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Hong Kong Editor's note: CNN has launched the Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world. People line up to buy the final edition of Apple Daily at a newsstand in the Central district of Hong Kong on Thursday. For the party, the central mission of the media is not to hold the powerful accountable, but ensure those in power hold on to it. The country has an outsized role in the global solar power industry, producing much of the world's capacity for various components needed to create the panels. Solar power, meanwhile, is central to US President Joe Biden's plans to move the country to greener energy.
Persons: Hong Kong, Xi Jinping, Hongkongers —, Mao Zedong —, Xi, , Biden, Joe Biden's, Jill Disis Organizations: CNN, Communist Party, Hong Kong's, Apple Daily, National Security, Apple, Beijing, It's Party, Wuhan, China Washington, Industry Locations: Hong Kong, China, Hong, Beijing, Central, Wuhan, Covid, Xinjiang, Washington, Asia
The group of tourists, dressed in replica Red Army costumes, stood in front of a red hammer-and-sickle billboard. With their right fists raised, they pledged their allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party. Mass swearing-in ceremonies aren’t typical group tour activities, but this is “red tourism” in China, where thousands of people flock to places like Yan’an to absorb the official version of the party’s history. At these sites, schoolchildren are told how the Red Army, later renamed the People’s Liberation Army, was created. Retirees take selfies with flower-adorned statues of Mao and Zhu De, the Red Army commander.
Persons: , , Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping, Mao, Zhu De Organizations: Army, Chinese Communist Party, Red Army, People’s Liberation Army Locations: Yan’an, China
China is actually fully committed to digital currencies and blockchain technology, but only its brand that it can control, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Katie Haun told CNBC on Thursday. Make no mistake about that," Haun said on "Squawk Box," despite its latest crackdown on bitcoin mining and crypto services. It did not, however, put an end to the influence of Chinese bitcoin traders. Haun's appearance on CNBC came shortly after Andreessen Horowitz announced it was launching a $2.2 billion cryptocurrency-focused fund. Andreessen Horowitz was also the largest outside investor in Coinbase at the time of the crypto exchange's direct listing in April.
Persons: Andreessen Horowitz, Katie Haun, Haun, Xi Jinping, we've, Chris Dixon Organizations: CNBC, Justice Department Locations: China, Bitcoin, U.S, Coinbase, Haun
Taipei, Taiwan (CNN) China's escalating military intimidation of Taiwan shows the self-governed island " needs to prepare " for a possible military conflict , Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said in an exclusive interview with CNN. His warning came one week after the island reported the largest daily incursion by Chinese military planes into Taiwan's self-declared Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). "Stopping 'Taiwan independence' is the necessary condition for maintaining peaceful cross-strait relations," said Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office. Wu also stressed Taiwan's importance amid China's growing territorial ambitions over the South China Sea and beyond. Wu said, while China spends around 15 times Taiwan's budget for defense, the island is reforming its military to boost and evolve its own military capabilities.
Persons: Joseph Wu, China's, Wu, Zhu Fenglian, arrogantly, I'm, Xi Jinping, Taiwan's, Tsai Ing Organizations: CNN, Defense, China's People's Liberation Army, China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Communist, Taiwan, Nationalists, Chinese Communist Party, Communist Party, Hong Kong's, Apple Daily, Beijing Locations: Taipei, Taiwan, Beijing, China, Hong Kong, Hong, People's Republic of China, Taiwan Strait, Kaohsiung, United States, South
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses the media following the closed-door morning talks between the United States and China upon conclusion of their two-day meetings in Anchorage, Alaska March 19, 2021. Frederic J. Brown/Pool via REUTERS/FilesJune 23 (Reuters) - The United States and China are discussing a possible meeting of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a G20 meet in Italy next week, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday citing people briefed on the talks. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has also informed counterparts in Beijing that it would like Wendy Sherman, deputy secretary of state, to visit China over the summer, the newspaper said. The White House has also held preliminary internal discussions about sending Blinken or Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, to China later this year, which could set the stage for Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping to hold a bilateral summit on the margins of the G20 leaders meeting in Rome in October, the British newspaper reported. Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher CushingOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Frederic J ., Wang Yi, Joe Biden, Wendy Sherman, Jake Sullivan, Biden, Xi Jinping, Kanishka Singh, Christopher Cushing Organizations: U.S, Foreign, Financial Times, British, Thomson Locations: United States, China, Anchorage , Alaska, Italy, Beijing, Rome, Bengaluru
Hong Kong (CNN Business) One year was all it took for a Beijing-imposed National Security Law to take down Hong Kong's largest and loudest pro-democracy newspaper. Several Apple Daily journalists had already quit before this month, saying the rewards of their work no longer outweighed the risk of imprisonment. Last Friday, after the arrest of its top editors, Apple Daily printed 500,000 copies which sold out. In his mid-70s, it is debatable whether he will ever walk free in Hong Kong again. "I think people will miss the Apple Daily as a platform where they could speak freely and be critical of the government and Beijing," said the Apple Daily newsroom staffer.
