China’s foreign minister confirmed that a floating barrier was set up at the entrance of the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, which it said is the country’s “inherent territory”. Photo: Reuters

Chinese floating barrier at South China Sea flashpoint was ‘necessary’, Beijing says

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Washington’s report on China’s compliance in the World Trade Organization continues accusations since US-China trade war began, and Beijing says US is distracting from its own WTO ‘violations and sabotage’.

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Palestinians want China to mediate in the Israel-Gaza war. What’s stopping it?

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26 Feb 2024 - 2:05PM

China hits out at sanctions and criticises Nato over Ukraine war

China’s UN ambassador Zhang Jun told the UN that the alliance should ‘refrain from acting as an agent of trouble instigating bloc confrontation’.

China’s UN ambassador Zhang Jun told the UN that the alliance should ‘refrain from acting as an agent of trouble instigating bloc confrontation’.

25 Feb 2024 - 10:00PM

How China merges funding and diplomacy in push to lead the Global South

Beijing will be the backdrop this year for gatherings of Latin American and African leaders, part of a long-standing relationship with developing countries.

Beijing will be the backdrop this year for gatherings of Latin American and African leaders, part of a long-standing relationship with developing countries.

25 Feb 2024 - 8:09PM

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on February 16 during the Munich Security Conference. Photo: Reuters

US taking aim at allies who avoid choosing sides, observers say

Blinken’s remarks at a recent Munich conference that one is either at the table or on the menu are ‘zero-sum game mentality’, Chinese tabloid says.

24 Feb 2024 - 10:00PM

Chinese firms among hundreds sanctioned by US for aiding Russia in Ukraine war

Seventeen companies in mainland China or Hong Kong are named among more than 500 Russia-related sanctions; White House says they also aim to hold Moscow accountable for death of Alexei Navalny.

Seventeen companies in mainland China or Hong Kong are named among more than 500 Russia-related sanctions; White House says they also aim to hold Moscow accountable for death of Alexei Navalny.

24 Feb 2024 - 9:30AM

As US, EU anxiety grows, will overcapacity curb exports of China’s ‘new three’?

Beijing has already recognised overcapacity as a major challenge for 2024, as US and European Union anti-dumping probes and tariffs disrupt trade.

Beijing has already recognised overcapacity as a major challenge for 2024, as US and European Union anti-dumping probes and tariffs disrupt trade.

24 Feb 2024 - 8:29AM

China urges Germany to reject protectionism as EU steps up economic security

In meeting with German foreign policy adviser Jens Plotner, top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi calls on Berlin to avoid ‘de-sinicisation’ as Brussels plans to strengthen foreign investment screening and tighten controls on tech exports to rivals.

In meeting with German foreign policy adviser Jens Plotner, top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi calls on Berlin to avoid ‘de-sinicisation’ as Brussels plans to strengthen foreign investment screening and tighten controls on tech exports to rivals.

23 Feb 2024 - 9:41PM

China and US agree to keep talking over Korean peninsula tension, missile tests

In video-link meeting with US representative Jung Pak, China’s envoy Liu Xiaoming says stable peninsula is in the interests of the region and the world.

In video-link meeting with US representative Jung Pak, China’s envoy Liu Xiaoming says stable peninsula is in the interests of the region and the world.

23 Feb 2024 - 8:19PM

As Ukraine war nears third year, Russia turns to China social media for support

Russian embassy in Beijing and the Chinese language Sputnik News service present Moscow’s narrative in bid for wider support.

Russian embassy in Beijing and the Chinese language Sputnik News service present Moscow’s narrative in bid for wider support.

23 Feb 2024 - 5:40PM

Russia’s success in dealing with Western curbs ‘offers China important lessons’

Use of non-dollar currencies, increased trade with ‘friendly’ partners and capital flight controls help Moscow avoid economic crash, offering ‘important lessons’ for China, says Ding Yifan.

Use of non-dollar currencies, increased trade with ‘friendly’ partners and capital flight controls help Moscow avoid economic crash, offering ‘important lessons’ for China, says Ding Yifan.

23 Feb 2024 - 11:30AM

China’s support for Russia ‘very troubling’, says US ambassador

Nicholas Burns told an event in Beijing that ‘China’s silence on the existential issue of Ukrainian sovereignty and independence is deafening’.

Nicholas Burns told an event in Beijing that ‘China’s silence on the existential issue of Ukrainian sovereignty and independence is deafening’.

23 Feb 2024 - 7:16PM

China and Saudi Arabia looking to boost air passenger links

The initiative is the latest effort to forge closer links between the two countries following a series of economic and security initiatives.

The initiative is the latest effort to forge closer links between the two countries following a series of economic and security initiatives.

22 Feb 2024 - 9:10PM

Fear of Trump presidency ‘may boost China’s chances’ at winning Europe’s trust

Europe’s rational understanding of China is increasing, Foreign Minister Wang Yi says upon return from three-nation trip marked by flurry of meetings.

Europe’s rational understanding of China is increasing, Foreign Minister Wang Yi says upon return from three-nation trip marked by flurry of meetings.

22 Feb 2024 - 11:03PM

Pandas coming back to US as China’s ‘envoys for friendship’

Cooperation deal with San Diego Zoo marks China’s latest effort to improve relations with the West.

Cooperation deal with San Diego Zoo marks China’s latest effort to improve relations with the West.

22 Feb 2024 - 8:01PM

US congressional visit to Taiwan begins amid heightened cross-strait tensions

Leading China hawk Mike Gallagher said US support for the island is ‘rock-solid’ and will remain so regardless of the result of November’s elections

Leading China hawk Mike Gallagher said US support for the island is ‘rock-solid’ and will remain so regardless of the result of November’s elections

22 Feb 2024 - 7:00PM

China benefits from global stability while trying to undercut it: US official

Daniel Kritenbrink, an assistant US secretary of state, says Beijing enjoys the opportunity ‘the international order provides but … takes actions that undermine’ it.

Daniel Kritenbrink, an assistant US secretary of state, says Beijing enjoys the opportunity ‘the international order provides but … takes actions that undermine’ it.

22 Feb 2024 - 5:40AM

China and India hold further round of border talks

The two sides met to discuss a ‘complete disengagement’ along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.

The two sides met to discuss a ‘complete disengagement’ along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.

21 Feb 2024 - 11:44PM

EU blacklists Chinese firms for first time in latest Russian sanctions package

Three mainland businesses and one from Hong Kong will be sanctioned after Hungary agreed not to veto the measure.

Three mainland businesses and one from Hong Kong will be sanctioned after Hungary agreed not to veto the measure.

21 Feb 2024 - 8:13PM