National security concerns over the Chinese-owned viral video app remain unresolved. Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly pushing for action.
The economic bans that China imposed on Taiwan for hosting Speaker Nancy Pelosi were not especially painful. Increasing the pressure could hurt China’s own economy.
China’s drills have hardened Taiwan’s understated approach to navigating a big-power rivalry over its political future.
In Britain, artists lit a structure aflame. At the Jersey Shore, names were carved on shells and rocks. With more than six million dead, memorials have evolved along the way.
Last week one of China’s most reliable rockets, the Long March 2F vehicle, took off from a spaceport in the Gobi Desert carrying a secretive space plane.
In a short report on the launch by China’s state-owned Xinhua news service, the government provided little detail about the “reusable test spacecraft” beyond saying it would remain in orbit for “a period of time” and providing technical verification of reusable and in-orbit services.
This is the second time China launched what is believed to be a small space plane, likely similar in size and scope to the US Space Force’s experimental X-37B vehicle. This uncrewed X-37B resembles NASA’s space shuttle, but at less than 10 meters in length, it is considerably smaller. The vehicle’s cargo bay can hold something about the size of a standard refrigerator.
State propaganda about China’s rise is stoking extreme nationalism. That could blind China to its problems, and could lead to conflict — perhaps over Taiwan.
The U.S. should stop branding China as a threat and look in the mirror.
The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 passed the United States Senate on Sunday and heads to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass easily. It contains numerous changes to the tax code, meant in large part to prevent the worst effects of climate change.
Among these is a revision to the existing tax credit for new plug-in electric vehicles. As we detailed last week, the IRA introduces income caps for the tax credit, and it will only apply to sedans that cost less than $55,000 and other EVs that cost less than $80,000. The bill also drops the 200,000 vehicle-per-OEM cap on the tax credit, which would benefit both General Motors and Tesla.
At least it will if their EV batteries are mostly made within North America, with at least 40 percent of the materials used having been extracted and processed within North America or a country with a free trade agreement. Now, instead of being based on battery capacity, half the credit ($3,750) is tied to where the pack is made, and the other half its supply chain. And that will be a problem if you’re looking to buy an EV in 2023.
China’s military announced new exercises near Taiwan, a day after concluding four days of drills that simulated a blockade of the island.
Li Ming-che and his wife, who met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan last week, have sought to inspire others not to be intimidated into silence by Beijing.
Five years after its launch, the railway has become associated with debt, dysfunction and criminal inquiries, and it is now a lightning rod in Tuesday’s election.
At a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of a crucial battle in the Pacific, two daughters of men who served there reflected on the lessons of war.
The exercises were designed to deter Taiwan from moving further away from Beijing, but they also indicated how few policy carrots China has.
Tensions over Taiwan underscore the need for the United States to engage more deeply with China on more than just trade.
Against a backdrop of rising regional tensions with China, the U.S. secretary of state reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending Manila.
Taiwan, Covid, “color revolutions,” the classroom: everywhere, China’s leader sees threats that foreign forces can exploit, and he has enlisted the whole nation to resist.
The live-fire military drills, which appear to be simulating an attack on the main island, have edged closer than ever before to territory Taiwan considers its own.
In areas close to the military drills, younger Taiwanese worried about the future, while older residents looked back to a harsher past to find hope.
The Biden administration says its commitment to the region has only deepened, but critics say the tensions over Taiwan show that Washington needs stronger military and economic strategies.
Taiwan needs more leaders to stand with us against China.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for “an immediate halt” to the exercises. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said China “will not isolate Taiwan.”
By firing into Japanese waters, Beijing is warning that both countries will become targets if they should come to the aid of Taiwan in any conflict.
After Nancy Pelosi’s visit, Taiwan braces for three days of Chinese military drills. Beijing calls them a warning, but they may also help its forces hone their skills.
Administration officials say they are hoping China’s military exercises last only a few days, but they are discussing their options if the movements expand into something more.
In a high-stakes visit to Taiwan, Ms. Pelosi offered assurances of American support. Taiwan now faces the prospect of Chinese military drills that could violate what it says are its territorial waters.
If we do nothing, then we must be comfortable with effectively ceding Taiwan by letting China continue its unabated bullying campaign.
China’s plans to conduct live-fire drills into Taiwan’s territorial seas could mark a new stage of brinkmanship.
The Biden administration has built an economic and diplomatic strategy in Asia to counter China, assuring friendly countries that the U.S. is in the region for the long haul.
From her first days in Congress, the future speaker was willing to confront China’s leaders. As she looked toward her legacy, the California Democrat was not about to back down this time.
Bullies don’t usually read concessions as anything but signs of weakness.
Public nonchalance about the tensions over Nancy Pelosi belies a political reality: Many are tired of China’s threats and crave American support.
The timing could not be worse. The Ukraine war is not over.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime China hawk, has not confirmed that she plans to visit Taiwan, but all indications suggest that she will make a stop on the self-governing island without prior announcement.
Xi Jinping has long vowed to answer any challenge to China’s claim to Taiwan. But current economic and political forces may make him unlikely to court a crisis.
Speculation about a stop in Taiwan, where she would be the highest-ranking U.S. visitor in decades, has jangled nerves in both Beijing and Washington.
To launch part of its space station to orbit, China used a large rocket that cannot control its atmospheric re-entry. It is the third time such a rocket has been used.
The Senate’s proposal aims to accelerate electric car sales and promote domestic battery manufacturing at China’s expense.
Beijing has issued strongly worded warnings implying that China might use military force if Nancy Pelosi moves forward with a planned trip to Taiwan.
Experts are still assessing how China apparently leapfrogged ahead in its effort to manufacture a semiconductor that rivals those made in Taiwan, which supplies both China and the West.
White House officials characterized the call, which lasted for two hours and 17 minutes, as a relationship-tending mission.
A donation to a hospital led to criminal charges for an Australian of Chinese descent. The case hinges not on what he did, but on what he might have been planning to do.
Global businesses and industries that rode the China growth wave for years are bracing for the fallout of a slowing economy.
She should postpone until the U.S. clarifies its Taiwan policy.
Some American officials suspect that what is really driving China’s president to lash out recently is a desire to divert attention from his economic and pandemic problems at home.
The lopsided bipartisan vote reflected a rare consensus in the otherwise polarized Congress in favor of investing federal resources into a broad industrial policy to counter China.
The city’s leaders are rushing to embrace Xi Jinping, China’s leader, a performance of devotion that is a jarring shift for Hong Kong’s once rambunctious political culture.
The vote indicated bipartisan support for the legislation, which had been at risk of being scaled back substantially until Republicans rallied around a more extensive bill.
The Chinese e-commerce giant’s application could give it better access to Chinese capital and a safety net against U.S. regulations.
The Biden administration is watching for any moves by China to close off the Taiwan Strait, and they would prefer that Nancy Pelosi cancel her planned trip.
Semiconductor supremacy isn’t something we can buy. It’s something we must build.