Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali on November 14. Photo: AFP via Getty Images/TNS

Biden-Xi meeting sets stage for improved communications: White House official

The leaders’ talks paved the way for more in-person engagements and renewed efforts on shared challenges like climate change, according to a US deputy national security adviser.

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South Dakota governor bans TikTok from state-owned devices, citing China links

Kristi Noem alleged that data gathered on the Chinese-owned video platform is used to manipulate Americans

Kristi Noem alleged that data gathered on the Chinese-owned video platform is used to manipulate Americans

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US woman kidnapped as a toddler reunited with family after 51 years

Melissa Highsmith was 22 months old when she was abducted by a babysitter in 1971; she found out only thanks to a DNA match on 23andMe.

Melissa Highsmith was 22 months old when she was abducted by a babysitter in 1971; she found out only thanks to a DNA match on 23andMe.

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China to increase nuclear warheads to 1,500, US military warns

A new Pentagon report says China is on track to having nearly 4 times the number of warheads by 2035, speedily closing the gap with the US.

A new Pentagon report says China is on track to having nearly 4 times the number of warheads by 2035, speedily closing the gap with the US.

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Nato commits to future Ukraine membership, drums up aid

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the military alliance’s commitment to Ukraine, saying that the war-torn nation will one day become a member of the world’s largest security organisation.

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the military alliance’s commitment to Ukraine, saying that the war-torn nation will one day become a member of the world’s largest security organisation.

29 Nov 2022 - 7:44PM

Opinion

On Balance | Biden-Xi summit? China should decide after results of US midterms

To set the negotiating table at which Biden and Xi might sit, both sides must recognise that there’s no way back to the old bilateral relationship. China has stopped moving away from its authoritarian past, while the US is about to be a country where election deniers may prevail in the midterms.

8 Nov 2022 - 5:58AM
Opinion | US and China must avoid the tragedy of armed conflict over Taiwan
25 Oct 2022 - 9:53AM
On Balance | Republican rift will shape future of US support for Ukraine

The Kentucky senator’s calls for more aid to Ukraine show the split between ascendant right-wing Republicans and the party’s old guard. Some in the party’s far right have questioned US support for Ukraine and expressed cultural views in line with those of Vladimir Putin.

25 Oct 2022 - 5:41AM

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A mass extinction occurs when at least 75 per cent of species are destroyed. File photo: Nasa

World’s first mass extinction was from a lack of oxygen: researchers

Scientists have speculated for years that the world is coming up on its sixth mass extinction. Researchers are studying what happened in the first in hopes of avoiding another.

29 Nov 2022 - 11:09AM

BlockFi files for bankruptcy, citing FTX exposure

New Jersey-based BlockFi filed for bankruptcy after exposure to FTX led to a liquidity crisis, but said it does not face the ‘myriad issues’ as that exchange.

New Jersey-based BlockFi filed for bankruptcy after exposure to FTX led to a liquidity crisis, but said it does not face the ‘myriad issues’ as that exchange.

29 Nov 2022 - 9:58AM

Musk signals Twitter going to ‘war’ with Apple

The billionaire says the iPhone maker has threatened to oust his recently acquired social media platform from its App Store.

The billionaire says the iPhone maker has threatened to oust his recently acquired social media platform from its App Store.

29 Nov 2022 - 8:28AM

Critics slam Biden’s ‘weakness’ on China protests

White House statement backing ‘everyone’s right to peacefully protest’ called inadequate by Republicans, which some analysts say overt support would backfire.

White House statement backing ‘everyone’s right to peacefully protest’ called inadequate by Republicans, which some analysts say overt support would backfire.

29 Nov 2022 - 7:52AM

Wall Street slips as Covid lockdown protests spread in China

Unrest over the country’s zero-Covid policy stoked worries that a crackdown or expanded lockdowns could slow the Chinese economy.

Unrest over the country’s zero-Covid policy stoked worries that a crackdown or expanded lockdowns could slow the Chinese economy.

