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  1. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Pictured: the mystery foreign vessel that's stalking Swedish waters

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 03:46am by AFP

    ... any country to the suspected intrusion- and Moscow denies involvement- the incident sent a chill through the Baltic Sea region, where Russian forces have been accused of a series of border ... a Nato submarine from the Netherlands, had been under way off the Stockholm coast and further out in the Baltic Sea at the time of the first sightings. The search yesterday was being extended ...

  2. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Chinese troops withdraw from disputed borders as Xi, Modi wrap up talks: reports

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:27pm by AFP

    ... intended to reset ties between Asia's two superpowers after the election of a new Indian government this year. The two countries have long been embroiled in a bitter dispute over their border, ... arrived in India on Wednesday, reports said 1,000 Chinese soldiers had entered a disputed area in the mountainous northern Ladakh region, sparking a stand-off with Indian troops. Analysts said ...

  3. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Venezuelan diplomat held in Aruba on US drug charges freed

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

    ... 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 of retired major general Hugo Carvajal in line with its extradition treaty with Aruba and the Netherlands, and was "disturbed by credible reports" that the Venezuelan government had ...

  4. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Chinese diplomat formerly in Japan missing, amid reports of probe

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 02:19am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Tang Benyuan reportedly being questioned over the passing of sensitive information to Tokyo Mystery over missing diplomat A former diplomat at the Chinese embassy in Tokyo who returned home in the second half of last year is reportedly being questioned over the disclosure of sensitive information to contacts in Japan. The diplomat has been identified as Tang ...

  5. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    John Kerry hosts Yang Jiechi for 'frank' talks at his Boston home

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:09am by Adrian Wan

    ... the two will pave the way for a good relationship in the next two years." Tensions between the two countries have simmered in recent years, with the US critical of China's territorial assertiveness in the East and South China seas, and China suspicious of the growing US military presence in the Asia-Pacific. The two countries' shared concern about Islamic State is a rare ...

  6. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    China 'positive' on closer Japan ties, Tokyo official says

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 05:00am by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Beijing Japanese envoy hopeful of dialogue between the two countries’ parliaments Beijing ‘positive’ on repairing Tokyo ties The national legislature yesterday showed a positive stance towards resuming exchanges with Japan's parliament, despite prolonged soured relations between the two countries, according to a Japanese official. The willingness to resume dialogue ...

  7. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe shake hands despite latest war shrine visit

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 03:50am by AGENCIES

    ... and exchange of pleasantries, reported by Japanese press citing an official travelling with Abe, was the first time the two men have met, and comes as Japan continues to press for a summit ... Korea's foreign ministry spokesman said. Taiwan, a Japanese colony until 1945, also offered a rebuke, saying visits hurt "people's feelings in neighbouring countries". Japan's ...

  8. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Vatican and Vietnam edge closer to restoring diplomatic relations

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:10am by AFP

    ... committed to restoring diplomatic relations. The country's communist regime broke off diplomatic ties with the Vatican in 1975, but both sides have been working on warming relations since 2007. ... of the Vietnamese authorities for the Catholic community, which makes up around 7 per cent of the country's population of 89 million. During his five-day visit to South Korea in August- his first trip ...

  9. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Premier Li Keqiang seals deals with 'strategic partner' Russia

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 05:00am by Teddy Ng, WIRES

    ... by Russia's TASS news agency as saying. Li also met Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin and said the strategic partnership between the two countries was expanding. "China is willing ... to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting summit in Milan. Meanwhile, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was unlikely to hold bilateral talks with Li and South ...

  10. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Protest lodged with Japan over visit by ministers to Yasukuni Shrine

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:27am by AFP, Reuters, KYODO

    ... the shrine last December, despite saying that his visit was not to glorify war but to honour those who fought and died for their country. A visit to the shrine on Friday by Japanese lawmakers ... of a long-running territorial dispute between the countries. The pilgrimage to the shrine by three of Abe's ministers, all well-known for strident nationalist views, will likely do little to curry ...




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