China’s new reef bases add an edge to Xi Jinping’s forthcoming US visit

China’s new reef bases add an edge to Xi Jinping’s forthcoming US visit

China appears to be taking new steps to build airfields on two reefs in a disputed area of the South China Sea on the eve of President Xi Jinping’s arrival in Washington for a state visit on 24 September. Commercial satellite photos taken on 8 September for the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) show that China is flattening, rolling and putting gravel down on an area the size of a military runway on…

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Xi’s US Visit Comes Amid Record Chinese-US Investment

Xi’s US Visit Comes Amid Record Chinese-US Investment

Chinese President Xi Jinping makes his first official visit to the United States later this month while the world focuses on concerns about his country’s economic growth, but also at a time when Chinese investment in the U.S. has never been higher. Data from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows investment by Chinese entities reached $9.5 billion last year, up from $3.3 billion in 2010 and just $385 million in 2002….

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