Tag: Xi Jinping

Trump Says ‘Hong Kong Is Not Helping’ in Trade War With China

HONG KONG — In his most extensive comments on the months of unrest in Hong Kong, President Trump said on Wednesday that China should “humanely” settle the situation before a trade deal is reached. His comments, delivered on Twitter, for the first time tied the fate of pro-democracy protesters to a trade deal with China, […]

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‘Retake Hong Kong’: A Movement, a Slogan and an Identity Crisis

HONG KONG — He has been locked up for more than a year in a secluded island jail, but the bespectacled 28-year-old inmate, Edward Leung, is the closest thing Hong Kong’s tumultuous and leaderless protest movement has to a guiding light. He coined the protesters’ most widely chanted and, for China, most subversive slogan; he […]

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Is a Crackdown Coming in Hong Kong?

With the Hong Kong government paralyzed by mass protests, the chances of armed intervention from Beijing, once unthinkable, are rising by the day. Far from hiding its intent, Beijing has been parading it in full view over the past week. The protesters, initially reviled as mobs, have been rebranded by Chinese officials as criminals and […]

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Inside Hong Kong’s Airport

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Protesters have flooded Hong Kong’s airport, paralyzing operations and escalating tensions between the semiautonomous territory and Beijing. The protesters are trying to send a message to government officials — and to people in mainland China. [For […]

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Trump and Xi Sittin’ in a Tree

I was glad to see the stock market get a boost from the news that Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators were talking again and that President Trump blinked a bit and pulled some of his planned tariffs. But don’t be fooled. Trump and President Xi Jinping of China are still locked in a cage match […]

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Protests Put Hong Kong on Collision Course with China’s Communist Party

HONG KONG — As anti-government demonstrations escalate in Hong Kong, each side is staking out increasingly polarized positions, making it difficult to find a path to compromise between the protesters and China’s ruling Communist Party. The demonstrations, which began as a fight against a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited […]

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In China, Where ‘Education’ Is Indoctrination and ‘Students’ Are Muslim Detainees

HOTAN, China — The muscular young Uighur man sat uncomfortably, glancing occasionally at three Chinese officials in the room, as he described his state-mandated salvation in a re-education camp. The man, Abduweili Kebayir, 25, explained how watching Islamic videos on his phone landed him in one of China’s notorious indoctrination camps for Muslims for eight […]

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How Trump and Xi Can Make America and China Poor Again

If you think that the United States-China trade dispute is going to be easily resolved, you’re not paying attention. It’s so much deeper than you think — and so much more dangerous. If President Trump and President Xi Jinping don’t find a way to defuse it soon, we’re going to get where we’re going — […]

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In Trade War, China’s Hard-Line Stance Risks Economy

BEIJING — The trade war between the United States and China has turned into what is likely to be a long-lasting high stakes duel between two strongmen, each refusing to cave to the other. By allowing the Chinese currency to weaken past a key level this week, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has adopted a hard-line […]

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The Forbidden City Opens Wide as China Projects New Pride in Its Past

ImageVisitors now throng the Forbidden City in Beijing.CreditYan Cong for The New York Times BEIJING — For much of the past century, the Forbidden City has been an imposing void in the otherwise bustling heart of Beijing. The 180-acre compound, where emperors and their advisers plotted China’s course for centuries, was stripped of its purpose […]

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China Wants to Hit Back at Trump. Its Own Economy Stands in the Way.

BEIJING — As China considers ways to retaliate against President Trump’s mounting tariffs, it has increasingly acknowledged that it must first address its main obstacle to punching back: its own slumping economy. Chinese officials have vowed to respond with measures of their own if Mr. Trump follows through on his threat to put 10 percent […]

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The Gambling Investigation Scrutinizing Xi Jinping’s High-Rolling Cousin

SYDNEY, Australia — When Australian federal agents searched a private jet with high-stakes gamblers at a coastal resort airport in 2016, they were seeking proof of international money laundering. They didn’t find enough evidence for an arrest, but on board they identified a businessman accused of ties to Chinese crime syndicates — and Ming Chai, […]

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China Says It Has Released Most Muslims Held in Camps. That’s Difficult to Prove.

BEIJING — Senior Chinese officials made the surprising announcement on Tuesday that the authorities had released most detainees held in the government’s mass internment program for ethnic minority Muslims in China’s far west, but provided no firm numbers or specific details to support their assertion. Alken Tuniaz, vice chairman of the government of the region […]

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U.S. and China Resume Trade Negotiations With Slim Hopes for a Deal

WASHINGTON — Trade talks between the United States and China resumed on Monday with prospects dimming for a transformative deal, as both sides appeared more focused on preventing tensions from escalating before the 2020 presidential election than on resolving their differences. Negotiators from both countries are continuing to press for an agreement, but months of […]

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China Backs Hong Kong Officials, but Leaves Protests for Them to Solve

BEIJING — The Chinese government on Monday laid down its firm support of Hong Kong’s embattled leader and police force but failed to offer any clear solutions after two months of rolling protests that have flared into violence and stoked opposition to Chinese rule. Chinese officials made a strongly worded defense of the local Hong […]

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What Is the Chinese Military Doing in Hong Kong?

HONG KONG — When Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese control in 1997, one of the biggest worries was how the Chinese military would behave. Images of the People’s Liberation Army killing civilians on the streets of Beijing eight years earlier were still fresh in the minds of Hong Kong residents, who […]

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China Hints at Use of Force in Hong Kong and Says U.S. Is Undermining Stability

BEIJING — China on Wednesday warned that it would not tolerate protesters’ efforts to threaten the central government’s authority in Hong Kong and suggested that it could, if necessary, mobilize troops in the People’s Liberation Army garrison there to maintain order. The warning came as the government released a new defense strategy that accused the […]

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Tech Executives Push Trump on Huawei Sales

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday assured executives of several big technology companies that his administration would make “timely” decisions about whether to allow American firms to continue selling products to Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment giant that has been placed on a government blacklist, the White House said in a statement. Mr. Trump met […]

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What’s America’s Winning Hand if Russia Plays the China Card?

One of the striking warnings in a recent Pentagon white paper on the growing strategic threat from Russia is that its president, Vladimir Putin, could pull a “reverse Nixon” and play his own version of the “China card” with the United States, a reference to the former president’s strategy of playing those two adversaries against […]

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