Exclusive: U.S. threatens to derail meeting of Latam lender if China bars Venezuela

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday threatened to pull out of the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank in China next week if Beijing refuses to allow a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend. The Washington-based IADB, the biggest lender to Latin America, voted last week to replace Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s board representative […]

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Athletics: China's twerking high jumper Zhang Guowei banned for breaking commercial rules

SHANGHAI (AFP) – China has suspended a world championship silver-medallist high jumper – known for his flamboyant twerking celebrations – after he broke the country’s strict rules on commercial activities, the state media said. Zhang Guowei said that he was “still fighting on the front lines of the national team” despite his suspension from all competitions. The Chinese Athletic Association […]

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Historic deal between China and Vatican 'in the making'

Agreement could include Beijing giving the Vatican more say in picking bishops in state-approved churches. Beijing, China – After 67 years of acrimony, signs have emerged of improving relations between the Chinese government and the Vatican that could determine the future of the 10 million Catholics in China. Francesco Sisci, an Italian academic and a China-Vatican relations analyst, said there are […]

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Table tennis: China's Olympic dominance is under threat, says South Korea's 2004 singles champ Ryu Seung-min

SINGAPORE – Deliver another clean sweep or salaries could be docked and demotions could be enforced. China’s table tennis coaches have been warned ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics, where they are expected to win all the gold medals on offer – a feat achieved in the last three Olympics. But, with the rise of Japan in recent years, China’s […]

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U.S. official suggests Italy avoid China's Belt and Road plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Italian government should not support China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure plan, a spokesman for the White House’s group of national security advisers said on Saturday, calling it a “vanity project.” On Friday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that he might sign an accord with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month, despite reports that the United States […]

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U.S. lawmakers complain Trump taken 'no meaningful action' on China's abuses of Muslims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers complained to the Trump administration on Monday that its response to rights abuses against China’s Muslim minority was inadequate months after saying it was looking into imposing sanctions. “This issue is bigger than just China. It is about demonstrating to strongmen globally that the world will hold them accountable for their […]

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China accuses detained Canadian of stealing state secrets

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Monday accused detained Canadian citizen Michael Kovrig of stealing state secrets which were passed on to him from another detained Canadian, Michael Spavor, in what is likely to further ramp up tension between Ottawa and Beijing. Businessman Spavor, who worked with North Korea, and former diplomat Kovrig were picked up in early December, shortly after […]

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