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China Says It Wants Deeper Defense, Anti-Terror Ties With Arab World

BEIJING, Jan 13 – China wants to develop deeper defense and anti-terrorism ties with the Arab world, including joint exercises, intelligence sharing and training, the government said in a policy document released by the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China has tended to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to

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Hong Kong Leader Pushes Integration with China in Policy peech

By Clare Baldwin and Donny Kwok HONG KONG, Jan 13 – Hong Kong’s leader announced steps on Wednesday to boost integration with China, pinning the city’s future on the success of Beijing’s international “One Belt, One Road” concept. Leung Chun-ying, who started a five-year term as chief executive in 2012, said during his annual policy

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Venturing Out

Gulf joint ventures in North East Asia: Will past investments bear fruit? By Omar Alubaydli Competition to supply the energy-hungry countries of East Asia is definitely heating up. In a market that is traditionally dominated by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE— Russia has recently entered the

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Russia’s Putin Wants Global Cooperation Against Terrorism

MOSCOW, Jan 11 – Russia wants to fight terrorism jointly with the rest of the world, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on Monday, while again accusing the West of exacerbating international crises that had contributed to it. “We are faced with common threats, and we still want all countries, both in Europe

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Afghanistan Peace Talks Begin in Pakistan

By Asad Hashim and Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 11 – Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States sat down on Monday for talks to resurrect a stalled Afghan peace process and end nearly 15 years of bloodshed, even as fighting with Taliban insurgents intensifies. Senior officials from the four countries are meeting in

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EU Starts on Tricky Path Towards Relaxing China Trade Defense

By Philip Blenkinsop and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Jan 10 – The European Union will take the first step on Wednesday towards refashioning its trade ties with Beijing, torn over how to lower its defenses to avert Chinese retaliation while protecting key industries against a damaging flood of cheap imports. Commissioners from the bloc’s 28 members

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Four-Country Talks on Taliban to Begin in Pakistan

By Amjad Ali ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 – Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to begin talks on Monday aimed at restarting the Afghan peace process and eventually ending 14 years of bloodshed fighting the Taliban insurgents. Officials from the four countries will meet in Islamabad, Pakistan foreign office sources said, in what

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Hong Kong on Health Alert After China Bird Flu Death

HONG KONG, Jan 6 – A woman in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has died after being infected with the highly contagious H5N6 bird flu virus, days after she was admitted to hospital, Hong Kong’s Health Department said on Wednesday. The 26-year-old woman’s death last week comes ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday

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Court Accepts China’s First Same-Sex Marriage Case

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, Jan 6 – A court has accepted China’s first same-sex marriage case, lodged by a gay man against a civil affairs bureau for denying him the right to marry, in a decision hailed as a step forward for gay rights. While homosexuality is not illegal in China, and large cities have

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Global Markets: Asia Shares, Currencies Tumble; Oil Jumps

By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO, Jan 4  – Asian shares and currencies tumbled on Monday on the first day of trading in 2016 after China factory activity contracted and its central bank guided the yuan lower, while oil prices jumped as much as 3 percent on rising tensions in the Middle East. Leading the losses, mainland

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