China to speed up bilateral free trade agreement talks with South Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday China will speed up bilateral free trade agreement negotiations with South Korea, state television CCTV reported. China will deepen cooperation with South Korea on areas including high-tech manufacturing, big data and green economy, Xi told South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol at the G20 Summit, CCTV said. Xi also… Read More China to speed up bilateral free trade agreement talks with South Korea

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urges for support in push for peace with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday urged world leaders to back a plan to end the war in his country, saying now was the time to push for peace after Russia’s defeat in the southern city of Kherson. At the same time, he said Ukraine would not allow Russian forces to regroup after their withdrawal… Read More Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urges for support in push for peace with Russia

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping ahead of G20 summit

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping engaged in blunt talks over Taiwan and North Korea on Monday in a three-hour meeting aimed at preventing strained U.S.-China ties from spilling into a new Cold War. Amid simmering differences on human rights, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and support of domestic industry, the two leaders… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping ahead of G20 summit

U.S., Japan and South Korea warn of ‘unparalleled’ response if North Korea conducts new nuclear test

The United States, Japan and South Korea warned on Wednesday that an “unparalleled” scale of response would be warranted if North Korea conducts a seventh nuclear bomb test. Washington and its allies believe North Korea could be about to resume nuclear bomb testing for the first time since 2017. “We agreed that an unparalleled scale… Read More U.S., Japan and South Korea warn of ‘unparalleled’ response if North Korea conducts new nuclear test

China’s Xi Jinping solidifies power status as Communist Party amends constitution

China’s Communist Party wrapped up its twice-a-decade congress on Saturday, approving amendments to its charter aimed at cementing Xi Jinping’s core status and revealing a new Central Committee missing two key officials lacking close ties to Xi. The party’s new Central Committee does not include Premier Li Keqiang or Wang Yang, a sign that analysts… Read More China’s Xi Jinping solidifies power status as Communist Party amends constitution

Russia pledges full protection for any annexed Ukrainian territory

Russia’s top diplomat on Saturday said regions of Ukraine where widely-derided referendums are being held would be under Russia’s “full protection” if they are annexed by Moscow, amid fears Russia could further escalate the conflict and even use nuclear weapons. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, addressing the U.N. General Assembly and the world’s media in New… Read More Russia pledges full protection for any annexed Ukrainian territory

Taiwan denounces China’s peaceful ‘reunification’ pledge

Taiwan will never allow China to “meddle” in its future, the government said on Wednesday, after a Chinese government spokesperson said Beijing was willing to make the utmost effort to strive for a peaceful “reunification” with the island. China claims democratically-governed Taiwan as its own territory. Taiwan’s government rejects China’s sovereignty claims. China has been… Read More Taiwan denounces China’s peaceful ‘reunification’ pledge