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China has more weapons in US tariff war - but do they work?

May. 23, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping and his economy czar visited a Chinese factory that processes rare earths - exotic minerals used in electric cars, mobile phones and other technology. Rare earths are "an important strategic...

China says door open to trade talks, but slams tech controls

May. 23, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China held the door open to resuming talks in the tariff war with Washington on Thursday, but lashed out at limits on access to key technologies that it said might hurt global supply chains. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China hopes to restart the talks that broke down earlier this...

The Latest: Official: Beijing open to trade talks with US

May. 23, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on trade tensions between the United States and China (all times local): 6:10 p.m. China's foreign ministry says the country is open to resuming trade talks with the U.S., but sincerity and mutual respect are needed. Spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday that China hopes for a restart...

2 US warships sail through Taiwan Strait, draw China protest

May. 23, 2019 5:13 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Two U.S. warships have sailed through the Taiwan Strait in an apparent show of support for the government of the self-ruled island, which China claims as its own. Taiwan's defense ministry said in a statement the ships passed through from south to north on Wednesday without incident,...

US, China appear to brace for long haul in trade dispute

May. 22, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With negotiations on hold and tariffs piling up, the United States and China appear to be bracing for a prolonged standoff over trade. Beijing is airing Korean War movies (antagonist: America) to arouse patriotic feelings in the Chinese public and offering tax cuts to software and chip...

3 Chinese airlines seeking Boeing compensation over 737 Max

May. 22, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is stepping up pressure on Boeing Co. as its airlines demand compensation for the grounding of 737 Max jetliners after fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Two of three major state-owned carriers — Air China Ltd. and China Southern Airlines Ltd. — said Wednesday they...

The Latest: China's Hikvision serious over US curbs on sales

May. 22, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on trade tensions between China and the United States (all times local): 6:35 p.m. A Chinese video surveillance company says it is taking concern about the use of its technology seriously following a report that the U.S. may block several Chinese surveillance companies from buying...

Taiwan navy holds drill amid China tensions

May. 22, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's navy held a major live-fire exercise Wednesday off the island's east coast in an area increasingly threatened by Chinese ships and planes. The drills are part of annual Han Kuang exercises that simulate an attack by China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be...

Pope urges China's Catholics to unify after bishop deal

May. 22, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging China's divided Catholic community to come together in communion, as he seeks to heal decades of estrangement following a landmark deal with Beijing over bishop nominations. Francis made a special appeal at the end of his weekly audience Wednesday, noting that May...

Canada delegation pressing China on detained Canadians

May. 21, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian delegation in China is pressing Chinese officials to free two detained Canadians but there has been no contact between the two nations' leaders or foreign ministers despite the worst relations between Ottawa and Beijing since the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. Adam...