China announces retaliatory sanctions on US officials over Xinjiang measures

Beijing has announced sanctions against United States officials, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in retaliation for measures announced by Washington last week over Beijing’s alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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China rejects new US invite to join nuclear talks

China on Friday rejected a new US invitation to join arms control talks with Russia, complaining that Washington had continued to “pester” Beijing over the issue.

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HSBC may have to choose between East and West as China tightens grip on Hong Kong

By Michelle Toh, CNN Business– HSBC has carved out a lucrative role in global banking over the past 155 years by straddling the line between East and West. Now, a political firestorm over the bank’s hometown of Hong Kong could force the bank to choose sides. The lender, which began life as the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, is […]

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China says it won’t join nuclear talks until the US reduces its arsenal

China would be “happy” to join trilateral nuclear arms control talks with the United States and Russia, on the condition that Washington significantly reduces its arsenal to match China’s own level, a senior Chinese diplomat said Wednesday,

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Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan warn Israel on annexation

Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan on Tuesday warned Israel against annexing parts of the Palestinian territories, saying that doing so could have consequences for bilateral relations.

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U.S. Navy carriers conduct South China Sea drills as Chinese ships watch

Two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are conducting exercises in the contested South China Sea within sight of Chinese naval vessels spotted near the flotilla, the commander of one of the carriers, the USS Nimitz, told Reuters on Monday.

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