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Trump: China trade talks going 'very well' before high-level parley

14 Feb 2019

WASHINGTON/BEIJING U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday trade talks with China were "going along very well" as the world's two largest economies try to resolve their seven-month tariff war ahead of a March 1 deadline for a deal.

Trump says he could let China trade deal deadline slip, 'not inclined to'

13 Feb 2019

(In Feb 12 story, deletes reference in 3rd paragraph to Trump saying that an extension of the U.S.-China trade deal deadline was possible. Trump had hinted at a potential delay on Dec. 4, 2018.) | Video

China calls for harmony as it welcomes Qatar emir amid Gulf dispute

31 Jan 2019

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a return to "unity and harmony" on Thursday as he welcomed gas-rich Qatar's emir to Beijing, amid a dispute that has seen some Arab states led by Saudi Arabia severing relations with Doha.

China calls for harmony as it welcomes Qatar emir amid Gulf dispute

31 Jan 2019

BEIJING, Jan 31 Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a return to "unity and harmony" on Thursday as he welcomed gas-rich Qatar's emir to Beijing, amid a festering dispute that has seen some Arab states lead by Saudi Arabia severing relations with Doha.

Canada foreign minister says ex-envoy's Huawei comments made job untenable

28 Jan 2019

OTTAWA/BEIJING Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday that Canada's former ambassador to China had been fired because his comments on an extradition case involving an executive of telecommunications firm Huawei had made it untenable for him to stay in the job.

China says pace of Xinjiang 'education' will slow, but defends camps

09 Jan 2019

URUMQI/KASHGAR/HOTAN, China China will not back down on what it sees as a highly successful de-radicalisation programme in Xinjiang that has attracted global concern, but fewer people will be sent through, officials said last week in allowing rare media access there. | Video

China's Xi threatens Taiwan with force but also seeks peaceful 'reunification'

02 Jan 2019

BEIJING/TAIPEI China reserves the right to use force to bring Taiwan under its control but will strive to achieve peaceful "reunification" with the self-ruled island that has a bright future under any future Chinese rule, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday. | Video

Leading Chinese Marxist student taken away by police on Mao's birthday

26 Dec 2018

BEIJING Chinese police detained a well-known Marxist at a top university on Wednesday, a witness said, on the sensitive anniversary of the 125th birthday of the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, whose legacy remains deeply contested.

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