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US ambassador to China nominee takes tough line toward Beijing, cites ‘genocide in Xinjiang’ and need to support Taiwan
US President Joe Biden’s nominee for ambassador to China took a tough line toward the Asian giant at a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, citing its “genocide in Xinjiang” and the need to better support Taiwan and countries such as Australia and Lithuania subjected to “bullying” and “intimidation campaigns”.
The United States provided details about its temporary “safe haven” programme that will allow Hongkongers to work in the country, soon after US lawmakers were told that those seeking protection were frustrated by their inability to gain information about the plan.
US President Joe Biden said the United States would come to Taiwan’s defence in the event that China attacked the self-governed island, prompting confusion about whether his administration remained committed to the long-held US policy of “strategic ambiguity”.
Singapore’s “experiment” to live with the coronavirus – and its subsequent spike in infections – might not be a useful model for China as it considers whether to reopen its borders, a Chinese health researcher has said.
Evergrande staves off default, paying US$83.5 million of overdue offshore bond coupon before 30-day grace period runs out
China Evergrande Group paid the US$83.5 million interest payment on its offshore bond, just before a 30-day grace period runs out for declaring it in default, as the world’s most indebted developer took action to assure a capital market on edge about the spectre of the nation’s highly leveraged property sector.
A retired couple in China who tested positive for Covid-19 while touring the country’s north have sparked a race to track infections across multiple provinces and regions, becoming the latest example of the challenges for Beijing as it seeks to maintain a zero-Covid policy.
A senior US official pushed back over China’s growing clout in the United Nations, arguing that Beijing is crowding out Taiwan to the detriment of the international community.
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US, Britain and EU voice objections to Hong Kong’s disqualification of opposition district councillors
The United States, Britain and the European Union have accused the Hong Kong government of stripping Hongkongers’ democratic rights following further disqualifications of opposition district councillors for allegedly insufficient loyalty to the city.
China’s advanced economy and the flexibility of its yuan exchange rate leave it well placed to absorb shocks from policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve, including hot money flows out of the country, the nation’s currency regulator has said.