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  1. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Japanese MPs hint at thaw in ties with Beijing

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 03:19am by KYODO

    ... a group of small islands in the East China Sea and what the Chinese government sees as Tokyo's unrepentant attitude towards its past militarism. The meeting between the group and Li took ... talks earlier this month in Myanmar during regional meetings, their first since Abe took office in December 2012. In addition to China's claim on the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1576381/japanese-mps-hint-thaw-ties-beijing
  2. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Beijing rejects US, Philippines suggestion it freezes South China Sea projects

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 04:40am by Teddy Ng

    ... the suggestion as "impractical" and insisted on China's right to continue its activities in the disputed waters, including building artificial islands. "What China will do, ... in contested waters in the South China Sea. China is also looking to expand its biggest installation in the Spratly Islands, on the disputed Fiery Cross Reef, into an artificial island, complete ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1566540/freeze-south-china-sea-projects-rejected
  3. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Foes China and Japan finally headed for talks during Asean: sources

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 03:52pm by AP, AFP

    ... in its position that it will not hold a summit with Abe unless Japan recognises the existence of a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands, administered by Japan but claimed by China, ... branding Japan’s claim to the islands “ludicrous” and “unacceptable”. The rift is a source of increasing anxiety for the United States, whose strategic “pivot” to Asia is on a more fragile footing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569977/foes-china-and-japan-finally-headed-talks-during-asean-sources
  4. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    'You're late!' Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi irked as John Kerry keeps him waiting before bilateral talks

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 10:41pm by AFP

    ... almost the entire sea including waters, islands, reefs, shoals and rocky outcrops nearer to other countries. The reach of mainland China’s claims has stirred years of diplomatic protest from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1570174/youre-late-chinese-fm-irked-kerry-keeps-him-waiting-bilateral-talks
  5. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Asean ministers want legally binding code of conduct for South China Sea

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 10:51pm by KYODO

    ... Islands. "It's a miracle that there were not even more serious incidents, and it is in everyone's interest now to try to make sure that we contain them and move in a way ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569456/asean-ministers-want-legally-binding-code-conduct-south-china-sea
  6. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Former Japanese premier Fukuda visits Beijing, may have met Xi Jinping

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 04:26pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... could really easily escalate into a conflict," Liang said. The two countries are locked in a bitter dispute over islands known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese. Yesterday, Japan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1564237/former-japan-pm-fukuda-visits-beijing-holds-talks-president-xi-jinping
  7. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Venezuelan diplomat held in Aruba on US drug charges freed

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 09:39pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Bogota, Colombia Aruba releases diplomat held on US drug charges Aruba has released a former Venezuelan spy chief who was detained on US drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home. A US State Department official said Washington had made a "legitimate request" for the arrest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561245/venezuelan-diplomat-held-aruba-us-drug-charges-freed
  8. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Think tank urges Shinzo Abe to stay away from Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 11:48pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Think tank also chides China for raising tension in islands row with Japan Abe urged to avoid Yasukuni war shrine Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should ... that Beijing desires both territory and to alter the regional order". "China should calm anti-Japan rhetoric, delink wartime history from the islands dispute and open senior political ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1558472/think-tank-urges-shinzo-abe-stay-away-yasukuni-shrine
  9. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Xi Jinping calls for closer ties with oil-rich Venezuela

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:20am by STAFF, AFP

    ... American tour. China is the country's second largest investor, after Venezuala. A group of Chinese business leaders interested in investing in the communist-governed island are accompanying Xi ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1557118/xi-jinping-calls-closer-ties-oil-rich-venezuela
  10. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    President Xi Jinping meets Fidel Castro as Beijing aims to capitalise on Cuba ties

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 10:08am

    ... the updating of its economic model, which means new and important development opportunities for Chinese-Cuban ties,” he said. China is already the Caribbean island’s second-largest trading partner ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557423/president-xi-jinping-meets-fidel-castro-during-trip-cuba

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