U.S. expresses concerns about possible pact between China and Solomon

China 04/15/22, 23:37

The Pentagon said on Thursday, April 14, that the possible security agreement between China and Solomon Islands leaves the opportunity for the Chinese military to deploy its troops to the Pacific nation. South China Morning Post reported that Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told a press conference, “We believe that signing such ...

Top US lawmakers arrive in Taiwan on unannounced trip

U.S. 04/15/22, 22:41

A group of six bipartisan U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Thursday, April 14, for an unannounced visit. Reuters commented that this trip is "in a show of support to the island in the face of Chinese pressure." In recent years, China has frequently deployed fighter jets into Taiwan's Air defense ...

Australia asks Solomon Islands not to sign China’s security deal

Australia & Oceania 04/15/22, 01:04

An Australian Minister met with the Solomon Islands' Prime Minister on Wednesday, April 13, asking the Pacific island not to sign a proposed security deal with China. The meeting occurred between Zed Seselja, Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific, and Manasseh Sogavare, Solomon Islands' Prime Minister. In a statement following ...

Taiwan speeds up defense systems of islets close to mainland China

China 04/15/22, 00:55

Taiwan will strengthen the defense ability of its two outlying islands close to mainland China ahead of schedule to dissuade a potential Chinese invasion. Taiwan has purchased six sets of the short-range weapons systems to be in part deployed on Lienchiang County’s Dongyin Island and Kinmen County’s Wuchiu Island Dongyin is less ...

China and Russia threaten U.S. space security capabilities, DIA report

Tech 04/15/22, 00:52

A newly released report from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) showed that China and Russia have been developing anti-satellite weapons that could pose a risk to the space assets of the U.S. and its allies. The report also pointed out that Chinese and Russian space expansion has grown significantly in ...

Keep China away, India sends extra aid to Sri Lanka

Economy 04/15/22, 00:47

Sri Lanka stated on April 12 that it would suspend its $51 billion in foreign debt, the country's worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. The government has asked close countries like China and India for financial support. As India strives to reclaim ground lost to China in recent years, ...

China’s anti-corruption body participates in probe of Jack Ma-led Ant Group

Insights 04/14/22, 23:57

Bloomberg News on Wednesday, April 13, reported that Beijing’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) has been taking part in the probe of Jack Ma’s fintech empire Ant Group and its connection with state-owned firms. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report said the anti-corruption watchdog was inspecting Ant’s influence ...

China’s crude oil imports continue to fall in March

Economy 04/14/22, 22:26

In March, China's crude oil imports dropped for a third consecutive month as major state-run refineries were under maintenance and independent refiners limited purchases due to their shrinking margin.  Reuters, citing data from the General Administration of Customs, reported on Wednesday, April 13, that China imported 42.71 million tons of crude ...

China deploys another batch of weapons to Serbia amid heated concerns

China 04/13/22, 22:54

China delivers a sophisticated anti-aircraft system in a veiled operation to Serbia this weekend, with a total of 12 transport planes provided in two batches. The events occur amid Western concerns that an arms buildup in the Balkans during the heated time of the Russia-Ukraine war could jeopardize the peace in ...

Huawei considers retreat from Russia amid sanction risks

Insights 04/13/22, 22:47

According to Forbes Russia, Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Corporation has furloughed some local employees after suspending new contracts with operators. The publication citing sources reported that a portion of Huawei’s workforce in the Moscow office was put on a leave of absence for at least a month in April. The company ...

U.S. orders Consulate staff to leave Shanghai rather than voluntary departure

China 04/13/22, 22:30

The U.S. State Department, on Tuesday, April 12, ordered the departure of all non-emergency Consulate staff and their families from Shanghai, citing the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the city. A U.S. statement published by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China Tuesday said, "The movement from 'authorized' to 'ordered' departure means ...