US-China relations: Xi Jinping ups rhetorical ante as Donald Trump and Joe Biden both compete to talk tough

Sarah Zheng

Sarah Zheng

Published: 10:00pm, 23 Oct, 2020 SCMP

Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have promised to take a tough stance on China. Photo: Xinhua

Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have promised to take a tough stance on China. Photo: Xinhua

As the US presidential candidates sparred over how to counter China, the country’s leader Xi Jinping was making clear that a newly emboldened country would not back down from a fight.

In a speech marking the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the Korean war – the only military conflict between Chinese and American forces – Xi outlined in no uncertain terms that the “century of humiliation” Beijing said it suffered at the hands of Western aggressors was long gone.

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China threatens retaliation after new US arms sales to Taiwan

Two US-made Taiwanese F-16 fighter jets take-of from the Hualien air force base in Taiwan on January
File photo of two US-made Taiwanese F-16 fighter jets. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

22 Oct 2020 05:44PM

BEIJING: China threatened on Thursday (Oct 22) to retaliate against the latest US arms sale to Taiwan, as the island welcomed the weapons package but said it was not looking to get into an arms race with Beijing.

The Trump administration has ramped up support for Taiwan through arms sales and visits by senior US officials, adding to tensions between Beijing and Washington, already heightened by disagreements over the South China Sea, Hong Kong, human rights and trade.

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US designates six more Chinese media companies as foreign missions

By Ben Westcott and Jennifer HanslerCNN Business

Updated 0541 GMT (1341 HKT) October 22, 2020

Screengrabs from journalists speaking to press after being evacuated from China
Screengrabs from journalists speaking to press after being evacuated from China

Concept illustration released on Aug 23, 2016 by the lunar probe and space project center of Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence shows the concept portraying what the Mars rover and lander would look like. China's planetary exploration program has been named Tianwen, or Quest for Heavenly Truth, the China National Space Administration announced on Friday.

(CNN Business) The United States government has labeled six more Chinese media companies operating in the US as foreign missions in the latest round of tit-for-tat between Beijing and Washington over restrictions on journalists.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision at a press briefing on Wednesday, saying that the six media companies were “substantially or effectively controlled by a foreign government.””We’re not placing any restrictions on what these outlets can publish in the United States,” Pompeo said. “We simply want to ensure that American people, consumers of information, can differentiate between news written by a free press and propaganda distributed by the Chinese Communist Party itself. They’re not the same thing.”The US operations of Yicai Global, Jiefang Daily, Xinmin Evening News, Social Sciences in China Press, Beijing Review and Economic Daily will all be affected by the decision, according to a release from State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

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The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier

Alan Crawford, DebWu, Colum Murphy and Ian KingFri, October 23, 2020, 12:42 AM GMT+7·11 mins read. Yahoo!Finance

The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier
The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier

(Bloomberg) — On a scorching hot day in late August, representatives of Taiwan’s government and industry crowded into the clinical cool of a state-of-the-art semiconductor facility for a symbolic moment in the global tech conflict.

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As rivalry with Washington heats up, Beijing commemorates ‘victory’ in ‘war to resist US aggression’

Analysis by James Griffiths, CNN

Updated 0559 GMT (1359 HKT) October 22, 2020

How did Korea split? (2018)

Get daily analysis on the historic 2020 US election delivered to your inbox.Sign Me UpNo ThanksBy subscribing you agree to ourprivacy policy.In a lengthy front-page commentary in the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of China’s military, the author hailed the “glorious victory” which “left the Americans with the deepest impression that what Chinese people say counts,” and to respect “China’s red lines.”

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US-China decoupling: is Beijing ramping up its diversification away from the US dollar?

US-China frictions and the threat of American financial sanctions have renewed debate in Beijing about reducing dependence on the US dollarChina cut its holdings of US government debt to US$1.07 trillion in late August, the lowest level since March 2017, the US Department of Treasury says

Frank Tang

Frank Tang in Beijing

Published: 12:00am, 21 Oct, 2020 SCMP

China has long tried to undermine the US dollar’s dominant role in the international monetary system, despite the fact that the bulk of its reserves are in dollar-denominated assets. Photo: Reuters

China has long tried to undermine the US dollar’s dominant role in the international monetary system, despite the fact that the bulk of its reserves are in dollar-denominated assets. Photo: Reuters

China may be speeding up the diversification of its foreign exchange reserves away from US dollar assets in response to potential American financial sanctions, but there are clear limits on how far it can go in its de-dollarisation push, according to analysts.China has long tried to undermine the US dollar’s dominant role in the international monetary system, despite the fact that the bulk of its reserves are in dollar-denominated assets.

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China says US should stop meddling after exiled Tibetan leader visits State Department

Lobsang Sangay, PM of the Tibetan government-in-exile, poses for a picture after an interview with

20 Oct 2020 09:43PM CNA

Lobsang Sangay, the president of the Tibetan Central Administration (CTA), met the new US special coordinator on Tibet last week. Sangay said it was the first time that the head of the CTA had been received at the State Department.Advertisement

“China will take all necessary measures to protect its interests,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said during a daily news conference in Beijing on Tuesday (Oct 20).

