China says no one should bring chaos to Korean peninsula

By Michael Martina BEIJING, May 24 : China said today no one had the right to bring chaos to the Korean peninsula, a day after it pushed for full implementation of UN sanctions against neighbouring North Korea for its missile and nuclear tests and called for dialogue. The United States has been trying to persuade […]

Wives of detained lawyers appeal to Trump to press China on rights

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, May 19 : Wives of human rights lawyers detained by China in a sweeping crackdown two years ago appealed in the US Congress for President Donald Trump to press Beijing to free activists and end torture. The wives of Taiwanese national Lee Ming-che and mainland lawyers Tang Jingling, Jiang Tianyong and […]

US Pacific commander visits Japanese East China Sea listening post

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, May 18 : The head of the US Pacific Command made his first visit to a Japanese radar station on the edge of the disputed East China Sea that Japan opened last year to the anger of its regional rival China. Admiral Harry Harris visited the Yonaguni Coast Observation Unit on […]

China quietly releases draft of tough new intelligence law

By Christian Shepherd BEIJING, May 16 : China today quietly released the first public draft of an intelligence law giving authorities powers to monitor suspects, raid premises, and seize vehicles and devices while investigating domestic and foreign individuals and groups. President Xi Jinping has overseen a raft of legislation to bolster national security against threats […]

US navy chief says fleet needs to expand as maritime competition rises

By Himani Sarkar SINGAPORE, May 16 : The US navy needs to expand its fleet and maritime capability to remain competitive as other nations such as China and Russia seek to strengthen their naval power, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said today. “We are getting back into, after decades really, an era of […]

Spare jackets, no questions for Xi: China works to ensure smooth Silk Road summit

By Ben Blanchard and Christian Shepherd BEIJING, May 15 : India didn’t show up. North Korea did, to the annoyance of the United States. And Pyongyang threatened to steal the show by firing a ballistic missile that landed less than 100 km from Russia. Despite the distractions, China stuck to the script at the first […]