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Chinese foreign minister criticizes US role in Gaza talks during visit to Indonesia

Apr. 18, 2024 06:35 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attacked the United States for earlier blocking United Nations resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Gaza after a meeting with his counterpart in Indonesia. The Chinese and Indonesian foreign ministers reiterated their...

Europe wants 2 things from China. It may not get far on either of them.

Apr. 18, 2024 03:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Europe wants two things from China: First, a shift in its relatively pro-Russia position on the war in Ukraine. Second, a reduction in the trade imbalance — Chinese goods exports to the EU exceeded its imports from the 27-nation bloc by 291 billion euros ($310 billion) last year....

Biden vows to shield US steel industry by blocking Japanese merger and seeking new Chinese tariffs

Apr. 17, 2024 21:55 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden suggested to cheering, unionized steelworkers on Wednesday that his administration would thwart the acquisition of U.S. Steel by a Japanese company, and he called for a tripling of tariffs on Chinese steel, seeking to use trade policy to win over...

Solomon Islanders cast votes in an election that will shape relations with China

Apr. 17, 2024 07:09 AM EDT

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) — Voting has closed across Solomon Islands on Wednesday in the South Pacific nation's first general election since the government switched diplomatic allegiances from Taiwan to Beijing and struck a secret security pact that has raised fears of the Chinese navy...

US navy flies aircraft through the Taiwan Strait a day after US-China defense chiefs hold rare talks

Apr. 17, 2024 05:53 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. 7th Fleet said a Navy P-8A Poseidon flew through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, a day after U.S. and Chinese defense chiefs held their first talks since November 2022 in an effort to reduce regional tensions. The patrol and reconnaissance plane...

Apple CEO says company will 'look at' manufacturing in Indonesia

Apr. 17, 2024 05:30 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company will “look at” manufacturing in Indonesia as he met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday. “We talked about the president’s desire to see manufacturing in the country, and it’s something that we...

House panel says China subsidizes fentanyl production to fuel crisis in the United States

Apr. 16, 2024 16:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is fueling the fentanyl crisis in the U.S. by directly subsidizing the manufacturing of materials that are used by traffickers to make the drug outside the country, according to a report released Tuesday by a special House committee focused on countering the Chinese...

The German chancellor presses China on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Apr. 16, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday to pressure Russia to end its “insane campaign” in Ukraine, the latest in a parade of European leaders and senior officials to make such an appeal. The Chinese side gave no sign of...

US Pentagon chief speaks with Chinese counterpart for first time since November 2022

Apr. 16, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with China's national defense minister Tuesday morning, in the latest in a series of U.S. steps to improve communications with the Chinese military and reduce unsafe and aggressive incidents in the Indo-Pacific. It was the...

China's economy grew 5.3% in first quarter, beating expectations, though weak spots remain

Apr. 16, 2024 06:46 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s economy grew faster than expected in the first quarter of the year with help from policies and stronger demand, though signs of weakness in the troubled housing market persisted. The world’s second-largest economy expanded at a 5.3% annual pace in...