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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin attends a news conference in Beijing, China December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas PeterSHANGHAI, Nov 8 (Reuters) - China on Monday labelled the charges against a Chinese citizen convicted in the United States of stealing trade secrets as "pure fabrication". "The allegation is pure fabrication," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing. Going back as far as 2013, Xu was accused of using multiple aliases to carry out economic espionage and steal trade secrets on behalf of China. Multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies, including GE Aviation, a unit of General Electric Co, were his targets, the release said.
Persons: Wang Wenbin, Thomas Peter SHANGHAI, Xu Yanjun, Xu, Josh Horwitz, Nick Macfie Organizations: Foreign Ministry, REUTERS, U.S . Justice, GE Aviation, General Electric Co, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, United States, U.S
BEIJING — Satellite images show China has built mock-ups of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and destroyer in its northwestern desert, possibly as practice for a future naval clash as tensions rise between the nations. China has upgraded its military massively in recent years, and its capability and intentions are increasingly concerning to the United States as tensions rise over the South China Sea, Taiwan and military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific. Naval Institute said on its website that the mock-ups of U.S. ships were part of a new target range developed by the People's Liberation Army. China's People's Liberation Army's "evolving capabilities and concepts continue to strengthen (China’s) ability to ‘fight and win wars’ against a ‘strong enemy’ — a likely euphemism for the United States,” the report said. China's navy and coast guard are also boosting their numbers of vessels at a record pace, concentrating them in the South China Sea, the strategic waterway that China claims virtually in its entirety.
Persons: Maxar, USNI, Wang Wenbin, “ I’m, China's, Mark Milley Organizations: U.S . Navy, Technologies, U.S . Naval, People's Liberation Army, Foreign Ministry, Pentagon, Maxar Technologies, Reuters, Beijing, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Soviet Union of Locations: BEIJING, China, United States, South China Sea, Taiwan, Colorado, U.S, Xinjiang, Beijing, Washington, Ruoqiang, Reuters U.S, South China, Persian, Soviet Union
Satellite images show China built mock-ups of U.S. warships
  + stars: | 2021-11-08 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +2 min
Satellite images show China has built mock-ups of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and destroyer in its northwestern desert, possibly for practice for a future naval clash as tensions rise between the nations. China has massively upgraded its military in recent years, and its capability and intentions are increasingly concerning to the United States as tensions rise over the South China Sea, Taiwan and military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific. The images captured by Colorado-based satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies dated Sunday show the outlines of a U.S. aircraft carrier and at least one destroyer sitting on a railway track. Naval Institute said on its website that the mock-ups of U.S. ships were part of a new target range developed by the People's Liberation Army. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing Monday that he had no information about the images, saying, "I'm not aware of the situation you mentioned."
Persons: Maxar, USNI, Wang Wenbin Organizations: U.S . Navy, Technologies, U.S . Naval, People's Liberation Army, Foreign Ministry Locations: China, United States, South China Sea, Taiwan, Colorado, U.S, Xinjiang, Beijing, Washington
On Tuesday night, a long message detailing the allegations was posted on the verified Weibo social media account of professional tennis player Peng Shuai, 35. Zhang is one of the most senior officials in the Chinese Communist Party in recent years, and as such his contact details are not publicly available, so he could not be contacted directly. The Chinese Tennis Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Zhang, who is 75 or 76, served as China’s senior vice premier from 2013 to 2018 and was a member of its top leadership, the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, during that time. It places severe limits on freedom of speech, especially when it comes to criticism of the Communist Party and its senior officials.
Persons: Peng Shuai, Bill Bishop, Peng, Zhang Gaoli, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Alexei Druzhinin, Zhang, Wang Wenbin, , , ” Bishop, Harvey Weinstein, , ” Lü, Zhu Jun Organizations: Communist Party, NBC News, NBC, Sputnik, State Council, Chinese Communist Party, Chinese Tennis Association, Foreign, Twitter, watchdogs, Hollywood, Activists Locations: China, Weibo, Beijing, New Jersey, China’s
Members of the crew sit at the controls aboard the Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter in 2005. A history of submarine groundingsThe USS Connecticut isn't the first US Navy sub to be involved in an underwater collision. The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia departs Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in 2015. The USS Connecticut was commissioned in Groton, Connecticut on December 11, 1998. The US has not revealed any of those details, but when it comes to the South China Sea, Washington's policy is consistent.
