US dismisses Chinese objections to South China Sea mission

BEIJING — The U.S. Navy on Tuesday dismissed Beijing’s protests over a “freedom of navigation operation” conducted near a Chinese-held island in the South China Sea, in the latest incident drawing new attention to one of the world’s potential military flashpoints. The Navy said its guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville on Tuesday “asserted navigational rights … Read more

China says Ukraine crisis has sounded alarm for humanity

BEIJING — The conflict in Ukraine has “sounded an alarm for humanity,” Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Wednesday, as China continues to assume a position of neutrality while backing its ally Russia. China has refused to criticize Russia’s war in Ukraine or even to refer to it as an invasion in deference to Moscow, while … Read more

Australia says China threatened plane over South China Sea

BEIJING — Australia on Sunday said a Chinese fighter jet carried out dangerous maneuvers threatening the safety of one of its maritime surveillance planes over the South China Sea and forcing it to return to the base. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his government expressed concern to China over the May 26 incident, which the … Read more

Wall Street adds to gains following surge in Chinese markets

Wall Street is adding to its gains Wednesday as markets start to gather hope that there may be better news on the horizon on inflation, the war in Ukraine and other worries that have been keeping investors unsettled Town DAMIAN J. TROISE AP Business Writer March 16, 2022, 4:17 PM • 4 min read Share … Read more