Beijing hits Taiwan with penalties in wake of Pelosi visit

BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) – Beijing announced a slew of countermeasures against Taiwan on Wednesday (Aug 3) in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, including suspending trade in certain products and imposing sanctions on institutions regarded as pro-independence. China’s General Administration of Customs announced that the import of citrus fruits and […]

China announces military drills around Taiwan as it ‘sternly condemns’ Pelosi’s visit

BEIJING – China reacted with fury to United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, with at least five government departments strongly condemning what it called “extremely dangerous” moves as the military announced a series of exercises around the island beginning Tuesday night. China also summoned the US ambassador in Beijing on Tuesday to rebuke […]

Kamala Harris will join Pacific Islands meeting in push to counter China

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – United States Vice-President Kamala Harris will participate in the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting on Tuesday (July 12), as Washington steps up its engagement to counter China in the region. She will announce new measures, including the establishment of new US embassies in Kiribati and Tonga, the appointment of the first-ever American […]

Ports close in China’s island province of Hainan as tropical storm Chaba looms

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) – Local authorities in China’s Hainan province on Friday (July 1) announced the closure of three ports as tropical storm Chaba moves towards the southern island. In an official statement, the transportation and shipping authority in the provincial capital of Haikou said that the island’s Haikou Xiuying port, Xinhai Port, and Railway South […]

Australia commits to Pacific islands defence training as China seeks rival meeting

SYDNEY (REUTERS) – Australia will set up a defence school to train Pacific island militaries, Canberra’s new Pacific minister said, amid mounting competition for security ties in the region and as China lays plans for a rival meeting to next month’s Pacific Islands Forum. Australia will double its funding for aerial surveillance of the Pacific […]