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Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom conference

Jul. 18, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said China is responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, with mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Speaking at an international religious freedom conference that he is hosting, Pompeo denounced China for its...

Lawyer says China has charged Chinese Australian writer

Jul. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing since January has been charged with endangering state security and moved from house arrest to a detention center, his lawyer and a friend said Thursday. China said Yang Hengjun's case was under investigation by the Chinese national...

Capitals' Alex Ovechkin to make summer trip to China

Jul. 18, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will go to China as part of the NHL's continued outreach in that country. Ovechkin will visit Beijing in early August as a league ambassador. He's expected to take part in youth hockey clinics, interviews and business development meetings. The Russian star...

Global stocks mostly slide on trade war fears

Jul. 18, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets mostly fell on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he could impose more tariffs on Chinese goods and Japan's exports tumbled. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Tokyo all declined, as did Wall Street futures. Trump alarmed investors by saying he...

China launches STAR, tech stock market to boost industry

Jul. 18, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Trading starts Monday on a Chinese stock market for high-tech companies that play a key role in official development plans that are straining relations with Washington. Regulators have approved 25 companies in information technology and other fields seen by communist leaders as a path to...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on trade war fears

Jul. 17, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets on Thursday followed Wall Street lower after President Donald Trump reignited trade fears by saying he could impose more tariffs on Chinese imports. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all declined. Oil rebounded from the previous day's losses. Trump...

Hong Kong protests expand to oppose China, with no end near

Jul. 16, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Colin Wong has come to know the sting of pepper spray well. After more than a month of demonstrations in Hong Kong's sweltering heat, memories of the burning sensation are a constant reminder of what protesters call an excessive use of force by police. Each time he felt the now-familiar...

China asks for 'friendly consultation' in Malaysia dispute

Jul. 16, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government expressed hope Tuesday that Malaysia's dispute with a state-owned Chinese company building two multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline projects can be resolved through "friendly consultation." Foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said the project being built by a subsidiary...

US, Russian delegations to discuss arms control in Geneva

Jul. 15, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delegations from the U.S. and Russia are expected to meet this week to discuss arms control and the possibility of coaxing China into negotiating a new, three-way nuclear weapons pact, two senior administration officials said Monday. The New START treaty, the last major arms-control...

China's growth cools further as tariff war pressures mount

Jul. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. The world's second-largest economy grew 6.2% over a year ago, down from the previous quarter's 6.4%,...