Catherine Wong
Catherine Wong
Catherine Wong is a reporter with the South China Morning Post in Beijing, where she focuses on China’s diplomacy and defence policy.

Pop-ups effectively banning travel to Beijing become thing of dread as they can delay top-notch medical treatment and threaten livelihoods.

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China’s foreign ministry spokesman says the ‘smearing and provocation towards Sino-Russian ties’ in a Bloomberg report was an attempt to drive a wedge between the neighbours.

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Kurt Campbell, President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific coordinator, says ‘2022 will be about these engagements comprehensively across the region’.

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Treaty will set out a framework for cooperation to address ‘shared strategic security challenges’, according to Australian leader Scott Morrison.

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Zhang Ming is the first Chinese since 2006 to head a Eurasian grouping that, much like the European Union, has sometimes been described as a ‘talking shop’.

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US urged to stop sending ships and aircraft to the South China Sea, as meeting goes ahead after 2020’s cancellation, when China was accused of not turning up.

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The US confirms it applied for visas for 18 officials to attend Winter Games to give American athletes and personnel ‘consular and diplomatic security services’.

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Beijing urges the US to ‘stop politicising sport’, calling boycott a ‘farce’ as it confirms visa applications for 18 American personnel.

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Senior official Thomas Countryman says there are no concrete plans but the issue was raised during last month’s summit between Xi and Biden.

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Experts at forum predict tensions will continue in the new year, with most expecting Joe Biden to maintain or step up his predecessor’s tough policies on China.

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Washington is planning to release oil from its strategic reserve in coordination with other nations to keep down prices – a plan that could involve Beijing.

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Pandemic’s economic impact is ‘temporary difficulty’, head of foreign ministry’s African department says before Forum on China-Africa Cooperation meeting.

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