Persons: Cameron Aljilani, Cmdr, Patrick Cashin, Cory Rodgers, Adm, Karl Thomas, Thomas Shugart, Jimmy Carter, Shugart, David Sandwell, It's, Sandwell, watchteams, Alessio Patalano, Arleigh Burke, it's, John S, McCain, Wang Wenbin, Zhao Lijian, Hayley Sims, Sims, Cindy Fields, Wang Organizations: CNN, United States Navy, US Navy, Navy, Pentagon, Fleet, Center, New, New American Security, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USS, Naval Submarine Base, USS Hartford, NATO, US, King's College, General Dynamics, Royal Australian Navy, South China, Foreign Ministry, Washington, Submarine Force, US Pacific Fleet, Xinhua Locations: Hong Kong, USS Connecticut, Pacific, Connecticut, Guam, South, New American, China, California, Indo, South China, Sandwell, San Francisco, Apra Harbor, USS San Francisco, Los Angeles, USS Georgia, an Ohio, Kings Bay , Georgia, The Ohio, Georgia, Bay, Spain, London, Virginia, Groton , Connecticut, Beijing, Washington, United States, United Kingdom, Hawaii, Bremerton , Washington
EDINBURGH, Scotland — As President Joe Biden attended a pair of global summits in Europe in the last few days, he sought to leverage the absence of one superpower — China — to reassert U.S. leadership on the global stage. Come on,” Biden said in his closing news conference in Glasgow Tuesday, just days after faulting China for its absence in Rome, as well. Calling Xi's no-show a “big mistake,” Biden maintained that China's absence had not gone unnoticed. Xi, China’s president since 2013, has not left the country in nearly two years, since before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. If Xi’s absence was felt in Rome and Glasgow, it was barely acknowledged by China’s government, at least publicly.
Persons: Joe Biden, China —, Biden, Xi Jinping, ” Biden, , we've, Vladimir Putin, he’s, , It’s, Trump, Gina Raimondo, ” Sen, Sherrod Brown, Biden's, ” Brown, ” Xi, Xi, Wang Wenbin, Xi Jinping's, Wang, Derek Scissors, “ It's, Xi Jinping’s, Organizations: U.S, Biden, European Union, China ., EU, Conference of, , Glasgow, United Nations General Assembly, White House, American Enterprise Institute Locations: EDINBURGH, Scotland, Europe, China, Italy, Glasgow, Rome, United States, Russia, Ohio, , Beijing, Africa, Latin America, Asia, The U.S, Ghana, Senegal, West Africa, Washington, U.S
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday that President Xi Jinping was not given an opportunity to deliver a video address to the COP26 climate talks www.reuters.com/business/cop in Scotland and had to send a written response instead. FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a meeting commemorating the 110th anniversary of Xinhai Revolution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 9, 2021. “As I understand it, the conference organisers did not provide the video link method,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters at a regular briefing. “You can’t ask China to cut coal production on the one hand, while at the same time imposing sanctions on Chinese photovoltaic enterprises,” Wang said on Tuesday. Washington’s attitude towards China has made it “impossible for China to see any potential to have fair negotiation amid the tensions”, the paper said.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Xi, Wang Wenbin, Wang Yi, John Kerry, ” Wang Organizations: of, People, REUTERS, United Nations, Global Times, Communist Party Locations: BEIJING, China, Scotland, Beijing, Britain, Glasgow, Paris, United States, U.S, Xinjiang
(Corrects paragraph 11 to clarify that the Wang quoted is foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, not senior diplomat Wang Yi)BEIJING, Nov 2 (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday that President Xi Jinping was not given an opportunity to deliver a video address to the COP26 climate talks www.reuters.com/business/cop in Scotland and had to send a written response instead. “As I understand it, the conference organisers did not provide the video link method,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters at a regular briefing. China rejects western claims of human rights abuses in the northwestern region of the country. “You can’t ask China to cut coal production on the one hand, while at the same time imposing sanctions on Chinese photovoltaic enterprises,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang said on Tuesday. Washington’s attitude towards China has made it “impossible for China to see any potential to have fair negotiation amid the tensions”, the paper said.
