U.S. Trade Representative's Top China Adviser Resigns

WASHINGTON—Mark Wu, the U.S. Trade Representative’s top China adviser, said he resigned his position, citing family reasons. In an interview, Mr. Wu said he left USTR in mid-July and is returning in August to Harvard Law School where he focuses on intellectual

China's New Envoy to U.S. Seeks to Reset Relations

NEW YORK—China’s new envoy to the U.S. struck a conciliatory note upon his arrival in Washington on Wednesday, pledging to repair the increasingly testy relationship between the two world powers days after Chinese Foreign Ministry officials greeted a visiting senior State Department

China's New Ambassador to the U.S. Adopts Placating Tone

NEW YORK—China’s new envoy to the U.S. struck a conciliatory note upon his arrival in Washington on Wednesday, pledging to repair the increasingly testy relationship between the two world powers days after Chinese Foreign Ministry officials greeted a visiting senior State Department

U.S. Sanctions Syrians Linked to Alleged Atrocities

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Treasury Department levied sanctions against five senior Syrian security officials and eight prisons accused of committing human-rights abuses, the start of what the Biden administration says will be its campaign to hold the Assad regime accountable for war crimes. Wednesday’s

Israel Begins Vaccinating At-Risk Children Under 12

TEL AVIV—Israel authorized the use of Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine for vulnerable children between five and 11 years old, as cases of the highly contagious Delta variant rise sharply. Israeli officials said young children should be given the shot if they have

Biden Administration Moves to Tilt Pay, Power Toward Workers

President Biden is advancing a series of regulatory changes aimed at increasing workers’ pay and gaining them other benefits, moves that opponents say could burden businesses amid an uneven economic recovery. The rule changes, most of which are still in progress, would

U.S. Durable-Goods Orders Advanced in June

Orders for cars, appliances and other durable goods increased in June, signaling continued strength in the U.S. economy as manufacturers continue to deal with shortages in parts and labor and confront higher material costs. New orders for products meant to last at

U.S. Moves to Assure India on Afghanistan

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting India this week as the Biden administration seeks to reassure a key Asian partner over the U.S. and allied military withdrawal from Afghanistan and works to tighten security ties amid concern about Chinese influence in

North Korea Reopens Communications Hotline With South Korea

SEOUL—North Korea reopened direct communication lines with South Korea, raising the prospect that the Kim Jong Un regime could be ready for engagement after a protracted period of diplomatic silence. The cross-border phone line was activated at 10 a.m. Tuesday local time,

Chinese Officials Blame U.S. for Stalemate in High-Level Talks

TAIPEI—Senior U.S. and Chinese officials sparred over Covid-19, human rights and cybersecurity during a tense exchange Monday in the highest-level meetings between the two countries on Chinese soil since Joe Biden became president. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, meeting with U.S.

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