China and Philippines agree to boost economic cooperation, settle disputes peacefully

China and the Philippines have agreed to set up a direct communications channel between their foreign ministries on the South China Sea to handle disputes peacefully, they said on Thursday. Their agreement, which contained 14 elements aimed at cooling security tensions and boosting economic cooperation, comes as they strive to mend a relationship hurt after… Read More China and Philippines agree to boost economic cooperation, settle disputes peacefully

Myanmar junta to release over 7000 prisoners under amnesty programme

Myanmar’s military government will release 7,012 prisoners under an amnesty to mark the country’s independence day, state broadcaster MRTV reported on Wednesday, as the junta chief praised some countries for maintaining support for his nation. The Southeast Asian country has faced international isolation and Western-led sanctions since the military seized power from a democratically elected… Read More Myanmar junta to release over 7000 prisoners under amnesty programme

China to open border with Hong Kong for first time in three years on January 8

China will reopen the border with its special administrative region of Hong Kong on Sunday for the first time in three years, as it accelerates the unwinding of stringent COVID rules that have battered its economic growth. The opening will bring the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the financial hub and the mainland, although it… Read More China to open border with Hong Kong for first time in three years on January 8