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Former Google CEO and others call for U.S.-China tech "bifurcation"

Decoupling has growing bipartisan and industry support.

Jan 26, 2021 - World
Hong Kong's worst case scenario is happening

There's been a slew of arrests under the national security law imposed by Beijing.

Dec 15, 2020 - World
Exclusive: Suspected Chinese spy targeted California politicians

Christine Fang built connections with up-and-coming California politicians including Eric Swalwell and Ro Khanna.

Updated Dec 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy
As Taiwan's profile rises, so does risk of conflict with China

Military conflict between the two could also embroil the U.S.

Oct 13, 2020 - World
China is censoring Hollywood's imagination

No major films are critical of China. That's not an accident.

Sep 1, 2020 - World
With new security law, China outlaws global activism

Hong Kong's draconian new security law applies to everyone in the world.

Jul 7, 2020 - World

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
13 hours ago - World

John Kerry and China's long road ahead on climate

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Brian Snyder/AFP via Getty Images

Yes, special climate envoy John Kerry's really in China and no, don't look for a huge breakthrough between the world's two largest carbon-emitting nations.

Driving the news: The State Department yesterday announced Kerry's visit this week, confirming plans that began emerging Saturday.

Apr 13, 2021 - World

Biden administration sends unofficial delegation to Taiwan

A person passing a Taiwan flag in Taipei on April 11. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A delegation comprised of former Sen. Chris Dodd and former Deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg left for Taiwan on Tuesday at President Biden's request as tensions rise between the self-ruled island nation and China, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: A White House official told Reuters that the "unofficial" delegation is intended as a “personal signal” of Biden's commitment to Taiwan.

Apr 13, 2021 - World

Xinjiang statement removed from cotton watchdog website

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Last year, an international cotton watchdog organization announced it was ceasing all operations in Xinjiang amid reports of widespread forced labor. That statement has now disappeared from the organization's website as backlash grows in China against international attempts to boycott Xinjiang cotton.

The big picture: The Chinese government is pressuring foreign companies and organizations to stay silent on repression in Xinjiang, or in some cases, to even actively promote Xinjiang-made products.

Apr 13, 2021 - World

Interview: Gen Nakatani on China and the U.S.-Japan alliance

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The U.S. and Japan should coordinate even more closely to check China’s military rise, Gen Nakatani, a prominent member of Japan’s House of Representatives and a former defense minister, told Axios in an interview.

Why it matters: Later this week, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will become the first foreign leader to visit President Biden at the White House, demonstrating the importance that the Biden administration is placing on the U.S.-Japan relationship.

Secretary of State Blinken slams Chinese government for "failure" to cooperate on COVID

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken criticized the Chinese government for its lack of transparency in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday's "Meet the Press," and called for a more thorough investigation into the of the origins of COVID-19.

Why it matters: Investigating the origins of the virus has been hallmarked by geopolitical tensions, and U.S. officials have expressed skepticism about a report assembled by the World Health Organization and China.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Apr 10, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Report: John Kerry plans to visit China ahead of Biden's climate summit

John Kerry. Photo: Zach Gibson / Stringer

John Kerry, President Biden's special climate envoy, is expected to travel to China next week for meetings with officials aimed at boosting collaboration, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Why it matters: China is the world's largest carbon dioxide emitter and the U.S. is second-largest.

Apr 10, 2021 - World

China hits Alibaba with $2.8 billion antitrust fine

The Alibaba logo at a consumer electronics show in Las Vegas in 2019. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

The Chinese government imposed an antitrust fine equivalent to $2.8 billion on tech and e-commerce company Alibaba, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: It's a record penalty in the country and a continuation of Beijing regulators' scrutiny on the business empire of founder Jack Ma, who was ordered in December to transform his Ant Group into a financial holding company overseen by China’s central bank.

U.S. issues new guidelines to "encourage" government engagement with Taiwan

US State Department spokesman Ned Price takes questions from reporters during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AFP via Getty Images.

The State Department issued guidelines on Friday "to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship."

Why it matters: The latest guidance comes amid heightened tensions over Taiwan, whose status is one of the most sensitive political issues between Washington and Beijing.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Apr 9, 2021 - Technology

Why threats to Taiwan are a nightmare for tech

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Threats to Taiwan, the self-governing island only slightly bigger than Maryland, are sending shivers through the global tech industry.

Why it matters: Taiwan is home to 92% of the world's leading-edge chip manufacturing operations and a vital center for producing other tech components, including laptops and PC motherboards.

Apr 8, 2021 - World

Sens. Menendez, Risch unveil bipartisan bill to counter China

Sen. Jim Risch, right, speaks to Sen. Menendez, left, during a confirmation hearing on March 23. Photo: Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and ranking member Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) on Thursday announced their finished bipartisan proposal to counter China's rising political and financial power.

Why it matters, via Axios' China reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian: This bill marks a culmination of years of growing bipartisan concern, and the rise of an increasingly authoritarian China. If it passes, it will send a strong signal to Beijing that both parties are unified in defending democratic values from authoritarian encroachment.

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