China’s irritation with the United States over Tibet comes at a time when relations between the two world powers are at their lowest point in decades over a range of issues, including trade, Taiwan, human rights, the South China Sea and COVID-19.

Describing Sangay as an anti-China separatist, Zhao said the United States should cease any official contact with him.

The meeting “sent a seriously wrong signal to Tibetan independence forces”, he said.Advertisement

“The US should immediately stop using the Tibet issue to interfere in China’s internal affairs.”

READ: US’ Pompeo to visit Sri Lanka and Maldives as China threat looms

China seized control over Tibet in 1950 in what it describes as a “peaceful liberation”. International human rights groups and exiles routinely condemn what they call China’s oppressive rule in Tibetan areas.

Since its formation in 1959, the Tibetan government-in-exile has been based in Dharamshala in northern India. China’s relations with India became fraught in recent months following a bloody clash between troops stationed on the disputed Himalayan border.
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China warns India on eyeing trade talks with Taiwan; slams US-Tibet meeting

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (Photo: Reuters)

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (Photo: Reuters)

3 min read. Updated: 20 Oct 2020, 09:20 PM IST Elizabeth Roche, livemint.com

  • ‘There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory,’ says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian
  • The comments come against the backdrop of tensions between India and China along their common border in Ladakh

NEW DELHI: China on Tuesday warned India against launching any talks with Taiwan on trade saying such a move would be violative of the one China policy New Delhi has so far supported.

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US appoints Tibet coordinator amid tensions with China

OCt. 14, 2020 Al Jareeza

Senior US human rights official named as special coordinator for Tibetan issues amid increasingly tense relations between Washington and Beijing.

Human rights activists say Beijing suppresses local culture, the Buddhist religion and minorities in Tibet [File: He Penglei/CNS via Reuters]
Human rights activists say Beijing suppresses local culture, the Buddhist religion and minorities in Tibet [File: He Penglei/CNS via Reuters]

14 Oct 2020

The United States has appointed a senior human rights official as special coordinator for Tibetan issues, amid increasingly tense relations between Washington and Beijing.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that Robert Destro, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, would assume the additional post, which has been vacant since the start of President Donald Trump’s term in 2017.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping tells troops to focus on ‘preparing for war’

By Ben Westcott, CNN

Updated 1353 GMT (2153 HKT) October 14, 2020

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Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on troops to “put all (their) minds and energy on preparing for war” in a visit to a military base in the southern province of Guangdong on Tuesday, according to state news agency Xinhua.

During an inspection of the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps in Chaozhou City, Xinhua said Xi told the soldiers to “maintain a state of high alert” and called on them to be “absolutely loyal, absolutely pure, and absolutely reliable.”

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Keep an Eye on Taiwan

The battle over the island may be a Cold War relic, but it will shape the future.

MICHAEL SCHUMAN OCTOBER 10, 2020 The Atlantic

Man holding the Taiwan flag up in the air, in front of a blue sky
JOSE LOPES AMARAL / NURPHOTO / GETTY

Taiwan is one of those flash points that has never flashed. The dispute over the island’s fate has had the potential to erupt into conflict between China and the United States for decades. But the feared Chinese invasion has never come. The situation has remained deadlocked for so long that Taiwan’s quandary often drifts into the background of Asian affairs, overshadowed by seemingly more-pressing concerns, such as North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and inflamed tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

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US Public Opinion Is Changing the Relationship With China

It is no longer politically wise to characterize China as a partner or friend.

By Justin Conrad, September 16, 2020, The Diplomat   

US Public Opinion Is Changing the Relationship With China
Credit: Official White House photo

The year is not over, but it’s safe to say that 2020 has been a watershed. Even so, it may be difficult to grasp just how consequential the last several months have been for U.S.-China relations. As the many crises of 2020 recede into the past, it will become increasingly clear that we witnessed the most important sea change in U.S.-China relations in 50 years. Critically, this was the year that the tide of public opinion in the United States turned against China.

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Mike Pompeo in Japan for ‘quad’ meeting to counter China

  • 6 October 2020 BBC
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, October 6, Tokyo
Image caption US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is holding talks with the Quad group

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting his counterparts from Australia, India and Japan in Tokyo to discuss how to counter China.

The “Quad meeting” comes as all four countries seek to form a front against an increasingly assertive China.

Before he left the US, Mr Pompeo said the meeting was “something we’ve been working on for a long time”.

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United States closes immigration door to communists in clear swipe at China

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Keegan Elmer South China Morning Post 4 October 2020

TĐH: This will affect Vietnam

The United States has released guidance on its immigration laws that will make it almost impossible for members of a Communist party or similar to be granted permanent residence or citizenship of America.

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Pompeo, Vatican clash over China after tensions spill out

By NICOLE WINFIELD Oct. 2, 2020 AP

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Pompeo is meeting Thursday with top Vatican officials, a day after tensions over U.S. opposition to the Vatican’s China policy spilled out in public. (Vatican Media via AP)

ROME (AP) — The U.S. and the Vatican butted heads over China on Thursday as the Holy See chafed at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s public call to take a harsher stance against Chinese restrictions on religious freedom.

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