U.S. imposes human rights sanctions on Chinese company, individuals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a Chinese company and two officials related to the company for what it said were human rights abuses against Uighurs and other ethnic minority people in China’s Xinjiang province, the Treasury Department said. The move was yet another step in the deteriorating relations between the United States and China

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China says it will be forced to respond to Houston consulate closure

BEIJING (Reuters) – China warned on Thursday it will be forced to respond after the United States ordered the shutdown of its Houston consulate, a move the Chinese Foreign Ministry said had “severely harmed” relations. Washington gave China 72 hours to close the consulate “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information”, marking a dramatic escalation of tension between

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Senior U.S. diplomat backs foreign students, including Chinese

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department’s number two diplomat expressed strong support on Wednesday for foreign students in the United States, including Chinese students, less than two weeks after the Trump administration abandoned a plan that would have barred thousands from the country. “I strongly agree with you on the importance of these student programs,” Deputy Secretary of State Stephen

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UK suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty, stoking China tensions

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain announced on Monday it would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in an escalation of a dispute with China over its introduction of a national security law for the former British colony. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told parliament the treaty would be suspended immediately and an arms embargo would be extended to Hong Kong. “We

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U.S. rejects China's claims in South China Sea, adding to tensions

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States on Monday rejected China’s claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, drawing criticism from China which said the U.S. position raised tension in the region, highlighting an increasingly testy relationship. China has offered no coherent legal basis for its ambitions in the South China Sea and for years has been

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Trump says he is not thinking about a 'Phase 2' U.S. – China trade deal

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday his not currently thinking about negotiating a “Phase 2” trade deal with China as relations between Washington and Beijing sour over the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. Trump, asked by reporters aboard Air Force One about the possibility of second phase trade deal following implementation of a

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