Persons: Wang, Wang Wenbin, Wang Yi, Xi Jinping, Xi, John Kerry Organizations: United Nations, Global Times, Communist Party Locations: BEIJING, China, Scotland, Britain, Glasgow, Paris, Beijing, United States, U.S, Xinjiang
Boston Celtics' Enes Kanter is once again lobbying an attack at Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling him an "insecure tyrant" who should not be allowed to host the 2022 Olympic Games. "The genocidal Chinese government and the insecure tyrant behind it all XI JINPING must not be allowed to host the upcoming Winter Olympics. In his post, Kanter included four images of blue sneakers with red paint dripping down the side, apparently to resemble blood. Last week, Kanter posted a video calling Jinping a "brutal dictator" and voiced support for Tibet's independence. The Turkish government has revoked Kanter’s passport and issued warrants for his arrest on charges including defamation and terrorism.
Persons: Enes Kanter, Xi Jinping, Kanter, Jinping, , , Tibet’s, Dalai Lama, Wang Wenbin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Organizations: Boston Celtics, NBA, Tibet, Celtics, Foreign Ministry, Turkish Locations: Tibet, Dalai, China, Weibo, Switzerland, Turkish, Turkey
Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a Lanting Forum with the theme "China and the UN: Cooperation in 50 Years and Beyond”, in Beijing, China June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu WangBEIJING, Oct 25 (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Monday that Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi will meet a delegation of the interim Afghan Taliban government during his visit to Qatar on Oct. 25-26. The two sides will exchange views on the situation in Afghanistan and topics of "common concern", said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, speaking at a regular news briefing in Beijing. The month before, a Taliban delegation had met Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin. Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Writing by Ryan Woo; Editing by Giles Elgood, William MacleanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Wang Yi, Tingshu Wang, Wang Wenbin, Gabriel Crossley, Ryan Woo, Giles Elgood, William Maclean Organizations: UN, Cooperation, REUTERS, Taliban, Turkestan Islamic Movement, Thomson Locations: China, Beijing, Tingshu Wang BEIJING, Qatar, Afghanistan, United States, Tianjin, Turkestan, Xinjiang
China urges U.S. to avoid sending wrong signals on Taiwan
  + stars: | 2021-10-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin speaks during a news conference in Beijing, China December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas PeterBEIJING, Oct 22 (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry urged the United States on Friday to avoid sending any wrong signals to proponents of Taiwanese independence, after President Joe Biden said the United States would come to the Chinese-claimed island's defence. China has no room for concessions when it comes to its core interests, ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a daily news briefing in Beijing. Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Writing by Ben Blanchard; editing by John StonestreetOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Wang Wenbin, Thomas Peter BEIJING, Joe Biden, Gabriel Crossley, Ben Blanchard, John Stonestreet Organizations: Foreign Ministry, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, United States
Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attends a news conference for foreign journalists in Taipei, Taiwan April 7, 2021. Asked if China will make steps against the Czechs and Slovaks, he said China "will take proper and necessary measures to firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. China is already in a dispute with Lithuania after it agreed with Taiwan to open de facto embassies in each other's capitals. China has ramped up its military and diplomatic pressure against Taiwan to force it to accept Chinese sovereignty. Taiwan says it is an independent country with a right to be treated as such internationally, and that it will defend itself from China if attacked.
Persons: Joseph Wu, Ann Wang, Milos Vystrcil, Zdenek Hrib, Wang Wenbin, Wang, Wu, Gabriel Crossley, Ben Blanchard, Kim Coghill Organizations: Taiwan, REUTERS, Prague, Foreign Ministry, Copenhagen Democracy, Thomson Locations: Taipei, Taiwan, BEIJING, Beijing, Slovakia, Czech Republic, China, Prague, Czech, Lithuania, Vatican City, Denmark, Copenhagen
U.S. voices concern about China's treatment of NBA
  + stars: | 2021-10-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Caitlin OchsWASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The United States voiced concern on Friday at China's actions against the National Basketball Association, after Boston Celtics highlights were absent from a Chinese streaming platform following a player's online criticism of China's treatment of Tibet. read moreKanter was pilloried on Chinese social media and only a written timeline of his team's game was available on China's Tencent Holdings Ltd sports platform. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Kanter was "trying to get attention" and that his remarks "were not worth refuting." "We value freedom of expression and support anyone who exercises that right," the spokesperson said. Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Howard GollerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Enes Kanter, Caitlin Ochs WASHINGTON, Dalai, Xi Jinping, Kanter, Wang Wenbin, Lama, Michael Martina, Howard Goller Organizations: Turkish NBA, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, O2, REUTERS, United, National Basketball Association, Boston Celtics, Celtics, China's Tencent Holdings, Foreign Ministry, State Department, People's Liberation Army, Thomson Locations: Turkish, London, White Plains , New York, U.S, United States, Tibet, People's Republic of China, Beijing
Shortly after he spoke, a White House spokesperson said there was no change in policy and analysts said it appeared the president misspoke. He was not intending to convey a change in policy, nor has he made a decision to change our policy." A confused U.S. policy weakens deterrence," she said, noting that Biden's Asia policy czar, Kurt Campbell, had rejected "strategic clarity" over Taiwan. "The White House was right to issue a speedy 'no-change-in-policy' correction, because that is where policy is." China urges the United States "not to send the wrong signals to the forces of Taiwan independence, to avoid seriously harming Sino-U.S. ties and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait," spokesman Wang Wenbin said.
