China claims no cause to panic as trade war tensions escalate

China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, said the escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington were “no cause to panic”. He also warned China will remain defiant to Washington’s attempts to pressure China on trade. US President Donald Trump accused China of attempting to interfere with the upcoming November 6 midterm elections due to his trade policies…

Chinese National Arrested in US for Alleged Spying

A Chinese national has been arrested in Chicago for alleged spying, accused of helping Beijing recruit US engineers and scientists. Ji Chaoqun was apprehended in Chicago, charged with acting as an illegal foreign agent in the US, according the US attorney’s office. “By collecting this information for an arm of the Chinese government while in…

White House optimistic about China trade despite no date for talks

China has cancelled upcoming trade talk with the US according to a Wall Street Journal report, as a trade war between the two nations continues to develop. China announced an additional $US60 billion of US products to be subject to import tariffs in response to a US announcement of $US200 billion of Chinese good to…

Russian warships hold largest military exercises since Soviet Union

Russian warships held drills as part of one of the largest Russian military exercises in 40 years, since the height of the Soviet Union. The Vostok-2018 drills, held around the Bering Sea separating Russia and Alaska, have 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 military aircraft and two naval fleets involved. With tensions between Russian and the…

34 Honorary Student Youth Ambassadors embark on Chinese adventure

In a special school assembly this morning, Education Minister, Sue Ellery, granted 34 students from Years 5-6 at Oberthur Primary School as Honorary Youth Ambassadors, ahead of their 16 day study tour in China. The school’s Chinese Immersion Program saw these students  learning Mandarin since they were in pre-primary, where students are taught their normal curriculum…

China using LinkedIn to spy on US government officials

China is using fake LinkedIn profiles in attempts to get close to Americans with access to state and commercial secrets, according to a Reuters report quoting the US counter-intelligence Chief, William Evanina. According to Mr Evanina, China is using LinkedIn to contact thousands of members at a time, but he refused to comment on the…

China labels Pentagon report claims China preparing to strike US “pure guesswork”

China’s Defence Ministry lodged an official complaint with the US about a Pentagon report claiming that China’s military is likely preparing to for strikes against the US and its allies. The Chinese Defence Ministry labelled the report “pure guesswork”, saying the report misrepresented the strategic intentions of China. “China’s military expresses resolute opposition to this…

China defends Iranian ties as Trump, Macron discuss Iran

China has defended economic ties with Iran, saying their business and energy ties do not affect the interests of any other countries. This comes after US President Donald Trump announced that companies will doing business with Iran will be blocked from doing business with the US. China has criticised the US for unilateral sanctions against…

Chinese state media defends retaliatory tariffs on US

China’s state media defended retaliatory tariffs placed on $US60 billion worth of US goods by the Chinese government, saying they show “rational restraint”. “China’s countermeasures are rational,” said commentary in the Global Times, a tabloid run by the official state media. “China will not rush to compete with U.S. numbers.” The Chinese finance ministry announced…