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US and China to Combat Smuggling of Nuclear Weapons Material

US and China to Combat Smuggling of Nuclear Weapons Material

The United States will collaborate with China in fresh efforts to curb the international smuggling of material that could be used to develop nuclear weapons, according to US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The US recently signed an agreement to provide China with training and technology that would detect “illicit movements, smuggling of nuclear materials and […]

Man Captures Three Years of Beijing Air Pollution in Photos

Man Captures Three Years of Beijing Air Pollution in Photos

Every morning before going to work, Zou Yi snaps a photo of the Beijing Television skyscraper from his living-room window on the 13th floor. Sometimes, the skyscraper basks in bright blue sky. Other times, it’s barely discernible behind a thick cloud of smog. For the last three years, Zou has been posting these photos along […]

US Urging China to De-Militarize all of South China Sea

US Urging China to De-Militarize all of South China Sea

The US is urging China to cover the entire South China Sea in its pledge to not militarize islands in the region. In recent months, China has deployed surface-to-air missiles, radar gear, and fighter jets to an islet there. “We are concerned that China has taken a number of unilateral steps over the last several […]

China Ridiculed for Lack of Action Against North Korea

China Ridiculed for Lack of Action Against North Korea

Following a missile test reported by North Korea on Sunday, China is being ridiculed for not having taken a stronger stance toward Pyongyang. The missile test was even ordered to be held a day in advance falling on one of China’s biggest holidays—the eve of Lunar New Year. “It’s a bad result, it’s a humiliation,” […]

China Shuts Down Legal-Aid Center for Women

China Shuts Down Legal-Aid Center for Women

In the latest episode of China’s crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists, authorities have shut down a prominent women’s legal-aid center in Beijing. The Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling and Service Center came under fire by Chinese authorities. “It looks like they are trying to crush all people with any influence, as far as well-known people […]

China-Iran Economic Pact Strengthens as Sanctions Ease

China-Iran Economic Pact Strengthens as Sanctions Ease

Even as most of the international sanctions meant to punish Iran over its elusive and aggressive nuclear program are lifted, Tehran managed to escape economic downfall and world isolation thanks in part to one country that didn’t play by the rules. China has remained one of Iran’s most reliable business partners and that pact is […]

Chinese Media Warns Tsai Over Independence

Chinese Media Warns Tsai Over Independence

Chinese state-run media on Monday warned Taiwan’s president elect to not take a pro-independence approach toward Chinese relations. Tsai Ing-wen, of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won a landslide victory on Saturday sending shockwaves throughout Chinese leadership. However, Tsai has in recent months sanitized the position of the DPP toward independence and has vowed […]

Xi Eliminates Military Headquarters

Xi Eliminates Military Headquarters

China’s President Xi Jinping on Monday announced the restructuring and modernization of the country’s military headquarters. The four headquarters overseeing staff, politics, logistics and armaments will be replaced by 15 agencies under the control of the ruling Communist Party’s Central Military Commission. State media quoted Xi as urging military commanders to “unswervingly follow the (party’s) […]

Xi’s Power Struggle Could Prove Disastrous for China

Xi’s Power Struggle Could Prove Disastrous for China

In the last two years of his presidency, Xi Jinping has unleashed onto China the biggest anti-corruption campaign in Communist Party history and the most intense crackdown on free speech in decades. Now, new disciplinary rules are aiming to crush internal dissent within the party. These rules already have led to the firing of a […]

China and Taiwan Exchange Spies After Historic Meeting

China and Taiwan Exchange Spies After Historic Meeting

China and Taiwan have released jailed spies in a measure of mutual goodwill following the historic meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou. China released Colonel Zhu Gongxun and Colonel Xu Changguo of Taiwan’s Military Intelligence, who were detained for more than nine years. Meanwhile, Taiwan granted advance parole for Chinese […]

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