China-US relations

Chinese vice-premier's gay marriage joke at US summit applauded at home

Funny? US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (left) and Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang attend the opening session of economic talks in Washington. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese government news agency deemed two jokes by Vice-Premier Wang Yang, one on same-sex marriage and one on Rupert Murdoch, so funny that it issued a "special report" on them.

Thursday, 11 July, 2013, 10:52am 9 comments

How the Snowden affair might end up helping US-China relations

Protesters march to the US consulate in Hong Kong in support of US whistle-blower Edward Snowden on June 15. Photo: AFP

The reason Americans and Chinese have become so nostalgic for the great Nixon/Kissinger-Mao Zedong/Zhou Enlai meeting in 1972 is because that was the last time Sino-US relations experienced a dramatic breakthrough. Now, most policy wonks on both sides sense we need another jolt to kick the way we interact into a higher gear, but nobody quite knows how to accomplish that.

11 Jul 2013 - 9:10am 4 comments

The best way to handle Snowden's case is to help him move to a third country

A supporter holds picture of Edward Snowden and Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan during a protest outside the US consulate in Hong Kong on June 15, 2013. Photo: AP

Snowden's arrival in Hong Kong may have been a PR coup for Beijing, but they will probably be happy to see the back of him.

17 Jun 2013 - 9:50am 8 comments

Could Xi-the-Pooh have saved China's declining world image?

China's netizens have linked the two leaders to Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger. Photo: Reuters and Weibo

China’s deteriorating world image could use some help, even if it comes from Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, said the country’s bloggers.

12 Jun 2013 - 11:38am 5 comments

US, Chinese presidents agree to step up dialogue between their militaries

Experts say Xi Jinping will welcome closer military links between the two countries as China seeks to avoid an arms race. Photo: Reuters

US President Barack Obama has reiterated the need to improve the military dialogue between the United States and the mainland in order to help both sides understand each others' strategic objectives.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:38am

Peng a lady left waiting as Michelle stays at home

Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan. Photo: AFP

When the presidents of China and the United States had their first encounter in the sprawling grounds of the Sunnylands diplomatic retreat in California, first lady Peng Liyuan had to make her own plans because Michelle Obama was with her daughters in Washington.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Chinese media picture Xi at home on world stage

A relaxed Xi Jinping with US President Barack Obama. Obama says military ties have lagged behind talks on other issues. Photo: AP

It may be too early to deduce whether Xi Jinping has established his global standing with the audience at home, but mainland media outlets said he had succeeded in telling the world of China's importance and impact on America's role in the Asia- Pacific.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:34am

Xi living in a dream world

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping stirred controversy at home with his remark to Barack Obama that the "Chinese dream is connected to the American dream".

9 Jun 2013 - 8:46am 2 comments

Barack Obama, Xi Jinping soft-pedal on cyberspace security issue

US President Barack Obama. Photo: AFP

Obama described the contentious cyberissue as "uncharted waters". He said he and Xi had discussed cybermatters only broadly during their first round of talks, but pledged that a fuller discussion was still to come.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:44am 2 comments

China and US vow to build a new model for ties at summit in California

US President Barack Obama presents Chinese President Xi Jinping with a bench made of California redwood, as they take a joint walk before heading into their second meeting. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Barack Obama, vowed to build a "new model of major country relationships" as they opened two days of talks on a range of issues.

9 Jun 2013 - 1:40pm 1 comment

US defence chief Hagel accuses China of cyber spying at Singapore forum

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel prepares to speak at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Photo: Xinhua

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday accused China of waging cyber espionage against the United States, raising pressure on Beijing over the issue ahead of a key summit between their leaders.

1 Jun 2013 - 6:17pm 11 comments

Xi and Obama set date for two-day summit in California

President Xi Jinping

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in New Delhi the leaders would discuss an "overall plan for the future of bilateral relations" on June 7 and 8. It will be their first face-to-face encounter since Xi became president in March.

22 May 2013 - 1:02pm

Police under fire as petitioners call on Washington for help

We The People, US government's public website

In recent days, tens of thousands of mainlanders have signed a petition to the US government's public website, We The People, calling on the Obama administration to intervene in the two-decade-old poisoning case and help bring the suspect, believed to be living in the US, to justice.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

China's new envoy warns US against meddling on Diaoyus

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai. Photo: Xinhua

In his first direct remarks on the territorial dispute since his appointment last month, Cui Tiankai also said China was alert to a "negative trend" of right-wing intentions in Japanese politics, and denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wearing of a camouflage uniform at a weekend exhibition as a political stunt.

2 May 2013 - 8:44am 8 comments

Beijing urges US to condemn Xinjiang 'terror' attacks

Armed police stand guard in Kashgar, Xinjiang. Photo: AP

China urged the US to condemn what Beijing has called terrorist attacks in Xinjiang instead of lecturing the country on human rights.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:13am 1 comment