Military drills in ‘our own waters’ open, transparent: China foreign ministry

BEIJING (REUTERS) – The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday (Aug 8) that Taiwan is part of China, and China is conducting normal military exercises “in our own waters” in an open, transparent and professional way. The relevant departments have also issued announcements in a timely manner, and this is in line with both domestic […]

In first visit to China, South Korean foreign minister seeks to reassure Beijing

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin is set for his first visit to China on Monday (Aug 8) as President Yoon Suk-yeol’s government seeks to reassure Beijing about their relationship despite Seoul’s stronger ties with the US and tensions over Taiwan. Mr Park is scheduled for a three-day stay in the eastern port city […]

Malaysia foreign minister says its envoy’s criticism of Pelosi isn’t official position

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said on Saturday (Aug 6) that criticism by its envoy to China against US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan isn’t the official position of the Malaysian government. Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, the Malaysian Prime Minister’s special envoy to China, on Friday said Mrs […]

Putin bans ‘unfriendly’ investors from selling key energy stakes

This general view taken on July 8, 2018, shows the Kremlin and Moscow State University (back) in Moscow, Russia. (MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP) MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Friday banning "unfriendly" investors from making transactions with their shares in strategic Russian enterprises and projects until the end of the year. […]

Thai tourist arrivals reach 1m in a month for first time in 2 years

BANGKOK (REUTERS) – Thailand’s foreign tourist arrivals in July reached one million for the first time since early 2020, as tourism picks up following an easing of pandemic restrictions, bolstering economic growth prospects. The tourism-reliant country received 1.07 million foreign visitors in July, up from 767,497 visitors the previous month, its Covid-19 task force said […]

India, China ministers at summit as Chinese ship heads to Sri Lanka

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) – Indian and Chinese foreign ministers were to attend a regional conference in Uzbekistan on Friday (July 29), a day after New Delhi expressed concern over a Chinese military ship’s planned visit to a strategic port in India’s southern neighbour Sri Lanka. New Delhi worries that the Chinese-built and leased Hambantota port will […]

Thailand short of 500,000 foreign workers after govt lifts Covid-19 travel curbs

BANGKOK (BLOOMBERG) – Thailand faces a shortage of about 500,000 foreign workers in its manufacturing and services sectors to support an economic recovery from the pandemic, with the government having lifted almost all Covid-19-related travel and business restrictions A combination of factors including civil strife in Myanmar and virus outbreaks in neighbouring countries has led […]