Persons: China's, Carrie Lam saidback, Jimmy Lai —, , Mark Simon, Jimmy Lai, Lai, Apple Daily, Xi Jinping, Hong Kongers, Hong, Anger, Hong Kong, Lam, Michael J, Abramowitz, Lai Chi, Pan, 3EC16iWAD3, Karina Tsui, Andrea Lo, Lauren Lau Organizations: CNN, Security Law, Next Media, Apple Daily, Communist Party, Police, Apple, Next, Cathay Pacific, CK Hutchison Holdings, National Security, Freedom House, RTHK, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Locations: Hong Kong, Beijing, Hong Kong ., China, Britain, Hong, Taiwan, Taipei
Russia and China's growing ties and military cooperation have worried Western leaders. The 14,400-word, 79-paragraph communique released at the end of the summit expressed concern about Russia's and China's military build-ups and "assertive" behavior. 'A functional non-aggression pact'Putin at a parade during Russia's Vostok 2018 military exercises, in which China participated for the first time, September 13, 2018. They normalized ties in 1989, and security cooperation has been the most important part of the relationship between Russian and Chinese leaders since then. China still seeks advanced technologies, some of which, like jet engines, Russia has been reluctant to sell, said Fravel, an expert on the Chinese military.
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And until his yet-to-be-announced successor arrives, neither Beijing nor Washington will have a top envoy in each other's capital. The former US ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, left Beijing last year before the November election. But unlike Cui, Qin has never been an ambassador and has no direct experience with the US. Crypto mining is a critical step in the process needed to put more of these coins in circulation, and China accounts for the lion's share of such activity. Over the weekend, Chinese state media reported that Sichuan province, a mining hub, had ordered a halt to all crypto mining operations and cut off the power supply to many mining facilities.
Persons: Cui Tiankai, Cui, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Terry Branstad, Nicholas Burns, Biden, Trump, Zhao Lijian, Axios, Qin Gang, Qin, Xi Jinping, Obama, Hong, Tong Ying, Tong, Bitcoin, Edward Moya, Moya, Laura He Organizations: CNN, HBO, Police, People's Bank of Locations: Hong Kong, China, United States, Washington, Beijing, Americas, Oceania, transacting, Sichuan, People's Bank of China
Academics Bristle Over LinkedIn Blocking Their Profiles in China
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Liza Lin | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
SINGAPORE—Eyck Freymann, an Oxford University doctoral student, was surprised to get a notice from LinkedIn this month telling him his account had been blocked in China. I didn’t think I would have mattered.”The academic is one of a spate of LinkedIn users whose profiles have been blocked in recent weeks. The company didn’t comment on whether its actions were proactive or in response to requests from Chinese authorities. LinkedIn said it received 42 requests from Chinese authorities last year to take down content, the most globally. “Chinese authorities are trying to send a very clear message that ‘we are watching you, don’t mess with us,”’ Dr. Yellinek said.
