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China opposes semiconductor bill because it will give U.S. advantage -U.S. commerce chief

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said Wednesday the Chinese government opposes an effort in Congress to ramp up U.S. semiconductor manufacturing because it will give the United States more of a c...

Beijing closes 10% of subway stations to stem COVID spread

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing on Wednesday closed around 10% of the stations in its vast subway system as an additional measure against the spread of the coronavirus. The subway authority ...

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister supports closer ties with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Friday (April 29) voiced support for Taiwan ahead of his scheduled trip to the country this summer. G...

Has the West found an Asian geopolitical ally in Singapore?

Hours after Russian troops marched into Ukraine on February 24, Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, condemned the action as an "unprovoked invasion of a sovereign country." Day...

China rejects sanctions as Ukraine war tops summit agenda

BRUSSELS (AP) — China on Friday renewed its criticism of Western sanctions against Russia, as top European Union officials sought assurances from Beijing that it would not help Moscow circumvent the e...

Report criticizes Danish authorities for giving in to China

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A government-appointed commission on Monday criticized the Foreign Ministry and Denmark's intelligence and security service for putting pressure on the Copenhagen police to ...

Solomon Islands defends new security pact with China

The Solomon Islands on Friday defended plans to sign a security deal with Beijing that could allow China to boost its military presence in the South Pacific island nation. A document, leaked on socia...

China's foreign minister makes surprise stop in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — China’s foreign minister made a surprise visit Thursday in Afghanistan's capital, meeting with the country's new Taliban rulers — even as the international community fumes ov...

Why China is skeptical of local journalists working for Western media

China's state media outlets have stepped up their attacks on Western media in the past few weeks. The Xinhua news agency said in an English-language report on March 15 that Western media organiza...

Ukraine: Sexist comments on Chinese social media trigger backlash

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, a group of Chinese men on social media expressed their willingness to host homeless Ukrainians who may be fleeing the war, but said priority would be given...

France releases Indo-Pacific strategy report calling Taiwan 'key partner' following forum

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The French foreign ministry released an Indo-Pacific strategy report naming Taiwan as one of its key partners on the same day the French Presidency of the Council of the E...

Taiwan casts wary eye at China amid Ukraine crisis, but no immediate alarm

Taiwan is nervous that Beijing may take advantage of a distracted West to ramp up pressure on the island amid the crisis in Ukraine, but there have been no unusual manoeuvres by Chinese forces in rece...

Biden wants to cut into China's electric battery dominance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Joe Biden highlighted his efforts to counter China's dominance of the electric battery market on Tuesday as he touted domestic efforts to mine and process lithium a...

EU forum puts crucial Indo-Pacific region squarely on radar

PARIS (AP) — Foreign ministers from Indo-Pacific nations attended a Paris conference Tuesday aimed at bringing the region, an important partner for trade and exports, squarely into Europe’s focus in a...

Behind China-South Korea skating row, a deeper cultural rift

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese and South Korean short-track speedskating fans are duking it out online over allegations of foul play, tapping into the historical rivalry between their countri...