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Panda Diplomacy Returns

Panda Diplomacy Returns

China is sending 2 young giant pandas to the National Zoo later this year

(Newser) - The National Zoo won't have to wait long to refill its panda habitat, reports the Washington Post , with the zoo announcing that China is sending two young pandas to DC later this year. The pair of 2-year-olds are female Qing Bao ("green" and "treasure" in Mandarin) and...

Report: 42% of Americans See China as an Enemy

Only 16% have a favorable view of the country, according to Pew Research Center

(Newser) - Some 42% of Americans now label China as an enemy, up from 25% two years ago and reaching the highest level in five years, according to an annual Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday. Half of Americans think of China as a competitor, and only 6% consider the country a...

US, China Butt Heads at Blinken-Xi Meetup

'I made clear that if China does not address this problem, we will'

(Newser) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping and senior Chinese officials, stressing the importance of "responsibly managing" the differences between the United States and China as the two sides butted heads over a number of contentious bilateral, regional, and global issues. Talks between...

Culinary Diplomacy: What's Janet Yellen Eating in China?

She ate potentially psychedelic mushrooms on her last visit, and all eyes are on this trip

(Newser) - Ever since she ate mushrooms that can have psychedelic effects in Beijing last July, Janet Yellen has united Americans and Chinese in wanting to know what she'll eat next. As the AP reports, now that the US Treasury secretary is back in China this week, having stopped in Guangzhou...

Biden, China's Xi Have a 'Check-In' Phone Call

Two nations are trying to restore regular dialogue

(Newser) - President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed Taiwan, artificial intelligence, and security issues Tuesday in a call meant to demonstrate a return to regular leader-to-leader dialogue between the two powers, per the AP . The call—the leaders' first conversation since their November summit in California—was seen as more...

Mnuchin Says He's Working on TikTok Deal
Mnuchin Says He
Wants to Buy TikTok

Mnuchin Says He Wants to Buy TikTok

Former Treasury secretary says he's putting a group together to buy Chinese-owned app

(Newser) - A bill to force ByteDance to sell TikTok's US operations passed the House on Wednesday and if it becomes law, Steven Mnuchin plans to make an offer to the Chinese company. "It's a great business and I'm going to put together a group to buy TikTok,...

On the China-Built Cranes at Our Ports, a Worrisome Find

Congressional probe finds modems that have no apparent purpose

(Newser) - America plans to spend billions to produce homegrown cargo cranes and swap them out for the China-built cranes that currently stand at many US ports—and a new report from the Wall Street Journal underscores the reasoning for the move. In announcing the effort last month, the Biden administration cited...

Sign of a US-China Thaw: a New Panda Promise

China plans to send 2 new pandas to the San Diego Zoo

(Newser) - China plans to send a new pair of giant pandas to the San Diego Zoo, renewing its long-standing gesture of friendship toward the United States after nearly all the iconic bears on loan to US zoos were returned as relations began to sour between the two nations. San Diego Zoo...

Angela Chao, Shipping Chief With Close Ties to China, Dies

Foremost Group chief executive was Mitch McConnell's sister-in-law

(Newser) - Angela Chao, who ran a family shipping company and was a sister of former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, was killed Sunday in a car accident in Texas. She was the chair and chief executive of Foremost Group, an operator of bulk carrier ships with deep ties to China, the New ...

US Sailor Sold Secrets to China, Gets 2 Years

Thomas Zhao will do 27 months for taking bribes, stealing intel from his California base

(Newser) - A US Navy sailor has been sentenced to just over two years in federal prison for transmitting sensitive US military information to a Chinese intelligence officer. Wenheng Zhao, who is also known as Thomas Zhao, of Monterey Park, was sentenced Monday to 27 months by a federal judge in Los...

CIA Has a Problem: Few Spies in China
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Few Spies

CIA Has a China Problem: Few Spies

'Wall Street Journal' reports US has little covert knowledge of what's happening in Beijing

(Newser) - A little more than a decade ago, right around the time current Chinese leader Xi Jinping was rising to power, China obliterated America's spying network within the country. About two dozen Chinese agents—many of them recruited when China was weaker and beset by corruption—were rounded up and...

US, Chinese Generals Break 16-Month Silence

(Newser) - US and Chinese military leaders have ended their 16-month estrangement, speaking in a videoconference about global security issues. When they met last month in California, President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had agreed to have their top generals resume communication. So Air Force Gen. CQ Brown Jr., chairman of...

What Came Out of the Biden-Xi Summit

Modest agreements on fentanyl, military communications were made

(Newser) - US President Biden and China's Xi Jinping emerged Wednesday from their first face-to-face meeting in a year vowing to stabilize their fraught relationship and showcasing modest agreements to combat illegal fentanyl and re-establish military communications. But there were still deep differences on economic competition and global security threats, the...

China's Xi: 'Planet Earth Is Big Enough' for Us Both

Biden, Chinese leader begin face-to-face summit in San Francisco

(Newser) - President Biden and China's Xi Jinping have begun their first face-to-face meeting in a year, and their early remarks suggest that both leaders are putting a priority on lowering tensions between the two superpowers.
  • Xi: "Planet Earth is big enough for the two countries to succeed," Xi

Xi Might Need This Summit More Than Biden
Xi Might Need This Summit
More Than Biden
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Xi Might Need This Summit More Than Biden

US, Chinese leaders meet Wednesday in San Francisco

(Newser) - President Biden meets with China's Xi Jinping Wednesday in San Francisco, and the New York Times reports that Beijing appears to have abruptly shifted its public tone about America to be much warmer. The state-run Xinhua news agency ran a long story Monday detailing the "enduring strength" of...

Biden, Xi Jinping Will Meet Next Week in California

Leaders to meet Wednesday on the sidelines of summit in San Francisco

(Newser) - President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Wednesday in California in the first engagement between the leaders of the world's two biggest economies in nearly a year, Biden administration officials said. The White House has said for weeks that it anticipated Biden and Xi would meet on...

China Preps for Assault With Tips Learned From Russia

Government looks to limit the effect of potential sanctions as it builds up military capability

(Newser) - A Pentagon report on China's military power says Beijing is exceeding previous projections of how quickly it is building up its nuclear weapons arsenal and is "almost certainly" learning lessons from Russia's war in Ukraine about what a conflict over Taiwan might look like, per the AP...

Pentagon: Footage Shows Chinese Jets' Risky Behavior

Says more than 180 intercepts of US warplanes by Chinese aircraft happened in last 2 years

(Newser) - The Pentagon has released footage of some of the more than 180 intercepts of US warplanes by Chinese aircraft that have occurred in the last two years—more than the total amount over the previous decade and part of a trend US military officials called concerning. The photos and video...

Schumer Grateful for China's New Statement on Israel

US Senate majority leader was previously upset China didn't condemn Hamas attack

(Newser) - US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday he was grateful for a strengthened statement from China condemning the killing and kidnapping of Israeli and foreign civilians by Hamas, issued during a bipartisan congressional visit to Beijing, the AP reports. Schumer told Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier in the day...

In Vietnam, Biden Says He Means No Harm to China

President takes steps to grow closer to another potential counter to Chinese aggression

(Newser) - President Biden arrived Sunday in Vietnam to seal a "comprehensive strategic partnership," while insisting his attempts to strengthen US relations with China's neighbors are not coming at the expense of Beijing's Communist government. "I don't want to contain China," Biden said during a...

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