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  • China pledges $124bn for new Silk Road, says open to everyone

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his ambitious new Silk Road plan to forge a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade, and called for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomati

    May 14, 2017 01:03 pm JST
  • Global cyber attack slows but experts see risk of fresh strikes

    SINGAPORE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- A global cyber attack described as unprecedented in scale forced a major European automaker to halt some production lines while hitting schools in China and hospitals in Indonesia on Saturday, though it appeared to d

    May 13, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • China-led AIIB approves seven new members ahead of new Silk Road summit

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said on Saturday it had approved seven new members to join the bank, a day before China's biggest diplomatic event of the year kicks off.Leaders from 29 countries will

    May 13, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • Trump attacks on fired FBI chief meet resistance; Russia probe proceeds

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday ran into resistance for calling ousted FBI chief James Comey a "showboat," an attack that was swiftly contradicted by top U.S. senators and the acting FBI leader, who pledged that an investi

    May 12, 2017 09:08 am JST
  • Trump meets Russia foreign minister amid Comey controversy

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the Syrian civil with Russia's foreign minister in the Oval Office on Wednesday, at a time when alleged ties to Moscow are overshadowing the Republican's administration.The meeting with S

    May 11, 2017 01:34 am JST
  • Oil pinned near 5-month low as global oversupply weighs

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Oil prices were marooned near five-months lows on Friday after a near 5 percent fall in the previous session on concerns over rising U.S. supply, wiping out all of the price gains since OPEC's move to curb output.Tumbling pric

    May 5, 2017 10:32 am JST
  • Trump, Putin discuss Syria ceasefire in first talks since U.S. air strikes

    WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday moved to ease the tension from U.S. air strikes in April against Russian ally Syria, expressing a desire for a Syrian ceasefire and safe zones

    May 3, 2017 07:30 am JST
  • Russia delays launch of ferry service with North Korea

    MOSCOW -- The launch of regular ferry service between North Korea and the Russian city of Vladivostok has been pushed back by at least around 10 days in a likely response from the Kremlin to growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.The Vladivostok p

    May 3, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • James D.J. Brown

    Abe woos Putin with strategic intent in mind

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe clearly has his heart set on closer relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Japanese leader's visit to Moscow on April 27 marked his 17th meeting with Putin, a remarkable total even in this era of ince

    April 29, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Russia, Japan chip away at dispute but much work remains

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin projected a spirit of cooperation at their meeting Thursday, taking small steps toward resolving a long-running territorial row. But a divide on North Korea and a diplo

    April 29, 2017 07:15 am JST
  • Japan, Russia call for calm as North Korean tensions heat up

    MOSCOW -- Japan and Russia agreed Thursday to urge North Korea to refrain from further military provocations, with Russian President Vladimir Putin stressing the need to resume a long-stalled regional dialogue on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons developm

    April 28, 2017 06:18 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Finance chiefs fret as Trump grumbles about a strong dollar

    WASHINGTON Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 major economies avoided serious debate over exchange rates at their latest gathering in Washington, instead simply reaffirming their commitment to economic stability. But they wil

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • From the White House, echoes of North Korean radio propaganda

    More than 30 years ago while living in Japan, I used to listen most mornings to Radio Pyongyang's English-language broadcasts. This was not a conscious decision. I would habitually tune in to the BBC on shortwave, but just before 8 a.m., there would

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Abe starts 4-day trip to Russia, Britain for summits

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Thursday for a four-day trip to Russia and Britain for one-on-one meetings with the countries' leaders on security and economic affairs.In a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin later

    April 27, 2017 09:08 am JST
  • Russia on high alert for possible clash in North Korea

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Reports that Russia is moving troops to its border with North Korea have fueled speculation that the Kremlin is preparing for a military crisis on the Korean Peninsula.Locals in the Russian Far East have apparently witnessed t

    April 26, 2017 06:50 am JST
  • Japanese tech to figure heavily in Russian projects

    TOKYO -- Japanese technologies will be applied to ease traffic congestion and repair an aging sewage system in a city near Moscow as part of economic cooperation the Japanese and Russian leaders are expected to agree on this week.The two sides will

    April 26, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • JGC building huge modular LNG plant in the Arctic

    TOKYO -- A fleet of ships is en route to the Russian Arctic, loaded with materials for construction of a huge liquefied natural gas plant on the Yamal Peninsula by JGC, a leading Japanese engineering corporation.As the fleet makes its way from more

    April 25, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Russia hints at support for extending OPEC output cuts

    MOSCOW -- Crude oil's current price level in the $50 range per barrel "suits both producer countries and consumer countries," Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said, implying that Moscow is inclined to support extending joint production cuts w

    April 22, 2017 02:30 am JST