US-China relations - updates

Rappler's latest stories on US-China relations


U.S. aircraft carriers conduct drills in South China Sea

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:06 PM

The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan conduct dual carrier operations in the waterway to 'support a free and open Indo-Pacific'

DRILLS. This US Navy photo obtained October 7, 2019 shows the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)(L), and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 6) and ships from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group underway in formation while conducting security and stability operations in the US 7th Fleet area of operations on October 6, 2019 in the South China Sea. File photo Navy Office of Information/AFP

U.S., China clash anew as top officials meet on tensions

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets at a Honolulu military base with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi, in the two countries' highest-level meeting since the coronavirus pandemic sent tensions skyrocketing

MIKE POMPEO. In this file photo US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference on the International Criminal Court at the State Department in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2020. Photo by Yuri Gripas/AFP

Alleged Chinese spy arrested at LA airport for visa fraud

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:26 PM

Xin Wang is taken into custody just before boarding a flight to Tianjin, China, says a joint statement by the US Attorney's Office in San Francisco and the local FBI office

Aerial view of LAX Los Angeles International Airport at sunset with decorative light tubes, Los Angeles, California .

U.S. accuses China of using Floyd death for propaganda

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:07 PM

'The CCP's propaganda efforts – seeking to conflate the United States' actions in the wake of the death of George Floyd with the CCP's denial of basic human rights and freedom – should be seen for the fraud that they are,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

'USED AS PROPAGANDA'. US President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. urges China to comply with Hague ruling, rejects 'excessive' sea claims

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The United States also calls on China cease its 'provocative activities' in the South China Sea

PATROLS. The USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) in front, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transit the South China Sea April 18, 2020. Photo from US Navy

China warns U.S. pushing relations to 'brink of new Cold War'

May 24, 2020 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says 'there is also a political virus spreading through the US,' involving 'the use of every opportunity to attack and smear China'

PRESS CONFERENCE. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during his online video link press conference during the National People's Congress at the media center in Beijing on May 24, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Huawei says 'survival' at stake after U.S. chip restrictions

May 18, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) Huawei says the tightening sanctions 'will have a serious impact on a wide number of global industries' by creating uncertainty in the chip sector and technology supply chains

HUAWEI. A photograph shows the logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Trump threatens to cut China ties as virus toll tops 300,000

May 15, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Despite fears of a second wave of infections, national and local governments around the world are easing lockdown orders as they try to get stalled economies moving again

TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. adverse views against China peak during coronavirus pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The Pew Research Center says 66% of Americans hold 'unfavorable views' of China – the highest negative rating for the Asian country since 2005

NEGATIVE VIEWS. A big majority of Americans say they do not have favorable opinions of China. Photo from Shutterstock

Rappler Talk: Risk consultant Daniel Wagner on the United States-China divide

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:44 AM

On Friday, February 7, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to risk consultant and author Daniel Wagner to discuss the divide between the US and China, what a multipolar world looks like, and the implications of the said divide

IMF trims global growth estimates 2020-21 but sees improving outlook

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:07 AM

The Washington-based global lending institution cautions that outcomes 'depend to an important extent on avoiding further escalation' between Washington and Beijing

IMF. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2018, the logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seen at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)

U.S., China sign 'momentous' trade deal

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:40 AM

However, Trump says he will only remove the tariffs against China 'if we're able to do phase two' of the agreement

NEW TRADE DEAL. US President Donald Trump, and China's Vice Premier Liu He (L), the country's top trade negotiator, shake hands as they sign trade agreements between the US and China during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. Treasury reverses currency manipulator label for China

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:36 AM

The move is a sign of easing tensions between the two economic powers after nearly two years of conflict

Huawei says 'survival' top priority as sales fall short

Dec 31, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Huawei chairman Eric Xu says sales revenue for 2019 will likely reach US$121 billion, up roughly 18% from the previous year but still falls short of the previous forecast of US$125 billion

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on August 2, 2019 people walk past a Huawei logo during the Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

China wants U.S. trade deal but is 'not afraid' to fight – Xi

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:47 PM

China and the US have been locked in a bruising trade conflict for more than a year, hitting each other with volleys of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of goods

XI JINPING. China's President Xi Jinping (R) speaks during a meeting with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 22, 2019. Photo by Jason Lee/AFP

'Tiananmen Square' crackdown in Hong Kong would harm trade deal – Trump

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Trump's comments come as Washington and Beijing look to revive pivotal high-level talks aimed at ending their trade war

