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US and China describe their discussions in Bangkok as “candid, substantive.”

China and the United States said on January 27 that top diplomat Wang Yi and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan held "candid, substantive" talks in Thailand's capital Bangkok, with the issue of Taiwan central after recent elections there. Beijing and Washington have clashed in recent years on flashpoint issues from technology and trade to human rights, as well as over the self-ruled island and competing claims in the South China Sea. Relations have somewhat stabilised since U.S. President Joe Biden met Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in San Francisco in November for talks that both sides described as a qualified success. Mr. Wang and Mr. Sullivan "had candid, substantive and fruitful strategic communication on implementing the consensus reached at the San Francisco meeti...
Dynamics in India-Maldives relations: The influence of China
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Dynamics in India-Maldives relations: The influence of China

Mohamed Muizzu, the newly elected president of the Maldives, seems to be pivoting away from India and moving closer to other sources of support, such as the Arab countries and China. With a wary eye on China's ambitions in the Indian Ocean, India is expected to push back strongly. “We may be small, but that doesn’t give you the license to bully us.” This was the jibe taken at India by Mohamed Muizzu, the newly elected president of the Maldives, who has brought Male’s ties with New Delhi down to its lowest point. In a geopolitical landscape where the Maldives has traditionally acknowledged India as a longstanding ally and a development partner, the recent statement reflects strong ripples in bilateral ties. In the past, other smaller countries in India’s periphery, including Nepal
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‘Unilateral’ China alters aircraft path in strait, which Taiwan attacks

TAIPEI – Taiwan's government has expressed anger after China "unilaterally" changed a flight path close to the sensitive "median line" in the Taiwan Strait, saying it appeared to be a deliberate attempt to change the status quo for possible military means.China's civil aviation administration said in a short statement late Tuesday that from Thursday it was cancelling an "offset measure" for the southbound operation of the M503 flight route, which is just west of the strait's median line. The median line had for years served as an unofficial barrier between Chinese-claimed Taiwan and China, but China says it does not recognize its existence and Chinese warplanes now regularly fly over it as Beijing seeks to pressure Taipei to accept its sovereignty claims. China also said it was open
What you should know about the demise of China’s Evergrande real estate company
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What you should know about the demise of China’s Evergrande real estate company

A Hong Kong court has ordered the liquidation of the Evergrande Group, China's giant and massively indebted real estate developer, after the company was unable to restructure the $300 billion it owed investors. Just six years ago, Evergrande was riding high, preselling apartments to middle- and upper-income Chinese. In 2018, it was listed as the world's most valuable real estate company. But just three years later, it was on the financial ropes. Massively overleveraged and unable to complete some existing projects, Evergrande has become symbolic of a Chinese economy that faces some major near-term obstacles: slowing growth, increasing debt and a shrinking workforce. Evergrande had been seeking a $23 billion debt restructuring plan, but that fell apart last year when the company's bi...
In a rare show of cooperation, the United States and China begin talks to stop the flow of fentanyl.
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In a rare show of cooperation, the United States and China begin talks to stop the flow of fentanyl.

BEIJING — American and Chinese officials met Tuesday to discuss joint efforts to stem the flow of fentanyl into the U.S., a sign of cooperation as the two global powers try to manage their contentious ties. The two-day meeting was the first for a new counternarcotics working group. One focus of the talks was fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is ravaging America, and in particular ingredients for the drug that are made in China. Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to restart cooperation in a handful of areas, including drug trafficking, when he and U.S. President Joe Biden met outside San Francisco in November. The agreements were a small step forward in a relationship strained by major differences on issues ranging from trade and technology to Taiwan and human rights. The U.S.
China and the US discuss fentanyl trafficking.
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China and the US discuss fentanyl trafficking.

The United States and China have launched a joint anti-narcotics group to curb the production and trade of the highly addictive opioid fentanyl in the first sign of cooperation between the superpowers since bilateral relations soured. The talks began on Tuesday after a US delegation led by Deputy Homeland Security Adviser Jen Daskal arrived in Beijing for the first joint meeting. At a summit in November Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden agreed to do more to cooperate on tackling companies that manufacture the precursor chemicals to make fentanyl and on cutting financing for the trade. Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin. The US has said China is the primary source of the precursor chemicals synthesised into ...
As it transpired: Hong Kong will amend Article 23 drastically to target foreign influence and state secrets; a one-month consultation period will begin.
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As it transpired: Hong Kong will amend Article 23 drastically to target foreign influence and state secrets; a one-month consultation period will begin.

Authorities map out details of new domestic security law, which they say will apply extraterritorially in some cases, as public consultation gets under wayNine chapters released in consultation paper for residents to offer their views, with activities such as treason, insurrection and theft of state secrets targeted This blog has been made freely available as a public service to our readers. Please consider supporting SCMP’s journalism by subscribing.Hong Kong’s leader mapped out the details of a public consultation on a domestic national security law on Tuesday, with authorities publishing nine chapters from the proposal and ministers briefing lawmakers on the coming legislation.Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu was joined by Secretary for Justice Paul Lam Ting-kwok and security minist
Maldives: The opposition is getting ready to remove President Muizzu from office
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Maldives: The opposition is getting ready to remove President Muizzu from office

The two main Opposition parties have a two-thirds majority in parliament needed to oust pro-China Muizzu. The Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party is preparing an impeachment motion against the country’s President Mohamed Muizzu, local reports said on Monday. The Maldivian Democratic Party has a majority in the island nation’s Parliament. The main Opposition party, led by former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, has 43 members in the 80-seat People’s Majlis. Former President Mohamed Nasheed’s The Democrats party has 13 seats. The impeachment motion needs to be passed with a two-thirds majority in the unicameral House. The two Opposition parties have 56 parliament members, more than the required number of 54. The Muizzu-led alliance comprising the Progressive Party of Maldives
Would a Trump presidency change China’s calculations on Taiwan?
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Would a Trump presidency change China’s calculations on Taiwan?

WASHINGTON/TOKYO/TAIPEI -- As former President Donald Trump gains momentum in his bid for a return to the White House, observers are examining how a potential Trump presidency affects Taiwan policy and whether it changes Beijing's calculations, including the time line for China's publicly stated desire for unification. "During the majority of the Trump administration, one of the worst kept secrets in Washington was that Trump didn't care about Taiwan," Evan Medeiros, former National Security Council senior director for Asia under President Barack Obama, told Nikkei Asia. "There were some rumors that, in fact, he even said that during meetings with Chinese officials." Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton wrote in his 2020 memoir, "The Room Where It Happened," that one...
110,000 Communist Party officials in China, according to the anti-corruption body, were disciplined last year.
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110,000 Communist Party officials in China, according to the anti-corruption body, were disciplined last year.

The 2023 disciplinary drive targeted tens of thousands of officials who did not perform their duties properly as well as those who received money and giftsThe Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s enforcement agency, warned officials to stick to the rules in the run-up to Lunar New Year About 110,000 Chinese Communist Party officials faced disciplinary action last year as part of the ongoing drive to clean up the party’s act, according to the country’s top anti-corruption body.The figures published by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) on Sunday represent a 13 per cent increase in the number of cases compared with the previous year.There is little sign of Beijing easing up on its latest crackdown more than a year after the party’s national congr