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One Exchange Sums Up TikTok Exec's Testimony

Lawmaker demands guarantee China can't use the site to spy, doesn't get one

(Newser) - The CEO of TikTok was being grilled by members of a House committee on Thursday, and one exchange in particular seemed to encapsulate the early going. A big concern of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee panel is that because TikTok is owned by the Chinese firm ByteDance,...

Is Russia-China Partnership Substantive or Just Convenient?
Takeaways From the Meeting
of These 'Dear Friends'

Takeaways From the Meeting of These 'Dear Friends'

China's purported goal of peace remains elusive after Xi-Putin talks

(Newser) - There was no real progress made toward ending the conflict in Ukraine during Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Russia, despite China characterizing the trip as one "of friendship, cooperation, and peace," the AP reports. "What China has done boils down to one word, that is, to...

Winnie the Pooh Slasher Film Pulled From HK Cinemas

Censorship may be to blame

(Newser) - Public screenings of a slasher film that features Winnie the Pooh were scrapped abruptly in Hong Kong on Tuesday, sparking discussions over increasing censorship in the city. Film distributor VII Pillars Entertainment announced on Facebook that the release of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey on Thursday had been canceled...

Xi Visits 'Dear Friend' Putin
Xi Visits 'Dear Friend' Putin

Xi Visits 'Dear Friend' Putin

Blinken says 'world should not be fooled' by peace proposal freezing Russian gains in place

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed his Chinese counterpart to Moscow on Monday, calling Xi Jinping a "dear friend" at the start of a visit seen as a show of support for Putin as his war in Ukraine grinds on. Xi praised Putin's "strong leadership" and credited it...

Data Points Finger at New COVID Culprit

Virus samples from Wuhan market contained genetic material of raccoon dogs: experts

(Newser) - A team of virus experts has linked the coronavirus to raccoon dogs illegally sold at a market in Wuhan, China, for "the strongest evidence yet that an animal started the pandemic," according to the Atlantic . The virus was found in samples taken from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market...

China Making a Big Show of Support for Russia

Xi Jinping will visit Moscow on Monday

(Newser) - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to visit Russia from Monday to Wednesday in an apparent show of support for Russian President Vladimir Putin amid sharpening East-West tensions over the war in Ukraine. The meeting between the leaders was announced by both countries on Friday. Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine...

Report: Feds Threaten Nationwide TikTok Ban

Company says it has been told Chinese owners need to sell their stake in app

(Newser) - After more than two years in office, President Biden apparently now holds the same position as his predecessor on TikTok. The administration has threatened to ban the app unless Chinese company ByteDance sells its stake, sources tell outlets including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal . In 2020,...

Another Country Switches Ties From Taiwan to China

Honduras is making the move

(Newser) - In a move that will leave Taiwan with formal diplomatic ties with just 13 nations, Honduras has decided to switch things up. The president of the Central American country, Xiomara Castro, announced Tuesday that she has told her foreign minister to establish diplomatic relations with China, the Guardian reports. China...

One of Australia's Own Calls Sub Deal 'Worst in All History'

Former PM is not a fan of AUKUS

(Newser) - China is peeved about Australia's new submarine deal with the US. France is miffed . A less expected entry on the thumbs-down list? A former Australian prime minister. Paul Keating on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on his nation’s plan to buy nuclear-powered submarines from the United States...

China Isn't Thrilled With US' Nuclear Sub Deal
China Isn't
Thrilled With
US' Nuclear
Sub Deal

China Isn't Thrilled With US' Nuclear Sub Deal

US and UK teaming up to provide nuclear subs to Australia in move to counter China in Indo-Pacific

(Newser) - Three Western allies came together Monday to announce details on what Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is calling the "biggest single investment in Australia's defense capability in all of its history." It's the AUKUS pact, a deal in which the US and Britain will provide Australia...

