China’s Pacific plan seen as a regional strategic game-changer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – When China signed a security pact With the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the US and its allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the South Pacific, an area of ​​traditional American naval dominance. But China upped the ante further this week, reaching out … Read more

People are leaving Hong Kong and here’s where they’re going

They stuck it out during the political protests of 2019. Then they lasted through nearly two years of pandemic. But this year, they say they’ve had enough. Residents of Hong Kong are leaving the city in droves in 2022 – not because they want to, several told CNBC, but because Covid restrictions and what they … Read more

China wants 10 Pacific nations to sign on to ‘game-changing’ agreement

The Red Falcon Air Demonstration Team of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force performs over a Chinese national flag on September 30, 2021 in China. China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest … Read more

Blinken says US ready to increase diplomacy with China in “this charged moment of the world”

Washington CNN – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined the Biden administration’s strategy towards China, seeking to refocus attention on what he called “the most serious long-term challenge to the international order.” In a lengthy speech delivered at George Washington University Thursday, the top US diplomat outlined the administration’s approach as “invest, align, compete,” … Read more

Crypto is dead. Long live crypto

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here. You can listen to an audio version of the newsletter by clicking the same link. London CNN Business – The deepening chasm between the crypto evangelists and naysayers may never have been … Read more

China wants 10 Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a “game-changing” bid by Beijing to wrest control of the region. A draft of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press shows that China wants to train … Read more

China’s bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted several months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19. As early as the spring of 2020 a Chinese pharmaceutical company, Fosun Pharma, reached … Read more

At Davos, Kerry cites progress on China-US climate group

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – John Kerry, America’s top official on climate change, said Tuesday that the US and China were making progress on putting together a group from both countries to work towards quickly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In an interview with The Associated Press during the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Kerry said … Read more

China-Taiwan conflict: What you need to know

Hong Kong CNN – US President Joe Biden’s warning the US would defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression has made headlines around the world – and put growing tensions between the small democratic island and its neighboring autocratic superpower back under the spotlight. Less than a decade ago, ties seemed to be on the mend as … Read more