Michael Martina

With Xi-Biden meeting, U.S. aims to show responsible handling of China ties

Oct 22 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -White House officials are gearing up for a virtual meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping they hope will show the world Washington can responsibly manage relations between the rival superpowers, people familiar with the matter say.

U.S. China ambassador nominee Burns takes tough line on dealings with Beijing

Oct 20 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, took a tough line on dealings with China at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, saying "genocide in Xinjiang," abuses in Tibet, and bullying of Taiwan must stop.

Death of Chicago teen looms over hearing for Biden's Japan nominee

Oct 20 2021

WASHINGTON Questions about the murder of a Black teenager by a white police officer loomed over the confirmation hearing on Wednesday for former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Joe Biden's nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan.

China presses U.S. to cancel tariffs in test of bilateral engagement

Oct 09 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -China said on Saturday it pressed the United States to eliminate tariffs in talks between the countries' top trade officials that Washington saw as a test of bilateral engagement between the world's biggest economies.

U.S. trade chief talks to Chinese counterpart in test of bilateral engagement

Oct 08 2021

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Friday held a call with her Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier Liu He, to test whether bilateral engagement with Beijing can address U.S. complaints about China's trade and subsidy practices, a USTR official said.

U.S. envoy Sullivan to meet China's top diplomat amid high tensions

Oct 05 2021

WASHINGTON/BEIJING U.S. President Joe Biden's national security adviser will hold talks with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland on Wednesday, upholding a pledge by both countries to boost communication amid a deepening strategic rivalry.

U.S. citizens blocked from leaving China return home after three years

Sep 28 2021

WASHINGTON Two American siblings prevented from leaving China since 2018 returned to the United States over the weekend, according to a U.S. official, their release by Beijing coming shortly after the United States ended a legal case against a top Huawei executive. | Video

White House rebuts idea that Huawei's Meng was freed in prisoner swap

Sep 27 2021

WASHINGTON The White House on Monday said a near-simultaneous release of a top Huawei executive and two Canadians detained shortly after her arrest was not a prisoner swap, but that their cases came up in a call between the Chinese and American presidents weeks before. | Video

Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

Sep 25 2021

By Steve Holland, David Brunnstrom, Nandita Bose and Michael Martina | Video

Quad leaders to meet at White House amid shared China concerns

Sep 24 2021

By Steve Holland, David Brunnstrom, Nandita Bose and Michael Martina

World News

U.S. envoy urges N.Korea to end 'provocations', accept offer of talks

North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-says-it-conducted-successful-missile-test-submarine-kcna-2021-10-19 were "concerning and counterproductive" for efforts to reduce tensions, and Pyongyang should instead engage in talks, the U.S. envoy for North Korea said on Sunday.