Tag: International Relations

South Korea Denies U.S. Request to Extradite Operator of Child Pornography Site

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court on Monday rejected an extradition request by the United States for a South Korean citizen convicted of running one of the world’s biggest child pornography websites on the dark web. The South Korean, Son Jong-woo, 24, completed an 18-month sentence in April for operating a child pornography […]

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U.K. Grants Asylum to Ex-Consulate Worker Who Told of Torture in China

HONG KONG — A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong who said he was tortured by the authorities in mainland China last year has been given asylum in Britain. The disappearance last year of the consulate worker, Simon Cheng, during the height of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong highlighted the issues that […]

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As China Strengthens Grip on Hong Kong, Taiwan Sees a Threat

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has long tried to convince Taiwan that unification was a historical inevitability, alternately enticing the democratic island with economic incentives while bluntly warning that any move toward formal independence would be answered with military force. Now, the incentives are gone and the warnings seem more ominous following Mr. […]

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China’s National Security Law for Hong Kong, Explained

The sweeping new national security law that China imposed on Hong Kong, aimed at stamping out opposition to the ruling Communist Party in the former British colony, is as “devastating” as some critics feared, a human-rights activist said on Wednesday. Conceived in secrecy and passed on Tuesday without serious public input, the law sets up […]

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China Imposes Security Law on Hong Kong, Brushing Aside Opponents

A year after protesters in Hong Kong jubilantly defied Chinese rule, the national leader, Xi Jinping, has opened a long-term counteroffensive in the territory, signing a new security law on Tuesday that sets obedience to Beijing above the former British colony’s civil freedoms. Conceived in secrecy and passed with intimidating speed, the law has ignited […]

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Australian Politician’s Home Raided in Chinese Influence Inquiry

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian authorities raided the home and office of a federal lawmaker on Friday as part of a sweeping investigation into allegations of a Chinese government plot to manipulate the politics and policy of Parliament. Shaoquett Moselmane, a Labor politician from a Sydney suburb, recently praised China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, for […]

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China and America Are Heading Toward Divorce

My favorite story in John Bolton’s book about the Trump Fun House — sorry, White House — was that President Trump appealed to China’s leader to buy more U.S. agricultural products to boost Trump’s farm vote and his re-election. Donald: Stop begging. Both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have decided to vote for you. Don’t […]

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North Korea Vows to Dump Millions of Leaflets and Trash on the South

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s printing shops have been working overtime to revive a favorite weapon of Cold War-era psychological warfare: sending millions of propaganda leaflets, cigarette butts and other trash to South Korea, the North’s official news agency said on Monday. North Korea has also prepared 3,000 balloons to carry the leaflets across […]

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How China and India Came to Lethal Blows

NEW DELHI — Tensions between Indian and Chinese troops have simmered since early May in the remote, high Karakoram mountains that separate India’s northern Ladakh region from the alkaline desert of Aksai Chin, which is claimed by India but controlled by China and abuts its Xinjiang province. It is a forbidding landscape of cold deserts, […]

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China Indicts 2 Canadians on Spying Charges, Escalating Dispute

Chinese officials said on Friday they had indicted two Canadians on charges of espionage, escalating Beijing’s punitive campaign against Canada over the arrest of a top executive of the Chinese technology giant Huawei. The two men, Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a business consultant, were detained in 2018 as relations between China […]

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Narendra Modi Warns China of a ‘Befitting Reply’ From India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India broke his silence on Wednesday over the 20 Indian soldiers killed this week by Chinese forces along the nations’ disputed border, warning that his country was capable of “giving a befitting reply.” In a short televised speech, Mr. Modi said that “the sacrifice of our soldiers will not be […]

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India-China Border Dispute: A Conflict Years in the Making

The killing of 20 Indian soldiers at the hands of Chinese troops armed with rocks and wooden clubs along a disputed border high in the Himalayas was a startling culmination of years of skirmishes between military forces from both countries. But the burst of deadly violence — the first in the region in more than […]

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3 Indian Soldiers Killed in First Deadly Clash on Chinese Border in Decades

NEW DELHI — An Indian Army officer and two soldiers were killed by Chinese troops late Monday in clashes along the disputed India-China border, Indian officials said, raising tensions between the world’s two most populous nations. Preliminary reports on Tuesday indicated that the soldiers had not been shot, but had been killed in a rock-throwing […]

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Arab Envoy Warns Israelis That Annexation Threatens Warming Ties

JERUSALEM — In a watershed article in a leading Israeli newspaper, a top diplomat from the United Arab Emirates warned the Israeli public on Friday that unilateral annexation of West Bank territory would endanger Israel’s warming ties with Arab countries. Writing in Friday’s Yediot Ahronot, Yousef al-Otaiba, the Emirates’ ambassador to the United States, appealed […]

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U.S. Limits Virus Aid for Masks, Gloves and Other Medical Gear Abroad

