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  • Aug 29, 2014
  • Updated: 11:05pm


First lady Peng Liyuan to perform with Russian troupe, report says

First lady Peng Liyuan kept a low profile yesterday although her emergence from the plane with her husband, President Xi Jinping, on Friday drew so much media coverage on the first day of their state visit to Russia that she nearly stole his limelight.

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 9:10am 1 comment

Rich Russians flock to Cyprus to salvage their investments

They clustered in small groups on the plush couches dotted around the lounge of the Four Seasons hotel in the port city of Limassol. Nervous whispers and furtive glances revealed these were no ordinary tourists revelling in the sun on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

24 Mar 2013 - 9:16am

Xi Jinping gets straight down to business in Moscow

A smiling Xi Jinping stepped off a plane in Moscow yesterday on his first trip since he was installed as president. Holding his arm was his wife, Peng Liyuan, who was making her first official public appearance as first lady.

23 Mar 2013 - 11:26am

Who will rescue Cypriot banks - the EU or Russia?

What started off as a botched rescue of the banking system in Cyprus has morphed into geopolitical brinkmanship between Russia and the European Union. It now looks like a fight over who will bail out the oligarchs and other rich depositors from Russia who put their money in high-interest-paying offshore accounts in Cypriot banks, which face collapse.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Xi Jinping looks to boost ties during visit to Moscow

President Xi Jinping will arrive in Moscow tomorrow on his first overseas trip as China's head of state. Russia has been chosen in a bid to further tap into the enormous shared geopolitical and business interests of the two neighbours, which share a complicated past.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

Chinese nationalism flares up ahead of Xi's visit to Russia

Angry Chinese nationalist comments demanding the return of territories flooded the official microblogs of Russia's embassy to China on Tuesday, ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:18pm 1 comment

Ahead of Russia and Africa visit, Xi pledges support for development

Xi, who became president on Thursday, will pay a state visit to Russia from Friday, followed by a tour of three African nations: Tanzania, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He will also attend the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, from March 26 to 27.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:05am 1 comment

US mulls dropping missile defence system in Europe; Russia pleased

A plan by the United States to possibly abandon the final phase of its European missile defence system could revive arms-control talks with Russia. As part of plans announced on Friday to deploy more anti-missile batteries in Alaska to thwart potential strikes from North Korea, the United States intends to "restructure" its missile defence program in Europe, an administration official said.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:05am

Russia gets cosy again in cold war port

Hanoi may never allow Moscow the major naval base and listening post it developed during the cold war, but the visit of the Russian defence minister this week confirmed expanding plans for a significant military presence for some time to come.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

China looks to Russia, Africa after transition

China’s new president will pay a state visit to Russia and three African countries, the foreign minister said Saturday, with Beijing looking to step up diplomacy after a protracted leadership transition.

9 Mar 2013 - 7:45pm