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  1. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    US defence secretary Chuck Hagel's straight talking in Asia gets results

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 06:00am by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Communication lines will be set up to establish a notification mechanism for navy and air-force activities at sea in an effort to avoid the risk of miscalculation. Being more honest could help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1478991/us-defence-secretary-chuck-hagels-straight-talking-asia-gets-results
  2. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Senate bill would bar Iranian UN envoy tied to hostage-taking from US

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 12:13am by AP

    ... Aboutalebi has reportedly insisted that his involvement in the group Muslim Students Following the Imam's Line was limited to translation and negotiation. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1470004/senate-bill-would-bar-iranian-un-envoy-tied-hostage-taking-us
  3. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Eyes front, Kate! Britain's royals greeted by Maori warriors on start of NZ tour

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 12:07pm by AFP

    ... in line to the throne, has been seen in public since his birth on July 22 last year. The baby will only be taken to a few specific engagements throughout the trip, the family’s Kensington Palace residence said. The symbolism of the trip is clear, with George also being directly in line to become king of Australia and New Zealand after grandfather Charles and father William. The royals’ ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1466900/britains-prince-george-arrives-new-zealand-first-tour-monarch
  4. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard back on agenda as Mideast talks falter

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 08:49pm by AP

    ... pardon or release. As recently as last week, US officials were outspoken in ruling out an early release of Pollard. But on Monday, they appeared to soften their line. "He is a person who ... be unpopular with his hard-line Cabinet. A number of senior officials have already come out against further releases, and Netanyahu's coalition is dominated by lawmakers sympathetic to the West ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1462560/release-israeli-spy-jonathan-pollard-back-agenda-mideast-talks-falter
  5. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    US ambassador to India Nancy Powell resigns after arrest, strip-search row

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 10:26pm by Reuters

    ... as US hypocrisy and arrogance. Powell met Modi in February. The meeting ended a decade-long US boycott of Modi and brought Washington's policy in line with other major powers that had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1462759/us-ambassador-india-nancy-powell-resigns-after-arrest-strip-search-row
  6. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Germany won't be dragged into row between China and Japan, envoy says

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 05:00pm by Teddy Ng

    ... the Moscow-engineered referendum that led to Crimea joining Russia, a move that Clauss said was a signal Beijing had no intention of taking a stronger line on the issue. "China seems ambivalent. On the one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1459290/berlin-welcomes-chinese-interest-how-germany-dealt-its-war-history-says
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - DIPLOMACY

    Beijing may prefer to play the longer game in Manila hostage dispute

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 02:14pm by TIM COLLARD

    ... on another front, so to speak. It would be ludicrous to suppose that Hong Kong does not have at least implicit backing from Beijing in taking a strong line with the Philippines government; had ... is a good deal better at looking after its own people and its visitors than the Philippines are. The Philippines has large areas of lawlessness, contributed to by unalleviated poverty and corrupt ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1436996/beijing-may-prefer-play-longer-game-manila-hostage-dispute
  8. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Locke addresses human rights in farewell speech as US ambassador to China

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 02:14pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... argues its policies have made great strides in protecting human rights by lifting millions out of poverty. It also says foreign media are granted wide-ranging freedoms. Locke, a former commerce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1435581/locke-addresses-human-rights-farewell-speech-us-ambassador-china
  9. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Beijing denies Xi planned to visit Holocaust Memorial during trip to Europe

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 03:46pm by Teddy Ng

    ... being finalised, he said. We agreed on how the Germans face their history Shi Mingde "We have never raised such an idea," Shi said. "Such reports are not in line ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1441842/beijing-denies-xi-planned-visit-holocaust-memorial-during-trip-europe
  10. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    'No gringos allowed': Cuba swipes at US in Latin American, Caribbean summit

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 06:35pm by Reuters and AP

    ... Castro challenged Latin American and Caribbean leaders to improve healthcare and education, telling a regional summit on Tuesday they have the natural resources to eradicate poverty but may lack ... main theme is fighting poverty, inequality and hunger. According to the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, 28 per cent of the region’s inhabitants live in poverty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1416758/no-gringos-allowed-cuba-swipes-us-latin-american-caribbean-summit

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