Ben Blanchard

China urges U.S. to take steps to ensure North Korea talks resume

12 Sep 2019

BEIJING China urged the United States on Thursday to adopt an approach more conducive to dialogue in response to North Korea's goodwill in wanting to resume denuclearization talks, and again suggested United Nations sanctions relief be considered for Pyongyang.

China, U.S. kick off new round of tariffs in trade war

02 Sep 2019

BEIJING/WASHINGTON The United States began imposing 15% tariffs on a variety of Chinese goods on Sunday - including footwear, smart watches and flat-panel televisions - as China began imposing new duties on U.S. crude, the latest escalation in a bruising trade war. | Video

No need yet for Hong Kong to use emergency powers: senior parliamentary official

30 Aug 2019

BEIJING Hong Kong is a long way from having to declare emergency powers or to ask the Chinese military to intervene, a senior official with China's parliament and pro-Beijing Hong Kong politician told Reuters, as months of protests show no sign of abating. | Video

China says wants 'calm' resolution to U.S. trade war

26 Aug 2019

BEIJING China is willing to resolve its trade dispute with the United States through "calm" negotiations and resolutely opposes the escalation of the conflict, Vice Premier Liu He, who has been leading the talks with Washington, said on Monday. | Video

China's parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage

21 Aug 2019

BEIJING Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighbouring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage, despite pressure from activists. | Video

China says Trump 'misleading' people linking trade deal, slowing economy

16 Jul 2019

BEIJING China on Tuesday rebuffed a suggestion from U.S. President Donald Trump that Beijing needs a trade deal with the United States because its economy is slowing, saying this was "totally misleading" and that both countries wanted an agreement.

China says will freeze out U.S. companies that sell Taiwan arms

16 Jul 2019

BEIJING China's government and Chinese companies will cut business ties with U.S. firms selling arms to Taiwan, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, declining to give details of the sanctions in a move likely to worsen already poor ties with Washington.

World cannot shut China out, vice president says, in jab at U.S.

08 Jul 2019

BEIJING China and the rest of the world must co-exist, Vice President Wang Qishan said on Monday, in an indirect jab at the United States, with which Beijing is trying to resolve a bitter trade war.

China to Britain: Keep your 'colonial' hands off Hong Kong

04 Jul 2019

BEIJING/LONDON China told Britain to keep its hands off Hong Kong on Wednesday while London called for Beijing to honor the agreements made when the city was handed over in 1997, escalating a diplomatic spat over the former British colony. | Video

Britain denies supporting violent Hong Kong protests as China media slam 'Western ideologues'

04 Jul 2019

LONDON/BEIJING British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that he had not backed violent protests in Hong Kong, after Chinese state media blamed "Western ideologues" for fomenting unrest in the former British colony.

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