China rejects prospect of joining arms control talks with US

BEIJING: China on Friday rejected any prospect of joining in nuclear arms limitation talks with the US, calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters the US was “neither serious nor sincere” in the proposed negotiations and should instead respond to…

FBI director: China is ‘greatest threat’ to US

WASHINGTON: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Christopher Wray has said that acts of espionage and theft by China’s government pose the “greatest long-term threat” to the future of the US. Speaking at an institute in Washington, Wray described a multi-pronged disruption campaign by China, the BBC reported on Wednesday. He said China had begun…

China central bank slowly buying stakes in Indian companies

MUMBAI: In mid-April, stock exchange disclosures revealed that the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) had a holding of over 1% in Indian mortgage finance major HDFC. But the Chinese central bank also holds stakes in several other listed companies. However, these are all below the radar since they are less than the 1% threshold limit…

China, India begin pullback even as NSA, foreign minister talk

NEW DELHI: In what marks a breakthrough after several rounds of military and diplomatic talks, India and China have kicked off step-wise disengagement from the two-month-long confrontation in Galwan Valley and Gogra-Hot Springs areas of eastern Ladakh, with People’s Liberation Army soldiers also moving back slightly from the seemingly intractable face-off site at Pangong Tso.…

China claims Bhutan land in its ‘bid to pressure India’

NEW DELHI: China’s fresh demand for Bhutan’s territory is part of Beijing’s larger drive to put coerce the Himalayan nation into a boundary deal on Beijing’s terms and put more pressure on India. On Saturday, the Chinese foreign ministry said the China-Bhutan boundary has never been delimited and there “have been disputes over the eastern,…

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