Persons: Joe Biden, CNN's Anderson Cooper, Jonathan Ernst, Biden, misspoke, Jen Psaki, Lloyd Austin, Psaki, Bonnie Glaser, Kurt Campbell, Douglas Paal, Paal, Xi Jinping, Wang Wenbin, Jeff Mason, Tim Ahmann, David Brunnstrom, Chizu Nomiyama, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Baltimore, REUTERS, CNN, U.S . Defense, Taiwan Relations, Washington, German Marshall Fund of, Taiwan, White, Thomson Locations: Baltimore , Maryland, U.S, Taiwan, United States, China, Washington, Baltimore, Brussels, Asia, Taipei, Beijing, Taiwan Strait
Enes Kanter didn’t see the floor in the Boston Celtics' season opener Wednesday night, but the outspoken center’s impact on the NBA season could soon be felt. Kanter posted a video to social media earlier in the day in which he labeled Chinese President Xi Jinping a "brutal dictator" and voiced support for Tibet's independence. Meanwhile, one Celtics fan account on Weibo told its 600,000 followers that it would no longer be posting about the team. NBC News has reached out to Tencent, Weibo the NBA and the Boston Celtics for comment. China claims that Tibet has been part of its territory for centuries.
Persons: Enes Kanter didn’t, Kanter, Xi Jinping, Tencent, Sarah Stier, Wang Wenbin, , , Tibet’s, Dalai Lama, Beijing's, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, Daryl Morey, Morey, Mesut Ozil, Ozil Organizations: Boston Celtics, NBA, Celtics, New York Knicks, Twitter, Weibo, NBC News, Getty, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Tibet, Garden, Amnesty International, Turkish, Houston Rockets, Rockets, Arsenal, English Premier League, United Nations, Amnesty Locations: Beijing, China, Weibo, Tencent, Dalai, Tibet, Madison, Switzerland, Turkish, Turkey, Western, Hong Kong, U.S, Xinjiang, United States
Sep 27, 2021; Canton, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter (13) during Celtics Media Day in Canton MA. A spokesperson for the NBA in China did not respond to an emailed request for comment, and the Boston Celtics did not respond to a request for comment sent outside business hours. A Weibo fan page for the Boston Celtics with over 650,000 followers wrote that it would cease updating its social feed after Kanter's tweets. On the Celtics' official Weibo page, more than 100 commentators left comments on Thursday criticising the club and Kanter, with some calling for him to be sacked. After Kanter did this, I won't support the Celtics team a single day any longer.
Persons: Enes Kanter, David Butler II, Xi Jinping, Kanter, Dalai, Xi, Baidiucao, Wang Wenbin, Kanter's, Daryl Morey's, Weibo, Lama, I've, Tayyip Erdogan, Gabriel Crossley, Tony Munroe, Nick Macfie Organizations: Boston Celtics, Celtics Media, Sports SHANGHAI, Turkish, New York Knicks, Foreign Ministry, Houston Rockets, CCTV, NBA, Rockets, Winter Games, People's Liberation Army, Celtics, Thomson Locations: Canton, MA, USA, Canton MA, Tibet, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Beijing, Weibo, Turkey
European Commission's executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager delivers a speech during a debate on EU-Taiwan political relations and cooperation at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, October 19, 2021. "The EU parliament should immediately stop words and actions that undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," he told reporters in Beijing. Military tensions between China and Taiwan have increased, with Taipei saying Beijing will be capable of mounting a "full scale" invasion of the island by 2025. A similar investment deal agreed last year between the EU and its major trade partner China has been blocked for months. The European Parliament put its ratification on ice after Beijing imposed sanctions on EU lawmakers in a human rights dispute.
