Philippines suspends scrapping of pact on U.S. troops presence in country

The Philippines has again suspended a decision to scrap a crucial agreement governing the U.S. troop presence in the country, its foreign minister said on Monday, amid continuing maritime pressure from China. The Pentagon welcomed the announcement from Manila – the third suspension of the decision covering the two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that had… Read More Philippines suspends scrapping of pact on U.S. troops presence in country

U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit of Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska against U.S. over sanctions

A U.S. judge has dismissed Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s lawsuit against the United States over sanctions imposed on the billionaire, saying his numerous claims challenging Washington’s actions lacked merit. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta wrote on Sunday night that Deripaska failed to make a persuasive case against the U.S. Treasury Department and its Office… Read More U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit of Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska against U.S. over sanctions

NATO designates China as presenting systemic challenges in alliance communique

NATO leaders designated China as presenting “systemic challenges” in a summit communique on Monday, taking a forceful stance towards Beijing at Joe Biden’s first summit with an alliance that Donald Trump openly disparaged and ridiculed. The new U.S. president has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China’s authoritarianism and growing military might,… Read More NATO designates China as presenting systemic challenges in alliance communique

Two Americans plead guilty to aiding former Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn flee Japan

A U.S. Special Forces veteran and his son pleaded guilty in Tokyo on Monday to charges that they illegally helped former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan hidden in a box aboard a private jet in December 2019. Chief judge Hideo Nirei, one of three judges presiding over their first court appearance,… Read More Two Americans plead guilty to aiding former Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn flee Japan

China denounces G7 statement over criticism on several issues

China denounced on Monday a joint statement by the Group of Seven leaders that had scolded Beijing over a range of issues as a gross interference in the country‚Äôs internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China. The G7 leaders on Sunday took China to task over human rights in the heavily Muslim… Read More China denounces G7 statement over criticism on several issues

G7 leaders agree to increase contributions to boost climate finance

G7 leaders agreed on Sunday to raise their contributions to meet an overdue spending pledge of $100 billion a year by rich countries to help poorer countries cut carbon emissions and cope with global warming, but only two nations offered firm promises of more cash. Alongside plans billed as helping speed infrastructure funding in developing… Read More G7 leaders agree to increase contributions to boost climate finance

China cautions G7 leaders over global power rivalry

China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when “small” groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the richest democracies as they sought to act in concert to counter Beijing’s might. The re-emergence of China as a leading global power is considered to… Read More China cautions G7 leaders over global power rivalry