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The Chinese government has used anal swabs to test US diplomats for COVID-19 – but Beijing insisted to Washington that the butt checks were made “in error.” “The State Department never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs *

Washington must decide how to respond to Beijing’s assertive agenda—and quickly. @MrKRudd  proposes a strategy that allows competition to unfold while minimizing the risk of a crisis:

Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said the United States and China could work together on various issues if they repaired their damaged bilateral relations, but Washington accused Beijing of trying to avert blame for its actions.

As a decadelong campaign by Beijing to win leadership posts for its civil servants at the helm of U.N. institutions gained momentum last year, Washington fought back—with mixed success

China’s commerce minister appealed to Washington for “joint efforts” to revive trade but gave no indication Wednesday when tariff war talks might resume or whether Beijing might offer concessions.

Aussie gains ground. Forecast as of 24.02.2021 In 2020 the AUDUSD bulls were supported by China, effective control over the pandemic, and faith in improving relations between Washington and Beijing after Joe Biden's victory. In 2021 the Aussie has …

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Competition aside, Washington and Beijing have many shared interests on the African continent, from security to economics to public health.

“Neither Beijing nor Moscow is likely to restrict its new weapons unless Washington places corresponding limits on the defenses that such weapons were meant to defeat.”

President Biden often says “America is back.” In truth, America never left—but Washington could be more effective in fighting for American interests. This begins with countering Beijing’s efforts to subvert the international order from within...

China calls on US to remove tariffs, lift sanctions on Chinese firms, abandon suppression of China’s tech rise. Analysts say speech sends signal that Beijing is willing to cooperate with Washington, but “hurdles need to be cleared” as a precondition.

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BREAKING: China halts some U.S. farm imports including soybeans, threatening the phase-one trade deal, as tensions rise between Beijing and Washington

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China’s arrest of 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists is fueling a new war of words between Washington and Beijing

The U.S. suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and ended reciprocal tax treatment on shipping with the former British colony, the latest salvo in escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing

Beijing has warned the US that it will take "every necessary measure" to protect its interests after a top White House advisor warned that Washington might revoke Hong Kong's special trading privileges if China enacts a tough new security law

Donald Trump’s crusade over TikTok is about more than a Chinese company holding American teenagers’ private data. It is part of a fraught rivalry between Washington and Beijing over economic power, technology, ideology and control of the internet

Would be interesting to know which Indian journalists have been obliged by Chinese and Americans and are now paying back by sympathetic coverage and commentary. Even after all this, they’re looking for ways to justify the actions of Beijing & Washington and lecture India.

Beijing-style repression is coming to Hong Kong. What will Washington do?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned.

“From Beijing to Brussels, from Rome to Washington, London and beyond, politicians haven’t just failed to rise to the occasion, they’ve engaged in a dangerous game of parsing, obfuscation and reality-denial that cost lives and delayed a resolute response.”

It's pretty surreal watching from Beijing as the Washington press corps and its critics go bananas over a fancy party. There are journalists in jail. There are sources in jail. Where is the sense of proportion?