Persons: Margrethe Vestager, Ronald Wittek, Wang Wenbin, Sabine Siebold, Gabriel Crossely, Ben Blanchard, Lincoln, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, European, EU, Commission, European Union, Foreign Ministry, Taiwan's, Thomson Locations: EU, Taiwan, Strasbourg, France, REUTERS BRUSSELS, European Union, Beijing, French, Taipei, China, Brussels, United States
China stopped streaming Boston Celtics games after center Enes Kanter criticized Xi Jinping. Kanter called Xi a "brutal dictator," and expressed support for Tibet's independence. "Brutal dictator of China, Xi Jinping, I have a message for you and your henchmen," Kanter said in the video. "Free Tibet, free Tibet, free Tibet." Tencent, which streams NBA games in China, cut the live broadcast of Wednesday's NBA game between the Celtics and New York Knicks, The Washington Post reported.
Persons: Enes Kanter, Xi Jinping, Kanter, Wang Wenbin, Wang, Lama —, , Daryl Morey, Adam Silver, Recep Tayyip Erdogan Organizations: Boston Celtics, Service, NBA, Celtics, New York Knicks, Washington Post, China Foreign Ministry, Basketball, Houston Rockets GM, China Central Television, Turkish Locations: China, Tibet, India, Hong Kong, Turkey, Turkish
Russia, China and Iran view recent developments as a clear demonstration that American international influence, which appeared unassailable after 9/11 garnered America almost universal international support and sympathy, is on the wane. But the overt schadenfreude obscures a delicate dance by Russia, China and Iran, which are balancing potential opportunities presented by the U.S. withdrawal, with the more overt risks — namely the spread of extremism. Soldiers during the final Soviet troop withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan, in May 1988. In July, Taliban representatives traveled to Russia and China offering security assurances and receiving a boost in international standing in return. That Al Qaeda plotted the 9/11 attacks from Afghanistan and under the protection of the Taliban will not have been lost on the leaders of Russia, China and Iran.
Persons: Joe Biden, John Moore, Barnett Rubin, , Vladimir Putin, Margarita Simonyan, , Zaki Anwari, ” Hua Chunying, Esmail Ghaani, Robert Nickelsberg, Abdul Salam Hanafi, Iran —, Wang Wenbin, Raffaello Pantucci, Pantucci, I’m, Al Qaeda, Fyodor Lukyanov, ” Nikolai Patrushev, George W . Bush, Win McNamee, Abolfazl Amouei, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Aamir Qureshi Organizations: State Department, Russia’s, NBC, Quds Force, Monday, Taliban, Royal United Services Institute, Foreign, Defense, Russian Security Council, Islamic State, Pentagon, Izvestia, Islamic, Al, Getty, World Trade Locations: States, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, United States, Russia, China, Iran, America, U.S, Afghan, Pakistan, Boldak, American, Vietnam, South Asia, Central Asia, Soviet Union, Kabul, Xinjiang, Beijing, Tehran, London, Russian, Moscow, India, , Islamic State Khorasan, New York City, Washington, Shanksville , Pennsylvania
Taliban take control of Hamid Karzai International Airport after the completion of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 31, 2021. It's also determined not to fall into the same quagmires that the Soviet Union and the U.S. were sucked into with Afghanistan, analysts say. The Chinese foreign ministry did not reply to a CNBC request for comment. "Any deals signed with the Taliban face obvious political and sanctions risks," said Jonathan Wood, deputy global research director at Control Risks. But some Chinese companies have been hit by U.S. penalties, and in the case of Afghanistan, the security risks make pushing that boundary even less appealing.
Persons: Omar Sobhani, Afghanistan unraveled, Hamid Karzai, Wali Sabawoon, Wang Wenbin, It's, RANE, Maximilian Hess, Hess, Sreemoy Talukdar, Jonathan Wood, it's Organizations: Reuters, Initiative, FBI, Airport, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Stratfor's South, CNBC, East Turkestan Islamic, Foreign, Research, Eurasia Program, discomfiture, United Nations, London Metal Locations: Takhar province, Afghanistan, China, U.S, Washington, Kabul, Soviet Union, Stratfor's, Stratfor's South Asia, China's, Xinjiang, East Turkestan, Central Asia, Pakistan, Beijing, Russia, EU
Mohammad Hasan Akhund, acting PMMohammad Hasan Akhund has long served as the head of the Taliban's Rehbari Shura, or leadership council. Abdul Ghani Baradar, acting deputy PMAbdul Ghani Baradar was a founding member of the Taliban and the militant group's political leader. Baradar, who was also close to Omar, served as defense minister when the group last ruled Afghanistan. Sirajuddin Haqqani, acting Taliban Interior Minister, who is currently on the FBI Most Wanted list. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 7, 2021.
