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China brands COVID-19 lab-leak theory as 'absurd,' Blinken urges transparency

Jun 11 2021

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed the need for cooperation and transparency over the origins of COVID-19 in a call with Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Friday and raised other contentious topics, including China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Blinken signals possible resumption of U.S.-Taiwan trade, investment talks

Jun 07 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday signaled a possible resumption of trade and investment talks with Taiwan stalled since the Obama administration, but gave no indication of any willingness to pursue a full-scale trade pact Taipei has been seeking.

NBA stars urged to end China endorsements over forced labor

Jun 01 2021

WASHINGTON A U.S. congressional commission on Tuesday called on American basketball stars to end endorsements of Chinese sportswear firms that use cotton grown in China's Xinjiang region, warning against complicity in forced labor they say takes place there.

Blinken says U.S. and India united in tackling COVID-19

May 29 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday the United States and India are united in trying to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic together and Washington is determined to help India with its coronavirus crisis.

U.S. says looking at Quad meeting in fall focused on infrastructure

May 26 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States is looking to convene an in-person fall summit of leaders of the Quad countries - Australia, India and Japan - with a focus on infrastructure in the face of the challenge from China, President Joe Biden's Indo-Pacific policy coordinator said on Wednesday.

Biden, South Korea's Moon express willingness to engage North Korea

May 21 2021

WASHINGTON U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday injected fresh urgency into attempts to engage North Korea in dialogue over its nuclear weapons, with Biden saying he would meet its leader Kim Jong Un under the right conditions. | Video

South Korea's Moon to be second leader and second Asian welcomed by Biden

May 21 2021

WASHINGTON, May 21 South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday will become the second world leader welcomed by President Joe Biden at the White House, and the second from Asia, a sign of the importance Washington attaches to the region as it seeks to counter China's influence.

U.S. plays down prospect of North Korea initiative at Moon summit

May 20 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been hoping to use his first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden this week to press a legacy policy of engaging North Korea, but Washington has played down the prospect of any quick impetus on the issue.

Pelosi calls for U.S. and world leaders to boycott China's 2022 Olympics

May 19 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called for a U.S. diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, criticizing China for human rights abuses and saying global leaders who attend would lose their moral authority.

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G7 rivals China with grand infrastructure plan

The Group of Seven richest democracies sought on Saturday to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative.