The US commerce secretary said she would tell Chinese officials, "when it comes to national security we don't negotiate. We don't give concessions. We don't compromise"
“To say [Xi’s absence] is extraordinary is an understatement as Chinese leaders never miss highly choreographed events like this,” one China expert said
Italy signed up to the BRI four years ago under a previous government, becoming the only major Western country to have taken such a step
Beijing says foreign minister Qin Gang is absent for undisclosed health reasons but the mystery threatens to unsettle efforts to rebuild relations with the West
The 64-page document, published on Thursday, was unflinching in its appraisal of Beijing's increasing assertiveness and "unfair practices”
The island's foreign minister said his government would not block investment in Europe, but the continent needed to "consider a broader picture" and think on Taiwan's 'situation'
The move by Rome’s right-wing administration aims to curb Chinese influence on one of Italy's most storied companies, whose data-collecting technology in tyres it says is key to national security
China had issued the invitations “some time ago” but a time for trip was yet to be decided, the report said, citing sources
Nearly 3,000 National People's Congress members voted unanimously in the Great Hall of the People for the 69-year-old in an election in which there was no other candidate
"To have dispatched an advanced fighter jet to shoot down a balloon with a missile, such behaviour is unbelievable," China's top diplomat said at a global security conference
Officials say successful recovery of the balloon's debris could give the United States insight into China's spying capabilities