Vatican and Beijing deal brings new trial to village in north China Under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party, the allegiances of China's 12 million Catholics have been split between government-sanctioned churches and underground churches endorsed by the Vatican. The officially atheist government, who tried to abolish religion and failed, refused to recognize the pope as the head of their church in their country and thus created their own government-sanctioned churches as a means to control. Amid expectations that a historic accord will soon be struck between Rome and Beijing after 70 years, this could all change. … [Read more...] about Vatican and Beijing deal brings new trial to village in north China
World Russia China Trade War Sanctions China’s relationship with Russia is the best it’s ever been, a high-level Chinese official boasted this week as Beijing prepared to launch a trade war with the U.S. Visiting Moscow on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his country’s relationship with Russia is at “the best level in history.” The announcement was made as both China and Russia pass through a rough patch in their relationship with the U.S. Also on Thursday, President Donald Trump threatened to hit China with an additional $100 billion in trade tariffs, a potential escalation in the ongoing trade war with Beijing that already saw the U.S. announce plans to target around 1,300 Chinese products. A day earlier, China had revealed its plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. products, including soybeans, in retaliation. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said it will use any measure necessary to fight back against Trump’s tariffs, and … [Read more...] about Russia and China Are Closer Than Ever Before, Beijing Says As It Launches Trade War With Trump
President Trump’s latest threat to ratchet up tariffs on Chinese imports was met with a forceful response from Beijing on Friday as escalating trade tensions between the two largest economies once again unnerved financial markets and increased concerns about the prospect of a full-blown trade war.After Trump ordered his administration to consider slapping taxes on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods on top of $50 billion in goods previously announced, China’s Commerce Ministry vowed to fight the new tariffs “at any cost” with a full slate of counter-measures.Chinese officials did not provide specifics, but Beijing could take a host of actions to make life difficult for American businesses operating in China, in addition to levying tariffs on more U.S. imports to China.Earlier this week, China quickly responded to the Trump administration’s tally of $50 billion in Chinese products that would face 25% tariffs with its own list of American-made goods, … [Read more...] about Beijing responds forcefully to Trump’s escalating threats, raising risks of all-out trade war
Tibetans in Switzerland say Chinese spies have been photographing rallies organized by their community. They argue this is part of an ongoing crackdown by Beijing since Bern and China signed a free-trade agreement in 2013. Last Saturday, Tibetans in Switzerland, a group estimated to number some 7,500 people, celebrated the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day – a failed rebellion against Chinese occupation. The event was designed to call attention to the plight of Tibetans in the face of ongoing human rights abuses on the part of Chinese government. But among the 3,500 attendees at the Geneva rally were a pair of Chinese spies, according to event participants and organizers. One of the suspected spies was filmed by Tenzin Losinger, a young woman from Zurich with Tibetan roots. Initially, when asked by Losinger why he was taking photographs of the event, the man claimed he was a Japanese tourist. But in the video footage taken by Losinger and shared by Swiss daily … [Read more...] about Spying game: Tibetans in Switzerland accuse Beijing of oppression
A mysterious armoured train traveled from North Korea to Beijing and then headed back without revealing its key secret: Was Kim Jong Un on board?Speculation about a visit to Beijing by North Korea's reclusive leader or another high-level Pyongyang official ran high Tuesday amid talk of preparations for a future meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.The visit by the special train to Beijing and unusually heavy security at a guesthouse where prominent North Koreans have stayed seemed to point to the possibility that Kim was making his first visit to China as the North's leader.Such a trip would be seen as a potential precursor to Kim's planned summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April and his anticipated meeting with Trump by May. Analysts, however, questioned whether Kim would make the visit to Beijing himself rather than send an envoy.Whoever was on the train, their visit to Beijing appeared to be short. On Tuesday afternoon, a vehicle convoy led by a … [Read more...] about Who rode the mysterious armoured train from North Korea to Beijing?