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  • Sep 23, 2014
  • Updated: 4:34pm


Harry Potter analogies misplaced in China-Japan diplomatic row

Call it the Harry Potter theory of international relations. The Chinese and Japanese ambassadors to Britain have denounced each other's country's aggressive policy by likening it to the Dark Lord Voldemort.

Tuesday, 14 January, 2014, 9:58am 4 comments

New US ambassador Caroline Kennedy arrives in Japan

Caroline Kennedy, the lone surviving child of slain US president John F Kennedy, arrived in Tokyo on Friday to take up the post of US ambassador to Japan, pledging to boost ties.

The 55-year-old Kennedy’s arrival comes a week before the 50th anniversary of her father’s assassination in Dallas.

15 Nov 2013 - 5:47pm

Caroline Kennedy sworn in as US ambassador to Japan

Caroline Kennedy, the new US ambassador to Japan and daughter of slain President John F Kennedy, leaves Washington for Japan on Thursday to begin her work to strengthen the critical bond between the US and the Asian nation.

20 Nov 2013 - 9:43pm

China backs African bid to suspend ICC Kenya case

China on Monday threw its weight behind an African bid to suspend an International Criminal Court crimes-against-humanity case against Kenya’s president.

It said the “dignity” of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto had to be respected by the UN Security Council and the ICC.

5 Nov 2013 - 10:26am

UN seeks Syria peace talks amid military strike threat

The United Nations is making a desperate new push for a Syria peace conference even as the United States prepares a possible military strike, according to diplomats.

Talks on a conference are to be re-launched at the Group of 20 summit in Russia this week with the 30-month-old conflict at a new level of bitterness after the suspected use of banned chemical weapons, envoys said.

5 Sep 2013 - 10:38am

Taipei, Manila agree to prevent violence in fishing disputes

The agreement was reached during their first preparatory meeting on fishery cooperation held in Manila on Friday, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement released late Saturday.

16 Jun 2013 - 1:48pm 1 comment

Britain pushes India's nuclear ambitions

Britain has stepped up efforts to let India join an influential global body controlling nuclear exports, a move that would boost New Delhi's standing as an atomic power but which has faced resistance from China and other countries.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:12am

Prince Naruhito's visit marks 400 years of Japanese ties with Spain

Crown Prince Naruhito has launched a celebration of Japan's 400-year relationship with Spain on a visit that will take him to a curious town where many residents still carry the name "Japon" to honour the Japanese who visited in the 17th century.

12 Jun 2013 - 12:24am

China, too, can play the containment game

When Xi Jinping sat down with Barack Obama in a luxurious estate on the edge of the California desert over the weekend, the Chinese president delivered a subtle message to his American host: China can play the containment game just as well as the US.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:03pm 3 comments

No one nation, whether America or China, can rule Asia

At their California summit, President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Barack Obama discussed a long list of disputes, from trade to climate change and cyberhacking. Both were anxious to get along and there will be only small steps forward. The key point to come out of the meeting is rapport.

11 Jun 2013 - 1:44am