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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

    ... chief was opposed by some in his own party. Although his appointment came only after a nomination stalled in the Senate by an unprecedented filibuster, and a confirmation margin of 58 votes ...

  2. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Chinese premier Li Keqiang 'had Taiwan in mind' over UK unity remark

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 10:22pm by Cary Huang

    ... of a foreign country, three months before Scots are set to vote on ending their 307-year union with England. Such a comment is pretty rare, given China's long-standing distaste for foreign ... that a similar referendum in Taiwan could result in the formal independence of the island," Pan said. Steve Tsang, director of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University, said Li's ...

  3. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    China and US agree to be more open about their military activities

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:36am by Teddy Ng

    ... and "seek common ground while accommodating their differences", Xi was quoted as saying by state-run CCTV. One result of the talks is the call for a substantive defence dialogue and more ...

  4. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    President Xi Jinping highlights Japan’s ‘barbarous’ militarist past in Seoul speech

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:34am by Teddy Ng, AFP, Reuters

    ... and Park also discussed recent developments in Japan. On Japan, both nations rebuked Tokyo after the cabinet voted to lift a 60-year-old ban on its armed forces fighting abroad. Xi said the two ...

  5. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Premier Li Keqiang urges Scotland to remain part of the UK

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 10:53am

    ... as Scotland prepares to vote on independence. Asked about the September 18 referendum on whether Scotland should remain in the UK, Li said he wanted a “strong, prosperous and united United Kingdom”. ... and the Labour main opposition want Scotland to stay in the UK. Li’s comments come after United States President Barack Obama suggested earlier this month that Scotland would be better off voting ...

  6. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    US$20m China aircraft gift has unintended repercussions on Tonga

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 09:01pm by AP

    ... of Tonga has suffered quite dramatically as a result," said Stuart Perry, the general manager of Tourism Tonga. It's a tiny skirmish in a battle for global influence with unintended results for this nation of just over 100,000 people. At Tonga's main airport, built by United States army contractors during the second world war, maintenance crews work on the plane, ...

  7. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    US puts Thailand and Malaysia on human trafficking blacklist

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 01:16am by AP

    ... with the downgrade, saying the report did not recognise "our vigorous, government-wide efforts that yielded unprecedented progress and concrete results". The "Trafficking in Persons ...

  8. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    State Councillor Yang Jiechi tells Vietnam to stop 'hyping up' oil rig tensions

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:04pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... had been operating within an area of Chinese sovereignty and the current difficulty in the bilateral relationship was a result of Vietnam's "illegal disruptions", according ...

  9. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Spain's Crown Prince Felipe set on path to the throne

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 09:49pm by AFP

    ... to the streets across Spain in the hours after Juan Carlos' announcement, calling for a vote on the monarchy's survival. Protesters filled Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square and police ...

  10. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Tokyo eases sanctions as North Korea agrees to probe cases of abducted Japanese

    Posted May 29th 2014, 11:33pm by AFP

    ... The announcement comes after three days of talks between the two sides in Sweden, and marks the most positive engagement between Pyongyang and the outside world in many months. "As a result ...




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