Persons: Freymann, , , Tony C, Lee, Mr, Xi, Mao Zedong, Microsoft’s Bing, Peers, Xi Jinping, Stephen Nagy, Roie, Yellinek, — Keith Zhai, Liza Lin Organizations: Oxford University, Microsoft Corp, Street, LinkedIn, Freie Universität, Journal, Twitter, Facebook, Communist Party, Tokyo’s International Christian University, Mr, Strategic Studies Locations: SINGAPORE, Eyck, China, Jerusalem, Tokyo, U.S, Beijing, Freie Universität Berlin, Hong Kong, Israel, Liza.Lin
FILE PHOTO: A student holds flags of China and Germany before a welcome ceremony hosted by China's President Xi Jinping for German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 10, 2018. However, concerns about China’s growing assertiveness and its human rights record have caused concern. Universal human rights, for example, are not an ‘internal affair’,” he said. They also singled out China in their communique over human rights. China denounced the joint G7 statement as a gross interference in the country’s internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Frank, Walter Steinmeier, Jason Lee, Siegfried Russwurm, , Russwurm, Xi Jinping’s Organizations: China's, of, People, REUTERS, BERLIN, Universal, Group, Seven Locations: China, Germany, Beijing, Europe, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil
Beijing is planning to keep its pandemic border restrictions in place for at least another year as officials fret over the emergence of new variants and a calendar of sensitive events, according to people familiar with the matter, despite a coronavirus vaccination campaign that has topped one billion doses. The cautious attitude is being driven by a pair of events that officials are eager to have go off without a hitch next year: the Winter Olympics in February and a once-a-decade power transition within the ruling Chinese Communist Party toward the end of the year. At the Communist Party Congress, Chinese leader Xi Jinping is widely expected to seek an additional term beyond the customary two-term limit. By largely restricting new visas to those who have received a Chinese vaccine and maintaining requirements for an enforced hotel quarantine of at least 14 days upon arrival, Chinese officials have sought to neutralize risks from imported cases, the people said. After the coronavirus first exploded in the central city of Wuhan last year, Chinese authorities initially condemned countries such as the U.S. that imposed restrictions on travel to and from China.
Persons: Xi Jinping Organizations: State Council, China’s Foreign Ministry, National Health Commission, Communist Party, Communist Party Congress Locations: Beijing, Wuhan, China
ByteDance founder donates $77 million amid China billionaires' charity rush
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, poses in Palo Alto, California, U.S., March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoBEIJING, June 22 (Reuters) - The founder of TikTok owner ByteDance will donate 500 million yuan ($77.35 million) to the southeastern Chinese city of Longyan for education, the city government's education bureau said on Tuesday. Zhang Yiming's move came as Chinese tech billionaires are rushing to make charity gestures, especially in education, amid China's unprecedented crackdown on the tech sector. The donation will set up the "Meifang Foundation" to assist teachers with advanced education and support vocational education, Longyan's education bureau said in a statement. ($1 = 6.4638 Chinese yuan renminbi)Reporting by Yingzhi Yang and Tony Munroe.
Persons: Zhang Yiming, Shannon Stapleton, ByteDance, Zhang Yiming's, Wang Xing, Jack Ma, Alibaba, Xi Jinping, Zhang, Yingzhi Yang, Tony Munroe, Gerry Doyle Organizations: REUTERS, HK, Wang Xing Fund, Minerva Schools, Innovation Fund, Nankai University, Thomson Locations: Palo Alto , California, U.S, BEIJING, Longyan, Meituan, China, San Francisco, Tianjin
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for the NATO summit at the Alliance's headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERSBUDAPEST, June 22 (Reuters) - Six leading candidates vying to stand against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban jointly announced on Tuesday that if elected they would repudiate two giant Chinese projects - a university campus in the capital and a railway to Belgrade. Orban's government has said in the past that the railway would secure the flow of investments to Hungary, while the university would bring cutting-edge technology and know-how. Orban's opponents have long objected to both Chinese projects, which would be financed with billion-euro loans from Beijing. read moreThe new Chinese university campus offering graduate degrees in technical subjects would be opened just a few years after Hungary's biggest private higher education institution, Central European University, decamped to Austria because of legal changes enacted by Orban.