29 Nov 2022 - 6:11AM

White gunman pleads guilty in racist US supermarket massacre

Payton Gendron, 19, will spend life in prison for killing 10 black shoppers and workers in a store in Buffalo, New York; this is the first time anyone in the state has been convicted of the hate-motivated terrorism charge.

Payton Gendron, 19, will spend life in prison for killing 10 black shoppers and workers in a store in Buffalo, New York; this is the first time anyone in the state has been convicted of the hate-motivated terrorism charge.

29 Nov 2022 - 3:33AM

World’s largest volcano erupts for first time in nearly 40 years

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, began erupting for the first time since 1984, ending its longest quiet period in recorded history.

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, began erupting for the first time since 1984, ending its longest quiet period in recorded history.

29 Nov 2022 - 10:36AM

Asian faiths in US try to save sacred swastika corrupted by Hitler

Asian diaspora and Native Americans are trying to rehabilitate the swastika as a sacred symbol. Some Jewish leaders empathise, while others say the swastika is beyond redemption.

Asian diaspora and Native Americans are trying to rehabilitate the swastika as a sacred symbol. Some Jewish leaders empathise, while others say the swastika is beyond redemption.

28 Nov 2022 - 12:11PM

Musician Jon Batiste to sing for Macron at Biden’s first state dinner

Grammy-winner Batiste will sing at the White House on Thursday, at a black-tie dinner for French President Macron that will highlight long-standing ties between the United States and France.

Grammy-winner Batiste will sing at the White House on Thursday, at a black-tie dinner for French President Macron that will highlight long-standing ties between the United States and France.

28 Nov 2022 - 8:03AM

Canada unveils new Indo-Pacific strategy, eyes ‘disruptive’ China

Canada outlines US$1.7 billion in spending to boost military and cybersecurity in the region and vowed to deal with a ‘disruptive’ China, while working with it on climate change and trade issues.

Canada outlines US$1.7 billion in spending to boost military and cybersecurity in the region and vowed to deal with a ‘disruptive’ China, while working with it on climate change and trade issues.

28 Nov 2022 - 1:39PM

Being there: American researchers extol benefits of returning to China

Between Covid-19 restrictions and US-China frictions, trips by academics and think-tankers have dropped off sharply, but three who have made recent trips confirm that there’s no substitute for in-person interactions.

Between Covid-19 restrictions and US-China frictions, trips by academics and think-tankers have dropped off sharply, but three who have made recent trips confirm that there’s no substitute for in-person interactions.

27 Nov 2022 - 10:30PM

US Soccer Federation shows Iran flag without Islamic emblem ‘to support women’

US Soccer federation says the move supported protesters in Iran who have been taking to the streets for weeks against the Ayatollah’s brutal regime.

US Soccer federation says the move supported protesters in Iran who have been taking to the streets for weeks against the Ayatollah’s brutal regime.

28 Nov 2022 - 1:42AM

Trump faulted for dinner with Kanye, white nationalist

Trump had dinner at his Mar-a-Lago club with Kanye West, as well as Nick Fuentes, a far-right activist who has used his online platform to spew antisemitic and white nationalist rhetoric.

Trump had dinner at his Mar-a-Lago club with Kanye West, as well as Nick Fuentes, a far-right activist who has used his online platform to spew antisemitic and white nationalist rhetoric.

27 Nov 2022 - 10:13AM

SpaceX gives Space Coast 52nd launch of the year

The CRS-26 mission lifted off from Launch Pad 39-A on a resupply run to the International Space Station.

The CRS-26 mission lifted off from Launch Pad 39-A on a resupply run to the International Space Station.

27 Nov 2022 - 7:41AM

‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ star Irene Cara found dead

She was well-known for the title track of the hit 1980s film Fame, with its indelible refrain ‘I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly’.

She was well-known for the title track of the hit 1980s film Fame, with its indelible refrain ‘I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly’.

26 Nov 2022 - 11:25PM