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China suspends cooperation with US in several areas in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
United States, China, Taiwan

China suspends cooperation with US in several areas in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

China suspended dialogue with the United States in areas such as climate change, military issues, and the fight against drug trafficking. The measures, announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, are the latest in a series of sanctions promised by Beijing and aimed at punishing Washington for Pelosi's visit Tuesday and Wednesday to Taiwan, an island China claims as part of the country. The first measures involved diplomatic protests and, since Thursday, naval and air exercises around the island, in which missiles have been fired. According to the Chinese diplomacy note, the dialogue between military commanders and officials associated with the Department of Defense was cancelled, as well as meetings on military maritime security. Cooperation on the return of illegal immigrants, crimin...
China begins biggest-ever military operation near Taiwan
China, Taiwan

China begins biggest-ever military operation near Taiwan

China began military exercises this Thursday in six zones near Taiwan. It is the biggest operation ever on the island claimed by Beijing. "From 12 noon today to 12 noon on the 7th, the People's Liberation Army is carrying out an important exercise in military training and real combat", announced Chinese state television CCTV, during the early hours of the morning in Portugal. The country's media, quoted by the international press, reported that Beijing - which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province - has started long-range artillery firing exercises in the island strait, noting that "the expected results have been achieved", in this, according to the BBC, the biggest operation ever in the territory. According to the British "The Guardian", the six zones selected by China for carrying out ...
Macau approves new wiretapping law, Portuguese deputy admits “reservations”
Macau

Macau approves new wiretapping law, Portuguese deputy admits “reservations”

The Macau parliament today approved in a videoconference session the new wiretapping law, a regime that arouses “many reservations” to Portuguese deputy José Pereira Coutinho, who called for “zero tolerance for abusive interception”. When he presented the "Legal Regime for Interception and Protection of Communications" for the first time, Macau Security Secretary Wong Sio Chak justified the importance of this law with the fact that "State security is becoming increasingly more urgent" and still with the need to "follow the evolution of the times". For the Government, the current regime, which had been in force for more than 24 years, was outdated, and it was necessary to respond to the development of communications technology and the increasing complexity of criminal activity. "With m...
US asks China to condemn Russia for invasion
United States, China

US asks China to condemn Russia for invasion

The United States today expressed concern to China about its alignment with Russia and asked Beijing to condemn Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine, announced the head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken. Beijing says it is neutral, but I tell them it is very difficult to remain neutral in the face of such aggression," Blinken said on the Indonesian island of Bali after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, according to Spanish news agency EFE. Blinken and Wang met for five hours, the day after the end of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting on the war in Ukraine and its effects on the global economy. The war in Ukraine was triggered by Russia, when it invaded the neighboring country on February 24 this year. Blinken said China "continues to protect" Russia "in international orga...
Beijing and Washington must ‘work together’ to reduce tensions
United States, China

Beijing and Washington must ‘work together’ to reduce tensions

China and the United States must "work together" to reduce tensions between the two countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said today in Indonesia at a meeting with his US counterpart. The meeting between Wang Yi and Antony Blinken, the first since October last year, takes place the day after the meeting of the G20 foreign ministers (the 19 largest economies in the world plus the EU), on the Indonesian island of Bali. "China and the US are two big countries, so it is necessary for both to maintain normal exchanges," Wang said before joining the meeting. "We need to work together to ensure that this relationship continues to move along the right path," added the Chinese official, calling for "mutual respect". Even before heading to the meeting, the US Secretary of State classifie...
Chinese companies heed sanctions against Russia for fear of damage
China, Asia-Pacific

Chinese companies heed sanctions against Russia for fear of damage

An analysis by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) indicates that, despite Beijing's tacit support for Moscow, Chinese exporters appear to recognize the risks of violating sanctions imposed on Russia by the West. The report, the Washington-based think tank, pointed out that Chinese companies fear being collateral targets and losing access to Western countries' technology, goods and currency if they violate the ban on exporting sensitive goods to China. Russia, notably components and high technology such as semiconductors, considered crucial to the war effort. Between January and June, exports from China to Russia fell by 38%, compared to the previous semester. By comparison, sales to Russia among countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow - particularly Europ...
China wants to deepen cooperation with Russia in multilateral organizations
China, Asia-Pacific

China wants to deepen cooperation with Russia in multilateral organizations

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu assured this Wednesday, in a meeting with the Russian ambassador to China, Andrey Denisov, that Beijing wants to "strengthen strategic coordination" with Moscow and deepen cooperation through the UN or the G20. Ma Zhaoxu stressed that under the "strategic leadership" of the presidents of China and Russia, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, respectively, bilateral relations have recorded a "high level of performance". "China hopes to strengthen strategic coordination with Russia and deepen cooperation in multilateral structures such as the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the [emerging economies bloc] BRICS and the G20 [the 19 most developed world economies and the European Union], in order to promote the development of a global ...
48 more detainees in internment camps in China
China, Asia-Pacific

48 more detainees in internment camps in China

Amnesty International today released 48 new testimonies from family members of victims held in internment camps in the Xinjiang region of China, where people from ethnic minorities are taken and left uncontacted. "Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other ethnic minorities have faced mass arrests, torture, and systematic persecution, organized by the state, which constitute crimes against humanity. with their loved ones who remain detained and imprisoned," the non-governmental organization (NGO) denounced today in a statement. The new testimonies, collected as part of the "Free Xinjiang Detainees" campaign, total 120 cases documented by Amnesty International of citizens "dragged into prison and internment camps". "In China, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Uighurs, Kazakhs or other ethnic ...
China bans Canadian diplomats from attending Xiao Jianhu trial
China, Asia-Pacific

China bans Canadian diplomats from attending Xiao Jianhu trial

Chinese authorities have refused Canadian diplomats access to the trial of Chinese-Canadian Xiao Jianhua, who disappeared from Hong Kong five years ago, the Ottawa government said today. Xiao, the founder of Tomorrow Group, disappeared from a Hong Kong hotel in January 2017, at a time when the Chinese Communist Party's disciplinary body launched several lawsuits against Party cadres and Chinese businessmen, accused of bribery and other misconduct. Chinese authorities never confirmed whether Xiao was detained or released the charges. The Government of Canada said on Monday that Xiao was on trial, but gave no indication of the location or the charges. "Canada has made several requests to appear at the trial process. Our presence was denied by the Chinese authorities," the Canadian gover...
Japan says China violated international law with ship raid
Japan, Asia-Pacific, China

Japan says China violated international law with ship raid

The Japanese government today accused China of violating international law following the incursion of Chinese coast guard vessels into its international waters. The Japanese government's position comes after three Chinese vessels were sighted near the Senkaku Islands, which China calls the Diaoyu Islands, in the last 24 hours. "The entry of these vessels is really regrettable and cannot be allowed, so we will continue to monitor the situation and take serious measures," Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said today. According to the Japanese coast guard, this is the 15th incursion recorded this year, with Japanese patrol ships ordering Chinese ships to leave their waters immediately. On Monday, a Chinese frigate sailed in the area adjacent to Japanese waters for...