of Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan

It didn’t take long Tuesday for Beijing to remind the world of the stakes, as Nancy Pelosi’s plane touched down in Taiwan. Soon after the U.S. House Speaker landed, becoming the highest ranking American official in 25 years to carry out an informal visit to the self-ruling democracy, the Chinese government announced a series of … Read more

Nancy Pelosi is taking a noble stance, but she’s dousing the fiery breath of the Chinese dragon

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is a principled woman. Her visit to Taiwan is entirely consistent with the admirable stance she’s displayed against the Chinese government since it massacred thousands of its own protesting citizens in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Pelosi has been a Cassandra figure on Capitol Hill for … Read more

Nancy Pelosi confirms trip to Asia, but no mention of Taiwan

BEIJING, China — The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, confirmed Sunday she will visit four Asian countries this week but made no mention of a possible stop in Taiwan that has riled Beijing, which claims the island democracy as its own territory. Pelosi said in a statement she is leading a … Read more

UK businesses cutting China ties en masse amid tension with West, says CBI boss

B ritish firms are scrambling to severe economic ties with China in the wake of increased political and security tensions between Beijing and the West, an industry leader has said. The sudden restructuring of supply chains from China could also exacerbate the cost-of-living crisis, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) director-general Tony Danker warned. Speaking to … Read more

Sir Tony Blair rallies the West to counter rise of China as ‘the world’s second superpower’

Sir Tony Blair rallies the West to counter rise of China as ‘the world’s second superpower’  The former PM said Western powers need to build ties with developing nations  Sir Tony, 69, said China had caught up with the United States in technology  He urged Western nations to come together to counter the rise of … Read more

Surprise move after chaotic China protests

Chinese officials have given an update after yesterday’s massive protest ended with police manhandling angry locals. Customers of rural Chinese banks whose withdrawals have been frozen will begin to get some money back on Friday, regulators said, after depositors clashed with authorities at a rare protest over the weekend. China’s rural banking sector has been … Read more

Canada’s spy agency is briefing local Vancouver-area politicians on foreign interference

VANCOUVER—Canada’s spy agency has warned some municipalities in British Columbia to be wary of foreign interference in local elections this fall. Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service met with him recently, in what he was told was an unprecedented step, to go over concerns the agency has about the possibility foreign … Read more