With bilateral relations in free-fall, Beijing is bracing for more turbulence in the run-up to the U.S. election in November, and the possibility that a Joe Biden presidency presents an opportunity to avoid a deeper conflict.
BEIJING, July 24 China has accelerated grains
buying from abroad in the first half of 2020 and may fully use
up its annual quotas for corn and wheat imports for the first
time ever, traders and analysts said this week.
China, the world's top agricultural market, imported 3.66
million tonnes of corn from January to June, 51% of its annual
quota for the grain set at 7.2 million tonnes, according to
customs data released on Thursday. Wheat imports came at 3.35
million tonnes, 35% of its yearly quota at 9.64 million tonnes,
the data showed.
BEIJING, July 24 China ordered the United States
to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu on Friday,
responding to a U.S. demand this week that China close its
Houston consulate, as relations between the world's two largest
BEIJING Chinese prosecutors said on Friday they have charged two detained Canadians for suspected espionage, indictments that could result in life imprisonment, in a case that has driven a diplomatic wedge between Ottawa and Beijing.
WASHINGTON/BEIJING U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Hawaii on Wednesday, in high-level face-to-face talks that have become rare amid tensions between the two strategic rivals.
BEIJING China is handing out billions of yuan in shopping coupons to support retailers crushed by the COVID-19 outbreak, but the subsidies are doing little to support the kind of discretionary spending needed to revive the economy.
BEIJING Mainland China reported 39 new coronavirus cases as of Sunday, up from 30 a day earlier, and the number of asymptomatic cases also surged as the government vowed tighter controls at land borders. | Video
The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon church, plans to open its first temple in mainland China at a time when Beijing has been clamping down steadily on religious freedoms.
BEIJING China reported 46 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, while the city of Wuhan, the pandemic's ground zero, announced it would be loosening a two-month lockdown by gradually resuming public transportation and allowing healthy people to resume work. | Video
BEIJING/WASHINGTON/NEW YORK China is withdrawing the press credentials of American journalists at three U.S. newspapers, intensifying a bitter fight between the world's top two economies that has widened to include the coronavirus outbreak and media freedoms. | Video