US says it won't send government officials to the 2022 Winter Olympics due to China's human rights "atrocities," as Beijing pledges "countermeasures" against any diplomatic boycott.
US President Joe Biden raised concerns about Beijing’s practices in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and China’s Xi Jinping warned of Taiwan “red line,” but both sides described the meeting as frank and direct.
Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi warned of the dangers of US support for the 'Taiwan independence' after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised concerns over Beijing's pressure on Taipei.
The two leaders are expected to meet to dial back tensions after a rough start to the US-China relationship since Biden took office earlier this year.
Beijing could have 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027 and could top 1,000 by 2030, an arsenal two-and-a-half times the size of what the Pentagon predicted only a year ago.
Chinese President Xi Jinping tells his American counterpart Biden that US policies towards Beijing have caused "serious difficulties" and that putting ties back on track was critical "to the destiny of the world."
Top diplomats Antony Blinken and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pledge to stretch their multilateral security partnership, underscoring deepening of ties between both countries concerned over China's growing influence in the region.
William Burns, one of the most experienced American diplomats, may look to intensify the agency’s focus on China - the biggest threat to the US global domination.
Exports spiked 60.6 percent on-year in the January-February period, well above analysts' expectations, while imports rose 22.2 percent, with electronics and textile exports such as masks contributed to the spike in outbound shipments.
China ordered the closure of the facility on Friday after Washington last week gave China 72 hours to vacate its consulate in Houston.
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