US general predicts country will be at war with China in 2025

A U.S. general said in a memo on Friday that he believes the country will be at war with China by 2025, according to several outlets that obtained a copy of the communication. “I hope I am wrong,” Gen. Mike Minihan, a four-star Air Force general who leads the Air Mobility Command (AMC), said in … Read more

Chinese President Xi Jinping tells Australian Governor-General David Hurley ties between two countries moving in ‘right direction’

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that relations with Australia were moving in the right direction in the latest sign of an improvement in ties between the major trading partners. Key points: Chinese President Xi Jinping says both countries are “making active efforts towards the right direction of improving and growing China-Australia ties” China expert David Goodman says “we … Read more

China’s top diplomat plans European tour to thaw relations – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. China’s top diplomat will visit Germany and Belgium next month in a bid to reset relations with a skeptical Europe, POLITICO can disclose. Wang Yi will attend the Munich Security Conference and visit the EU headquarters, according to three diplomats with knowledge of his … Read more

Who’s not coming to Davos – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. DAVOS, Switzerland — The World Economic Forum’s annual conclave in the Swiss Alps is the greatest intersection of wealth and political power on the global calendar, but this year the balance is shifting.  Each January, forum organizers became used to announcing another record-setting list of … Read more

Oil CEO Sultan Al Jaber is ideal person to lead COP 28

ABU DHABI — If the world gets lucky, this could be the year fossil fuel producers and climate activists bury their hatchets and join hands to reduce emissions and ensure our planet’s future. If that sounds hopelessly Utopian, take that up with the leaders of this resource-rich, renewables-generating Middle Eastern monarchy. The United Arab Emirates … Read more

In China, Xi Jinping Faces a Difficult Year on Several Fronts – The Wall Street Journal

In China, Xi Jinping Faces a Difficult Year on Several Fronts  The Wall Street Journal China’s Covid crisis: What went wrong and how bad is it? | Talking Post with Yonden Lhatoo  South China Morning Post What China looks like after the abrupt abandonment of its zero-Covid policy  ITV News Opinion: China’s autocracy is in crisis  The Globe and … Read more

How political and economic pressure led to Beijing’s abrupt U-turn on zero-Covid

After Xi secured a groundbreaking third term as the Communist Party’s leader at its national congress in October, trusted aides put in control of centres of economic activity advised him to speed up the reopening, people familiar with the situation said. 02:22 China can see a ‘light of hope’ in Covid battle, says Xi Jinping … Read more

China after covid: How will the world economy react? – The Economist

China after covid: How will the world economy react?  The Economist Why are we confident about China’s economy this year? – PR Newswire APAC  PR Newswire Asia China’s Economy Resilient  THISDAY Newspapers Beijing warns of need to minimise China’s debt risks as it shores up economy  South China Morning Post Chinese Stocks, Investing Strategy for the End of Zero … Read more

Covid, interest rates: Treasurer Jim Chalmers reveals ageing population, flags migration changes

Treasurer Jim Chalmers says Australia will be watching China’s response to its latest Covid outbreak closely, as he warned the nation is “not immune” to an impending global downturn. Speaking in Queensland on Monday, Dr Chalmers said while he is “optimistic” about the economic outlook for 2023, the Labor government is remaining “realistic” about what … Read more

From the unwinding of zero-Covid to economic recovery: What to watch in China in 2023

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here. Hong Kong CNN  —  After a tumultuous end to a momentous and challenging year, China heads into 2023 with … Read more