The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said last week that it will axe tariffs on 98 per cent of taxable products from “least-developed countries”, including Cambodia, Laos, Djibouti, Rwanda and Togo. Photo: Xinhua
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With Western trade ties taut, China cosies up to 16 of world’s poorest nations
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China will cut import tariffs on almost all taxable items shipped from 16 of the world’s poorest countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Djibouti, Rwanda and Togo, amid strained relations with the likes of the United States and Australia.

The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council said last week that it will axe tariffs on 98 per cent of taxable products from “least-developed countries”, including Cambodia, Laos, Djibouti, Rwanda and Togo. Photo: Xinhua
With Western trade ties taut, China cosies up to 16 of world’s poorest nations

China will cut import tariffs on almost all taxable items shipped from 16 of the world’s poorest countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Djibouti, Rwanda and Togo, amid strained relations with the likes of the United States and Australia.

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The so-called Chip 4 alliance is a semiconductor supply chain which could include the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Photo: Shutterstock
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Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said on Monday that ‘the whole region is calling for stability to be restored’, after Beijing had accused her of ‘finger-pointing’ for criticising military drills near Taiwan.

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New oversight bureau has sparked criticism that the political neutrality of the country’s 130,000-strong police force will be undermined, with officers expressing strong opposition to the move.

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Russia’s image in Asia remains ‘snow-white’, Moscow’s Singapore envoy says

Russia’s Singapore envoy Nikolay Kudashev said Russia had ‘nothing to be ashamed of, and nothing to regret’, pointing out that few Asian nations had sanctioned President Vladimir Putin’s government over its war in Ukraine.

Russia’s Singapore envoy Nikolay Kudashev said Russia had ‘nothing to be ashamed of, and nothing to regret’, pointing out that few Asian nations had sanctioned President Vladimir Putin’s government over its war in Ukraine.

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Philippines’ Ramos sought Beijing ties but also showed South China Sea defiance

Ramos, who died on Sunday at the age of 94, started a programme to modernise his country’s armed forces to better protect territories in disputed region while pursuing one-China policy.

Ramos, who died on Sunday at the age of 94, started a programme to modernise his country’s armed forces to better protect territories in disputed region while pursuing one-China policy.

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The late Philippine President Fidel Ramos.  Photo: EPA-EFE
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Beijing has advocated the ‘Asian way’ in its approach to Asean-China ties and as contrast to US balance-of-power moves in Indo-Pacific region.

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Singapore and Malaysia shouldn’t have been used as an opening act to a provocative Nancy Pelosi tour overshadowed by Taiwan tensions.

Singapore and Malaysia shouldn’t have been used as an opening act to a provocative Nancy Pelosi tour overshadowed by Taiwan tensions.

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