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China, U.S. discuss road map for next stage of trade talks

11 Dec 2018

WASHINGTON/BEIJING China has agreed to cut tariffs on U.S.-built cars and auto parts to 15 percent from the current 40 percent, a Trump administration official said on Tuesday, setting the stage for a new talks aimed at easing the bitter trade war between the world's two largest economies.

Huawei CFO seeks bail on health concerns; Canada wants her in jail

10 Dec 2018

TORONTO/BEIJING The CFO of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing, citing her longstanding ties to Canada, properties she owns in Vancouver and fears for her health while incarcerated, court documents showed on Sunday.

China urges Canada to free Huawei CFO or face consequences

09 Dec 2018

BEIJING/OTTAWA China warned Canada on Saturday that there would be severe consequences if it did not immediately release Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, calling the case "extremely nasty".

China hopes U.S. shows sincerity at G20 trade talks

30 Nov 2018

BEIJING/SHANGHAI China hopes the United States can show sincerity and promote proposals both countries can accept when their two leaders meet at this week's G20 summit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday ahead of the key trade talks. | Video

China heaps pressure on Taiwan president after poll defeat

26 Nov 2018

TAIPEI Chinese state media heaped pressure on Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday after her ruling pro-independence party suffered heavy defeats in local elections at the weekend, as party officials sought to work out what went wrong. | Video

Taiwan rebukes ruling party, emboldens China-friendly opposition

25 Nov 2018

TAIPEI Voters in Taiwan have delivered a strong rebuke to the island's pro-independence ruling party in local elections, emboldening the China-friendly opposition, one of whose main figures says he will now reach out to Beijing to forge more friendly ties.

China blames 'excuses' for APEC discord, as U.S. ties sour again

20 Nov 2018

BEIJING The failure of the countries attending a major Asia-Pacific summit to agree on a communique resulted from certain countries "excusing" protectionism, a top Chinese diplomat said, in a veiled criticism of Washington that further sours China-U.S. ties ahead of a meeting of the G20 nations

Exclusive - In rare coordinated move, Western envoys seek meeting on Xinjiang concerns

15 Nov 2018

BEIJING A group of 15 Western ambassadors in Beijing, spearheaded by Canada, are seeking a meeting with the top official in China's restive, heavily Muslim Xinjiang region for an explanation of alleged rights abuses against ethnic Uighurs. | Video

U.S. measure to urge possible China sanctions over Xinjiang crackdown

14 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON/BEIJING U.S. lawmakers will introduce legislation on Wednesday urging a stronger response by the Trump administration to China's crackdown on minority Muslims, including possible sanctions against a senior official, a move China decried as hypocrisy.

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