International Relations

US sanctions China company over ties to North Korea nuke program

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States on Monday blacklisted a Chinese trading company for its involvement in North Korea's proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, making it Washington's first punitive action against Pyongyang over its Sept. 9...

  • Premier Li plays up Beijing's role on world stage

    BEIJING -- Premier Li Keqiang presented China as a responsible superpower in the United Nations General Assembly and flexed the country's diplomatic muscle during visits to Canada and Cuba in the past week. Meeting Saturday with Cuban President Raul...

  • Air force drills show China's expanded horizons in Pacific

    BEIJING -- China's latest air force exercises in the Western Pacific Ocean indicate Beijing's new normal of moving military activity beyond traditional boundaries.The People's Liberation Army Air Force said that on Sunday it flew 40 aircraft through ...

  • Duterte pursues 'alliance' with China amid Western pressure on drug killings

    MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he would pursue stronger ties with China, as he moves to counter increasing pressure from Western nations and organizations on the spate of killings tied to the government's campaign against illegal ...

  • Gazprom looks to expand LNG output in Russian Far East

    TOKYO -- Russian state-run gas major Gazprom plans to build a new liquefied natural gas platform at its Sakhalin-2 development project with an eye on boosting exports to Japan, Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev said in Moscow.The platform, which may...

  • India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change on Oct. 2 -- report

    NEW DELHI (Kyodo) -- India will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change on Oct. 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the online edition of the Times of India reported Sunday.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement during...

  • Japan scrambles fighter as China air force planes pass southwest

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan scrambled a fighter jet Sunday as Chinese air force planes passed the Miyako Strait in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan, the Defense Ministry said.Eight Chinese airplanes believed to include two fighters flew over the str...

  • China air force holds drills in Western Pacific for second time this month

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's air force said on Sunday it had flown more than 40 bombers and other fighter planes through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific.Regular long range drills in the Western Pacific ...

  • G-7 transport ministers end 3-day meeting

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Transport ministers from the Group of Seven advanced economies agreed Sunday to strengthen cooperation in the railway and airline sectors as they wrapped up their three-day meeting in the resort town of Karuizawa, northwest of Tokyo....

  • China, Cuba agree to deepen ties during PM Li's Havana visit

    HAVANA (Reuters) -- Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday during a two-day trip to Havana, and the two leaders oversaw the signing of around 30 agreements on economic cooperation in various sectors, Cuban ...

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    Japan, Russia appear to be making headway in island dispute

    MOSCOW -- Russia's Far East Development Fund will refrain from backing projects involving China and South Korea in the Kuril Islands, including disputed islets known in Japan as the Northern Territories, the fund's chief said.CEO Alexei Chekunkov's r...

  • North Korea threatens another nuclear test

    SEOUL -- North Korea has suggested the possibility of either conducting its sixth nuclear detonation or test-firing a long-range ballistic missile next month.Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday slammed the U.S....

  • Abe prioritizes North Korea, Russia in UN diplomacy spree

    HAVANA -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his five-day stint at this year's United Nations General Assembly for a focused diplomatic offensive, pushing for stronger sanctions on North Korea and garnering support for ongoing talks with Russia....

  • Beijing gets tougher on illegal trade with North Korea

    BEIJING -- China faces pressure to crack down not only on coal exports from North Korea but also on shipments of nuclear- and missile-related materials into that country, leading to the investigation announced Sept. 15 over allegations of illegal tra...

  • Defying UN, North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear capability

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- North Korea vowed on Friday to further strengthen its nuclear weapons capability, in spite of U.N. condemnation and sanctions, and said it would never abandon its deterrence while it was threatened by nuclear-armed states....

  • UN Security Council adopts resolution against nuclear tests

    UNITED NATIONS -- A U.S.-drafted resolution seeking to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons was adopted Friday by the U.N. Security Council, calling on countries to refrain from testing and exploding any such device.U.S. Secretar...

  • US official says THAAD not negotiable in North Korea sanctions push

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The planned U.S. deployment of a THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea is not negotiable as part of efforts to agree new United Nations sanctions on North Korea after its latest nuclear test, a senior U.S. official said on Fr...

  • EU drops Myanmar rights resolution, citing progress under Suu Kyi

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The European Union praised Myanmar's progress on human rights under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday and said that it would not be introducing a resolution at the United Nations condemning the country's record ...

  • Japan-EU trade talks at make-or-break stage

    TOKYO -- Japan and the European Union have many hurdles to clear as they scramble to reach a broad trade deal by year-end, with Tokyo using the Trans-Pacific Partnership as leverage to demand better terms and Brussels holding firm on demands for food...

  • Abe backs Japan Inc.'s push for access in Cuba

    HAVANA -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to boost investment into Cuba in his meeting Thursday with President Raul Castro, with hopes of giving Japanese companies better access to the Caribbean country's strong demand for infrastructure an...