Athens has upgraded its geostrategic position in energy

"The global environment was crucial to China's emergence," University of Virginia professor emeritus of foreign affairs Brantly Womack tells Kathimerini, a few hours after the conclusion of the workshop "Recentering Pacific Asia: Regional China and World Order," organized by the Institute of International Relations (IDIS) in Athens.

US-China economic flashpoints in Yellen's China trip

Since U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited Beijing last year, the world's two biggest economies have resumed regular talks and averted major escalations in tensions.

But the countries still trade barbs on economic issues as they battle for superiority in advanced technologies and work to secure critical supply chains.

China sets ambitious 5 percent growth target for 2024

China set on Tuesday a growth target of around five percent for 2024, an ambitious objective that the leaders of the world's second-largest economy admitted would be a challenge to meet.

Premier Li Qiang formally announced the growth goal, alongside the overall budget and key government policies for 2024, as China's annual National People's Congress (NPC) kicked off Tuesday.

China told women to have babies, but its population shrank again

China's ruling Communist Party is facing a national emergency. To fix it, the party wants more women to have more babies.

It has offered them sweeteners, like cheaper housing, tax benefits and cash. It has also invoked patriotism, calling on them to be "good wives and mothers."