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A bill that could ban TikTok advances to the Senate. What’s next?

Apr. 20, 2024 15:22 PM EDT

The House has approved legislation that would ban TikTok if its Beijing-based parent company doesn’t divest from the popular social media platform, escalating the fight over the hot-button issue. The TikTok legislation, which was included in a package of bills that would send aid...

US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

Apr. 19, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — China has surged sales to Russia of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow in turn is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry for use in its war against Ukraine, according to a U.S. assessment. Two senior Biden...

San Francisco mayor announces the city will receive pandas from China

Apr. 19, 2024 04:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — San Francisco is the latest U.S. city preparing to receive a pair of pandas from China, in a continuation of Beijing’s famed “panda diplomacy.” San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the panda loan in Beijing on Friday, alongside officials from China...

China's economy grew 5.3% in first quarter, beating expectations, though weak spots remain

Apr. 16, 2024 06:46 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s economy grew faster than expected in the first quarter of the year with help from policies and stronger demand, though signs of weakness in the troubled housing market persisted. The world’s second-largest economy expanded at a 5.3% annual pace in...

The Philippine president says he won't give US access to more local military bases

Apr. 15, 2024 21:03 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Monday his administration has no plan to give the United States access to more Philippine military bases and stressed that the American military's presence in several camps and sites so far was sparked by China’s aggressive actions in the...

Germany's Scholz arrives in China on a visit marked by trade tensions and Ukraine conflict

Apr. 14, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in China on Sunday on a visit focused on the increasingly tense economic relationship between the sides and differences over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Scholz's first destination was the industrial hub of Chongqing, where...

China detains 2 over tourist boat capsizing that killed 12, citing lack of safety equipment

Apr. 14, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Two people have been detained following the capsizing of a tourist boat on a river in northeastern China that led to the drowning deaths of 12 visitors, state media reported Sunday. The accident occurred Saturday afternoon outside the city of Qinhuangdao near the...

Far fewer young Americans now want to study in China. Both countries are trying to fix that

Apr. 13, 2024 11:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Garrett, a 27-year-old graduate student, always thought he would study in China, but the country’s restrictive COVID-19 policies made it nearly impossible and now he sees interest among fellow scholars wane even after China reopened. Common concerns, he...

Chinese President Xi meets former Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou on pro-unification visit

Apr. 12, 2024 06:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping met with former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in Beijing Wednesday in a bid to promote unification between the sides that separated amid civil war in 1949. Ma stepped down as president in 2016 and was largely excluded from the...

US-China competition to field military drone swarms could fuel global arms race

Apr. 12, 2024 05:44 AM EDT

As their rivalry intensifies, U.S. and Chinese military planners are gearing up for a new kind of warfare in which squadrons of air and sea drones equipped with artificial intelligence work together like a swarm of bees to overwhelm an enemy. The planners envision a scenario in which...