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Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

Dec. 13, 2018 12:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, which are "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage." National...

The Latest: China confirms holding 2 Canadians

Dec. 13, 2018 12:09 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the detentions in China of two Canadian men (all times local): 3:55 p.m. China has confirmed it has detained two Canadian men, saying they were being detained on suspicion of "endangering national security." Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday that entrepreneur...

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

Dec. 13, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States. Entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody...

Biographical sketches of 2 Canadians detained in China

Dec. 13, 2018 4:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Two Canadian citizens were detained in China recently after Canada seized a Chinese business executive wanted by the U.S. over allegations of deceptive banking practices and breaking sanctions on Iran. Below are profiles of the two men, one a diplomat on hiatus working for an international...

Analysis: China plays hardball with ex-diplomat's seizure

Dec. 12, 2018 11:46 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is playing hardball with the detention of a former Canadian diplomat days after Canada arrested a leading Chinese executive. In many ways it looks like a classic Chinese response to perceived slights: Deny any wrongdoing, seize the moral high ground and exert maximum pressure to...

Canada says entrepreneur feared detained in China

Dec. 12, 2018 11:07 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — A second Canadian man is feared detained in China in what appears to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei. The possible arrest raises the stakes in an international dispute that threatens relations. Canada's Global Affairs department on...

Report: China could allow more access for foreign companies

Dec. 12, 2018 10:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A media reports suggest Beijing is scrapping its "Made in China" industrial policy criticized by the Trump administration in favor of one that allows greater access for foreign companies. The Wall Street Journal said Wednesday that the revised plan would play down China's bid to dominate...

China says no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat

Dec. 12, 2018 2:59 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it had no information about a former Canadian diplomat detained in Beijing in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a leading Chinese executive. While declining to confirm the detention of Michael Kovrig, ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the...

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

Dec. 12, 2018 1:35 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian court granted bail Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States' request in a case that has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks. Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver,...

Canadian ex-diplomat detained in China, official confirms

Dec. 11, 2018 10:49 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — A former Canadian diplomat has been detained while visiting Beijing amid a dispute between the two counties over Canada's arrest of a Chinese executive at the request of the United States. Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale on Tuesday confirmed the detention and said Canada is...