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    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese ambassador says China’s engagement with South Pacific island countries poses no threat to Australia, responding to fears that Beijing will establish a military foothold in the Solomon Islands. China’s envoy to Australia, Xiao Qian, attempted to reassure his host nation in a newspaper opinion piece published Thursday as reports emerged of a planned trip by a high-level Chinese delegation to the Solomons following the completion of a bilateral security pact. “The cooperation between China and the South Pacific island countries is conducive to people’s wellbeing on both sides, and regional prosperity and stability, and will by no means threaten Australia’s security,” Xiao wrote in The Australian Financial Review. “China’s rise should not be seen as a threat to Australia,” Xiao wrote. He made no specific mention of the Solomon Islands or the security pact. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose conservative government is seeking a fourth three-year term in elections next week, said he disagreed with the ambassador that “Chinese government interference in the Pacific is of no consequence.” “I think it’s of great consequence,”...
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed American-born skier Eileen Gu for choosing to represent China instead of the U.S., saying that 'you're standing for freedom or you're standing for human right abuses.' The 50-year-old former South Carolina governor added that there 'is no in between' when it comes to choosing certain countries. Her comments were made during an interview with Real Clear Politics on Tuesday.  Gu, 18, is a U.S.-born Olympic skier who is currently a member of China's 2022 Winter Olympics team in Beijing. She was eligible to represent both countries but chose her mother's homeland.  Her father is American but Gu was raised by her Chinese mother and grandmother, speaking Mandarin much of the time while growing up. 'In terms of the citizenship, look, China or the U.S.? You have got to pick a side. Period,' Haley told the political news website.  'You've got to pick a side because you're either American or you're Chinese, and they are two very different countries. … Every athlete needs to know when they put their flag on,...
    (CNN)China and the United States could end up in a military conflict if the United States encourages Taiwan's independence, Beijing's ambassador to Washington said in a US radio interview broadcast on Friday.China considers the neighboring, democratically ruled island of Taiwan its "sacred" territory and has never renounced the use of force to ensure eventual unification."Let me emphasize this. The Taiwan issue is the biggest tinder-box between China and the United States," Qin Gang told National Public Radio."If the Taiwanese authorities, emboldened by the United States, keep going down the road for independence, it most likely (will) involve China and the United States, the two big countries, in a military conflict," he said.Asked to comment, the US Defense Department said the United States remained committed to its "one China" policy and its commitments under the US Taiwan Relations Act.Read MoreUnder the long-standing policy, Washington officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, while the act requires the United States to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself.Biden vows to protect Taiwan in event of Chinese attack"We will continue to assist Taiwan in...
    VIDEO2:2602:26China will not follow in U.S. footsteps and take over Afghanistan: Ex-ambassadorSquawk Box Asia China will tread cautiously in Afghanistan and its main goal would be to work with the Taliban on border security, a former U.S. ambassador to Beijing said Friday. The world's second-largest economy is one of the few countries that established friendly relations with the Taliban even before the militant group took over Afghanistan in a matter of days last month. "I expect that China will be very careful," Max Baucus, who was the U.S. ambassador to China between February 2014 and January 2017 under former President Barack Obama, said on CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." "They will not try to take over the country as other countries, including the U.S., have," he said, adding that China is worried about potential terror attacks within its borders or on Chinese targets in the region, carried out from Afghan soil.VIDEO9:3009:30What Taliban rule means for Afghanistan's economyCNBC Explains"Their major concern is East Turkestan. They are going to work with the Taliban to help make sure there's very little terrorism from Afghanistan,"...
    VIDEO2:3002:30Trump's China tariffs will stay in place 'for some time': Former U.S. ambassadorSquawk Box Asia U.S.-China relations are getting worse and have not "reset" under President Joe Biden in the way that many had previously expected, said Max Baucus, a former American ambassador to China. "The situation unfortunately is generally still deteriorating," Baucus told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Friday. "I think a lot of people thought with the election of Joe Biden, that might end the free fall, that might be the bottom and things would slowly come back to normal — but that has not really happened," he added. Tensions between the U.S. and China grew rapidly under former U.S. President Donald Trump, who slapped higher tariffs on Chinese goods and placed some Chinese companies on a blacklist that limit their business dealings in the U.S.  I don't think Xi Jinping wants war, he knows that if he tries to militarily invade Taiwan there's a big risk the United States will retaliate.Max Baucusformer U.S. ambassador to ChinaBaucus, who was appointed ambassador to China by President Barack Obama in...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Beijing does not have "high expectations" for upcoming talks with the United States in Alaska, China's ambassador to the US told reporters Wednesday, in what will be the first meeting of senior officials from both countries since US President Joe Biden took office.China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Thursday and Friday in Anchorage, Alaska. There is no public agenda for the event, but a spokesman for the US State Department said "a range of issues" would be discussed. "We will certainly not pull any punches in discussing our areas of disagreement," State Department spokesman Ned Price said on March 11.The summit follows a protracted deterioration in relations between Beijing and Washington under former US President Donald Trump, including the imposition of trade sanctions, mutual visa restrictions and technology bans.Speaking Wednesday in Alaska, Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to the US, said the Chinese government didn't "expect to solve all problems in one dialogue." Read More"We don't have high expectations...
