China plans to complete a mission to land a person on the moon by 2030, a government official announced on Monday, in the highest-level confirmation of China’s ambitions for a crewed lunar landing. Chinese scientists have previously nodded at a 2030 goal in a less formal capacity; for example, theContinue Reading

The bidding for Lot 17 started at $23 million. In the packed room at Sotheby’s in Manhattan, the price quickly climbed: $32 million, $42 million, $48 million. Then a new prospective buyer, calling from China, made it a contest between just two people. On the block that evening in NovemberContinue Reading

U.S. officials strike a debt-limit deal President Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached an agreement in principle to lift the debt limit for two years, a breakthrough after a marathon of crisis talks that brought the nation within days of its first default in history. “It is an important stepContinue Reading

SUBSCRIBER+ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW — Over the weekend, Ukraine said its forces were encircling Bakhmut. Russia, meanwhile, congratulated its troops for taking the embattled Ukrainian city. It is precisely these types of conflicting accounts that policymakers need clarity on. And they often turn to the CIA to provide it. Helping toContinue Reading

CIPHER BRIEF REPORTING — China’s newest U.S. ambassador took up his post Tuesday, less than four months after criticizing President Joe Biden’s “indiscriminate use of force” in shooting down a Chinese surveillance balloon that floated across the United States. Now, the balancing act begins. .memberful-global-teaser-content p:last-child{ -webkit-mask-image: linear-gradient(180deg, #000 0%, transparent);Continue Reading

On a controversial trip to Taiwan, Liz Truss, Britain’s prime minister for 44 tempestuous days, met President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday and called for an “economic NATO” to counter Chinese coercion. Ms. Truss’s visit has been denounced by Beijing, which claims the self-governed island as its territory. China opposes visitsContinue Reading

Before the G7, China holds its own summit As leaders of the world’s wealthiest large democracies gathered in Japan for the G7 summit, which begins today, China kicked off its own conference with the leaders of five Central Asian countries. The split-screen diplomacy comes as tensions rise between the West and China.Continue Reading

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, is kicking off a summit on Thursday that the country is heralding as a historic milestone, rolling out the red carpet for five Central Asian countries that are critical to China’s regional ambitions. The inaugural China-Central Asia summit is part of China’s broader aim to strengthenContinue Reading

Beijing fined a Chinese comedy studio around $2 million on Wednesday for a joke that compared China’s military to stray dogs, a reminder of the ever-narrowing confines of expression under the country’s leader, Xi Jinping. The Beijing Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau accused a popular comedian, Li Haoshi, who isContinue Reading

The Biden administration announced arrests and criminal charges on Tuesday in five cases involving sanctions evasion and technology espionage efforts linked to Russia, China and Iran. Two Russian nationals were taken into custody last week under accusations of sending aircraft parts to Russia in violation of sanctions imposed after theContinue Reading