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Xi meets US trade officials after the latest round of trade talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with top US trade officials on Friday, after the latest round of China-US trade negotiations concluded in Beijing, offering support from China's top leadership for the ongoing talks aimed at resolving the trade war between the world's two largest economies.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/15 22:33:40

Venezuela to fulfill loan commitment to China, ship more oil overseas: envoy

Venezuela will likely ship more oil to China and continue to pay its loans despite the negative influence of US sanctions on its oil production, the Venezuelan ambassador to China told the Global Times.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/15 20:28:40

Chinese president meets US trade representative, treasury secretary

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who were here for a new round of China-US high-level economic and trade consultations, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/15 18:43:57

Why anti-China spy wave starts in Europe?

The Chinese Embassy in Lithuania issued a statement expressing outrage at recent accusations of espionage. Lithuanian intelligence has released the annual National Threat Assessment 2019 report this week, published by the Department of State Security and Military Intelligence; it alleges the activity of Chinese special services in the country. Lithuania is not the only NATO member state to express concerns about alleged Chinese spying. What is the reason for these accusations and how are they related to the deterioration of Sino-US relations? Commenting on the report published by Vilnius, the Chinese newspaper Global Times drew attention to the absurdity of the very idea of increased Chinese intelligence activity in the country. The publication expressed doubt that a country with a population of 3 million people far from China's borders would interest Chinese intelligence. It must also be noted that the scientific potential of Lithuania isn't high enough to justify espionage. So why did Lithuania follow a number of Western countries in promoting the espionage theme? Global Times believes that this is due to the subordinate position of Lithuania in NATO and the desire of this Baltic state to impress Washington. Chinese expert Yang Mian, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of China University of Communications, told Sputnik that he shares the views of Global Times and noted that Russia has also been targeted in the unwinding scandal. Namely, these two countries have been named as America's main geopolitical rivals in the official documents of the United States ever since Donald Trump came to power. "European countries, such as Germany and France, have recently once again began promoting the idea of the Chinese threat, they've even declared that a total of '450 Chinese and Russian spies are in the heart of Europe'." Lithuania is a "junior partner" in NATO. The report of the Lithuanian intelligence services, in which China is accused of espionage and activities that threaten Lithuanian national security, primarily demonstrates loyalty to the EU and the United States. It demonstrates enthusiasm in fighting a common enemy of Europe and the United States. A small country such as Lithuania needs support from the EU and the United States, and adherence to the anti-China wave, driven by a desire to gain recognition and to be seen. Of course, acting this way means being on the side of an unjust cause." News regarding the activities of Chinese and Russian spies in Europe continue to make headlines. The latest, the articlein of Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper seems to be intended to really scare European officials about Chinese and Russian threats. According the publication's sources, diplomats are being discouraged from visiting certain cafes and restaurants in and around the European Union headquarters neighborhood in Brussels, where they risk being overheard by Chinese and Russian spies. This news piece, in particular, is referring to a popular steak restaurant and cafe just a few minutes on foot from the main building of the European Commission and the office building of the European External Action Service. Will this atmosphere of hysteria be able to influence cooperation between China and the EU, because normal commercial activity is possible only in an environment of trust? This is what Professor Yang Mian believes: "Spreading the 'concept of the Chinese threat' and denigrating China is one of the long-standing methods used by some countries. These false statements will certainly have some effect on cooperation between China and the European Union, but they still will not have a fundamental impact. With regard to the long-term interests of European countries, their relations with China are unlikely to be seriously affected by these dubious rumors. I don't think that any country can break off relations with another country or curtail cooperation only because of the risks associated with espionage." According to Yang Mian, the current wave of accusations against China is not directly related to the difficult state of Sino-US relations, although the expert still sees an indirect connection there. "I cannot say that China's European espionage accusations are directly related to the current state of China-US relations, although coordination and cooperation with the United States cannot be ruled out, so that Europeans can show their loyalty. After all, Europe has always been an important region for spreading the idea of the Chinese threat. On this issue, Europe and the United States act in unison," Professor Yang Mian concluded.
Source: sputniknews.com | 2019/2/15 16:39:57

China-aided state house handed over to Burundi

Chinese Ambassador to Burundi Li Changlin and Burundian Foreign Affairs Minister Ezechiel Nibigira on Thursday signed a handover document on the China-aided Burundian state house.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/15 15:54:53

China played no role in US opioid crisis, say officials

Later this week US Senator Charles Schumer is scheduled to introduce sanctions legislation to "hold China accountable" for fentanyl abuse problems in the US. In an exclusive interview with Global Times reporter Guo Yuandan (GT), two drug control officials at China's Ministry of Public Security noted that the US would do better examining its domestic failure to handle the problem than blaming China.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 22:53:40

China-US trade talks light up

Chinese social media had a field day, as they make lighthearted note about the latest round of high-level trade negotiations between China and the US that opened in Beijing on Thursday, offering some indication of shift in mood toward the tense relations between the world's two biggest economies amid a months-long trade war.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 22:48:40

Poland should ensure ties not damaged by US interference: Chinese embassy

The Chinese embassy in Poland on Wednesday urged the country to continue providing a fair, just and transparent investment environment for Chinese companies and to ensure that China-Poland ties are not disrupted or damaged by US provocations.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/14 15:43:40

China-Laos railway to complete 90 pct bridge, tunnel construction in 2019

Over 90 percent of the tendered bridge and tunnel projects of the China-Laos railway will be completed by the end of 2019, the construction company has said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/14 11:04:50

Chinese envoy underscores importance of political settlement to Iraq issue

A Chinese envoy on Wednesday underscored the importance of political settlement to the Iraq issue while addressing a United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in Iraq.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/14 9:30:09

New round of China-US trade talks starts in Beijing

China and the United States started a new round of high-level economic and trade consultations in Beijing on Thursday morning.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/14 9:13:05

Failed conference 'a lesson' for the US

A US-hosted conference in Warsaw to pressure Iran received a lukewarm response from US allies, with Chinese analysts saying this could be a lesson for the Trump administration to rethink its unwise hostile policy toward Iran.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/13 22:03:41

China meeting Venezuelan opposition 'false' report

The Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday refuted foreign media reports which claimed that China has been holding talks with Venezuela's political opposition to safeguard its investments, and called the reports "false."
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/13 21:58:40

China staunch defender of cyber security: China's EU mission

China is a staunch defender of cyber security and has been firmly opposing and cracking down on all forms of cyber espionage, the Mission of China to the European Union (EU) said here Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 10:05:27

China-US cooperation urged as anniversary of diplomatic ties commemorated

Cooperation remains the only right option for China and the United States, which can overcome difficulties in bilateral ties for greater mutual benefits, a senior Chinese diplomat and a veteran US expert on international relations said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 9:16:32

China urges relevant countries to stop tarnishing China on cybersecurity

China Tuesday urged relevant countries to stop using the excuse of so-called cyber spying and internet hacking to tarnish its image, and to stop actions and words that harm China's interests and bilateral ties.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 9:15:25

China, UK should handle differences properly, enhance strategic mutual trust: Ambassador

China and UK should keep the long-term interests and larger picture in mind, look at each other's development as opportunities, respect each other's sovereignty, security and right to development, handle our differences properly and enhance strategic mutual trust, Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming has said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 9:08:40

Huawei pushes back in Europe

Leading Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies is taking the initiative to protect its lawful business interests in Europe, as the company reportedly threatened to sue the Czech security authority over a warning issued by the latter, Chinese analysts said on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/12 20:13:40