Persons: Viktor Orban, Kenzo Tribouillard, Orban, Xi Jinping, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony, Klara Dobrev, Andras Fekete, Peter Jakab, Karacsony, Marton Dunai Organizations: Hungary's, NATO, REUTERS, Hungarian, Shanghai's Fudan University, Budapest Mayor, liberal Democratic Coalition, Momentum Movement, Central European University, Budapest, Liberal, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, REUTERS BUDAPEST, Belgrade, Western, Russia, China, Beijing, Budapest, Gyor, Hungary, decamped, Austria, Liberal Hungary
UPDATE 2-China agrees to reschedule Congo Republic's $2.4 bln debt - minister
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
(Adds quote, context)BRAZZAVILLE, June 21 (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed in principle to reschedule Congo Republic’s debt, Congolese Finance Minister Rigobert Roger Andely said on Monday, adding that the move would help unlock stalled International Monetary Fund lending. Only $45 million has been disbursed to date, however, as the government has struggled to secure a restructuring of its debt to oil traders. Congo previously reached a deal with China in 2019 to restructure a portion of its debt. “President Xi Jinping approved this and thanked him for this proposition,” Andely said. Andely said Congo’s debt to China stood at 1.3 trillion CFA francs ($2.4 billion), down from a 2019 government figure of 1.48 trillion CFA francs.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Rigobert Roger Andely, , Denis Sassou Nguesso, Andely, Xi, ” Andely, Nellie Peyton, Kevin Liffey, Alison Williams Organizations: Congolese Finance, Monetary Fund, IMF, Trafigura, Glencore Locations: BRAZZAVILLE, Congo, Central, Andely, China, Congolese
By 2035, Ningxia's Helan Mountains area aims to produce 600 million bottles worth 20 billion yuan ($3.12 billion), according to a plan the central government approved in late May. Even if the 15-year target is more than quadruple Ningxia's annual wine production, the numbers roughly match up to those of France's wine capital. These issues "are making the Chinese wine industry less competitive compared to imported wines," the authors wrote. Imports of Australian wine plungeThe central government's push this year to further develop vineyards in Ningxia comes as China's relations with Australia deteriorate. Rivals at home for Chinese wine
Persons: GOH CHAI HIN, Xi Jinping, Sui Pengfei, Sui, Zhang Yanzhi, Tony Battaglene Organizations: Getty, France's Bordeaux, CNBC, European Union, International Organisation of Vine, Rivals Locations: Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, AFP, BEIJING, China, Ningxia, Beijing, Bordeaux, Napa, U.S, Australia, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, Southeast Asia
Aussie-China spat spotlights WTO limits
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Staff members chat as they prepare a seminar of Australia China bilateral cooperation in resources and infrastructure in West Australia, in Beijing July 23, 2009. Much of that trade and investment is with the mineral-rich state of Western Australia, whose premier, Colin Barnett, has been meeting Chinese officials and companies this week. Australia needed to recognise China as a "special case" and devise policies aimed at encouraging more Chinese companies to invest in its resources, Barnett said on Thursday. In addition to duties, China has nearly 3,000 non-tariff barriers in place, more than the entire European Union. The WTO has been much diminished by President Xi Jinping, who has upheld its brand but crippled its utility.
Persons: Colin Barnett, Barnett, Jason Lee HONG, Xi Jinping, Pete Sweeney, , Robyn Mak, Katrina Hamlin Organizations: Australia, REUTERS, Reuters, Australian, World Trade Organization, Down, European Union, WTO, HSBC, wilts Locations: Australia China, West Australia, Beijing, Western Australia, Australia, China, Jason Lee HONG KONG, U.S, Australia’s, HSBC France
China Considers Lifting All Childbirth Restrictions by 2025
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Keith Zhai | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
SINGAPORE—Chinese officials are drawing up plans to further loosen birth restrictions and transition toward policies that explicitly encourage childbirth, according to people familiar with the matter, reflecting increased urgency in Beijing as economic growth slows and China’s population mix skews older. Policy makers are discussing the possibility of fully doing away with birth restrictions by 2025, the end of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s current five-year economic plan, according to one of the people. According to that person, China will likely begin by eliminating birth restrictions in provinces where the birthrate is the lowest before enacting nationwide changes. Last month, Chinese leader Xi Jinping told senior party officials that he regards China’s aging population as a threat to national security, calling on senior officials to address the challenge, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. Any loosening of restrictions would likely be seen first in China’s economically depressed northeast, a region that the country’s health authorities hinted in February could take the lead in scrapping all remaining birth restrictions.