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 20, 2019, as he travels to Pennsylvania for a campaign rally. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. designates China a 'currency manipulator' as trade war rages

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:28 AM

Trump on Twitter angrily accuses Beijing of weakening the yuan 'to steal our businesses and factories'

China raises tariffs on U.S. goods amid escalating tensions

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Beijing's move hits $60 billion worth of US goods with new punitive tariffs ranging from 5 to 25 percent

HEAD TO HEAD. China and US raise tariffs as tensions escalate. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

China accuses U.S. of 'naked economic terrorism'

May 30, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The world's top two economies are at loggerheads as trade talks have apparently stalled, with US President Donald Trump hiking tariffs on Chinese goods earlier this month and blacklisting telecom giant Huawei

TRADE WAR. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

China steps up threat to deprive U.S. of rare earths

May 29, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The warning is the latest salvo in a dispute that has intensified since President Donald Trump ramped up tariffs against China and moved to blacklist telecom giant Huawei earlier this month

RARE EARTH REFINERY. A photo taken on August 20, 2012 shows a general view of a rare earth refinery north of the inner Mongolian city of Baotou. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP)

'Don't be too optimistic': Huawei employees fret at U.S. ban

May 26, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Some Huawei employees express fears for their future amid the dispute with the United States

Huawei employees work at their store's showroom in Beijing on January 29, 2019. - Asian markets fell on January 29 as the charging of Chinese giant Huawei in the US cast a shadow over upcoming trade talks, while investors were also tracking a Wall Street sell-off fuelled by concerns corporate profits. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)

China bemoans U.S. 'bullying' of Huawei

May 23, 2019 - 2:43 PM

'The US use of state power to arbitrarily exert pressure on a private Chinese company like Huawei is typical economic bullying,' Foreign Minister Wang Yi says on May 22

WANG YI. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi answers questions from the press in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

U.S. tech firms to take hit from Huawei sanctions

May 21, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Analysts say the ban is likely to accelerate efforts by Huawei and other Chinese firms to develop their own sources of microprocessors and other components

EU firms 'caught in crossfire' of U.S.-China trade war

May 20, 2019 - 3:13 PM

The clash between Beijing and Washington does not benefit European companies, contrary to what some might have hoped at the beginning of the dispute last year, according to the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

China warns U.S. against trade harm over Huawei ban

May 16, 2019 - 9:04 PM

The spat over Huawei adds to the uncertainty over efforts to revive a deal that would end a bruising US-China trade war after the two sides exchanged fire with tariff hikes in recent days

HUAWEI BAN. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019 A picture shows the Huawei logo and signage at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on April 29, 2019. File Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

U.S. to hold China tariffs hearing on June 17

May 14, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The hearing is part of US President Donald rump's escalating trade offensive against Beijing

US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a trade meeting with China's Vice Premier Liu He (C) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 4, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

China outlines 3 disagreements in U.S. trade talks

May 13, 2019 - 10:38 PM

'We have a consensus in lots of areas but to speak frankly there are areas we have differences on, and we believe these concern big principles,' Chinese Vice Premier Liu He says

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He waves as he leaves the Office of the United States Trade Representative after tariff negotiations in Washington DC on May 9, 2019.  File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

China fires back at U.S. with tariff hike on goods worth $60 billion

May 13, 2019 - 9:53 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes after the latest round of US-China trade negotiations ended without a deal, and after Washington increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods

Trump warns China not to retaliate against U.S. trade tariffs

May 13, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Trump also addresses Chinese President Xi Jinping and warns companies would leave China if a trade deal was not reached

DONALD TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a South Lawn event to honor the Boston Red Sox May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. hits China with higher tariffs, raising stakes in trade talks

May 10, 2019 - 2:33 PM

US President Donald Trump makes no move to hold off on the tariffs – dashing hopes there might be a last-minute reprieve as trade negotiations continued

US-CHINA TRADE. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

U.S., Chinese negotiators hold 'productive' trade talks

May 01, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He meets with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin ahead of possibly decisive talks in the US next week

TRADE TALKS. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (R), US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (C) and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pose before they proceed to their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on May 1, 2019. Photo by Andy Wong/AFP

China lists fentanyl as controlled substance in U.S. gesture

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:22 PM

China is suspected of being the main source of a painkiller 50 times stronger than heroin that has caused record overdose deaths in the United States

China slams 'provocative' U.S. sail-by in Taiwan Strait

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We resolutely oppose some of the provocative actions taken by the US that are not conducive to the stability of the Taiwan Strait, and to the China-US relations,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang

