One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot towards China

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 officials made it clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. The CIA drone attack that … Read more

Blinken: China should not hold global concerns ‘hostage’

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week. Blinken spoke in an online news … Read more

Ukraine grain shipments offer hope, not fix to food crisis

BEIRUT (AP) – A ship bringing corn to Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli normally would not cause a stir. But it’s getting attention because of where it came from: Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa. The Razoni, loaded with more than 26,000 tons of corn for chicken feed, is emerging from the edges of a … Read more

Taiwan says China’s military drills appear to simulate an attack

BEIJING (AP) – Taiwan said Saturday that China’s military drills appear to simulate an attack on the self-ruled island, after multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. that infuriated Beijing. Taiwan’s armed forces issued an alert, dispatched air and naval … Read more

China sanctions Pelosi, sends 100 warplanes to Taiwan drills

BEIJING (AP) – China said Friday that more than 100 warplanes and 10 warships have taken part in live-fire military drills surrounding Taiwan over the past two days, while announcing sanctions on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her visit. to the self-governing island earlier this week. The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that … Read more

Pelosi: China cannot stop US officials from visiting Taiwan

TOKYO (AP) – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that China will not isolate Taiwan by preventing US officials from traveling there. She made the remarks in Tokyo on the final leg of an Asia tour highlighted by a visit to Taiwan that infuriated China. The Chinese have tried to isolate Taiwan, Pelosi said, … Read more

Why China is not sanctioning Taiwan’s key chip industry Business and Economy

China has turned to the familiar playbook of trade restrictions following US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. After Pelosi proceeded with her trip to the democratically-ruled island in spite of Beijing’s warnings, Chinese authorities suspended imports of Taiwanese citrus fruits and fish, and exports of sand. State media also announced that … Read more

In South Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After infuriating China over her trip to Taiwan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met South Korean political leaders in Seoul on Thursday but avoided making direct public comments on relations with Beijing and Taipei that could further increase regional tensions. Pelosi, the first House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 … Read more

Why is the Myanmar crisis such a challenge for ASEAN? | ASEAN News

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are meeting in Phnom Penh, a week after Myanmar’s coup leaders executed four opponents in an act that shocked the world. ASEAN criticized the killings, but the National Unity Government (NUG) of elected politicians who were overthrown by the military and coup opponents, as well … Read more

Pelosi says the US will not abandon Taiwan as China protests

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan after a visit that heightened tensions with China, saying Wednesday that she and other members of Congress in her delegation showed they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island. Pelosi, the first US speaker to visit the island in more than 25 … Read more