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Tony Munroe

Ahead of U.S. election, China braces for rocky ride, potential change

Jul 25 2020

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.

China's H1 grain imports spike, on path to use up annual quotas

Jul 24 2020

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.

UPDATE 2-China orders U.S. to shut Chengdu consulate, retaliating for Houston

Jul 24 2020

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 economies deteriorate.

China charges two detained Canadians with suspected espionage, Trudeau 'very disappointed'

Jun 20 2020

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.

Top U.S, China diplomats meet in Hawaii as tensions flare

Jun 18 2020

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.

As China splashes out vouchers to revive retail, many just buy necessities

Apr 21 2020

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.

China sees rise in asymptomatic coronavirus cases, to tighten controls at land borders

Apr 06 2020

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

Mormon church to open first temple in mainland China

Apr 06 2020

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.

China scrambles to curb rise in imported coronavirus cases, Wuhan eases lockdown

Mar 22 2020

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

China expels American journalists as spat with U.S. escalates

Mar 18 2020

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

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