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China's desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince's visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s desire to develop close ties with Iran will remain unchanged, regardless of the international situation, President Xi Jinping told the speaker of Iran’s parliament, ahead of Thursday’s visit to Beijing by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.

REUTERS

Chinese jet shows off U.S. tech

China’s internet for many years provided a wealth of information on the People’s Liberation Army, often showing off new weapons and arms technologies before they were made officially public by the secretive PLA.

WASHINGTON TIMES

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will run for re-election in 2020

Taipei (CNN)Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says she will run for re-election as the island's leader in 2020, despite her flagging popularity and growing hostility from Beijing. Tsai revealed her plans Tuesday in an exclusive interview with CNN's Matt Rivers while aboard her presidential plane, saying

CNN

Former top Chinese general sentenced to life for corruption

BEIJING — A former top Chinese general has been given a life sentence for taking and distributing bribes and possessing a large amount of property whose origins he could not account for.

NAVY TIMES

Chinese, Iranian hackers escalate cyberattacks against US entities: report

Iran and China have been carrying out increasingly more aggressive cyberattacks in recent months, The New York Times reported Monday. Dozens of U.S. entities — including banks, businesses and government agencies — have been targeted in what experts have attributed as an Iranian hacking campaign, mul

THE HILL

Top US and Chinese trade negotiators will face off at the White House

(CNN)President Donald Trump's top negotiators will press hard in this week's talks with their Chinese counterparts to close gaps on issues spanning everything from currency manipulation to halting Beijing's practice of forcing American companies to give up their technology in exchange for market acc

CNN

North Korea's Kim to travel to Vietnam by train, summit at Government Guesthouse: sources

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam is preparing for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to arrive by train for his summit in Hanoi next week with U.S. President Donald Trump, two sources with direct knowledge of security and logistics planning told Reuters on Wednesday.

REUTERS

Asia shares rally to four-and-a-half month peak on hopes of U.S.-China trade deal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks advanced to 4-1/2-month highs on Wednesday as investors bet that Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators would be able to secure a deal to de-escalate their year-long tariff war.

REUTERS

In Beijing, a Communist Funeral for an Inconvenient Critic

BEIJING — While alive, Li Rui was a decades-long headache for China’s ruling Communists — a former aide to Mao Zedong who became an obdurate, sharp-tongued critic of the party. And the controversy did not stop in death, even for his funeral.

NEW YORK TIMES

'Not a Magical Date:' Trump's Leeway on China Tariffs Deadline Undermines His Top Trade Official

U.S. trade officials have threatened to enact tariffs on China on March 1, barring a deal between the two economic powers. Now U.S. President Donald Trump has reiterated that the deadline is squishy. It’s “not a magical date,” he told reporters on Tuesday, in a statement that undercuts the stance of

FORTUNE

Pakistan says Saudi crown prince orders 2,100 Pakistani prisoners released

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the release of about 2,100 Pakistani prisoners from the kingdom’s jails during a high-profile visit to Islamabad, Pakistan’s information minister said on Monday.

REUTERS

Trump seeks new momentum with pivot to foreign policy

President Trump , who has been embroiled in one of the most difficult stretches of his presidency, has a chance to win some positive headlines and build some new momentum in the coming weeks on foreign policy.

THE HILL

Manchester City's owners buy stake in third-tier Chinese soccer club

City Football Group (CFG) buys majority stake in Chinese third division team. Tencent-backed robotics company UBTECH and China Sports Capital have jointly purchased the remaining 13 per cent in Sichuan Jiuniu FC.

CNBC

It's looking like a US-China trade deal is near — and Beijing will get everything it wanted

The U.S.-China trade dispute appears to be ending: Signals are pointing to a done deal. Based on those signs, China will continue to run large trade surpluses with the U.S., and it will never accept Washington-imposed reforms of its trade and industry.

CNBC

The Chinese Military Speaks to Itself, Revealing Doubts

Editor’s Note: This article is based on longer testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on February 7, 2019. A large body of evidence in China’s official military and party media indicates the nation’s senior civilian and uniformed leaders recognize significant s

WARONTHEROCKS.COM

China’s Xi Jinping is growing impatient with Taiwan, adding to tensions with U.S.

As Taiwan prepares for a presidential election less than a year from now, it looks increasingly likely that the island democracy risks replaying its traditional role as a flash point in U.S.-China relations.

WASHINGTON POST

Saudi crown prince begins Asia tour in Pakistan amid India tensions

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday kicked off his tour of South Asia and China with a high-profile visit to Pakistan, but the trip risks being overshadowed by escalating tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

REUTERS

Daughter of ex-Mao secretary boycotts Communist-led memorial

BEIJING — The daughter of a Chinese Communist Party veteran boycotted his funeral Wednesday, calling it an improper tribute to a man who once worked for Mao Zedong but later became a fierce critic of the regime.

MEADOWLAKENOW.COM

New Zealand will conduct own assessment of Huawei equipment risk

New Zealand's spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, in November stopped telecommunications company Spark from using Huawei 5G equipment, citing significant national security risks.

CLICKLANCASHIRE.COM

China Brief Early Warning: Xi Jinping Warns Against the “Black Swans” and “Gray Rhinos” of a Possible Color Revolution

During the Lunar New Year holidays, political circles in Beijing were abuzz with this question: “Who, or what, are ‘black swans’ and ‘gray rhinos’?” This followed a major speech given by President and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping at the Central Party School (CPS) last m

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