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China says British consulate staffer detained 15 days

Aug. 21, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China said Wednesday a staffer at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been given 15 days of administrative detention in the city of Shenzhen for violating regulations on public order. The case has stoked fears among Hong Kong residents that Beijing is extending its judicial reach to...

China says it will sanction US firms in Taiwan warplane sale

Aug. 21, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday that it will levy sanctions against U.S. companies linked to a planned $8 billion sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan in a move that has further strained Sino-American relations. The U.S. should "immediately back away" from the arms sale proposal, Chinese...

China hosts Japan, S. Korea ministers in bid to smooth row

Aug. 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea met in Beijing on Wednesday as they sought to encourage progress on North Korean denuclearization at a time of tense relations between Tokyo and Seoul over trade. In talks with Japan's Taro Kono and South Korea's Kang Kyung-wha, Chinese...

Beijing appeals to US to 'meet China halfway' on trade

Aug. 21, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing appealed to Washington on Wednesday to "meet China halfway" and end a tariff war after President Donald Trump said Americans might need to endure economic pain to achieve longer-term benefits. A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, expressed hope Washington can "get along with...

China ties shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

For Canada and the European Union, they are a "situation." For President Donald Trump, a potential stumbling block in ongoing trade disputes. And for South Korea, an issue to be monitored. With the notable exception of Taiwan, cautious comments from the few governments willing to speak out on the ongoing protests...

Rust-belt China looks abroad as economy slows, tariffs bite

Aug. 21, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

YINGKOU, China (AP) — From Thailand to Kenya, trains run on tracks from steel mills in China's northeast, a rust-belt region that is trying to capitalize on a multibillion-dollar national initiative to build ports, railways and other projects abroad. Announced in 2012, the Belt and Road Initiative is...

AP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt?

Aug. 20, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

Chinese technology giant Huawei has yet to feel the full force of U.S. sanctions due to temporary exemptions and other uncertainties. Nonetheless, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says he expects no permanent relief because of the political climate in Washington. In an interview with The Associated Press, he also...

Huawei expects no relief from US sanctions but is confident

Aug. 20, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Tuesday he expects no relief from U.S. export curbs because of the political climate in Washington but expressed confidence the company will thrive because it is developing its own technology. Ren Zhengfei also said he doesn't want relief...

Britain concerned about consular employee missing in China

Aug. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The British foreign ministry said it is "extremely concerned" about an employee of its consulate in Hong Kong who has been missing since going to mainland China on a business trip. A statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is seeking information from Hong Kong and...

Chinese, Japanese foreign ministers meet amid calming ties

Aug. 20, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China and Japan met Tuesday amid an unusually lengthy stretch of calm in their countries' often turbulent relationship. The meeting between China's Wang Yi and Japan's Taro Kono came a day before a three-way summit also involving their South Korean counterpart, Kang...