    Zhang Ming, China’s ambassador to the European Union, likened Chinese “deradicalization centers” to detention camps in the United States and Europe. “Countries like the U.S., the U.K. and France have established deradicalization centers or correction centers,” Zhang said during a European Policy Centre webinar, adding that China’s camps were critical in fighting terrorism. “China’s measures are not entirely different from theirs.” China has established camps throughout Xinjiang, a mountainous region in the western part of the country home to its minority Uighur Muslim population. Hundreds of thousands of Uighurs have been put in camps, leading governments and organizations around the world to accuse the Chinese government of multiple human rights violations. The communist government has installed mass surveillance systems throughout across the region and in the camps and has been accused of forced sterilization on those detained there. In February, BBC reported that Uighur women were subject to rape and sexual abuse throughout the centers. The U.S. in January declared that China was committing genocide against the Uighurs, followed shortly by Canada who did the same. (RELATED: China Committing ‘Demographic Genocide’...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States must clearly define their policy boundaries and have an accurate understanding of each other's strategic intentions, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said on Monday. Cui, who made the comments during a forum in Beijing, said matters such as Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet are red line issues for Beijing. (Reporting by Gabriel Crossley, writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Himani Sarkar) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Taiwan, United States, Islam
    (Reuters) - China's ambassador to Myanmar said on Tuesday the current political situation was "absolutely not what China wants to see" and dismissed social media rumours of Chinese involvement in the Feb. 1 military coup as "completely nonsense". In an interview with local media posted on the Chinese embassy Facebook page, ambassador Chen Hai said China maintained "friendly relations" with both the army and the former ruling civilian government. While Western countries have strongly condemned the Feb. 1 coup, China has been more cautious - emphasising the importance of stability. China nonetheless agreed to a U.N. Security Council statement that called for the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other detainees and voiced concern over the state of emergency. Some of the protests against the coup that have drawn hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets in recent days have taken place outside the Chinese embassy in Yangon, with protesters accusing Beijing of supporting the military junta. The ambassador dismissed viral rumours on the internet of planes bringing in Chinese technical personnel and troops to Myanmar...
    LONDON (AP) — UK foreign minister says country has summoned the Chinese ambassador in London over the country’s actions in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    VIDEO2:4702:47India has to tread a 'fine line' with China relations, says former ambassadorStreet Signs Asia U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's "strong remarks" against China were needed to send a message to Beijing about its aggression, a former Indian diplomat told CNBC on Wednesday. Pompeo made his anti-China rhetoric comments while on a state visit to New Delhi, which saw the U.S. and India sign a new defense agreement. "Our leaders and our citizens see with increasing clarity that the CCP is no friend to democracy, the rule of law, transparency nor to freedom of navigation — the foundation of a free and open and prosperous Indo-Pacific," the U.S. secretary said in India, referring to the Chinese Communist Party. The U.S.-India defense and security partnership comes as India's relationship with China has deteriorated in recent months over tense border clashes that saw at least 20 Indian soldiers killed.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves after addressing a joint press briefing in the lawns of Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India.Money Sharma | AFP | Getty ImagesIndia has to tread a fine...
    BEIJING – The Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom has demanded that Twitter investigate after its ambassador's official account liked a pornographic post on the social media platform. A human rights advocate on Twitter posted a screenshot on Wednesday showing that Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming had liked the post. The embassy responded quickly, sharing a statement Wednesday night saying, “Recently, some anti-China elements viciously attacked Ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s Twitter account and employed despicable methods to deceive the public. The Embassy has reported this to Twitter company and urged the latter to make thorough investigations and handle this matter seriously." Twitter declined to comment on the incident. The ambassador's official Twitter account currently shows only two likes, both of which are the ambassador's own tweets. Like most popular overseas social media platforms, Twitter is blocked in China, while Chinese social media such as Weibo, China's version of Twitter, steer well clear of controversial topics to avoid repercussions from the authorities. However, Chinese officials, particularly in the foreign ministry, have recently taken to Twitter and other social media...
    BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom has demanded that Twitter investigate after its ambassador’s official account liked a pornographic post on the social media platform. A human rights advocate on Twitter posted a screenshot on Wednesday showing that Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming had liked the post. The embassy responded quickly, sharing a statement Wednesday night saying, “Recently, some anti-China elements viciously attacked Ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s Twitter account and employed despicable methods to deceive the public. The Embassy has reported this to Twitter company and urged the latter to make thorough investigations and handle this matter seriously.” Twitter declined to comment on the incident. The ambassador’s official Twitter account currently shows only two likes, both of which are the ambassador’s own tweets. Like most popular overseas social media platforms, Twitter is blocked in China, while Chinese social media such as Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, steer well clear of controversial topics to avoid repercussions from the authorities. However, Chinese officials, particularly in the foreign ministry, have recently taken to Twitter and other social...
    CHINA has claimed the UK is "dancing to USA's tune" on the Huawei ban from Britain's 5G network. The Communist country's ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming today claimed the move was a "dark day" for Britain in an interview that also saw him dismiss clips of shackled prisoners. 4Liu Xiaoming claimed the UK was "dancing to the tune of Americans" Appearing on the Andrew Marr show, Mr Liu suggested the UK's approach to China was actually being directed by the White House.    He said: “You have seen what happened between China and the United States. They sanctioned Chinese officials, we sanctioned their senators, their officials. “I do not want to see this tit for tat between China and the US happen in China and UK relations. “I think the UK should have its own independent foreign policy rather than to dance to the tune of Americans like what happened to Huawei.” Britain’s relationship with Beijing has come under increasing strain after telecoms company Huawei were banned from the UK 5G network and the UK government announced it would suspend an extradition...
    (CNN)China's Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, said America must make a "fundamental choice" about whether it can live peacefully with a "modernized, strong, prosperous" China. Cui spoke with CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an exclusive interview on Saturday, after a dizzying few days in the souring relationship between the US and China.Earlier this week, it emerged that the White House is reportedly considering banning members of the Chinese Communist Party from entering the US, and on Thursday the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused America of oppressing and bullying China. In response to claims by some in the West that under President Xi Jinping, China has become more assertive, expansionist and repressive power, Cui said "people have to fully recognize the realities of today's world.""We certainly have the legitimate right to build our country into a modernized, strong, prosperous country, like every other country in the world," the ambassador said. Read More"I think that the fundamental question for the United States is very simple," he said. "Is the United States ready or willing to live with another country with...
    LONDON (AP) — China’s ambassador to the U.K. has questioned whether Britain can offer a fair business environment following its decision to ban Huawei from taking part in the country’s high-speed wireless network. China’s ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, tweeted that the “disappointing and wrong’’ decision by the U.K. calls into question whether the country can be a safe place for international investors. “It has become questionable whether the U.K. can provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for companies from other countries,’’ Liu tweeted. Britain said it decided to prohibit Huawei from working on the so-called 5G wireless system after U.S. sanctions made it impossible to ensure the security of equipment made by the Chinese company. The U.S. and other critics of Huawei claim that the Chinese government could force Huawei to give it access to foreign networks it has helped build. Huawei denies this. The U.S. had also threatened to sever an intelligence-sharing arrangement with Britain because of concerns that Huawei’s involvement could allow the Chinese government to infiltrate U.K. networks. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights...
    LONDON (AP) — China’s ambassador to the U.K. has questioned whether Britain can offer a fair business environment following its decision to ban Huawei from taking part in the country’s high-speed wireless network. China’s ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, tweeted that the “disappointing and wrong’’ decision by the U.K. calls into question whether the country can be a safe place for international investors. “It has become questionable whether the U.K. can provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for companies from other countries,’’ Liu tweeted. Britain said it decided to prohibit Huawei from working on the so-called 5G wireless system after U.S. sanctions made it impossible to ensure the security of equipment made by the Chinese company. The U.S. and other critics of Huawei claim that the Chinese government could force Huawei to give it access to foreign networks it has helped build. Huawei denies this. The U.S. had also threatened to sever an intelligence-sharing arrangement with Britain because of concerns that Huawei’s involvement could allow the Chinese government to infiltrate U.K. networks. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press....
    VIDEO2:0302:03India's recent border clash with China a 'turning point' in the bilateral relationshipStreet Signs Asia The border clash between India and China that killed 20 Indian soldiers is going to be a "turning point" in bilateral relations between the two Asian giants, a former Indian ambassador to China told CNBC.  A "violent face-off" in the Himalayas occurred Monday last week along the border in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, where soldiers from India and China have been locked in a standoff since May. While India said both sides suffered casualties, China did not disclose how many of its soldiers died during the clash. The encounter sparked concern and soured public sentiment even as the two nuclear powers moved to deescalate tensions. "This is definitely a turning point in the bilateral relations, but I wouldn't call it a breaking point," said Nirupama Rao, who served as India's ambassador to China between 2006 to 2009.  Speaking to CNBC's "Street Signs" on Wednesday, she said there were indications that both countries had a constructive discussion and attempted to disengage from the disputed areas. Still, she said,...
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