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China joins Russia in opposing Nato expansion

China has joined Russia in opposing further Nato expansion as the two countries move closer together in the face of Western pressure. Moscow and Beijing issued a statement showcasing their agreement on a raft of issues during a visit by Russia’s Vladimir Putin for the Winter Olympics. Mr Putin claims Western powers are using theContinue reading “China joins Russia in opposing Nato expansion”

Australia, Japan to sign ‘historic’ defense, security pact

Australia and Japan will sign a treaty on Thursday to increase defense and security cooperation in a move that has been hailed as “historic” but which might anger China. Prime ministers Scott Morrison of Australia and Fumio Kishida of Japan will meet in a virtual summit to sign the agreement, which Morrison said “will underpinContinue reading “Australia, Japan to sign ‘historic’ defense, security pact”

Putin and Xi cement partnership in face of Western pressure

Xi accuses West of meddling in Chinese affairs Kremlin says Xi backs Putin push for security guarantees Putin, Xi expected to meet at Beijing Winter Olympics in Feb Trade between Russia and China rising sharply – Putin Russia and China should stand firm in rejecting Western interference and defending each other’s security interests, presidents VladimirContinue reading “Putin and Xi cement partnership in face of Western pressure”

G20 summit in Rome focuses on climate change, coronavirus – DW News

The G20 summit is underway in Rome as leaders from the world’s major industrialized nations meet. Outgoing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is among the dignitaries who are in the Italian capital for the two-day gathering. Among the topics being discussed is the coronavirus pandemic – with emergency workers invited to join the leaders for aContinue reading “G20 summit in Rome focuses on climate change, coronavirus – DW News”

Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, asks Australia for help

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warns of looming war with China and urges closer cooperation with Australia Dozens of Chinese military aircraft have flown into Taiwanese airspace in recent days Mr Wu has also thanked Australia for supporting Taiwan’s bid to join a new trade pact Taiwan’s Foreign Minister warns his nation is preparing forContinue reading “Taiwanese Foreign Minister warns his country is preparing for war with China, asks Australia for help”

Macron tells Europe to ‘stop being naive’ after France signs defence deal with Greece

Europe needs to stop being naive when it comes to defending its interests and build its own military capacity, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday after Greece sealed a deal for French frigates worth about 3 billion euros ($3.51 billion). France was plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States, Australia andContinue reading “Macron tells Europe to ‘stop being naive’ after France signs defence deal with Greece”

French Prez Emmanuel Macron hold talks with Narendra Modi amid rift with US – WION News

As France’s relation with United States takes an uncertain turn, French president Emmanuel Macron called up Indian PM Narendra Modi and discuss the Indo-pacific cooperation between the two countries.

France to work with India to promote ‘truly multilateral’ order

Foreign ministers of two countries agree to deepen strategic partnership as they discuss developments in the Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan. France’s foreign affairs minister has agreed with his Indian counterpart to work on a programme to promote “a truly multilateral international order”, the French foreign ministry said. Jean-Yves Le Drian and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also agreed duringContinue reading “France to work with India to promote ‘truly multilateral’ order”

Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row

France has said it is recalling its ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations, in protest at a security deal which also includes the UK. The French foreign minister said the “exceptional decision” was justified by the situation’s “exceptional gravity”. The alliance, known as Aukus, will see Australia being given the technology to buildContinue reading “Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row”

Australia says more US troops to come, plans missile project

About 2,200 US Marines scheduled to come through Darwin in the 2021 rotation as Canberra also eyes enhanced air and maritime capability. Australia has announced that more US troops will rotate through the island nation and that the allies will cooperate on missile development, the latest joint steps amid shared concerns about China’s increasing assertivenessContinue reading “Australia says more US troops to come, plans missile project”