China-Policies & politics

The latest news on China politics, including domestic and foreign policy.
  1. China is mobilising its military doctors to help to contain the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, state media reported on Friday.According to the national broadcaster CCTV, the central military command has ordered medical staff to help civilian doctors and nurses.The report said 40 medical officers from the city’s military hospital had already started work in the intensive care unit of Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital.As of 6pm on Friday, mainland China had reported over 880 confirmed cases of infection and…
  2. Both the US and China must make adjustments if they are going to reach a lasting phase-two trade deal that benefits the rest of the world, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.Lee told Bloomberg “both sides have to make quite basic adjustments”. The US, he said, must decide whether to create rules that allow “the best man” to win or only let America come out on top.“America First means you do the best for the United States,” Lee said in Davos, Switzerland, while attending the World…
  3. Taiwan has complained about being classed as part of China by the World Health Organisation after reporting its first case of the novel coronavirus case that has claimed 17 lives and infected hundreds more.Although the self-ruled island is not a member of the WHO, it said it filed the report through its channel to the organisation on Tuesday.But when the WHO released its latest figures on the spread of the virus – which it had earlier named 2019-nCoV – it referred to Taipei’s report as a case…
  4. Beijing’s decision to quarantine Wuhan in central China to try to contain a deadly disease outbreak presents unprecedented challenges as it is dealing with a city about five times the size of London.Public transport in and out of Wuhan was effectively shut down at 10am on Thursday and residents were told to remain in the city, unless they could provide “special reasons” for leaving.The central government imposed the lockdown to stop the spread of a newly identified coronavirus that has killed…
  5. A newly-released US Navy video of the tense encounter between a Chinese and US warship in the South China Sea in late 2018 offers an indication of how seriously the Chinese side were prepared for a collision with the US vessel in the contested waterway.In the footage of the incident, which at the time caused heated exchanges between Washington and Beijing, Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy crew can be seen preparing buoys designed to absorb impact and protect the hull of their ship in the…
  6. The mayor of Wuhan, the central Chinese city where a new coronavirus first broke out, is under growing pressure over the government’s response to the outbreak after he admitted its disease prevention efforts fell short.Zhou Xianwang, the 57-year-old mayor of the Hubei provincial capital, is weathering what will likely be the toughest crisis of his career, with a flood of calls for his resignation after he told state broadcaster CCTV that the city’s “warnings were not sufficient”.During the…
  7. Taiwan’s exports to mainland China fell 2.6 per cent last year, their first slump since 2016, on the back of a weak electronics sector and the impact of China’s trade war with the United States, analysts said.Total two-way trade in 2019 grew by just 0.8 per cent year on year to US$244.35 billion, compared with 13.2 per cent growth 12 months earlier, according to figures from information provider Wind Financial.In 2018, Taiwan’s exports to mainland China rose 13.9 per cent year on year.Iris Pang…
  8. Vice-Premier Han Zheng told the World Economic Forum that China’s trade deal with the United States will not hurt rival exporting nations as complaints mount from governments that were left out of the agreement.Han said that China’s commitment to buy more from the US are in line with its World Trade Organisation (WTO) obligations and will not squeeze out other imports.He also pledged to lower barriers for foreign investors as he set out the case for China’s engagement with the global economy…
  9. The second day of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s high-stakes extradition hearing got under way in Vancouver on Tuesday, with her lawyer coming under intense questioning from the judge over his claim that Meng’s alleged conduct would not have constituted fraud in Canada, failing the extradition test of “double criminality”.Meng’s lawyer Eric Gottardi started the day by responding to Justice Heather Holmes’ question, issued on Monday: if Meng’s alleged actions had occurred in Canada, would a…
  10. US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he and President Xi Jinping “love each other”, while insisting that negotiations for a phase two trade deal will start “very shortly”.Trump told the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that his relationship with Xi “is an extraordinary one” less than a week after the two countries agreed their phase one trade deal.“He’s for China, I’m for the US, but other than that we love each other,” Trump said in his speech, stirring laughter in…