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December 2, 2011 CHINESE MANUFACTURING SECTOR SHOWS FIRST SLOWDOWN IN NEARLY 3 YEARS

 

November marked China’s first slowdown in manufacturing since February 2009, according to a monthly report from the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. The organization’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showed a drop to 49 points in November from October’s 51 points. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

September 29, 2011 CHINA LAUNCHES NEW SPACE STATION MODULE

 

China launched its first unmanned space module from the Jiuquan spaceport in the Gobi Desert at 21:16 local time (13:16 GMT). The Tiangong-1 space lab – “heavenly palace” in Chinese – is a 10.5m-long, 8.5-ton module that will operate autonomously until later this year.  Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

September 16, 2011 CHINA RECOGNIZES THE NATIONAL TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL (NTC) AS THE OFFICIAL GOVERNING BODY IN LIBYA

 

On Monday September 12, 2011, China became the final permanent member of the UN Security Council to formally recognize the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the ruling government of Libya. The NTC has controlled most of Libya since the start of the nation’s civil war six months ago. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2011 LATEST ECONOMIC DATA FROM CHINA SHOWS DROP IN INFLATION

 

China’s production and price data for August, released today by the National Bureau of Statistics, showed moderate easing of both growth and inflation, lending support to predictions that the second-largest economy in the world will achieve a soft landing. The slowdown in August inflation was the first in four months and the sharpest since December. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 29, 2011 PENTAGON RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT ON CHINESE MILITARY CAPABILITIES

 

The Pentagon’s annual report on China’s military to Congress was released on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, as required by U.S. statute, and addressed American concerns about China’s military modernization. The report examined implications of China’s ability to project power beyond its shores, as well as recent developments in Chinese cyber capabilities and advancements in space. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

August 17, 2011 VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN VISITS CHINA

 

Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to kick off a week-long visit to China. As the first senior official to visit Beijing in the wake of Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. sovereign credit rating, Biden is expected to offer assurances on the safety of China’s holdings of U.S. debt and the stability of the dollar. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

August 10, 2011 CHINA’S REACTION TO U.S. CREDIT DOWNGRADE

 

On August 5th, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+ and assigned a negative outlook for the future, inciting strong reactions from governments and investors worldwide. With political risks and a rising debt burden cited as the main risk factors, the downgrade occurred as fears mounted over the Eurozone debt crisis. Read More…

 

 

 

 

 

August 3, 2011 GARY LOCKE SWORN IN AS FIRST CHINESE-AMERICANAMBASSADOR TO CHINA

 

On August 1, the former two-term Washington governor and former Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, was sworn in as the first Chinese-American ambassador to China. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was present to officiate the ceremony. Read More…

 

 

 

 

August 2, 2011 TAIWAN’S REQUEST FOR U.S. FIGHTER JETS & U.S.-CHINARELATIONS

 

With an increase in economic & social dialogues between mainland China and Taiwan, cross-Strait relations have improved quickly and steadily in recent years. However, there is worry that this peaceful development may stall if the U.S. agrees to Taiwan’s latest request for F-16 C/Ds fighter jets. Read More…

 

 

 

 

July 11, 2011 ADMIRAL MULLEN VISITS CHINA

 

Admiral Mike Mullen, the US Joint Chiefs Chairman, began his four-day official visit to China on Sunday.  Although the US and China have lately been focused on improving military-to-military relations, this trip by Mullen is the first such trip in over four years. It comes a few months after Mullen’s Chinese counterpart, Chen Bingde, led a similar delegation to the United States. Read More…

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 6, 2011 BAIDU AND MICROSOFT SIGN AGREEMENT

 

Baidu, the largest search engine in China, has recently struck a deal with Microsoft’s Bing, to meet its growing English language needs. The deal allows Baidu to extend its target audience internationally, while giving Bing an opportunity to increase their presence among the 470 million Internet users in China. Read More…

 

 

 

 

June 20, 2011 TAIWANESE PRESIDENT MA YING-JEOU CHOOSES 2012 RUNNING MATE

 

With the Taiwanese presidential elections set for January 14, 2012, Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou announced on June 19th his choice for vice-presidential running mate, current Premier Wu Den-yih. The naming of Wu as Ma’s poll partner for 2012 is perceived to be a bet to garner support in the southern region of Taiwan, an area which generally favors the opposition group, the Democratic Progress Party (DPP). Read more…

 

 

