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CIA Director William Burns met Chinese leaders in Beijing as Washington tries to thaw tensions

Jun. 02, 2023 12:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director William Burns went to Beijing in May to meet with Chinese counterparts, a U.S. official said Friday, in what is the highest level visit by a Biden administration official since a suspected Chinese spy balloon was shot down by American forces. Burns'...

White House wants to engage Russia on nuclear arms control in post-treaty world

Jun. 02, 2023 11:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is ready to talk to Russia without conditions about a future nuclear arms control framework even while taking countermeasures in response to the Kremlin's decision to suspend the last nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, White House...

Australian PM Albanese stresses need for diplomacy, guardrails in dealing with China

Jun. 02, 2023 10:34 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — As tensions grow between the United States and China in the Asia-Pacific, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told a gathering of top defense officials Friday that open channels of communication are critical for preserving peace, while also advocating effective deterrence....

Germany to look into report that ex-air force officers training Chinese pilots

Jun. 02, 2023 09:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister said Friday his country will look into a report that former German air force fighter plane pilots have been training pilots for the Chinese military. News magazine Der Spiegel and public broadcaster ZDF reported Friday that “at least a...

Japan birth rate hits record low amid concerns over shrinking and aging population

Jun. 02, 2023 08:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s birth rate declined for a seventh consecutive year in 2022 to a record low of 1.26, the Health Ministry said Friday, adding to a sense of urgency in a country where the government is seen as too slow to take measures to address its rapidly shrinking and aging population. ...

China Ukraine envoy urges governments to 'stop sending weapons to the battlefield,' negotiate peace

Jun. 02, 2023 07:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Ukraine envoy called on other governments Friday to “stop sending weapons to the battlefield” and appealed for peace talks at a time when Washington and its European allies are ramping up supplies of missiles and tanks to Ukrainian forces trying to recapture...

Amid shrinking freedoms, Hong Kongers commemorate Tiananmen anniversary privately

Jun. 02, 2023 06:37 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — As the 34th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown approaches Sunday, many in Hong Kong are trying to mark the day in private ways in the shadow of a law that prosecuted leading activists in the city’s pro-democracy movement. For decades, Hong Kong...

China’s Ukraine envoy calls for governments to 'stop sending weapons to the battlefield' and negotiate peace

Jun. 02, 2023 05:02 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — China’s Ukraine envoy calls for governments to 'stop sending weapons to the battlefield' and negotiate peace.

US, Taiwan sign trade deal over China's opposition

Jun. 02, 2023 01:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States signed a trade agreement Thursday with Taiwan over opposition from China, which claims the self-ruled island democracy as part of its territory. The two governments say the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st Century Trade will strengthen commercial...

As China cracks down on dissent, New York City gives refuge to exhibit remembering Tiananmen Square

Jun. 01, 2023 19:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fangsuo Zhou, now in his 50s, remembers all too well that dispiriting spring day in 1989 when tanks rolled into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. University students and others were beaten and bloodied when communist troops swarmed in to end a pro-democracy protest. Hundreds and...