Posts tagged as Beijing

LRT English Newsletter: You’ve got mail from China

Friday, May 22, 2020

In mid-April, a postal train from China pulled in at Vilnius Station. The first delivery of Europe-bound parcels may be a start of a weekly service, making Lithuania a hub for Chinese mail – but do immense opportunities of doing business with China outweigh the political risks? A Lithuanian official said he received numerous letters from China asking to apologise for statements directed against Beijing, while observers interviewed by LRT…

Beijing eyes Rail Baltica investment

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Chinese investments are making their way into Rail Baltica, a strategic railway connecting Poland with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Precedents in the Balkans indicate a successful bid may carry political implications, Warsaw Institute, a think tank in Poland, reports. Until recently, the prevailing belief was that China only carries out infrastructure projects in the developing countries as it is unable to compete effectively in the EU market. However, in recent…

Lithuania’s support for Taiwan draws ire from Beijing

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Lithuanian foreign minister’s call to invite Taiwan to next week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) drew condemnation from the Chinese government. Beijing, which threatens to regain control of the island, says Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organisation’s governing forum is out of the question. Meanwhile, Taipei’s representatives welcomed Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius’ position, saying political disagreements should be put aside for the sake of preserving lives. China: this…

Asian shares mixed as investors look ahead to rate decisions

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Asian shares were mixed Tuesday after a day of listless trading on Wall Street, as investors awaited signs on global interest rates. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added nearly 0.3% in afternoon trading to 21,379.45. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.7% to 6,599.60, while South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.5% to 2,030.21. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was virtually unchanged, inching down less than 0.1% at 26,679.83, while the Shanghai Composite lost 0.3%…

Pompeo says US not asking Asia to take sides

Thursday, August 1, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Washington isn’t asking any Asian nation to take sides as it engages with the region where China is battling for influence and aggressively expanding territorial claims in the South China Sea. Pompeo hailed an Indo-Pacific engagement framework adopted by the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in June, saying it supports sovereignty, transparency, good governance and a rules-based order…

U.S. warship sails through strategic Taiwan Strait amid China tension

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The U.S. military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing. Taiwan is among a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States…

In ‘The Farewell,’ a family drama straddling East and West

By Jake Koyle on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for “The Farewell” was unconventional. She wanted to make an autobiographical drama about the time when, in 2013, her family learned that her grandmother in China, affectionately called Nai Nai, had stage 4 lung cancer and was given three months to live. The grim diagnosis was kept from Nai Nai, a somewhat common approach to death and dying in China. Wang, whose family…

Former New Zealand leader: ‘We need to learn to listen to China’

By James Griffiths on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A former New Zealand prime minister has been quoted lavishing praise on China as the country’s current leader continues to deny reports of a rift between Wellington and Beijing. In a piece published by Chinese state-run People’s Daily on Monday, Jenny Shipley, a former leader of the conservative National Party and prime minister from 1997 to 1999, commended China’s “huge contributions to the world’s economic growth” and its “great efforts” to promote…

Trump to meet China’s Xi to try to seal trade deal, progress reported

Friday, February 1, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping soon to try to seal a comprehensive trade deal as Trump and his top trade negotiator both cited substantial progress in two days of high-level talks. Trump, speaking at the White House during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, said he was optimistic that the world’s two largest economies could reach “the biggest…

Chinese manufacturing improves but activity sluggish

Thursday, January 31, 2019

China’s manufacturing improved in January but activity was sluggish, a survey showed Thursday, as U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrangled in Washington over a tariff war. A measure of factory activity issued by the government statistics agency and an industry group rose 0.1 points on a 100-point scale but stayed below a level that shows activity expanding. Measures for employment and domestic demand weakened. China’s economic growth sank to a three-decade…