Persons: Kate Clark, Mohammad Hasan Akhund, Akhund, Mullah Mohammad Omar, Osama bin Laden, Abdul Ghani Baradar, Baradar, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Karim Jafaar, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Haqqani, Hamid Karzai, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, Dimitri Messinis, Muttaqi, Mohammad Yaqoob, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Yaqoob, Zabihullah Mujahid, Saifurahman, Mujahid, Biden, Heiko Maas, U.S . Wang Wenbin, Clark, You've, you've, Chantal Da Silva, Mushtaq Yusufzai Organizations: State Department, Afghanistan Analysts Network, NBC, Al, World Trade, Pentagon, Washington , D.C, United Nations, U.S ., Getty, CIA, U.S, Sirajuddin, FBI, Haqqani, Commission, Taliban, Xinhua News Agency, Reuters, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Locations: U.S, Kabul, Afghanistan, New York City, Washington ,, Pennsylvania, Omar, Qatar's, Doha, AFP, Pakistan, Qatar, Saifurahman Safi, U.S ., Beijing, China, London, Peshawar
The Chinese national flag is seen in Beijing, China April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File PhotoBEIJING, Sept 8 (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it is ready to maintain communication with the leaders of the new Taliban government in Afghanistan, calling its establishment a "necessary step" in reconstruction. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the comment at a daily briefing in Beijing when asked if China would recognize the new government, whose leaders were named on Tuesday. read moreChina respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, Wang said. After the Taliban took power in August, China had called for an "open and inclusive" government to be established.
Persons: Thomas Peter, Wang Wenbin, Wang, Yew Lun Tian, Gabriel Crossley, Andrew Heavens, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, BEIJING, Afghanistan
Afghan demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-Pakistan protest, near the Pakistan embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 7, 2021. REUTERS/StringerSept 8 (Reuters) - China and Japan gave a lukewarm reception on Wednesday to the formation of the Taliban's provisional government in Afghanistan following Islamist militants lightning seizure of Kabul last month. Taliban leaders filled all the top posts in the new government, with no place for outsiders or any women. China respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, Wang said. Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Writing by Clarence Fernandez; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Simon Cameron-MooreOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, Mullah Mohammed Hasan Akhund, Mullah Omar, Mullah Sirajuddin Haqqani, Wang Wenbin, Wang, Katsunobu Kato, Clarence Fernandez, Raju Gopalakrishnan, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Pakistan, Kabul, Afghanistan, China, Japan, Beijing, U.S, Tokyo, United States
Afghan demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-Pakistan protest, near the Pakistan embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 7, 2021. REUTERS/StringerSept 8 (Reuters) - Germany, China and Japan offered a lukewarm reception on Wednesday to the Taliban's provisional government in Afghanistan, following the Islamist militants' lightning seizure of Kabul last month. Voicing concern about the government's composition, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he saw little reason for optimism about conditions in Afghanistan. The United Nations has said basic services are unravelling in Afghanistan with food and other aid about to run out. Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Writing by Clarence Fernandez; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan, Simon Cameron-Moore and Alex RichardsonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, Heiko Maas, Maas, Wang Wenbin, Wang, Katsunobu Kato, Clarence Fernandez, Raju Gopalakrishnan, Simon Cameron, Moore, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Pakistan, Kabul, Afghanistan, Germany, China, Japan, U.S, Beijing, Tokyo, United States
German ambassador to China dies two weeks into the job
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( Yew Lun Tian | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
The German and European Union flags fly at half mast after German ambassador to China Jan Hecker passed away, at the Germany embassy in Beijing, China September 6, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsBEIJING, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Germany's ambassador to China, Jan Hecker, who was a former foreign policy adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel, has died suddenly, less than two weeks after taking up his post. Hecker, 54, had presented his credentials at China's foreign ministry on Aug. 24, the embassy in Beijing told Reuters by social media. In the Chinese capital, foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin also offered condolences, when asked about the death. German and European Union flags flew at half-mast on Monday at the embassy in Beijing.
Persons: China Jan Hecker, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Jan Hecker, Angela Merkel, Hecker, Merkel, Wang Wenbin, Ambassador Hecker, Joseph Beuys, Yew Lun Tian, Andreas Rinke, Paul Carrel, Christian Schmollinger, Clarence Fernandez Organizations: Union, REUTERS, Carlos Garcia Rawlins BEIJING, Reuters, Twitter, Thomson Locations: China, Germany, Beijing
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