Ben Blanchard

Canada gets consular access to second man detained in China

17 Dec 2018

OTTAWA/BEIJING Canadian diplomats gained consular access on Sunday to the second of two men detained by China over the past week, Canada's foreign ministry said in a statement that gave few details, as China said it was ensuring their rights were protected.

China warns Tibetans not to be taken in ahead of Dalai Lama anniversary

14 Dec 2018

BEIJING The people of Tibet should not be taken in by the Dalai Lama's lies and clearly understand the importance of Communist Party rule in the region, the Chinese government said ahead of March's sensitive 60th anniversary of him fleeing into exile.

Detained Canadian in China being probed for harming state security

12 Dec 2018

BEIJING/SHANGHAI Chinese authorities are questioning former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was detained days after the arrest in Canada of a Chinese businesswoman, on suspicion of engaging in activities that harmed China's national security.

China, U.S. discuss road map for next stage of trade talks

12 Dec 2018

WASHINGTON/BEIJING China has agreed to cut tariffs on U.S.-built cars and auto parts to 15 percent from the current 40 percent, a Trump administration official said on Tuesday, setting the stage for a new talks aimed at easing the bitter trade war between the world's two largest economies.

Huawei CFO seeks bail on health concerns; Canada wants her in jail

10 Dec 2018

TORONTO/BEIJING The CFO of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing, citing her longstanding ties to Canada, properties she owns in Vancouver and fears for her health while incarcerated, court documents showed on Sunday.

China urges Canada to free Huawei CFO or face consequences

09 Dec 2018

BEIJING/OTTAWA China warned Canada on Saturday that there would be severe consequences if it did not immediately release Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, calling the case "extremely nasty".

China hopes U.S. shows sincerity at G20 trade talks

30 Nov 2018

BEIJING/SHANGHAI China hopes the United States can show sincerity and promote proposals both countries can accept when their two leaders meet at this week's G20 summit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday ahead of the key trade talks. | Video

China heaps pressure on Taiwan president after poll defeat

26 Nov 2018

TAIPEI Chinese state media heaped pressure on Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday after her ruling pro-independence party suffered heavy defeats in local elections at the weekend, as party officials sought to work out what went wrong. | Video

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