 

 

June 10, 2011 CHINESE MILITARY OFFICIAL CONFIRMS FIRST AIRCRAFT CARRIER

 

Just over six weeks after an official visit to the U.S., Chinese Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde (陳炳德) has confirmed earlier news reports of building the navy’s first aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier was acquired via a Macau-based company from Ukraine in 1999 and after negotiations was transported through the Bosporus Straight and arrived in the port of Dalian in 2002. There are reports that the ship may be commissionable as early as 2012. Read more…

 

 

 

June 1, 2011 NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG-IL CONCLUDES SIX-DAY TRIP TO CHINA

 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il concluded his seventh trip to China and his third to China in little over a year earlier this week. According to Xinhua News Agency, this year marks the 50th anniversary of a friendship and cooperation treaty between North Korea and China. During his visit, Kim met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao to enhance levels of bilateral cooperation and discuss trade and economic development between the two countries. Read more…

 

 

 

May 16, 2011 SENIOR CHINESE PLA OFFICER VISITS U.S. MILITARY FACILITIES

 

Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Chen Bingde led a high-ranking delegation Sunday for a weeklong official visit to the United States. Gen. Chen’s visit, the first in seven years made by a PLA chief of the general staff, provides an opportunity for China and the U.S. to improve bilateral military relations and build on the consensus established during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the U.S. and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s visit to China earlier this year.  According to Xinhua News Agency, Gen. Chen will utilize his visit to address China’s position on three issues hindering U.S.-China military relations during his visit: U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, reconnaissance by U.S. naval ships and aircraft in China’s exclusive economic zones, and U.S. restrictions on exchanges and technical cooperation between Chinese and U.S. armed forces. Read more…

 

 

 

May 11, 2011 U.S.-CHINA DIALOGUE YIELDS ‘MILESTONE’ RESULTS

 

U.S. and Chinese officials ended the third round of the Strategic & Economic Dialogue on Tuesday, May 10, with unprecedented agreements on bilateral economic and military affairs. After two days of talks between high-level U.S. and Chinese leaders, the two countries agreed to deepen their level of military cooperation, initiating regular meetings of the nations’ top military commanders at a “Strategic Security Dialogue.” Read more…

 

 

May 5, 2011 OPPORTUNITY FOR CHINESE INVESTMENT IN U.S. BUT ROADBLOCKS REMAIN

 

According to a new May 2011 report by the Asia Society and Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, a substantial wave of Chinese investment is projected to come to the U.S., however politicization threatens to disrupt this flow of FDI. Over the next decade, China will invest almost $2 trillion in foreign companies worldwide, much of which could help create jobs and spur American economic growth. Read more…

 

 

 

May 2, 2011 CHINA PUBLISHES FIRST WHITE PAPER ON FOREIGN AID

 

Last Thursday, China’s Information Office of the State Council released the Chinese government’s first White Paper (report) on China’s foreign aid practices. The report, which comes on the heels of mounting speculation regarding China’s foreign aid policy with developing countries, states emphatically that Chinese foreign aid is based on “mutual help between developing countries” without the strings of imposed political conditions on recipients. Read more…

 

 

 

April 27, 2011 U.S. AND CHINA HOLD HUMAN RIGHTS TALKS IN BEIJING

 

The United States and China began two days of talks on human rights in Beijing on Wednesday, April 27. An American interagency delegation led by Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner will meet with Chen Xu, Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss recent human rights developments and issues of concern. Read more…

 

 

 

April 27, 2011 CHINA AND AUSTRALIA VOW TO ENHANCE ECONOMIC TIES

 

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard concluded on Wednesday a two-day visit to Beijing, her first official trip to China since taking office in June 2010. Meetings with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and Vice Premier Li Keqiang stressed the importance of strengthening China-Australia bilateral relations, particularly economic relations. Vice Premier Li encouraged both countries to shift away from their current buyer-seller relationship, and move towards a more balanced relationship centered on “long-term stable and strategic cooperation in energy and resources.” Read more…

 

 

 

April 26, 2011 THIRD ANNUAL STRATEGIC & ECONOMIC DIALOGUE (S&ED) TO BE HELD MAY 9-10, 2011

 

The third meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) is scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., May 9-10, 2011. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will host Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo for the annual comprehensive talks, covering a broad range of issues in the aim of fostering a positive and cooperative U.S.-China relationship for the 21st century. Read more…