Russia, China Veto U.N. Move to Refer Syria to ICC

Russia and China have vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution referring the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible war crimes. This is the fourth time the countries have used their veto power as permanent council members to deflect action against the government of President Bashar Assad. Dozens of countries signed on to support the French-drafted […]

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Russia and China Reach Major Gas Deal

A major Russia-China gas deal comes at a propitious time for the embattled President Putin Beijing and Moscow reached a long-awaited natural gas deal Wednesday that would supply hundreds of billions of dollars of Siberian gas to China, Chinese media reported, as Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks reorients his gas sales toward the East. A $400-billion deal for a 30-year […]

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China Warns of ‘Serious Damage’ to U.S. Military Relations Over Hacking Charges

Fresh tensions emerge between Washington and Beijing as China summons the U.S. ambassador over American allegations that five Chinese military officers were involved in commercial espionage The Chinese Foreign Ministry has summoned U.S. Ambassador Max Baucus to voice its displeasure over the arraignment of five Chinese army officers accused of hacking into American companies, and China’s Defense Ministry cautioned on […]

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Obama in the Philippines: ‘Our Goal is Not to Contain China’

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement took eight months to negotiate but mere days to anger Beijing, which sees U.S. involvement in East Asia as interference despite President Obama’s insistence the goal is not to ‘contain’ China This is not about China. That has been the theme of Barack’s Obama’s four-nation trip to East Asia. Yet China loomed large over stops […]

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China Peeved By Reports of U.S. Spying

Country wants answers after report of NSA spying on tech giant Huawei China demanded answers Monday about reports that the United States hacked into the emails of top Chinese officials by monitoring the local tech giant Huawei. “China has made many representations to the U.S. We urge the U.S. to give a clear account and stop similar acts,” Foreign Ministry […]

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In the Absence of Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn Expands Into China

Online professional networking titan LinkedIn has launched a new Chinese-language version of its site. According to Forbes, the company is hoping to wrangle up to 140 million members with its Chinese version. For the last decade, LinkedIn relied on an English language service in China, which currently boasts around 4 million users. Domestic outlets Sina and Tencent have been incorporated into […]

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China Denies Plan for South China Sea Defense Zone

China harbors no imminent plans of creating an Air Defense Identification Zone over the South China Sea, the foreign ministry announced in a press release quoted by the state-owned news agency Xinhua. Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun previously claimed that Chinese officials have finalized a draft plan for a prospective Air Defense Identification Zone to be set up over the disputed […]

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Will Japan and China Go to War?

Could Japan and China be on course to military conflict? Asia hands all over the Pacific Rim have recently been forced to contemplate the possibility by the bellicose war of words between Beijing and Tokyo over territorial disputes, increased military spending and a visit by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a controversial cemetery for Japan’s war dead. But even […]

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