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Blinken Postpones China Trip Following Balloon Discovery
Geopolitics
Blinken Postpones China Trip Following Balloon Discovery

BEIJING (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed a planned high-stakes weekend diplomatic trip to China as the Biden administration weighs a broader response to the discovery of a high-altitude Chinese balloon flying over sensitive sites in the... Read More

Diplomacy
No Breakthroughs Expected From Blinken’s Upcoming China Visit
2023-01-31 16:08:09
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — There is little hope for an improvement in relations between the U.S. and China even as Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans his visit to Beijing this weekend. Top experts on China from the D.C.-based think tank Center... Read More

Congress
Pallone Asserts GOP Missed Opportunity for Bipartisan Support of First Energy Bill
2023-01-12 16:42:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are expected to approve a measure Thursday that would prohibit sales of oil from the United States’ strategic petroleum reserve to the People’s Republic of China. But Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., the ranking member of... Read More

Renewable Energy
Investigation Finds Four Firms Evading Anti-Dumping Rules on Chinese Solar Panels
2022-12-05 20:28:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — An investigation by the U.S. Commerce Department has found that four companies have been sending their products through Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia in order to circumvent regulations aimed at curtailing the dumping of cheap Chinese solar cells and... Read More

White House
Pomp, Circumstance and a Shared Vision of the Future Mark Macron Visit
2022-12-01 22:43:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Pomp and military flare were on vivid display on the South Lawn of the White House early Thursday morning as President Joe Biden formally welcomed his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron, to the executive mansion. Though the two... Read More

Diplomacy
First In-Person Meeting of Biden and China’s Xi Jinping
2022-11-10 18:40:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will hold his first face-to-face meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, ahead of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. Though the two leaders have spoken on five other occasions since Biden took office... Read More

Think Tanks
China Seeking Financial Self-Reliance, Developing Yuan as Monetary Pillar Equal to Dollar
2022-09-26 21:31:59
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Beijing, in an effort to assert its own influence and reconfiguration of the global financial order, is working on long-term plans to decouple from the dollar, according to a new book introduced at the Wilson Center earlier this... Read More

In The News
Congress Seeks More Taiwanese Trade to Help Withstand Chinese Intimidation
2022-09-14 21:21:17
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — China’s military intimidation of Taiwan continued this week as Congress tried to figure out how to boost trade ties to help the island nation withstand the scare tactics. “It is a beacon of democracy in Asia,” Rep. Richard... Read More

Geopolitics
China Hits Back With Sanctions After Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan
2022-08-05 21:10:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — China’s saber-rattling and pushback continued Friday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., visited Taiwan while the Biden administration pledged not to back down in support of the island nation. China announced it is canceling or suspending cooperation with... Read More

Congress
Patent Office Accused of Allowing Politics to Decide Inventors’ Rights
2022-07-22 13:20:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to develop a method of depoliticizing a patent system closely tied to the vitality of the U.S. economic system. Patents are a centerpiece of American technology and foreign trade, particularly in competition with China. Legal... Read More

Environment
ExxonMobil, Shell to Pursue Carbon Capture and Storage Hub in China
2022-07-04 16:48:57
by Dan McCue

IRVING, Texas — ExxonMobil and Shell are partnering with two Chinese entities — the China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission — to evaluate the potential for a world-scale carbon capture and storage project in... Read More

Wall Street
Wall Street, Global Markets Bounce Back on China's Rate Cut

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street pointed toward gains before the opening bell Friday after a surprise interest rate cut from China lowered, at least temporarily, the anxiety over a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. Futures for the Dow... Read More

Well Read
New Memoir by Playwright, Musician Alvin Eng Captures the Heart of the Asian-American Experience
2022-05-17 16:32:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — You think you know a guy. Many years ago, the playwright and author Alvin Eng and this writer were a pair of young rock journalists, honing our craft at numerous small publications around the New York metropolitan area... Read More

Climate
Food for Thought: Agro Accounts for a Third of Global Emissions
2022-05-11 21:58:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While manufacturing and industry processes are cited as responsible for emitting the most greenhouse gases, food systems also account for a hefty portion — 31% — of global emissions, and the U.S. and China, as food superpowers, are... Read More

Environment
Chinese Vehicle Manufacturers Fined $1.6M for Catalytic Converters
2022-04-14 21:50:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Three Chinese manufacturers of motorcycles and recreational vehicles must pay a $1.6 million fine after a federal court in Washington, D.C., found they did not comply with U.S. environmental standards. The Environmental Protection Agency imposed the fines on... Read More

