Sanchez pitches Spain as ‘reliable’ partner at start of China trip

A handout photo of Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, speaks at the BFA's annual conference in Boao, Hainan Province, China, 30 March 2023. EFE/ Moncloa / Borja Puig de la Bellacasa -ONLY EDITORIAL USE/MANDATORY CREDIT

By Jose Miguel Blanco Boao, China, Mar 30 (EFE).- Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez put his nation forward as a “reliable” partner for China in trade, investment and conflict resolution at the Boao Forum in China’s Hainan province on Thursday. Sánchez’s intervention at the opening of the annual summit was the first engagement of his … Read more

Australia, China hold first formal defense meet since 2019

China's Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian addresses the Australia-China Relations Institute, at the University of Technology Sydney, in Sydney, Australia, 24 June 2022. EFE/EPA/FILE/DAN HIMBRECHTS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT[AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT]

Sydney, Australia, Mar 22 (EFE).- Defense officials from China and Australia met in Canberra on Wednesday, in what was the first official meeting between the two parties since 2019. The development comes at the height of Australia’s security alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom (AUKUS). The Chinese defense ministry said in a … Read more

Saudi investments in Iran could happen ‘quickly’ after deal to restore ties

Iranian newspapers reporting on the tripartite agreement between China, Iran and Saudi Arabia signed in Beijing the previous day, at a newsstand, in Tehran, Iran, 11 March 2023. EFE/EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Riyadh, Mar 15 (EFE).- Saudi investments in Iran could happen “very quickly” following a Chinese-brokered deal for the two foes to restore diplomatic ties, Saudi Arabia’s finance minister said Wednesday. The agreement struck in China on Friday paves the way for the two regional powerhouses of the Middle East to begin a process of normalizing … Read more

Beijing accuses US of undermining global peace, condemns AUKUS submarine deal

(L-R) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden and United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hold a press conference at the Naval Base Point Miramar in San Diego, California, USA, 13 March 2023. EFE/EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Washington/Beijing, Mar 14 (EFE).- China on Tuesday accused the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia of undermining global peace and stability, a day after the trio unveiled a plan to acquire and develop nuclear-powered submarines. The submarine deal is part of the AUKUS trilateral security pact, signed in September 2021 to counter Beijing’s growing … Read more

Xi: ‘China must work to achieve greater technological self-sufficiency’

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the Closing Session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China, 13 March 2023. EFE-EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

Beijing (EFE).- Chinese President Xi Jinping said China “must work to achieve greater technological self-sufficiency” during a Monday speech at the closing of the National People’s Assembly, one of the country’s main political yearly events. “China must create a new development model,” said the president, who added that his country “must promote industrial transformation.” Xi … Read more

Taiwan resumes direct flights to 10 Chinese cities

Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, 16 June 2020. EFE-EPA FILE/DAVID CHANG

Beijing, Mar 10 (EFE).- Taiwan on Friday resumed regular direct flights to 10 Chinese cities and another 13 cities by charter flight three years after connections with China were dropped to a minimum due to the coronavirus pandemic. The reinstated routes will link the Taiwan cities of Taoyuan, Taipei and Kaohsiung with Chinese cities Shenzhen, … Read more

Beijing raises tone, accuses US of ‘creating crises’ to ‘contain’ China

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang attends a joint press conference with Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo, Egypt, 15 January 2023. EFE/EPA/KHALED ELFIQI/FILE

By Jesus Centeno Beijing, Mar 7 (EFE).- China denied Tuesday having sold arms to Russia, said its close relationship with Moscow is not a threat to other countries and panned the United States during the first public press appearance of new Foreign Minister Qin Gang. Qin, who took office in December, gave a nearly two-hour … Read more

Beijing-Moscow ties ‘not a threat,’ says China’s foreign minister

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang gestures after a press conference in Beijing, China, 07 March 2023. EFE/EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

Beijing, Mar 7 (EFE).- Beijing’s close ties with Moscow advance global multipolarization and are not a threat to any country, China’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Holding his first public press conference since he replaced Wang Yi in December, Qin Gang spoke on the sidelines of the 14th National People’s Congress in Beijing. “China and Russia … Read more

Putin lauds China relations as foreign minister visits Moscow

Moscow, Feb 22 (EFE).- Russian president Vladimir Putin praised his country’s ties with China as he met with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss Beijing’s proposals to bring peace to Ukraine. During their meeting, Putin said cooperation between the two nations was “important for stabilizing the international situation.” “Sino-Russian relations … Read more

China slams ‘absurd and hysterical’ US balloon response

Munich, Germany, Feb 18 (EFE).- Beijing has denounced the shooting down of an alleged Chinese spy balloon by the US, calling the response “absurd and hysterical”. Speaking on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi insisted the balloon was unmanned and civilian and had “veered off course” into US airspace. Wang … Read more