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Saudi crown prince to visit China

Bejing - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit China next week, Beijing's foreign ministry said on Friday, as part of a swing through Asia in which the monarch is expected to sign an investment package with cash-strapped Pakistan.

Venezuela: Another black eye for Chinese economic diplomacy

Bejing - China and Venezuela seemed like natural bedfellows: one is the planet's top crude-oil importer and the other possesses the world's largest reserves.

US and China seek deal to prevent trade-war escalation

Bejing - US and Chinese negotiators on Thursday kicked off two days of high-level talks that President Donald Trump says could decide whether he escalates the bruising tariff battle between the world's two biggest economies.

US-China trade talks set to open in Beijing

Bejing - US and Chinese negotiators are set to kick off two days of official trade talks in Beijing Thursday as the world's top two economies try to patch up their festering economic dispute.

Tourists at upmarket Chinese ski resort hit by novovirus

Bejing - Dozens of tourists celebrating the lunar new year at an upmarket ski resort in northeastern China have been struck down by novovirus, the winter vomiting bug, the tour operator admitted.

China's Xi to meet top US trade officials: report

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to meet with top US officials in Beijing this week, a report said Wednesday, as the world's two biggest economies rush to patch up their trade differences before a looming deadline.

Families of missing Uighurs demand 'proof of life' videos from China

Bejing - Ethnic Uighurs have launched a global campaign to press China for video proof that their missing relatives are alive, turning the tables on Beijing's use of video to counter claims that a renowned Uighur had died in custody.

Op-Ed: NASA — Greenhouse Effect greening China and India

Sydney - One unanticipated but pretty obvious effect of greenhouse gases and heat is to grow a lot of plants. Extra CO2, for example, promotes flowering. The main areas where this is happening turn out to be India and China.

Mnuchin in Beijing for crunch US-China trade talks

Bejing - US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was "looking forward" to crunch negotiations with China as he emerged in Beijing on Tuesday with global attention focused on whether the two sides can reach a trade deal.

Banned Chinese billionaire calls Australia 'a giant baby'

Bejing - A Chinese billionaire barred from Australia on suspicions he is part of a Communist Party influence campaign has lashed out at Canberra, calling it a "giant baby" that hasn't found its place in international politics.

Op-Ed: Russia to unplug from the internet — Good move, perhaps

Moscow - Russia is regularly accused of cyberespionage, denial of service attacks and most of the lexicon of cyber warfare. Now, Russia plans to disconnect from the internet in a security move. It may well be the new reality for a new cyber Cold War.

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Bejing - China hit back on Monday at Turkish criticism over its treatment of Uighurs and denied Ankara's claim that a renowned poet from the Muslim minority had died in custody, calling it an "absurd lie".

US team in Beijing for trade talks after IMF 'storm' warning

Bejing - US negotiators met with their Chinese counterparts in Beijing Monday for a new round of high-stakes trade talks, hoping to reach a deal before the March 1 deadline set by Donald Trump as the IMF warned of a possible global economic "storm".

US team in Beijing for trade talks

Bejing - US negotiators were in Beijing on Monday for another round of talks on a trade deal with the clock ticking towards a March 1 deadline set by President Donald Trump.

China entertainment endures 'bitter winter' after crackdowns

Dongyang Shi - Chinese film and television are reeling from what industry insiders call a "bitterly cold winter" of sharper government scrutiny that is expected to lead to more Communist Party-friendly content.

Op-Ed: OPEC hits a wall — NOPEC antitrust law heading for a vote?

Washington - OPEC isn’t the invulnerable colossus of the past any more. The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed the NOPEC bill, which is now up and running as a serious legislative proposition.

Op-Ed: Kitsch gets rich? Spotify moves into podcasts

New York - Irritating media company Spotify, the last word in monetizing everything, has moved in to podcasting, projecting big revenue. This may be just another corporate neurosis in a market which waddles from kitsch to cute, fun and fascinating.

Op-Ed: China vs Taiwan heating up with a song and firepower

Beijing - The Year of the Pig has started with an exchange of pleasantries between China and Taiwan. China sent Taiwan a “reunification” message, and a song written by a fighter pilot. Taiwan replied with a message, “We Are Ready”, and a show of firepower.

China disciplines 80 officials linked to major vaccine scandal

Bejing - China's corruption watchdog on Saturday said it had disciplined more than 80 officials linked to a vaccine scandal last year that inflamed public fears over the safety of domestically produced drugs.

China opposes US withdrawal from INF

Bejing - China on Saturday said it opposes the US decision to withdraw from a landmark Cold War nuclear missile treaty and urged Washington and Russia to hold "constructive" discussions.
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