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Michael Martina

Amid crises, frayed U.S. ties give China's Xi political cover at home

16 Aug 2019

BEIJING To the outside world, China's ruling Communist Party - faced with an expanding trade war crimping an already slowing economy and spiralling protests in Hong Kong - is confronting some of its strongest political and economic headwinds in decades.

China warns of countermeasures if U.S. puts missiles on its 'doorstep'

06 Aug 2019

BEIJING China threatened countermeasures on Tuesday if the United States deploys intermediate-range, ground-based missiles in Asia and warned U.S. allies of repercussions if they allow such weapons on their territory.

China says most people in Xinjiang camps have 'returned to society'

31 Jul 2019

BEIJING Most people sent to mass detention centres in China's Xinjiang region have "returned to society", a senior official from the area said on Tuesday, but he declined to give an estimate of how many have been held in recent years.

U.S., China move trade talks to Shanghai amid deal pessimism

30 Jul 2019

BEIJING/WASHINGTON U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators shift to Shanghai this week for their first in-person talks since a G20 truce last month, a change of scenery for two sides struggling to resolve deep differences on how to end a year-long trade war.

Beijing reiterates support for Hong Kong's Lam, police

29 Jul 2019

BEIJING/HONG KONG China reiterated on Monday its support for Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, and its police, and called on Hong Kong people to oppose violence following another weekend of clashes between protesters and police in the city. | Video

China warns of war in case of move towards Taiwan independence

24 Jul 2019

BEIJING China warned on Wednesday that it was ready for war if there was any move towards Taiwan's independence, accusing the United States of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island.

Li Peng, hardline Chinese leader in Tiananmen crackdown, dies at 90

23 Jul 2019

BEIJING Former Chinese Premier Li Peng, reviled by rights activists and many in the Chinese capital as the "Butcher of Beijing" for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, has died, state media reported on Tuesday.

Trump says China trade talks 'back on track,' new tariffs on hold

02 Jul 2019

OSAKA The United States and China agreed on Saturday to restart trade talks after President Donald Trump offered concessions including no new tariffs and an easing of restrictions on tech company Huawei in order to reduce tensions with Beijing. | Video

China warns of long road ahead for deal with U.S. after ice-breaking talks

30 Jun 2019

BEIJING/OSAKA China and the United States will face a long road before they can reach a deal to end their bitter trade war, with more fights ahead likely, Chinese state media said after the two countries' presidents held ice-breaking talks in Japan.

Experts think Trump policy on China counterproductive: draft letter

30 Jun 2019

BEIJING/WASHINGTON Scores of Asia specialists, including former U.S. diplomats and military officers, want President Donald Trump to rethink policies that "treat China as an enemy," warning the approach could hurt U.S. interests and the global economy, according to a draft open letter reviewed by Reuters on Saturday.

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