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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

China's choreographed trade expo more 'theatre' than deal clincher

09 Nov 2018

SHANGHAI German car maker Volkswagen AG signed what looked like a meaty deal with one of its China joint ventures this week at a huge new trade show in Shanghai to ship almost $9 billion worth of cars and parts to China next year.

China's Xi promises to raise imports amid trade row with U.S.

05 Nov 2018

SHANGHAI Chinese President Xi Jinping promised on Monday to lower tariffs, broaden market access and import more from overseas at the start of a trade expo designed to demonstrate goodwill amid mounting frictions with the United States and others. | Video

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-China's Xi Jinping promises lower tariffs, more imports

05 Nov 2018

SHANGHAI, Nov 5 China will lower import tariffs and continue to broaden market access, President Xi Jinping said on Monday at the opening of a week-long trade expo seen as an attempt by Beijing to counter mounting criticism of its trade and business practices.

Trump, Xi upbeat on trade after phone call; U.S. targets more Chinese firms

02 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON/BEIJING U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who spoke by telephone on Thursday, expressed optimism about resolving their trade dispute ahead of a high-stakes meeting at the end of November in Argentina.

Cornell drops exchanges with Chinese school over academic freedom issues

30 Oct 2018

BEIJING Cornell University has cut two exchange programmes with a top Chinese school over academic freedom concerns, the Ivy League school said, after Chinese students were punished for supporting labour rights in China.

Conservationists alarmed as China eases ban on tiger and rhino parts

29 Oct 2018

BEIJING China unveiled new rules on Monday that would allow the use of rhino horn and tiger parts for some medical and cultural purposes, watering down a decades-old ban in a move conservation group WWF said could have "devastating consequences".

Chill in the air as Pompeo meets Chinese counterparts in Beijing

08 Oct 2018

BEIJING U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi aired their grievances in the open on Monday during a brief visit to Beijing by Washington's top diplomat, amid worsening relations. | Video

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