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Jorge Ramos: All the President's lies

The United States elected a president who lies so much that he’s lost credibility only two months after his inauguration. This is a serious problem: …

Donald Trump

Ahead of Trump-Xi summit, U.S. warns clock has ‘run out’ on N. Korea

WASHINGTON — Days before President Trump hosts his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, a top U.S. official warned Tuesday that “the clock has run out” …

Trump tells Japan 'all options on the table' in face of North Korea provocation

In phone call to prime minister Shinzo Abe, president promises boost to US military capabilities after Pyongyang fired ballistic missile<p>Donald Trump has vowed to boost the US’s military capabilities to counter the threat from North Korean missiles, hours before he is due to meet the Chinese leader, …

North Korea

Trump’s caricature of China as a job-stealing economic bogeyman is past its expiry date

Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping starting Thursday (April 6) at Mar-a-Lago will finally give the US president a chance to meet face-to-face with the leader of the country he has trash-talked ceaselessly, describing it numerous times as the source of “trade deficits and job …

Economics

Are Russia And The US Going To War? Putin Orders More Drafted Troops

With NATO member countries already on edge because of the bloc's recent military maneuvers, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on …

Australia holds emergency meet with China after extradition treaty failure

[SYDNEY] Australia's foreign minister held an emergency meeting with the Chinese ambassador in the wake of Canberra's failure to ratify an …

China

Chinese Military to Create 'Iron Fortress' Along Borders in Asia

China deployed its military Tuesday to its troubled border with Myanmar for a series of annual military drills intended to showcase Beijing's defense …

The controversial deal is off: a Chinese company won’t be investing in Kushner Companies

Earlier in March, reports revealed that a real estate company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser in the White House, was on the brink of signing a staggeringly lucrative deal with a Chinese company with murky ties to the Chinese government.<p>Now, …

Modern Diplomacy - Modern Diplomacy

How Arctic Governance Could Become A Testing Ground For Sino-US Relations

Nengye Liu, <i>University of Adelaide</i> and Michelle Lim, <i>University of Adelaide</i><p>The Arctic is becoming an important testing ground for US-China relations. As the world tries to work out ways to deal with how climate change is altering the region, the Arctic has the potential to provide an example of how …

The Saga of a Sydney Academic Stuck in China Spotlights the Limits of Beijing’s Soft Power

Last week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Australia. There he announced plans for joint mine, rail and port projects and removed the last …

China's WeChat Takes on the West

Andrea Ghizzoni, Europe director at WeChat, discusses the company's plans for WeChat in Europe and where they're heading next. He speaks to …

EU says China, EU must show joint leadership on climate as U.S. pulls back | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the European Union need to show joint leadership on climate change and cannot expect the “same leadership” from the new administration in the United States, European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said in Beijing on Thursday.<p>European climate commissioner …

Environmentalism

China building biggest amphibious assault ships to boost naval forces in East and South China seas

The type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock will be similar in size to the largest American Wasp-class amphibious ships.<p>In a bid to strengthen and project …

Arrest in China Unnerves Australia

The timing could not have been worse. Just as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) was visiting Australia, Chinese security services detained a University of Technology Sydney professor because of suspicions about his research on human rights. In the most benign interpretation, the arrest demonstrates …

China

Climate change: China calls US 'selfish' after Trump seeks to bring back coal

Chinese state media has lambasted Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back many Obama-era environmental regulations, with a state-run tabloid saying that: “No matter how hard Beijing tries, it won’t be able to take on all the responsibilities that Washington refuses to take.”<p>In an editorial highly …

China

China says 'no such thing' as man-made islands in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - There was “no such thing” as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes.<p>Chinese dredging vessels purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the …

China

India using Kashmir to oppose Silk Road project: Chinese media

India sees China's Silk Road initiative as a geopolitical competition and is using the Kashmir issue as an "unfounded excuse" to oppose the ambitious …

Japan considers easing Chinese visa rules to extend tourism boom | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering relaxing restrictions on visas for tourists from China, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday, hoping to extend a tourism boom and lend support to consumer spending.<p>Chinese tourists select rolling bags at Tokyo's Ginza shopping …

Japan

U.S. Nuclear Setback Is a Boon to Russia, China

Competition in the nuclear market is diminishing.<p>The bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric Co., the Pittsburgh-based nuclear power company, is a geopolitical setback for the U.S. It halts a long-standing U.S. effort to get Eastern European countries to buy U.S. rather than Russian fuel, and leaves …

Energy

China blocked Sydney academic from leaving to 'safeguard national security' | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday that it blocked an Australia-based Chinese academic from taking a flight to Sydney this week to “safeguard national security” as fellow professors called for Beijing to allow him to return home.<p>Feng Chongyi, a long-service associate professor of China …

China

China says troops reductions on track | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s plans to reduce troop levels are on track, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday, after a 2015 announcement by President Xi Jinping that the People’s Liberation Army would cut 300,000 troops, with most of the cuts due by the end of 2017.<p>Soldiers patrol outside the Great …

China

U.S., Japan Test Xi With Taiwan Moves Ahead of Trump Summit

The U.S. and Japan are taking steps toward upgrading ties with Taiwan, risking a run-in with China as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping prepare for a first …

China

Iran calls for removal of nuclear weapons

<b>Iran's ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo has called for the total eradication of nuclear weapons.</b><p>Khoshroo reiterated Iran's call during a UN …

South Asia

U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross to join economic dialogue with Japan: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected to join Vice President Mike Pence for a bilateral economic dialogue in Tokyo next month, a Japanese government official with direct knowledge of preparations said on Thursday, dashing Tokyo's hope of leaving thorny issues on trade …

Wilbur Ross

Russia opposes THAAD defense system in Korea

March 29 (UPI) -- Russia's top diplomat in Seoul said Wednesday Moscow can have it both ways: stand in opposition to the deployment of a U.S. missile …

Donald Trump chases arms sales – whatever the human cost

More salesman than statesman, the president’s peddling of weapons is upsetting the balance in already teetering regions<p>The Trump administration’s decision to press ahead with a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Bahrain will dismay Shia opposition groups and international human rights campaigners …

Donald Trump

Trump's outlook going from bad to worse

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the White House scans Washington for a bounce-back win after the Obamacare imbroglio, the political forecast is promising only heavy weather.<p>An unappetizing list of looming congressional showdowns, complex, months-long legislative challenges and intractable threats to President Donald …

Donald Trump

Russia 'actively involved' in French election, warns US Senate intelligence chief

The head of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee warned Wednesday that Russia is interfering in the French election just as it did in the US presidential campaign last year.<p>Senator Richard Burr, who has access to some of the most highly classified US intelligence, said Moscow has shown a …

Russia

Space arms race as Russia, China emerge as 'rapidly growing threats' to US

U.S. satellites may be vulnerable to attacks that could make our whole way of fighting war riskier, according to experts.<p>"Every major space-faring …

Military