AFTER US SAIL-BY. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks to the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Trump says China trade deal likely as talks extended

Feb 23, 2019 - 12:19 PM

Officials are racing to reach a deal as US duty rates are due to rise sharply in the coming week

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (L) listens as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He talks while they line up for a group photo at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 15, 2019. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein / POOL / AFP)

U.S. officials to meet Xi as trade talks end

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The world's two biggest economies aim to at least end the discussions on deep trade differences with enough goodwill to avoid an escalation of their tariff war

TRADE TALKS. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (L) listens as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He talks while they line up for a group photo at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 15, 2019. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP

U.S. and China seek deal to prevent trade-war escalation

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The two economic superpowers have already imposed duties on more than $360 billion in two-way trade

TRADE TALKS. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Chinese Vice Premier and lead trade negotiator Liu He and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin chat before the opening session of trade negotiations at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 14, 2019. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP

China's Xi to meet top U.S. trade officials – report

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Xi Jinping will meet on Friday, February 15, with US officials who are in the capital for crunch talks towards a trade deal, the South China Morning Post reports

TRADE TALKS. Composite photo. Photo of Xi Jinping by Fred Dufour/AFP. Photo of Robert Lighthizer by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. team in Beijing for trade talks after IMF 'storm' warning

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Deputy trade representative Jeffrey Gerrish leads the US delegation in preparatory meetings, according to the White House on Monday

TRADE TALKS. US Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish (C) and members of his negotiation team leave a hotel ahead of a meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing on February 11, 2019. Photo by NICOLAS Asfouri/AFP

U.S. negotiators in Beijing for trade war talks

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:52 AM

The American delegation in Beijing includes officials from the Treasury, Commerce, Agriculture and Energy departments

TRADE WAR TALKS. Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish (C) leaves a hotel with his negotiation team in Beijing on January 7, 2019. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

U.S. team to visit China for talks during trade truce

Dec 27, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish will lead the US team for talks during the week of January 7

VISIT. An official delegation from the United States will be visiting China. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

China to 'immediately' implement U.S. trade truce measures

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Few details have been made public about what the two sides will negotiate, a lack of clarity that has unsettled stock markets

GAO FENG. Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng speaks at a press conference in Beijing, days ahead of an imminent US-China trade war, on July 5, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China media lauds 'momentous' trade truce but questions linger

Dec 03, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Asian stock markets open higher after US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Argentina at the weekend to hold off on imposing new tariffs while negotiators seek a deal

G20. US President Donald Trump (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) along with members of their delegations, hold a dinner meeting at the end of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on December 01, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

With Pence salvo, US declares full-on China rivalry

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:28 AM

US president Donald Trump's message to Beijing: he 'will not back down'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.  US President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and could make the announcement in the coming days, US media reported September 15, 2018. Citing anonymous sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that the tariffs would be set at 10 percent. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Trump admits friendship with China's Xi could be over

Sep 27, 2018 - 4:20 PM

With tensions growing sharply between the two sides on a range of issues, Trump says China wanted him to suffer an electoral setback as payback for his hard line over trade.

FRIENDSHIP OVER? US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

China says can't hold US trade talks with 'knife to the throat'

Sep 25, 2018 - 4:46 PM

"Now that the US has adopted this type of large-scale trade restrictions, they're holding a knife to someone's throat. Under these circumstances, how can negotiations proceed?" Wang Shouwen tells a news conference.

WANG SHOUWEN. China's Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen (R) prepares to leave after a press conference with International Trade Representative and Vice Minister of Commerce Fu Ziying in Beijing on September 25, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China's trade surplus with U.S. hit new record in August

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The tariffs do not appear to have dented the appetite for Chinese-made products in the United States

U.S., China swap tariffs on billions in goods as sides hold talks

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The latest action completes the first round of $50 billion in Chinese products that President Donald Trump targeted with Beijing striking back at American products dollar-for-dollar at each step

TRADE WARS. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Tech sector frets as U.S.-China trade tensions simmer

Apr 08, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Some industry leaders fear the technology sector would be dragged into the dispute between the United States and China

China urges U.S. to 'correct mistake' on Taiwan

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:41 PM

China sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has long stated its desire for reunification

MISTAKE. China sees new US policy a "mistake" and urges them to "correct" it. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. urges China to take 'action' against North Korea

Apr 03, 2017 - 12:50 AM

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says China must take definitive steps to counter North Korea s nuclear program

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 23, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) viewing a concert marking the 70th founding anniversary of the KPA military band in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / AFP