Tag: China

China presses South Korea on Thaad missile system

China’s president has set out his opposition to the deployment of a US missile system, in his first discussion with the new South Korean leader. The Thaad missile system, aimed at intercepting attacks from North Korea, was made operational in South Korea last week. But Beijing says the system will spy on its territory and […]

What are 5,000 Chinese fighters doing in Syria?

Up to 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang are fighting in various militant groups in Syria, the Syrian ambassador to China Imad Moustapha said on Monday, adding that Beijing should be extremely concerned about it. China is worried that Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people who speak a Turkic language, have […]

North Korea turns its hostility on Beijing

Tensions on the Korean peninsula are reaching an unprecedented boiling point, as North Korea’s leader threatens war with China, its strongest and most important ally, over its “nuclear betrayal.” A Beijing official told both the U.S. and North Korea, along with Japan and South Korea, to “stop irritating each other” on Wednesday, prompting the Korean […]

North Korea crisis: North in another ‘failed’ missile launch

North Korea has test-fired another ballistic missile, South Korean and US military officials say. The missile exploded shortly after take-off, they said – the second failed launch in the past fortnight. US President Donald Trump accused North Korea of showing “disrespect” towards China and its president. The missile was fired from a site in South […]

China bans its construction crews from the West Bank over opposition to Israeli settlements

China is not allowing Chinese construction crews to work in the West Bank because it opposes Israeli settlements in what it considers occupied Palestinian territory. Israel officials said Sunday they had signed a deal with China to bring Chinese construction crews to Israel. They would not address reports that the work would be restricted to […]

China warns North Korea another nuclear weapons test would take relations beyond ‘point of no return’

North Korea has been warned not to go past the “point of no return” with another nuclear test by China, as the US and South Korea carry out high-profile military exercises. An editorial in the Global Times, regarded as a mouthpiece for the ruling Communist Party, said Beijing was hoping for a peaceful outcome but […]

Chinese pressure on North Korea ‘working,’ UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says

North Korea is trying to show strength at home by detaining another U.S. citizen, but overall, Chinese pressure on the regime is “working,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said this morning. “I think that North Korea’s been playing games from the very beginning,” Haley said today on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” “What […]

China and Europe have responsibility to avert North Korea crisis

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini expressed concern Thursday about rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and said China and Europe have a common responsibility to avoid a military escalation on the Korean Peninsula. In a speech at Tsinghua University on her final day of a three-day trip to Beijing, Mogherini warned of […]

Bolton warns: ‘It only gets worse’ with North Korea

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton warned that the geopolitical situation with North Korea is bound to only get worse over time while calling to reunify the Korean Peninsula. “The North Koreans — this very erratic, unstable regime — may soon have the capability to harm us directly,” Bolton said in an […]

North Korea: China bombers on ‘high alert,’ US official says

China put cruise missile-capable bombers “on high alert” this week as the United States sees evidence the Chinese military is preparing to respond to a potential situation in North Korea, a US defense official told CNN. The official said the United States has also seen an extraordinary number of Chinese military aircraft being brought up […]