China’s Economy Ends a Tough Year as Growth Slows Friday, December 21st, 2018

A surprising thing happened to China this year on the way to reforms as U.S. tariffs unsettled the economy and plans to control debt. At the end of 2017, President Xi Jinping said 2018 would be crucial for the "three tough battles" against financial risk, poverty, and pollution. It was to be the..

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Tibet Reciprocity Act Passes in the US Congress Thursday, December 13th, 2018

By Richard Finney, WASHINGTON, (RFA): In a strong show of bipartisan support, the U.S. Congress on Dec. 11 passed legislation demanding access to Tibet for American journalists and diplomats now routinely denied entry by Chinese authorities to the Beijing-ruled Himalayan region. The Reciprocal..

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China, US discuss plans for trade talks Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

By JOE McDONALD, BEIJING (AP) — China’s economy czar and U.S. trade envoys discussed plans for talks on a tariff battle, the government said Tuesday, indicating negotiations are going ahead despite tension over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive. Vice Premier Liu He talked by phone with..

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China blasts ‘inhumane’ treatment of Huawei executive Monday, December 10th, 2018

BEIJING, (AFP) - China on Monday protested Canada's "inhumane" treatment of an executive of telecom giant Huawei who is being held on a US extradition bid, citing reports she was not getting sufficient medical care. Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, has filed court papers in..

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Thousands of Myanmar women forced into marriage in China: study Friday, December 7th, 2018

BANGKOK, (AFP) - Thousands of vulnerable women and girls from northern Myanmar are being trafficked to China and forced to marry, a study said Friday, offering a rare look at an issue that grips the conflict-hit borderlands. China has around 33 million fewer women than men due to the decades-long..

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China promises action on US trade deal but gives no details Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

BEIJING, (AP) - China has issued an upbeat but vague promise to carry out a tariff cease-fire with Washington but gave no details that might help dispel confusion about what Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump agreed to in Argentina. China has yet to confirm Trump's claim Beijing promised to..

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China’s Bubbles Buoy Economy as Risks Loom Monday, December 3rd, 2018

China's steel production hit an all-time high in October as manufacturers pumped up output in what may be a bubble in the country's slowing economy. Despite international concerns about excessive production and U.S. tariffs on its exports, China set a monthly record of 82.55 million metric tons of..

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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..