WASHINGTON — Relief workers are broadly restricted from using United States funding to buy surgical masks, gloves and other protective medical gear to confront the coronavirus overseas, in order to keep that equipment available for health providers in America, according to regulations issued Tuesday by the United States Agency for International Development. The new rules […]

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China and India Move to Defuse Tensions After Clashes in the Himalayas

China and India have stepped back from a tense confrontation along their shared border high in the Himalayas, pledging to resolve disputes over territory through diplomatic and military channels, India’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. The announcement came a day after military commanders from the two sides met near Chushul, a border village at the […]

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Prague Says Ricin Plot Was a Hoax, and Moves to Expel 2 Russians

MOSCOW — Russia on Friday denounced a decision by the Czech Republic to expel two Russian diplomats over an alleged ricin poison plot that Czech officials now believe was a hoax engineered as part of internal quarrels in Moscow’s embassy in Prague. The Russian Embassy described the Czech order giving the diplomats 48 hours to […]

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Sweden’s Ex-Ambassador to China Is Tried Over Secret Meetings on Detainee

A former Swedish ambassador to China went on trial on Friday in Stockholm, charged with overstepping the boundaries of her role by arranging what prosecutors said were secret back-room meetings over the fate of a detained Hong Kong bookseller who is a Swedish citizen. The charges against the diplomat, Anna Lindstedt, relate to meetings she […]

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China Doesn’t Want a New World Order. It Wants This One.

China is in the midst of a fierce battle to salvage its reputation. Under fire for their part in the pandemic and reproached for their move to assert control over Hong Kong, the country’s officials are in firefighting mode. Their approach has two parts. First, sell the China story — emphasizing its success in the […]

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China and India Brawl at 14,000 Feet Along the Border

NEW DELHI — High in the Himalayas, an enormous fistfight erupted in early May between the soldiers of China and India. Brawls at 14,000 feet along their inhospitable and disputed frontier are not terribly unusual, but what happened next was. A few days later, Chinese troops confronted Indian soldiers again, this time at several other […]

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Does Hong Kong Have a Fighting Chance Against China?

ImagePresident Xi Jinping of China reaching to vote in favor of new national security laws for Hong Kong during the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Thursday.Credit…Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press HONG KONG — I am the chairman and majority owner of Apple Daily, one of Hong Kong’s largest newspapers, and since the city’s return to China […]

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Does Hong Kong Have a Fighting Chance Against China?

ImagePresident Xi Jinping of China reaching to vote in favor of new national security laws for Hong Kong during the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Thursday.Credit…Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press HONG KONG — I am the chairman and majority owner of Apple Daily, one of Hong Kong’s largest newspapers, and since the city’s return to China […]

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In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker

CAIRO — A string of victories by Turkish-backed forces in western Libya this week dealt a heavy blow to the ambitions of the aspiring strongman Khalifa Hifter and signaled the arrival of Turkey as a potentially decisive force among the foreign powers battling for supremacy in the Middle East’s biggest proxy war. Libyan fighters backed […]

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Iran Sentences French-Iranian Academic to 6 Years in Prison

PARIS — A French-Iranian academic who has been detained in Iran for almost a year was sentenced on Saturday to six years in prison on national security charges, according to her lawyer. The academic, Fariba Adelkhah, was sentenced “to five years jail for gathering and conspiring against Iran’s national security,” the lawyer, Saeid Dehghan, told […]

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From ‘Respect’ to ‘Sick and Twisted’: How Coronavirus Hit U.S.-China Ties

“Evil.” “Lunacy.” “Shameless.” “Sick and twisted.” China has hit back at American criticism over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic with an outpouring of vitriol as acrid as anything seen in decades. The bitter recriminations have plunged relations between China and the United States to a nadir, with warnings in both countries that the bad […]

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China and U.S. Signal Harmony on Trade, Despite Broader Tensions

The two countries said on Friday — Thursday night, Washington time — that their top trade and financial officials had held talks via conference call, their first since the coronavirus pandemic ballooned in late January. Although President Trump had suggested this week that the White House would take a skeptical look at whether China was […]

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Global Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine Intensifies

WASHINGTON — Four months after a mysterious new virus began its deadly march around the globe, the search for a vaccine has taken on an intensity never before seen in medical research, with huge implications for public health, the world economy and politics. Seven of the roughly 90 projects being pursued by governments, pharmaceutical makers, […]

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The World Order Is Broken. The Coronavirus Proves It.

Ecuador is home to the highest per-capita death toll from Covid-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its largest city and commercial hub, Guayaquil, has seen a five-fold increase in mortality rates, with reports of corpses abandoned in the streets. The country entered into a recession after the price of oil—Ecuador’s largest single revenue source—crashed […]

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Germany Gets It

Emergencies clarify. At an interpersonal level, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed our values and assumptions, the state of relationships, our judgments of responsibility and risk. Politically, it has thrown our social and economic priorities into painfully sharp relief. The language we use to make sense of this public health emergency is revealing, too. Pandemic rhetoric […]

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