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  • Trump administration says US mistakenly backed China WTO accession in 2001

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States mistakenly supported China's membership of the World Trade Organization in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp

    January 20, 2018 08:31 am JST
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    Japan in talks over bid for UK uranium powerhouse

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government has entered into negotiations to acquire U.K.-based Urenco, a major European producer of enriched uranium, in a deal that is expected to be worth several billions of dollars.The state-owned Japan Bank for Internation

    January 20, 2018 07:34 am JST
  • Russia denies evading UN North Korea sanctions

    UNITED NATIONS -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared Friday that his country is cooperating with international sanctions against North Korea, asking for proof for claims from U.S. President Donald Trump to the contrary."If our American

    January 20, 2018 07:08 am JST
  • Pentagon puts countering China, Russia at center of US defense strategy

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the heart of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the

    January 20, 2018 04:23 am JST
  • Russia courts Southeast Asian leaders with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has been force

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States."Ru

    January 18, 2018 06:29 am JST
  • Kazakhstan to purchase Boeing planes, build new GE locomotives

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Tuesday the country has reached agreements with several U.S. companies worth $7.5 billion, including contracts to supply passenger planes and locomotives to the Central Asian

    January 18, 2018 04:52 am JST
  • Russia: North Korea summit undermines UN, aggravates situation

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.Twenty nations hosted by the United States and Canada

    January 18, 2018 04:14 am JST
  • US cracks down on Chinese, Russian firms over security fears

    WASHINGTON -- Chinese and Russian companies in fields such as information technology face growing restrictions on their operations in the U.S. as concern builds in Washington over data security and foreign political interference.The U.S. Army has pu

    January 18, 2018 03:05 am JST
  • APEC summit outlook clouded by new host's problems

    AUCKLAND -- Corralling the 21 governments in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc into acting on regional challenges is hard enough at the best of times. It may be something practically unachievable in 2018.Already strained by U.S. President D

    January 17, 2018 12:30 pm JST
  • Turkey steps up arms sales to South and Southeast Asia

    ISTANBUL -- Turkey is stepping up defense industry exports to South and Southeast Asian countries such as Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in a drive to diversify beyond traditional customers in the Middle East, Central Asia and the

    January 12, 2018 02:30 pm JST
  • Putin says 'shrewd and mature' North Korean leader has 'won this round'

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "shrewd and mature" and had won the latest standoff with the West over his nuclear and missile programmes."I think that Mr Kim Jong Un has obvi

    January 12, 2018 03:49 am JST
  • Japan expanding missile defense with eye on China, Russia

    KAUAI, U.S. -- As Japan looks to bolster missile defenses with the Aegis Ashore surface-to-air system, citing North Korean threats, the growing attack capabilities of China and Russia appears to be driving Tokyo's decision as well.Defense Minister I

    January 12, 2018 03:19 am JST
  • Japan, Russia seek January talks on developing disputed isles

    TOKYO -- Japan and Russia aim to hold high-level diplomatic talks as soon as January to pave the way for economic cooperation on disputed islands north of Hokkaido once leaders meet later in 2018.Moscow intends to send Deputy Foreign Minister Igor M

    January 1, 2018 02:12 am JST
  • Russia says Tokyo's deployment of US missiles a blow to relations

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- A recent decision by Japan to deploy a U.S. missile defence system will hurt Moscow's relations with Tokyo and is a breach by Washington of a landmark arms control treaty, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said

    December 28, 2017 09:58 pm JST
  • Tillerson, Lavrov agree to continue North Korea diplomacy: US State Dept

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States and Russia have agreed to continue diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis over North Korea's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States and emphasized that neither accept Pyongyan

    December 28, 2017 04:23 am JST
  • Russia's Lavrov calls on US and North Korea to start talks: RIA

    MOSCOW (Reuters) --Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Monday for the United States and North Korea to start negotiations, the RIA news agency reported.Lavrov was cited as saying that Russia was ready to facilitate such negotiations. Mo

    December 25, 2017 04:11 pm JST
  • James Stavridis

    Will there be a war on the Korean Peninsula in 2018?

    Robert Gates was U.S. secretary of defense and therefore my immediate boss for much of my time as supreme allied commander at NATO. A former director of the CIA and a career intelligence officer, he is brilliant, understated and dry-witted. When ask

    December 22, 2017 12:26 pm JST
  • China thinks big in backing Russia's ambitious Arctic LNG project

    TOKYO Russia has commenced shipments of liquefied natural gas from the Arctic as part of one of the world's largest LNG development projects, and it owes China a big "thank you."The Yamal Peninsula LNG project in northwestern Siberia is a $27 billio

    December 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea puts Olympics ahead of turning screws on North

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- By proposing the option of postponing U.S. joint military drills until after the Winter Olympics, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is signaling a clear break from the "maximum pressure" allies in Tokyo and Washington seek to ap

    December 21, 2017 08:16 am JST