Persons: Xi Jinping Organizations: Communist, Xinhua News Agency Locations: SINGAPORE, Beijing, China
China Plans Further Shift Toward Encouraging Childbirth
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( Keith Zhai | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
SINGAPORE—Chinese officials are drawing up plans to further loosen birth restrictions and transition toward policies that explicitly encourage childbirth, according to people familiar with the matter, reflecting increased urgency in Beijing as economic growth slows and China’s population mix skews older. Policy makers are discussing the possibility of fully doing away with birth restrictions by 2025, the end of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s current five-year economic plan, according to one of the people. According to that person, China will likely begin by eliminating birth restrictions in provinces where the birthrate is the lowest before enacting nationwide changes. Last month, Chinese leader Xi Jinping told senior party officials that he regards China’s aging population as a threat to national security, calling on senior officials to address the challenge, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. Any loosening of restrictions would likely be seen first in China’s economically depressed northeast, a region that the country’s health authorities hinted in February could take the lead in scrapping all remaining birth restrictions.
Persons: Xi Jinping Organizations: Communist, Xinhua News Agency Locations: SINGAPORE, Beijing, China
Gold set for worst week since March 2020 after hawkish Fed
  + stars: | 2021-06-18 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Gold bars sit in a vault at the Perth Mint Refinery in Perth, Australia, on August 9, 2018. Gold prices edged higher on Friday, but were on track for their worst week since March 2020 after the U.S. Federal Reserve's hawkish message on monetary policy bolstered the dollar and bond yields, while denting bullion's appeal as an inflation hedge. The benchmark 10-year yield held firm above 1.50%, increasing the opportunity cost of holding non-interest bearing gold. Fed officials have begun telegraphing an exit from the central bank's extraordinarily easy monetary policy that so far is smoother and signalled to be speedier than when the reins were tightened after the last crisis. Higher interest rates will dull gold's appeal as they translate into a higher opportunity cost of holding it.
Persons: denting, Joe Biden, Xi Jinping Organizations: Perth Mint, U.S, U.S . Federal, Trust, Central Banks, Bank of Locations: Perth, Australia, U.S ., Bank of Japan
Five people were arrested for "suspected contravention" of the law, Hong Kong Police's National Security Department said in a statement after the raid on Apple Daily's newsroom. ...Nevertheless, the staff of Apple Daily is standing firm," the paper said in an open letter to its readers. This is the second time police have raided Apple Daily — they did so last August shortly after the security law came into effect. China's Hong Kong Liaison Office said Thursday that it firmly supported what it described as "just action" by the police to "maintain national security and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong." Kin Cheung / APThe national security law was passed last June, signed by China's President Xi Jinping and later formally adopted by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
Persons: Jimmy Lai, Lai, Ryan Law, Cheung Kim, Royston Chow, Chan Pui, Cheung Chi, Hong Kong, John Lee, Lee, Sophie Richardson, Yamini Mishra, Kin Cheung, Xi Jinping, Carrie Lam, Lam, Tsui Organizations: Hong Kong Police's National Security Department, Apple Daily's, Police, Apple Daily, NBC, HK police, Apple Daily HK 蘋果 日報, Hong Kong, Hong, Hong Kong Liaison, Hong Kong Journalists Association, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, China's, Chinese University of Hong, NBC News, Apple Locations: Hong Kong, Beijing, China, Hong, Asia, Pacific, Britain, United States, Chinese University of Hong Kong
JIUQUAN, China — A Chinese rocket blasted off from a launch pad in the Gobi Desert on Thursday, sending three astronauts on a historic mission to an orbiting space station China is building. “We have invested so much energy,” she told NBC News, likening the rocket to raising a child. The launch of #China’s first manned mission to its #space station. American concerns over the Chinese space program’s secrecy and connections to its military were largely responsible for that. A staff member wears the logo of China's new space station at a news conference about the first crewed mission to China's Tianhe space station.
