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US intelligence agencies' embrace of generative AI is at once wary and urgent

May. 23, 2024 10:36 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Virginia (AP) — Long before generative AI's boom, a Silicon Valley firm contracted to collect and analyze non-classified data on illicit Chinese fentanyl trafficking made a compelling case for its embrace by U.S. intelligence agencies. The operation's results far...

Malaysia PM says his country keeps good ties with US but not China phobia, wants to engage both

May. 23, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday his country does not have a “China-phobia” policy and wants to engage both Beijing and Washington, expressing hopes for both powers to resolve their differences. Anwar, who is attending a Nikkei annual...

State media says an explosion has occurred at an apartment building in Harbin, China, and casualties are unknown

May. 22, 2024 22:48 PM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — State media says an explosion has occurred at an apartment building in Harbin, China, and casualties are unknown.

China sanctions US defense-related companies and executives over Russia, Taiwan

May. 22, 2024 12:18 PM EDT

BEIJING, China (AP) — China on Wednesday sanctioned 12 U.S. defense-related companies and 10 executives over arms sales to Taiwan in retaliation for earlier American sanctions on Chinese companies tied to Russia. The entities include units of Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General...

China is accelerating the forced urbanization of rural Tibetans, rights group says

May. 21, 2024 20:34 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is accelerating the forced urbanization of Tibetan villagers and herders, Human Rights Watch said, in an extensive report that adds to state government and independent reports of efforts to assimilate rural Tibetans through control over their language and traditional...

Vatican makes fresh overture to China, reaffirms that Catholic Church is no threat to sovereignty

May. 21, 2024 10:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican made another big overture to China on Tuesday, reaffirming the Catholic Church poses no threat to Beijing's sovereignty and admitting that Western missionaries had made “errors” in past centuries in their zeal to convert the Chinese faithful. The Vatican...

Taiwan's new President Lai in his inauguration speech urges China to stop its military intimidation

May. 20, 2024 10:47 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s new president, Lai Ching-te, said in his inauguration speech Monday that he wants peace with China and urged it to stop its military threats and intimidation of the self-governed island that Beijing claims as its own territory. “I hope that China... Q1 Earnings Snapshot

May. 20, 2024 05:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — BEIJING (AP) — Limited (SOHU) on Monday reported a loss of $25 million in its first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Beijing-based company said it had a loss of 76 cents. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs and stock option expense, came to 65 cents...

Taiwan's new president inherits a strong foreign policy position but political gridlock at home

May. 19, 2024 05:54 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — In a campaign ad for Taiwan’s President-elect Lai Ching-te, incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen was shown driving with Lai in the passenger seat, exchanging reflections on their years governing together. Tsai later turned over the driving to Lai, who was joined by running...

Taiwan is selling more to the US than China in major shift away from Beijing

May. 17, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it's tapioca balls or computer chips, Taiwan is stretching toward the United States and away from China — the world's No. 2 economy that threatens to take the democratically ruled island by force if necessary. That has translated to the world’s biggest...