China and Russia, two of the world's pre-eminent authoritarian states, just don't get soft power. That, at least, is what Joseph Nye, the Harvard international relations guru who coined the term, claims in a new commentary in Foreign Policy.Thursday, 2 May, 2013, 1:23am 15 comments
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Monday to renew efforts to find a solution to a decades-long territorial row that has prevented the two sides from signing a World War II peace treaty.29 Apr 2013 - 11:47pm 4 comments
A former Olympic official who fled Russia after President Vladimir Putin criticised him for delays and cost overruns before the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi claims he has been poisoned.
Akhmed Bilalov, sacked as deputy head of the Russian Olympic Committee in February, said that doctors had discovered raised mercury levels in his blood. He is receiving treatment in Germany.29 Apr 2013 - 4:29am
The Ministry of Public Security says the four are all Chinese citizens and were seized in China and Russia following joint investigations by police in both countries.28 Apr 2013 - 11:59am
Thirty-eight people, mostly psychiatric patients, were killed in a fire that raged on Friday at a psychiatric hospital in the Moscow region, trapping the inmates inside behind barred windows.
The deadly blaze raised new questions about security standards at Russia’s medical institutions, in particular psychiatric hospitals, after a string of fires in the last years.26 Apr 2013 - 3:04pm
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday holds his first nationwide phone-in with Russians since he returned to the Kremlin for a third term against the background of protests and a crackdown that critics compare to Soviet repression.25 Apr 2013 - 2:38pm
Update: The Russian rescuers may need to hold their horses -- or aircraft -- as well. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on Monday that she did not know of any foreign rescue teams in Sichuan.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
The trial of a Russian opposition leader accused of embezzling half a million dollars’ worth of timber from a state-run company was adjourned shortly after its start on Wednesday in a northwestern city.17 Apr 2013 - 6:13pm
An air raid drill has been held in a Chinese city bordering North Korea and Russia as security is heightened amid rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula. It was the first air raid drill to be held in Hunchun, Jilin province, China News Service reported yesterday.13 Apr 2013 - 5:39am
The former Dutch foreign service employee, Raymond Poeteray, worked at the consulate in Hong Kong between 2004 and 2008. He faces charges of passing state secrets to Russian secret service SVR - the successor to the KGB - as well as bribery, laundering more than HK$870,000 and possession of a firearm.7 Apr 2013 - 6:47am
Chinese leader Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Russia was his first state visit after assuming the presidency on March 14.
In the Kremlin, Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint declaration, vowing to extend economic co-operation and steadfastly buttress each other in regional and global affairs.6 Apr 2013 - 4:01am
North Korea on Friday warned foreign embassies in Pyongyang that it was unable to guarantee their safety after April 10 and they should consider evacuating their missions amid soaring nuclear tensions.6 Apr 2013 - 2:19am 2 comments
Xi Jinping's maiden diplomatic trip to Russia as president has seen the two countries attempt to portray a close relationship, but analysts say both nations still have to address sensitive issues.25 Mar 2013 - 6:05am
China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) is to expand its overseas investments by acquiring oil and gas exploration assets in Kazakhstan and Russia from its parent for close to US$3 billion.25 Mar 2013 - 5:33am
The bond between China and Russia is one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world and provides "strategic balance to global order", President Xi Jinping said yesterday in an apparent reference to the United States' re-emergence in Asia.24 Mar 2013 - 2:16pm