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  • Richard Ghiasy

    Slim pickings so far from closer Sino-Russian ties

    During President Xi Jinping's sixth official visit to Russia in July -- his third this year -- he reaffirmed the special friendship between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, portrayed Russia

    July 21, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • World adjusting to Trump impact

    WASHINGTON -- As the dust begins to settle on the first six months of the presidency of Donald Trump, the world has been busy trying to absorb the full ramifications of his policy agenda.Half a year of "America first" has left little doubt that the

    July 20, 2017 04:42 pm JST
  • John Merrill

    US flexibility could ease tensions with North Korea

    The Chinese and Russian proposal for a freeze on large-scale U.S.-South Korean military exercises in return for a freeze on further North Korean nuclear and missile tests just might work -- if only Washington could give it a chance rather than dismi

    July 20, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • China, Russia, North Korea testing Japan's composure

    TOKYO -- North Korea's enhanced ballistic missile capabilities have rocked the foundations of the Japan-U.S. alliance. They have also put Japan in a distressing situation -- and emboldened China and Russia to bring Japan even more discomfort.On July

    July 17, 2017 03:42 pm JST
  • Trump says he is considering quotas, tariffs on Chinese steel dumping

    PARIS (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said he is considering quotas and tariffs to deal with the "big problem" of steel dumping from China and others."They're dumping steel and destroying our steel industry, they've been doing it for decade

    July 14, 2017 06:08 am JST
  • Japan considers regular service to Russian-controlled isles

    TOKYO -- Japan will propose regular transport service to the so-called Northern Territories, the disputed islands in the Kuril chain controlled by Russia, when the deputy foreign ministers of the two nations meet in late August.Ships or airplanes co

    July 13, 2017 04:47 pm JST
  • G-20's failure over North Korea bodes ill for the future

    HAMBURG/BEIJING Member countries left the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8 after blowing an opportunity to help defuse the dangerous situation brewing on the Korean Peninsula.While North Korea crowed about its July 4 test-firing of a

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • US THAAD missile defenses hit test target as North Korea tension rises

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States said on Tuesday it shot down a simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) similar to the ones being developed by countries like North Korea, in a new test of the nation's THAAD missile d

    July 12, 2017 06:43 am JST
  • Trump Jr. emails suggest he welcomed Russian help against Clinton

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Presidential candidate Donald Trump's eldest son eagerly agreed last year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have information incriminating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow

    July 12, 2017 06:02 am JST
  • International cooperation without US has its limitations

    HAMBURG - United States President Donald Trump left midway through a Saturday morning meeting at the weekend's Group of 20 summit, leaving eldest daughter Ivanka in his stead between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinpin

    July 9, 2017 11:50 am JST
  • Abe, Putin to step up talks for joint activities on disputed isles

    HAMBURG (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Friday to advance talks to realize joint economic activities on Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido.Abe and Putin agreed to hold a vice

    July 8, 2017 06:13 am JST
  • US, Russia, Jordan reach ceasefire deal for southwest Syria

    HAMBURG (Reuters) -- The United States, Russia and Jordan have reached a ceasefire and "de-escalation agreement" in southwestern Syria, one of the combat zones in a six-year-old civil war, Washington and Moscow said on Friday.The ceasefire will go i

    July 8, 2017 05:57 am JST
  • Trump presses Putin at first meeting on interference in US election

    HAMBURG (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Vladimir Putin at their first meeting on Friday about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.The Russian president has denied any me

    July 8, 2017 04:53 am JST
  • Japan, US, South Korea vow to step up pressure on North Korea

    HAMBURG (Kyodo) --The leaders of Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to step up pressure on North Korea to curb its weapons development in the wake of Pyongyang's test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday.I

    July 7, 2017 07:31 am JST
  • Trump pledges to act 'very strongly' on North Korea missile threat

    WARSAW (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to confront North Korea "very strongly" following its latest missile test and urged nations to show Pyongyang there would be consequences for its weapons program.North Korea on Tuesda

    July 7, 2017 06:15 am JST
  • Ahead of G20 summit, Putin calls sanctions "covert form" of protectionism

    BERLIN (Reuters) -- Russia is in favour of an open and rules-based trade order to boost global growth, and sanctions imposed against Moscow are a "covert form" of protectionism, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Thursday ahead of a G2

    July 6, 2017 02:52 pm JST
  • ICBM launch marks turning point for US on North Korea

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- With Tuesday's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korea crossed what has been seen as a red line for the U.S., putting Washington under pressure to alter a tactic that has failed to sway Pyongyang.Spinning its w

    July 6, 2017 07:24 am JST
  • North Korea's trading partners risk US ties, Haley warns

    UNITED NATIONS -- Countries continuing to trade with North Korea despite U.N. sanctions will be unable to maintain trade relations with the U.S., American envoy Nikki Haley said Wednesday.At an emergency Security Council meeting held in response to

    July 6, 2017 07:13 am JST
  • China says North Korea missile launch is 'unacceptable'

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi on Wednesday said North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch was a "flagrant violation" of U.N. resolutions and "unacceptable.""We call on all the parties concerned to exercise restrai

    July 6, 2017 05:37 am JST
  • China, Russia to establish $10bn development fund

    MOSCOW -- The China Development Bank and Russian Direct Investment Fund on Tuesday signed an agreement to establish the Russia-China RMB Cooperation Fund, a joint investment worth 68 billion yuan ($10 billion). The fund will invest in projects relat

    July 5, 2017 06:11 pm JST