US envoy chides China in talk with Taiwan leader

Washington’s envoy to the United Nations held a virtual talk with Taiwan’s president on Thursday after her visit to the island was scrapped in a diplomatic volte-face during the chaotic last days of the Trump administration. Ambassador Kelly Craft praised Taiwan’s success in fighting the coronavirus while criticising China for blocking the island from global […]

EU gets vaccine boost as WHO dampens hope of herd immunity

The European Union started the approval process for its third vaccine on Tuesday after WHO scientists warned that herd immunity from coronavirus was unlikely this year even with mass inoculation schemes. The 27-nation EU — under fire for lengthy approval processes and slow national rollouts of drugs — promised an “accelerated timeline” after confirming drug […]

Trump releases documents swearing it was China who paid bounties on American soldiers — not Russia

When bounties were put on American soldiers’ heads in Afghanistan, intelligence officials suspected that it was Russia of paying militants. The information was based on U.S. intelligence officials who saw “large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account,” the New York Times report stated in July. […]

Chinese intelligence operative had sex with midwestern mayors — and the FBI caught it on wires: report

Axios on Monday published a bombshell report on a suspected information gathering operation by a foreign government. “A suspected Chinese intelligence operative developed extensive ties with local and national politicians, including a U.S. congressman, in what U.S. officials believe was a political intelligence operation run by China’s main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015, […]

Deadline looms to sell US TikTok platform

Prospects for popular shortform video app TikTok remained unclear Friday, the Trump administration’s latest deadline on China’s ByteDance to sell the US TikTok platform. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on November 25 pushed back the deadline by seven days to resolve the issue, which centers on White House threats to ban […]

US intel chief: China ‘greatest threat to democracy worldwide’

The US intelligence chief on Thursday branded China as “the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War II,” as Washington clamped down hard on travel visas for members of the Chinese Communist Party. US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, writing in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, pointed to China’s theft […]

Trump doesn’t drink — but the vintner-in-chief is now playing in China’s trade war with Australia over wine

The leader of the free world owns a winery outside of Charlottesville, Virginia — even though he does not drink. Whatever motivates his appreciation for vino, however, it is apparently on his mind during the final days of his administration. While the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis have largely been ignored as Trump pushes his […]

Almost a million people inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccine: firm

Nearly a million people have taken an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese company Sinopharm, the firm said, although it has not yet provided any clear clinical evidence of efficacy. China has been giving experimental Covid-19 vaccines to people including state employees, international students and essential workers heading abroad since July. “We have not received […]

Bolsonaro beams as Putin praises his ‘masculinity’

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was beaming Wednesday after his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin praised his “masculinity” in a speech, triggering a flood of jokes online about a budding “bromance.” Putin lavished praise on Bolsonaro Tuesday in an address to a virtual summit of the BRICS group of emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South […]

Biden must keep his word to end Trump’s nightmare policies toward Haiti and its people

President-elect Joe Biden is inheriting a world of trouble. The Middle East is a persistent security hotspot. China seeks to be the center of the economic universe. In addition, European allies, rebuffed and insulted by the outgoing Trump administration must be assured that the United States, once again, has their backs.Closer to home, Venezuelan dictator […]

Trump election loss robs Taiwan of a powerful and belligerent friend

Donald Trump’s departure from the White House will leave many US allies breathing easier, but his fiery anti-China rhetoric will be missed by many in Taiwan. Over the last four years, Trump’s unpredictability and often confrontational attitude towards China over trade, the coronavirus and Hong Kong have earned him fans in self-ruled Taiwan, which has […]

Beijing slams US for arresting Chinese ‘Fox Hunt’ agents

Relations between China and the United States are at their lowest point in years, with bitter clashes over trade, tech, the coronavirus pandemic and human rights Beijing (AFP) – China accused the United States Thursday of “ignoring basic facts” after five Chinese agents were arrested by Washington for allegedly going after Beijing’s opponents on American […]

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China and Vatican renew historic deal on bishops

A secretive 2018 agreement between Beijing and the Vatican was renewed Thursday, despite strident US condemnation and warnings from underground Chinese priests loyal to Rome that they have only become more marginalised since it was signed. The deal allows both Beijing and the Holy See a say in appointing bishops in an attempt to close […]

FBI rebuts unfounded Trump claim of rigged election — Iran was behind Proud Boy emails to Florida Dems

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced Wednesday evening that the FBI has determined that Iran was behind the voter suppression emails sent to Democrats in Florida. Speaking at an announcement from the headquarters, Ratcliffe blamed Iran and Russia for being involved in fraudulent election interactions. Unlike GOP accusations in the past, China and Ukraine […]