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EU launches WTO action against China over Lithuania dispute

Jan. 27, 2022 13:48 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and China on Thursday stepped up their diplomatic dispute as the EU took a spat over exports problems for member state Lithuania to world trade's governing body, and accused Beijing of seeking to undermine the 27-nation bloc's single market. China...

China demands US halt Olympics 'interference'

Jan. 27, 2022 04:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is demanding the U.S. end “interference” in the Beijing Winter Olympics, which begin next week, in an apparent reference to a diplomatic boycott imposed by Washington and some of its allies. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the demand in a phone call with U.S....

China 2008 vs 2022: Richer, stronger, more confrontational

Jan. 25, 2022 23:13 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has undergone history-making change since the last time it was an Olympic host in 2008: It is richer, more heavily armed and openly confrontational. As President Xi Jinping’s government prepares for February’s Winter Olympics, it has greater leverage to...

US combat jet crashes in South China Sea exercise, 7 hurt

Jan. 25, 2022 04:58 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A U.S. Navy F35C Lightning II combat jet conducting exercises in the South China Sea crashed while trying to land on the deck of an American aircraft carrier, injuring seven sailors, the military said Tuesday. The pilot was able to eject before the aircraft slammed...

China sends 39 warplanes toward Taiwan, largest in new year

Jan. 24, 2022 05:16 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China flew 39 warplanes toward Taiwan in its largest such sortie of the new year, amid tensions over the self-ruled island's future and as the U.S. pushes to assert its presence in the region. The Chinese formation Sunday night included 24 J-16 fighter jets...

China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

Jan. 22, 2022 09:13 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The sweeping “zero-tolerance” strategy that China has used to keep COVID-19 case numbers low and its economy functioning may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic. Most experts say the coronavirus around the world isn’t...

Biden, Kishida talk China, nuclear weapons in first meeting

Jan. 21, 2022 17:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about China's growing military assertiveness that's causing increasing disquiet in the Pacific. Kishida said the two leaders spent a...

China condemns plans by Slovenia to upgrade Taiwan ties

Jan. 19, 2022 06:13 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday condemned plans by Slovenia to upgrade relations with self-governing Taiwan, a move likely to spark diplomatic and economic retaliation against the tiny Central European country. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China was...

Taiwan pays $900,000 for ally Guatemala to lobby Washington

Jan. 18, 2022 02:04 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Guatemala has hired for $900,000 a major supporter of former President Donald Trump to seek influence with U.S. officials in an unusual lobbying contract paid for by its ally Taiwan, foreign lobby records show. Ballard Partners registered as a foreign agent with the...

China touts support from Gulf states for Uyghur treatment

Jan. 14, 2022 08:56 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it gained support on issues including the treatment of Uyghur Muslims from a number of Persian Gulf states following talks between their foreign ministers at which they agreed to upgrade relations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin...