China scores diplomatic victory, avoids criticism from ASEAN

China scored a diplomatic victory Monday, avoiding criticism by Southeast Asia’s main grouping over its territorial expansion in the South China Sea even though some of the bloc’s members are victims of Beijing’s actions. After hectic negotiations, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a watered-down rebuke that amounted to less than a slap on the […]

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China’s Communist Party wants to turn up the volume on propaganda

If you think this is bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In the midst of the most dramatic crackdown on free speech in China in decades, the Communist Party’s propaganda department has been firmly rapped over the knuckles — for not shaping public opinion and promoting the party’s point of view forcefully enough Powerful government inspectors from the disciplinary commission […]

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China restricts North Korean trade

China has said is restricting trade with North Korea, announcing bans on gold and some coal imports and jet fuel exports, in line with UN sanctions. The commerce ministry is also banning the importation of so-called “rare earth metals” used in high-tech goods. The UN Security Council voted in March to increase the sanctions. The unanimous decision came after North […]

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China says opposes any unilateral sanctions against North Korea

China expressed its opposition on Thursday to unilateral sanctions against North Korea saying they could raise tension, after the United States imposed new curbs on the isolated country in retaliation for its nuclear and rocket tests. U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday imposed sweeping new sanctions on North Korea intended to further isolate its leadership after recent actions seen by […]

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Taiwan, Korea challenges could push China’s nationalism

The economy dominated the Chinese legislature’s annual session, but other challenges cropped up too, including the potential for new instability on the Korean Peninsula, unrest in Hong Kong, the election of an independence-leaning government on the self-ruling island of Taiwan and tensions in the South China Sea. Such issues could prompt President Xi Jinping to shore up his support by […]

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Russia, China oppose US missile-defense in South Korea

The foreign ministers of China and Russia are opposing the possible deployment of an advanced American missile-defense system in South Korea. Amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, Washington and Seoul last week began formal talks on deploying the sophisticated THAAD system. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a news conference Friday after meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov […]

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