July 17, 2019

Trade war reflects US fear of China’s state-led economic model, says member of Beijing’s political elite

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By Frank Tang From South China Morning Post Kong Dan, the former chairman of the state-owned Citic Group and Everbright Bank, urges Beijing to stick to its development path over adopting a western model Speech at Moganshan Research Institute comes at a time when US and Chinese negotiators are said to be near an agreement […]

Beijing ‘won’t allow Taiwan reunification to be postponed indefinitely’

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By Minnie Chan From South China Morning Post Cai Peihui, representing self-ruled island at legislative session, also says mainland will not hesitate to ‘liberate’ Taiwan if it declares independence Another delegate, Huang Zhixian, tells panel independence-leaning parties ‘are not qualified’ to talk to Beijing about ‘one country, two systems’ Beijing will not put off reunification […]

China counts on tax cuts to buoy business in tough economic times ahead

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By Jane Cai From South China Morning Post As growth slows and the trade war bites, Beijing aims to reduce levies on key sectors such as manufacturing to keep people employed and ensure social stability Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered a sombre outlook for the year ahead but offered hope in the form of cuts […]

Chinese FM urges closer ties with Caribbean countries

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From Xinhua BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for closer ties with Caribbean countries on Thursday. Wang made the remarks when meeting with representatives from Caribbean countries that have diplomatic ties with China. Wang said China and the Caribbean countries had fostered a paradigm of relations of […]

Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He handed greater clout for Washington talks in bid to end trade war

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By Teddy Ng, Kinling Lo From South China Morning Post Xi Jinping delegates authority to Liu through special envoy status to show Beijing means business as fresh talks begin Possible memorandum of understanding to be discussed as clock ticks towards March 1, when tariff truce ends China’s Vice-Premier Liu He will hold talks with top […]

Where? When? How? China and United States at odds over right place and time for next Xi-Trump summit

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By Laura Zhou Zhou Xin From South China Morning Post Beijing has suggested the next China-US summit take place on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan next month, following suggestions from the White House that US President Donald Trump is eager to meet with his counterpart, Xi Jinping, sooner than later. “He wants to meet […]

China continues 5G push despite economic slowdown and Huawei setbacks

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By Rita Liso From TechCrunch China will fast-track the issuance of commercial licenses for 5G as part of a national plan to boost consumer spending, said anotice published this week by the National Development and Reform Commission. The move appears to be multifaceted, for 5G plays a key role in China’s bid to lead the global […]

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: be ready for battle

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By Mimi Lau From South China Morning Post Armed forces must be ready for a ‘comprehensive military struggle from a new starting point’, leader says Central Military Commission issues new guidelines to boost morale based on greater empathy and merit-based promotions Xi’s speech was made at a meeting of top officials from the Central Military […]

Top Chinese and US envoys discuss next step in trade war talks

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By kinting Lo From South China Morning Post High-level contact suggests both countries keen to keep up momentum despite arrest of Huawei executive Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, analyst says Top Chinese and US trade negotiators have discussed plans for renewed trade talks, the first time senior officials from both countries have had official contact since the […]

China confident it can clinch US trade deal as Trump demands ‘Real Deal’

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From Newsmax China expressed confidence on Wednesday that it can reach a trade deal with the United States, despite fresh warnings from President Donald Trump that he would revert to more tariffs if the two sides cannot resolve their differences.The remarks by the Chinese Commerce Ministry follow a period of relative quiet from Beijing after […]