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Singapore Calls for Resumption of EU-ASEAN Free Trade Talks

BERLIN, Dec 29 – Singapore’s trade and industry minister has called for a resumption of free trade talks between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations now that problems over Myanmar have been removed, a German newspaper said. The EU and 10-nation ASEAN launched free trade talks in 2007, but abandoned them

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A Year After Stampede, Shanghai Cancels New Year Celebrations

SHANGHAI, Dec 29 – Authorities in the Chinese city of Shanghai have opted not to organize New Year celebrations the historic riverfront Bund this week, a year after a stampede killed 36 people. City spokesman Xu Wei announced the decision on Tuesday, state broadcaster CCTV reported on its microblog. “There will be no activities on

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China Passes Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law

BEIJING, Dec 27 – China’s parliament passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law on Sunday that requires technology firms to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government and allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations. Chinese officials say their country faces a growing threat from militants and separatists, especially in

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Beijing on Security Alert for Christmas

BEIJING, Dec 24 – At least four Western countries took the unusual step on Thursday of issuing Christmas security warnings for Westerners in a popular Beijing diplomatic and entertainment district as police stepped up patrols. Beijing is generally safe and criminals rarely target foreigners, although the fashionable Sanlitun bar and restaurant area occasionally sees fights.

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Syria Ready to Participate in Geneva Peace Talks

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Dec 24- Syria is ready to take part in peace talks in Geneva and hopes that the dialogue will help it form a national unity government, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Thursday during a visit to Beijing. The U.N. Security Council last Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an

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China’s Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law Set to Pass This Month

BEIJING, Dec 21 – China‘s controversial anti-terrorism law could be passed as soon as the end of this month, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, legislation that has drawn concern in Western capitals for its cyber provisions. The draft law, which could require technology firms to install “backdoors” in products or hand over sensitive

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China to Invite Syrian Government, Opposition for Peace Talks

BEIJING, Dec 21 – China will invite members of the Syrian government and opposition to visit as Beijing looks for ways to help with the peace process, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syrian peace process, a rare

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Prospects Still Slim for Major Global Economic Pickup

By Ross Finley, Silvio Cascione and Rahul Karunakar LONDON/BRASILIA/BENGALURU, Dec 20 – The world economy may be set for another year like 2015, with modest growth in developed economies offsetting persistent weakness elsewhere but generating very little inflation and keeping interest rates low. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s long-awaited rise in rates from zero showed confidence

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Vietnam Builds Military Muscle to Face China

By Greg Torode XUAN MAI, Vietnam, Dec 17 – Vietnam’s military is steeling itself for conflict with China as it accelerates a decade-long modernisation drive, Hanoi’s biggest arms buildup since the height of the Vietnam War. The ruling Communist Party’s goal is to deter its giant northern neighbour as tensions rise over the disputed South

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China Calls for Internet Front to Fight Hacking, Cyber “Arms Race”

By Paul Carsten WUZHEN, China, Dec 16 (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping laid out his vision for the Internet on Wednesday, calling for a new status quo where Internet sovereignty rests in the hands of nations controlling the flow of information. “Each country should join hands and together curb the abuse of information technology,

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