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Biden Limits Tech Investments Supporting China

Administration worked with other nations, industry on executive order

(Newser) - President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to block and regulate high-tech US-based investments going toward China—a move the administration said was targeted even though it reflected an intensifying competition between the world's two biggest powers. The order covers advanced computer chips, micro electronics, quantum information technologies, and...

Xi Jinping Snubs Kerry, Welcomes Kissinger

Chinese leader hails 'insightful' American

(Newser) - Xi Jinping didn't meet John Kerry while the top US climate envoy was in China this week—but he met, and praised, an American who first came to Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders more than 50 years ago. Xi described Henry Kissinger as an "old friend" when...

Amid Strained Relations, Yellen Visits China

Treasury chief addresses concerns that US is looking to decouple from China's economy

(Newser) - Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen appealed to China's No. 2 leader not to let frustration over US curbs on access to processor chips and other technology disrupt economic cooperation during a visit Friday aimed at improving strained relations. Meeting with Premier Li Qiang, the AP reports that Yellen said Washington...

US to Travelers: Maybe Rethink That Trip to China

Advisory urges Americans, cites risk of wrongful detention

(Newser) - The US has recommended Americans reconsider traveling to China because of arbitrary law enforcement and exit bans and the risk of wrongful detentions. No specific cases were cited, but the advisory came after a 78-year-old US citizen was sentenced to life in prison on spying charges in May. It also...

China Lashes Out After Biden Calls Xi the 'D-Word'

US president calls Chinese leader Xi Jinping a dictator—remarks Beijing deems 'irresponsible'

(Newser) - Relations between the US and China have been a little rougher than usual since February, when Washington shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon over South Carolina. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to China this month, however, ended up in "constructive" talks, and culminated in a...

Xi Sends a Message, Meets With Blinken

US secretary of state greeted by Chinese leader in Beijing, seen as a sign of improving diplomacy

(Newser) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken has wrapped up his two-day visit to China , one that culminated in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday. That the meeting took place at all is being seen as perhaps the most significant development of the trip—it was not a sure...

US, China List Differences in 'Candid,' 'Constructive' Talks

Taiwan sits atop the list, state media reports

(Newser) - The top diplomats of the US and China brought their own lists of disagreements and grievances to a meeting Sunday in Beijing , and neither side appears to have let any of them go. Chinese state media reported afterward that Foreign Minister Qin Gang made clear to Secretary of State Antony...

With Tensions High, Blinken Lands in China

He is the first US secretary of state in 5 years to make the trip

(Newser) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday kicked off two days of high-stakes diplomatic talks in Beijing aimed at trying to cool exploding US-China tensions, reports the AP . Blinken opened his program by meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang for an extended discussion to be followed by a working dinner....

China Caused Close Call With US Ship, Says Military

US military releases video of incident in the Taiwan Strait

(Newser) - The United States military released video Monday of what it called an “unsafe” Chinese maneuver in the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, in which a Chinese navy ship cut sharply across the path of an American destroyer, forcing the US ship to slow to avoid a collision, the AP...

Suspected Chinese Spies Keep Giving the Same Excuse

They claim to be lost tourists in emerging trend with cases in Florida and now Alaska

(Newser) - Chinese citizens claiming to be lost tourists have been caught trying to access military facilities in Alaska in recent years as part of a suspected spy operation that appears to extend well beyond the Last Frontier, USA Today reports. Multiple US soldiers tell the outlet of Chinese attempts to learn...

Chinese Jet Buzzed US Plane: Pentagon
Chinese Jet Buzzed
US Plane: Pentagon

Chinese Jet Buzzed US Plane: Pentagon

Pentagon calls it an 'unnecessarily aggressive maneuver'

(Newser) - The Pentagon says a Chinese fighter jet made an "unnecessarily aggressive maneuver" on Friday, buzzing a US spy plane as it conducted routine operations in international airspace over the South China Sea. The Chinese J-16 fighter pilot "flew directly in front of the nose of the RC-135,"...

Macron's Warning to Europe: Don't Be 'America's Followers'

French president is worried about tension over Taiwan; Graham open to using US forces

(Newser) - Tensions between the US and China over Taiwan continue to ratchet up. The latest example came over the weekend when GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is "very much open to using US forces to defend Taiwan, because it is in our national security interest to do so,"...

China's Balloon Sent Information to Beijing

But what was gathered is still unclear

(Newser) - The Chinese spy balloon shot down by the US over the Atlantic in February was able to send information and photos back to Beijing, reports CNN . An anonymous source tells the news network that the balloon was transmitting the data it gathered in real time, though just what the...

Report: Feds Threaten Nationwide TikTok Ban

Company says it has been told Chinese owners need to sell their stake in app

(Newser) - After more than two years in office, President Biden apparently now holds the same position as his predecessor on TikTok. The administration has threatened to ban the app unless Chinese company ByteDance sells its stake, sources tell outlets including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal . In 2020,...

Chinese Minister Has Blunt Words for US

He accuses America of a new McCarthyism, warns confrontation looms unless things change

(Newser) - Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang warned Tuesday that Beijing and Washington are headed for “conflict and confrontation” if the US doesn't change course, striking a combative tone at a moment when relations between the rivals are at a historic low. In his first news conference since taking office...

China Won't Be Pleased With Latest US-Taiwan Deal

US agrees to sell Taiwan $619M in munitions

(Newser) - The US has approved more arms sales to Taiwan, including $619 million worth of munitions for F-16 fighter jets, in a decision likely to be yet another point of friction between the US and China, which claims the island as its own territory. The State Department said in a statement...

US Is Raising the Alarm About China Helping Russia
US Is Worried China May
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US Is Worried China May Make Big Move for Russia

Blinken says Beijing might supply weapons, a major escalation of aid

(Newser) - On the eve of the one-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the US appears to be increasingly alarmed that China is about to start helping Vladimir Putin in a big way. If Beijing does so, it threatens not only to prolong the war but to turn the conflict...

US: Blinken Scolded Chinese Diplomat in Person

Nations hold first face-to-face meeting since balloon was spotted

(Newser) - The top diplomats for the US and China met face-to-face on Saturday for the first time since the appearance of a Chinese spy balloon froze relations between the two global powers. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Wang Yi talked Saturday night in Germany, on the sidelines of the Munich...

Biden: Objects Shot Down Likely Weren't Spying

President doesn't definitively identify craft shot down after Chinese balloon

(Newser) - President Biden told the nation Thursday that the three objects the US shot down most recently while flying over North America don't appear to be connected to Chinese spying. The Air Force on Feb. 4 downed a balloon off the coast of South Carolina that apparently was sent by...

China: We've Spotted 10 US Balloons in Last Year Alone

Accusation comes amid a series of high-altitude shootdowns in American skies

(Newser) - The US has shot down three high-altitude objects in the last three days, and that's not counting the Chinese balloon before that. And while nobody seems quite sure what the latest objects were or where they came from—debris is still being collected—China made a point on Monday...

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