Persons: Rong Yi, Kevin Frayer, , ofDNV8XXU5 — Janis Mackey Frayer, Ji Qiming, , Greg Baker, Jonathan McDowell, Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, China’s, Tang Hongbo, Xi Jinping, Zhou Jianping Organizations: NBC News, China Manned Space Agency, International, Getty, National Space Administration, Harvard - Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, NBC, NASA, Communist, 100th, Washington, National Intelligence, Space Agency Locations: JIUQUAN, China, United States, Russia, U.S, Moscow, AFP, Russian, USSR, Beijing
FILE PHOTO: A Didi logo is seen at the headquarters of Didi Chuxing in Beijing, China November 20, 2020. The regulator is also examining whether the pricing mechanism used by Didi’s core ride-hailing business is transparent enough, the three sources said. “We do not comment on unsubstantiated speculation from unnamed source(s),” Didi said in an emailed statement. In 2016, Uber Technologies Inc sold its operation to Didi in exchange for a 17.5% stake in the Chinese firm, which also made a $1 billion investment in Uber. Some of Asia’s largest technology investment firms, including SoftBank Group Corp, Alibaba and Tencent, have also invested in Didi.
Persons: Didi Chuxing, Florence, Didi, , ” Didi, SAMR, Xi Jinping Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Alibaba, Holding, Tencent Holdings, Administration, Market, Didi, Uber Technologies Inc, Uber, SoftBank Group Locations: HONG KONG, United States, Beijing, China, New York, Silicon, U.S
A Didi logo is seen at the headquarters of Didi Chuxing in Beijing, China November 20, 2020. The probe, reported here for the first time, is the latest in a sweeping crackdown on China's so-called "platform" companies, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (9988.HK), and Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK). The regulator is also examining whether the pricing mechanism used by Didi's core ride-hailing business is transparent enough, the three sources said. "We do not comment on unsubstantiated speculation from unnamed source(s)," Didi said in an emailed statement. Some of Asia's largest technology investment firms, including SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T), Alibaba and Tencent, have also invested in Didi.
Persons: Didi Chuxing, Florence, Didi, SAMR, Xi Jinping, Julie Zhu, Pei Li, Kane Wu, Sumeet Chatterjee, Stephen Coates Organizations: REUTERS, Alibaba, Holding, HK, Tencent Holdings, Administration, Market, Didi, Uber Technologies, Uber, SoftBank Group Corp, Beijing, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, HONG KONG, United States, New York, Silicon, U.S, Hong Kong
China's 'wolf warrior' diplomacy is 'justified defence', envoy says
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Yew Lun Tian | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File PhotoBEIJING, June 17 (Reuters) - China's "wolf warrior diplomacy", an aggressive and often abrasive stance adopted by its diplomats since 2020, is simply "justified defence" against attacks by a West determined to contain it, one of Beijing's most outspoken ambassadors said. Chinese diplomats have taken to firing verbal salvos, including on social media sites banned in China such as Twitter and Facebook, at the United States and other countries seen as acting against China's interests, tactics dubbed "wolf warrior" diplomacy after a patriotic Chinese movie series. Lu was himself summoned by the French government last year over his criticism of that country's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. "We can't still treat ourselves as a three-year-old when we have now grown into a 1.8 metre tall guy. Even when you don't wish to be other peoples' target, they will still target you," Lu said.
Persons: Thomas Peter, Lu Shaye, Xi, Wang Wen, Lu, Deng Xiaoping, Yew Lun, Tony Munroe Organizations: REUTERS, Communist Party, Beijing's Renmin University, Reuters, Twitter, Facebook, Thomson Locations: Beijing, China, BEIJING, West, France, United States
Police officers patrol in the old city in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China, May 4, 2021. "Regarding foreign journalists' coverage in Xinjiang, China has always maintained an open and welcome attitude," it said in a statement, adding that journalists must strictly abide by Chinese law in the region. "Build ethnic unity, build a Chinese life, build a better Xinjiang," read a banner in a residential building in Urumqi. The tourist drive is mostly targeted at domestic travellers, offering Xinjiang a new revenue source amid U.S. sanctions. China expects more than 200 million visitors to Xinjiang this year and 400 million by 2025, from 158 million last year.
Persons: Thomas Peter, minders, Xi Jinping, sterilisations, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, Communist Party, Reuters, Communist, White, Thomson Locations: Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China, KASHGAR, Xinjiang, Beijing, Urumqi, Xinjiang's, XINJIANG, Hotan, Changji city, U.S, Uyghur
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