Putin and Xi to discuss ‘aggressive’ talk from U.S. and NATO, Kremlin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss tensions in Europe and “aggressive” U.S. and NATO rhetoric during a video call on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. The conversation will take place at a moment of high tension in both countries’ relations with the West, with Beijing under pressure over human rights andContinue reading “Putin and Xi to discuss ‘aggressive’ talk from U.S. and NATO, Kremlin says”

Australia, UK join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games

UK PM says ministers will ‘effectively’ boycott Beijing Australia says athletes will attend but not govt officials Australian ties with China at low over COVID-19, trade U.S. bases action on China’s human rights ‘atrocities’ Japan considering diplomatic boycott – media Australia and Britain will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the WinterContinue reading “Australia, UK join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games”

Hong Kong press freedom is in ‘free fall’ as China’s journalism crackdown goes global, says Reporters Without Borders

In its latest report on the state of journalism in China, Reporters Without Borders says “the repression no longer spares Hong Kong, once a champion of press freedom.” A prominent international media watchdog says press freedom in Hong Kong is in “free fall,” as it voices concern over the increasing sophistication with which the ChineseContinue reading “Hong Kong press freedom is in ‘free fall’ as China’s journalism crackdown goes global, says Reporters Without Borders”

Slovakia wants to be ‘equal partner’ in trade with Taiwan: official

Slovakia wants to be “an equal partner” to Taiwan, the leader of an official trade delegation to the island said Monday, a sign of growing international support for Taipei having a place on the world stage despite Beijing’s protests. China claims self-ruled democratic Taiwan as its territory, to be retaken one day by force ifContinue reading “Slovakia wants to be ‘equal partner’ in trade with Taiwan: official”

Putin heads to India with eye on military, energy ties – France24

Russian President Vladimir #Putin will arrive in #India on Monday for just his second overseas trip since the pandemic, seeking to bolster military and energy ties with a traditional ally being courted by #Washington. FRANCE 24’s Chief Foreign Editor Rob Parsons tells us more.

Anti-coal protesters shut down world’s largest coal port

A sustained protest movement by Blockade Australia has shut down export operations at the Port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal port. On Wednesday, two anti-coal protesters from Blockade Australia shut down coal export operations at the Port of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. This is a continuation of a sustained protest movement against theContinue reading “Anti-coal protesters shut down world’s largest coal port”

Taiwan Opens Lithuania Representative Office Using Its Own Name

Taipei announced on Thursday it had formally opened a de facto embassy in Lithuania using the name Taiwan, a significant diplomatic departure that defied a pressure campaign by Beijing. China tries to keep Taipei isolated on the world stage and baulks at any official use of the word “Taiwan”, lest it lend a sense ofContinue reading “Taiwan Opens Lithuania Representative Office Using Its Own Name”

Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia

Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again. The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks ledContinue reading “Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia”

China took control of an Italian military drone maker without authorities knowing it, report says

Two Chinese state firms took control of an Italian military drone maker in 2018 via an offshore company — without the knowledge of authorities in Italy and Europe, the Wall Street Journal reported. Italian police traced the purchase of 75% stake in Alpi Aviation to China Railway Rolling Stock Corp — a state-owned rail companyContinue reading “China took control of an Italian military drone maker without authorities knowing it, report says”

Belarus leader floats idea of cutting gas to Europe in migrant standoff

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday raised the possibility he could shut down the transit of natural gas to Europe via Belarus in retaliation against any new European Union sanctions imposed over his country’s handling of migrants. The EU on Wednesday accused Belarus of mounting a “hybrid attack” on the bloc by encouraging thousands ofContinue reading “Belarus leader floats idea of cutting gas to Europe in migrant standoff”

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