Tag: Diplomacy

Ports, trains and trade: Xi to offer Myanmar billion-dollar bounty

A high-speed rail line to the east, a deep-sea port to the west, and a makeover for commercial heart Yangon -- Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar on Friday laden with investment pledges worth billions which could reshape the country. Here are five of...

US Treasury removes currency manipulator label on China

The United States on Monday removed the currency manipulator label it imposed on China last summer, in a sign of easing tensions between the economic powers after nearly two years of conflict. Just two days before President Donald Trump is set to sign a "phase...

‘Avenge his blood’: Iranians throng streets for Soleimani burial

by Amir Havasi Mourners thronged Qasem Soleimani's hometown on Tuesday, many of them baying for blood to avenge the assassination of the top Iranian military commander in a US drone strike. "No compromise, no submission, revenge!" they yelled as they tried to catch a glimpse of...

Iran army says US lacks ‘courage’ for conflict after Trump threat

Iran's army chief said Sunday that Washington lacked the "courage" to initiate a conflict after US President Donald Trump threatened to hit dozens of targets inside the Islamic republic. "I doubt they have the courage to initiate" a conflict in which the Americans threatened to...

Iran: US asked for proportionate response to general’s killing

Washington asked Tehran to respond "in proportion" after US forces killed top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, the deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards said. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps confirmed Soleimani, the commander of its Quds Force foreign operations arm, had been killed on...

How the world is reacting to US killing of top Iran general

The world reacted with alarm on Friday after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike in Iraq, with leaders appealing for restraint. The assassination was praised by US President Donald Trump's Republicans but elsewhere there were warnings of the danger it...

Malaysia’s surprise submission over continental shelf limits irks China

A surprise submission by Malaysia to the United Nations over its territorial sea limits in the northern part of the disputed South China Sea has irked China and it is pushing the UN to ignore the claim. Malaysia made the submission to the Commission on...

China calls expulsion of diplomats for espionage from US a ‘mistake’

China on Monday called the expulsion of diplomats from the US a "mistake" following reports that Washington quietly expelled two embassy officials in September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in Virginia. The incident is the latest spat between the world's two biggest...

Beijing brushes off NATO fears of China ‘challenges’

China on Thursday denied posing a threat to other countries, insisting it is a "peaceful power" after NATO members signed a statement acknowledging the "challenges" posed by Beijing for the first time. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that the alliance had to...

Australian police open probe into ‘Chinese spy’ claims

Australian police have opened an investigation into explosive claims by a self-styled Chinese spy who defected Down Under with an apparent trove of sensitive intelligence. The Australian Federal Police announced the probe and is expected to interview Wang Liqiang over his claims that Chinese intelligence...