Taiwan Soldier Vanished During Roll Call. He Just Reemerged

Missing soldier turns up on Chinese mainland; it's still unclear if he's a deserter

(Newser) - During roll call on Thursday on the island of Erdan, located just a few miles off of China's coast, a Taiwanese soldier was reported missing. Now, he's apparently reemerged, and not on Erdan, part of the Taiwan-run Kinmen islands in the Taiwan Strait. "It has been confirmed...

China Pushes Past US to Broker Mideast Peace Deal
Mideast Deal Brokered
by China Leaves US Out

Mideast Deal Brokered by China Leaves US Out

Saudi Arabia-Iran agreement indicates nations want to negotiate without American help

(Newser) - The agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume relations, a deal mediated by China, appears to be a watershed moment in the Middle East, realigning alliances that have dominated diplomacy for decades while—at least for now—leaving the US out. The pact indicates that nations in the region...

This Was Beijing on Friday
This Was Beijing on Friday

This Was Beijing on Friday

Chinese capital all but disappears amid a dust storm and heavy pollution

(Newser) - Skyscrapers in Beijing disappeared into the haze and air quality plummeted as China’s capital was enveloped in a dust storm and heavy pollution on Friday. Concentrations of the tiny PM2.5 particles that can reach deep into the lungs and bloodstream entered a dangerous range on air quality monitoring...

Xi Officially Awarded 3rd Term After 2,952-0 Vote
Xi Gets 3rd Term
in 2,952-0 Vote

Xi Gets 3rd Term in 2,952-0 Vote

The outcome was never in doubt

(Newser) - Chinese leader Xi Jinping was awarded a third five-year term as the nation's president Friday, putting him on track to stay in power for life at a time of severe economic challenges and rising tensions with the US and others. The endorsement of Xi's appointment by the ceremonial...

3 Jarring Quotes on China From Top Intelligence Official

Avril Haines testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

(Newser) - The director of national intelligence testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, and what she said wasn't exactly comforting. In fact, Sen. Angus King said in response to the intelligence community's annual report on worldwide threats, "My recommendation is, don't read it just before you go...

War Game Results Don't Bode Well for US Military
War Game Results Don't
Bode Well for US Military

War Game Results Don't Bode Well for US Military

'Wall Street Journal' finds that America isn't ready for a new era of conflict with China

(Newser) - Last year, a war game simulation looked at what might happen if China launched an amphibious attack on Taiwan. China would be happy with the results: The US side ran out of long-range cruise missiles in a week, writes Michael R. Gordon in the Wall Street Journal . The reasons behind...

China Counts on Consumers to Pick Up Economy

Nation's military spending to reach $224B

(Newser) - China's government announced plans for a consumer-led revival of the struggling economy as its legislature opened a session Sunday that will tighten President Xi Jinping's control over business and society. Premier Li Keqiang, the top economic official, set this year's growth target "around 5%," following...

China: Now US Is Playing Politics With COVID

Beijing rejects Energy Department assessment that virus likely originated in a lab

(Newser) - China is pushing back against the US Energy Department's conclusion that the COVID pandemic likely started in a Chinese lab . "The origin of the novel coronavirus is a scientific issue and should not be politicized," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning on Monday. Over the weekend,...

Missing Chinese CEO Is 'Cooperating' in Gov't Investigation

His company, China Renaissance, now says founder Bao Fan is cooperating with government

(Newser) - Bao Fan, the billionaire Chinese investment banking CEO who has disappeared, is "cooperating in" a government investigation, according to China Renaissance Holdings, the company he founded and runs—and which reported him missing weeks ago. The company's board has since "become aware that Mr. Bao is currently...

Agency Sides With Theory That Lab Leak Sparked Pandemic

Energy Department agrees with FBI's conclusion, for a different reason

(Newser) - The COVID-19 pandemic probably began with a laboratory leak, the Energy Department has decided. The agency, which had not expressed a view on the origin of the coronavirus, added its finding to a previous classified intelligence report sent to the White House and certain members of Congress, the Wall Street ...

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