Kim Jong-un’s successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile this week set off a new round of brinkmanship in the Korean peninsula that will bring the strongest test in years of the relationship between China and the United States. Already...
North Korea will be able to field a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year, U.S. officials have concluded in a confidential assessment that dramatically shrinks the timeline for when Pyongyang could strike North American cities...
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia rebuked Washington's threat of military force. The showdown in a meeting...
A China government-linked think tank has admitted that North Korea has shut the door on Beijing, which is now powerless to negotiate with its rogue neighbour. Australia, the UK and the US are keeping pressure on China to reign in...
If you want to know why the European Union has shied from challenging China on its human rights record, look no further than what happened the last time a European country crossed Beijing. In November 2013, a Spanish court ordered...
There's a saying in politics: "Never let a good crisis go to waste." North Korea's missile test is indeed a crisis — and a test of Donald Trump's still-young presidency. But he is being outmanoeuvred by Russia and China, who have...
If you’re struggling to make sense of the latest standoff between the Chinese and Indian militaries 10,000 feet in the Himalayas, don’t fret: You’re in good company. The showdown at Doka La is the product of a multi-layered, multi-party...
BEIJING (MarketWatch) — President Donald Trump’s relationships with Russia and his sympathies, real and alleged, with President Vladimir Putin have attracted much attention. Another plausible candidate for a “friend of Trump” accolade is President Xi Jinping of China. Many of...
China launched its newest warship on Wednesday, a large guided-missile destroyer touted as the latest in naval technology and seen as a challenge to naval rivals in Asia. The ship, dubbed the Type 055 class, represents a big step in...
The sale is the first of its kind since Donald Trump took office and will upset China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. The US state department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4bn,...
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On a warm Sunday summer evening a few years ago, two officials from the Chinese consulate in Sydney travelled to Melbourne to send a...

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