Posts tagged as Beijing

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…

Vejonis praises Latvian language courses at Beijing International Studies University

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

President Raimonds Vejonis said during a meeting with Latvian language students at the Beijing International Studies University that he was very pleased with Latvian courses offered by the university, the President’s Chancery informed LETA. Knowledge is the greatest value in the modern-day world, and students of the Latvian language will not only have opportunity to learn about Latvian culture but also contribute to enhancing Latvian-Chinese bilateral cooperation in the long…

Kaljulaid meets with Chinese president in Beijing

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

President Kersti Kaljulaid is currently on a working visit to China, where she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday. Kaljulaid wrote in a post on social media that she was glad to meet President Xi in Beijing. “Relations between China and Estonia are at an all time high,” she wrote, adding that the two heads of state discussed trade relations, e-commerce and Estonia’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat…

Beijing issues veiled threat to Trump as Russia teams up with China to launch its largest EVER military drills

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Beijing issued a veiled threat to US President Donald Trump as Russia teamed up with China to launch its largest every military drills, with 300,000 Russian troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a massive show of force that has rattled the West. The week-long war games dubbed ‘Vostok-2018’ (East-2018), ‘have kicked off’ in far eastern Russia and on the Pacific Ocean, the defence ministry said in a statement.…