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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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Jun 18, 2021 - World

WSJ: China may lift all childbirth restrictions by 2025

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The Chinese government is considering the possibility of lifting family planning restrictions by 2025 amid stagnating population and economic growth, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: The move reflects "increased urgency in Beijing as economic growth slows and China’s population mix skews older," the Journal writes.

Jun 18, 2021 - World

After Putin summit, White House considers meeting with China's Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands with then-Vice President Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People on Dec. 4, 2013 in Beijing, China. Photo: Lintao Zhang via Getty Images

The White House will consider talks with China's President Xi, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday.

Why it matters: Sullivan's remarks come one day after President Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They also come as the U.S. increases pressure on the Chinese government to address its human rights issues, including the Uyghur genocide and Hong Kong, and the origins of the coronavirus.

Jun 17, 2021 - World

Mapping China's growing global influence

Data: Atlantic Council; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

As of 1980, China was the most influential player in just one country: Albania. Now, China is the leading power across most of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia and is catching up to the U.S. in its own hemisphere.

What we’re reading: That's according to a new report from the University of Denver and the Atlantic Council that seeks to measure the influence countries have on each other, and in so doing offers a dramatic portrait of China's rise.

Updated Jun 17, 2021 - Science

Chinese astronauts reach new space station for 3-month mission

The manned Shenzhou-12 spacecraft from China's Manned Space Agency onboard the Long March-2F rocket launches at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu province, China, on Thursday morning Beijing time. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Three astronauts entered China's new space station for the first time after riding into space on the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft launched from the edge of the Gobi Desert on Thursday, according to AP.

Why it matters: Astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo are set to occupy the station for a three-month mission, marking the country's longest crewed space mission ever and the first in almost five years.

Updated Jun 17, 2021 - World

500 Hong Kong police officers raid pro-democracy newspaper

Chief Operations Officer Chow Tat Kuen (front 2nd R) is escorted by police from the Apple Daily newspaper offices before being put into a waiting vehicle in Hong Kong on Thursday. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong's Apple Daily said 500 police officers searched the pro-democracy newspaper's offices and arrested five senior executives on Thursday.

Why it matters: The arrests of the paper's chief editor, Ryan Law, along with its chief operating officer, two other editors and the CEO of Next Digital, which operates Apple Daily, were made under China's national security law — which gives the government broad power to limit people's political freedom.

Jun 16, 2021 - World

China's government issues warning after sending 28 planes over Taiwan airspace

A J-11B fighter aircraft from China's air force flying over the Dafangshen airport in Changchun, China. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

China's government issued a warning to "foreign forces" after Taiwan reported a record 28 Chinese military planes flew over the self-governed island's airspace Tuesday, per Reuters.

Why it matters: The warning and deployment of aircraft including fighter jets and bombers comes after G7 leaders issued a statement Sunday urging the Chinese government to respect human rights and calling on peace and "stability across the Taiwan Strait."

Republicans push to sanction Chinese officials over Wuhan lab probe

Rep. Elise Stefanik. Photo: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Two House Republicans — including Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) — are introducing a bill Tuesday to sanction top Chinese health officials until they allow an investigation into whether the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab, according to a copy of the bill text obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The lab-leak theory has regained prominence in both the scientific and political worlds, after the Wall Street Journal reported that three scientists who worked at the Wuhan Institute of Virology experienced COVID-19 symptoms in November 2019.

Jun 14, 2021 - World

NATO leaders take strongest position yet on threat from China

President BIden with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Francois Mori/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

NATO leaders view China's growing influence, military prowess and assertive behavior as "systemic challenges to the rules-based international order," according to a communique released Monday.

Why it matters: It's the first time that NATO, which was founded in 1949 to confront the Soviet Union, has formally addressed the threat posed by China's military ambitions. The alliance did not, however, refer to China as a "rival" or "adversary."

Jun 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden to urge G7 to take unified approach to countering China

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President Biden on Saturday is expected to urge fellow G7 leaders to adopt a unified approach to countering China's rising global influence, AP reports.

Driving the news: The G7 leaders are set to unveil a multi-billion-dollar global infrastructure plan aimed at rivaling Beijing's efforts in the developing world.

Jun 11, 2021 - World

Hong Kong to censor movies under China's national security law

The inside of a movie theater in Hong Kong. Photo: Roy Liu/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hong Kong's government on Friday announced it will censor films that it says are endangering national security.

Why it matters: "The new guidelines ... are the latest sign of how thoroughly Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese territory, is being reshaped by a security law enacted last year to quash antigovernment protests," the New York Times writes.

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