‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy defanged; Tokyo, Seoul join the US tech war; is China easing Australia sanctions?
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2w ago
Kinling Lo analyses a change of tone amid a staff change for Beijing’s senior diplomats; Rob Delaney on the future of US-China relations with Kevin McCarthy as Speaker; Zhou Xin reveals the deeper complexity of South Korean and Japanese  involvement in US chip sanctions; Kandy Wong reports on a series of moves showing China might be ending its sanctions on Australian coal, barley, wine and lobsters; and a Chinese-Australian partnership in lithium mining and processing ..read more
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Analysing China’s ties with the US, EU, UK, and Philippines in 2023
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by South China Morning Post
3w ago
Brussels-based SCMP correspondent Finbarr Bermingham recaps how Russia’s Ukraine invasion changed Europe’s relationship with China, and previews how the EU may change its tact to Chinese investment and trade; London-based correspondent Chad Bray analyses UK PM Rishi Sunak’s changing tone on China and the year ahead for HSBC; Lucio Blanco Pitlo III looks at Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr’s visit to Beijing and the dawn of “durian diplomacy”. as he balances US security and Chinese ..read more
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Xi’s Arab-China summit; Biden’s TSMC pivot in Arizona and EU EV diplomacy
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by South China Morning Post
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Post reporter Jack Lau analyses the energy and weapons deals signed by Saudi Arabia and China during Xi Jinping’s visit to Riyadh; hear about the historic Arab-China summit, and China’s push to expand the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation; New York-based reporter Khushboo Razdan discusses Joe Biden’s “America first” push, in a week where Taiwan’s TSMC opened its first US semiconductor plant and the EU agreed to subsidise its own vehicle industry to compete with Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.  ..read more
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Europe juggles China-US relations amid rising anger over Biden’s policies; analysing Jiang Zemin’s legacy
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by South China Morning Post
2M ago
How has the death of China’s former president Jiang Zemin inspired nostalgic memories of a different era of Beijing-Washington ties? Post North America bureau chief Rob Delaney gives his analysis on that, and reports on the spread of zero-Covid protests by Chinese students at US college campuses. Europe correspondent Finbarr Bermingham reports in increasing friction among European allies over the Biden administration’s efforts to curb China’s access to semiconductors and its role in the global ..read more
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Xi at G20: the optics and politics of China post-Covid as Ukraine war rages
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by South China Morning Post
2M ago
Kinling Lo reports from Bali after three days of speeches and sideline meetings, including the first face-to-face talks of presidents Xi Jinping and Joe Biden since China-US ties worsened. Shi Jiangtao looks at the optics of Xi’s mask-free public appearance; what China watchers are saying was achieved in Xi’s meetings with Biden and other world leaders; and whether they signal a change in the US-China narrative or merely a ray of light in the storm ..read more
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Asean preview: Myanmar crisis and US-China rivalry; China expands private security firms overseas
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by South China Morning Post
3M ago
Asia desk editor Bhavan Jaipragas previews a crucial Asean summit that will include US President Joe Biden sparring for relevance amid soaring Chinese investment in Southeast Asia, the ongoing Myanmar crisis, and tumultuous Malaysian elections. Political economy reporter Kandy Wong reports on China’s plan to expand private security forces overseas to protect its Belt and Road investments, and a special meeting in Beijing encouraging US multinationals to invest in China.   ..read more
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New US tech sanctions hit China, South Korea, Taiwan; Germany's port in a storm
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by South China Morning Post
3M ago
A week on from the harshest US sanctions yet on China’s access to semiconductor technology, Post tech-desk editor Zhou Xin unpacks the effect on China’s economy, the implications for American manufacturers and the dilemma faced by South Korean tech firms with big investments in China. Europe correspondent Finbarr Bermingham analyses the European Commission’s leaders meeting, where the focus is on Germany’s decision to allow Chinese shipping giant Cosco to invest in its biggest port and ..read more
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UN vs China over Xinjiang report; drones over Taiwan; Japan wary of Russia’s Vostok exercise
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by South China Morning Post
3M ago
Post journalists Finbarr Bermingham and Mimi Lau unpack the UN human rights report on conditions in China’s Xinjiang region and subsequent vehement rejection of it by Beijing; Kinling Lo on worries about drones flying over Taipei-controlled islands west of Taiwan as the US reaches another big arms deal; Japan-based correspondent Julian Ryall analyses Tokyo's concerns over Sino-Russian military drills on its doorstep and its plans to develop long-range missiles that could reach Russia and China.  ..read more
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Is the US preparing for war over Taiwan? Why the historic Japan-Australia defence, energy deal matters
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by South China Morning Post
3M ago
When the head of the US Navy declares his forces must be ready to “fight tonight” over the Taiwan Strait, is he referring to intelligence reports or the seasonal fight for funding? Hear from North America bureau chief Rob Delaney about this and on an unconfirmed report of a US-Taiwan weapons production deal as US midterm elections approach. Senior Asia correspondent Maria Siow analyses the historic Japan-Australia defence and energy deal announced over the weekend, and what it means for East ..read more
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US names China ‘biggest threat’, announces global bans on tech; Philippines and US-China rivalry
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by South China Morning Post
3M ago
Washington-based Post journalist Kinling Lo analyses the US national security strategy, released 20 months into the Biden presidency and contrasts mentions of China, Russia and climate change. New York-based deputy bureau chief Mark Magnier unpacks the intensive new sanctions on China’s access to US technology and their global reach, and responds to claims they are aimed at damaging China’s economic development. Regular Post columnist Lucio Blanco Pitlo III analyses how Filipino president ..read more
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