China expected to retaliate over Trump tariff hike, economic adviser says

Larry Kudlow says We may know more today or this evening or tomorrow after Trump raises spectre of a full-blown trade war The US expects China to retaliate over the Trump administrations Talks ended on Friday and tweeted saying Beijing had deliberately sought to delay negotiations. China felt they were being beaten so badly in the recent negotiation that they may as well wait around for the next election, 2020, to see if they could get lucky [and] have a Democrat win, he said. Kudlow told Fox no more talks were planned but also said there was a strong possibility Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping will meet in Japan at [the] G20 summit at the end of June. In …

Thirty years on, the Tiananmen Square image that shocked the world

Photographer Jeff Widener explains how a series of mishaps meant it was almost the picture that got away A solitary figure in a white shirt and black trousers clutches a bag and stands in front of a column of halted tanks, a cluster of street lights floating to one side like balloons. The mans shoulders are rounded, Time magazines 100 most influential of all time that has become the most famous. Every Tank Man photo has a different flavour. I think I was lucky I was using such a fine-grained film. It allowed it to be blown up larger. I think mine also has a more Gandhi feel. He looks more vulnerable: a common man asking a question, like: why …

US warns Beijing’s Arctic activity risks creating ‘new South China Sea’

US secretary of state chides Chinas aggressive behaviour and also accuses Russia of provocative actions The US plans to beef up its Arctic presence to keep Russias and Chinas aggressive behaviour in check in the resource-rich region, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has warned The region has become an arena of global power and competition owing to vast reserves of oil, gas, minerals and fish stocks, Pompeo said in a speech in northern Finland. Just because the Arctic is a place of wilderness does not mean it should become a place of lawlessness, he said. Speaking on the eve of a meeting of the eight members of the Arctic Council, Pompeo took on Beijing and Moscow. Chinas pattern of …

Revealed: new evidence of China’s mission to raze the mosques of Xinjiang

Guardian and Bellingcat investigation finds more than two dozen Islamic religious sites partly or completely demolished since 2016 Around this time of the year, the edge of the Taklamakan desert in far western China should be overflowing with people. For decades, every spring thousands of Uighur Muslims would converge on the Imam Asim shrine, a group of buildings and fences surrounding a small mud tomb believed to contain the remains of a holy warrior from the eighth century. Pilgrims from across the Hotan oasis would come seeking healing, fertility, and absolution, trekking through the sand in the footsteps of those ahead of them. It was one of the largest shrine festivals in the region. People left offerings and tied pieces …

China will build string of military bases around world, says Pentagon

Locations could include Middle East, Pakistan, and western Pacific to protect Belt and Road Initiative, report says The US Defense Department expects China to add military bases around the world to protect its investments in it ambitious One Belt One Road global infrastructure program, according to an official report released on Thursday. Beijing currently has just one overseas military base, in Djibouti, but is believed planning others, including possibly Pakistan, as it seeks to project itself as a global superpower. Chinas advancement of projects such as the One Belt, One Road Initiative (OBOR) will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects, the Pentagon said in its annual report to Congress on Chinese …