Aviation
Chinese Airliner Crashes with 132 Aboard in Country's South

BEIJING (AP) — A China Eastern Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board crashed in the southern province of Guangxi on Monday, officials said. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement the crash occurred near the city... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden Warns Chinese President of ‘Consequences’ if China Helps Russia
2022-03-18 21:16:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by secure video link for about two hours on Friday morning, with Biden warning that Beijing would face “consequences” if it provides “material support” to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A... Read More

Geopolitics
Biden Talks with China's Xi, Aims to Press Him on Russia War

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two key figures in determining the course of a war half a world away, President Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping spoke Friday as the White House looks to deter Beijing from providing military or economic assistance... Read More

Geopolitics
Problem Solvers Launch Working Group to Bolster Bipartisan Efforts to Counter China
2022-02-16 16:45:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Problem Solvers Caucus has established a bipartisan China and Foreign Affairs Working Group to counter economic and other threats posed by China and foster American competitiveness. Reps. Young Kim, R-Calif., and Ed Case, D-Hawaii, will lead the... Read More

Congress
House Passes Sweeping Measure to Boost US Competitiveness With China
2022-02-04 19:18:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House voted 222-210 on Friday to approve legislation to bolster research and development to help the United States better compete with China, unravel supply chain snafus and give a much-needed boost to the domestic semiconductor industry. Rep.... Read More

Olympics
China's Pandemic Olympics Begin With Lockdown and Boycotts

BEIJING (AP) — The country where the coronavirus outbreak emerged two years ago launched a locked-down Winter Olympics on Friday, proudly projecting its might on the most global of stages even as some Western governments mounted a diplomatic boycott over the way... Read More

Congress
House Democrats Release Mammoth Plan for Boosting Competition With China
2022-01-26 19:09:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Democrats late Tuesday night released the America COMPETES Act, a mammoth, 2,912-page bill aimed at boosting high tech research and ending, once and for all, the semiconductor crisis that has caused rippling supply chain disruptions and put... Read More

COVID-19
China Tests 2M in Beijing, Lifts COVID Lockdown in Xi’an

BEIJING (AP) — A cluster of COVID-19 cases in Beijing has prompted authorities to test millions and impose new measures two weeks ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics, even as the city of Xi'an in north-central China lifted... Read More

Law
Case Dismissed Against Professor Charged With Spying for China
2022-01-20 22:28:52
by Tom Ramstack

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused of spying for China in another blow to a Trump administration effort to protect U.S. intellectual property. Gang Chen, who was born in China... Read More

Olympics
China Puts City of 13 Million in Lockdown Ahead of Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — China plunged a city of 13 million people into lockdown on Thursday to stamp out an increase in coronavirus infections, as the country doubles down on its “zero tolerance” policy just weeks before it is set to... Read More

Justice
Harvard Scientist Faces Trial for Alleged Spying for China
2021-12-13 21:50:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A well-known Harvard University nanotechnology professor is scheduled for trial Tuesday in Boston, Massachusetts, in a case that also tests the Justice Department’s initiative to crack down on spying for China.  Charles Lieber claims he was merely collaborating... Read More

White House
Biden to Decry Democracy 'Recession' at White House Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to urge participants at the first White House Summit for Democracy to reverse an ongoing “recession” of democracy that is playing out at a time of rising authoritarianism around the globe and extraordinary strains on... Read More

Trade
China’s Trade Practices Criticized as Unfair Amid Growing US Tensions
2021-12-02 21:45:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The get-tough attitude toward China’s trade practices was on full display Thursday during a congressional hearing as international tensions heat up. Trade experts and lawmakers accused China of unfairly subsidizing its industries to beat out American competitors, stealing... Read More

Business
US Companies Face Dilemma When Business Helps Dictators
2021-11-23 14:17:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy experts described an enormous challenge Monday for U.S. corporations wanting to improve their international business while facing political pressure from authoritarian governments. Some cave to the pressure to increase their revenue while others resist, putting them... Read More

International
China, US to Ease Restrictions on Each Other's Journalists

BEIJING (AP) — China and the U.S. have agreed to ease restrictions on each other's journalists amid a slight relaxation of tensions between the two sides. The official China Daily newspaper on Wednesday said the agreement was reached ahead of... Read More

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