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October 31, 2014
Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences
Brussels (AFP) Oct 31, 2014
Nuclear-capable Russian bombers in European airspace, NATO intercepts, a foreign submarine in Swedish waters - the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis feels like a return to Cold War days. NATO has intercepted Russian aircraft on more than 100 occasions so far this year, three times more than all 2013, its new head Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. "We have seen a substantial increase but we are doing what we are supposed to do. We intercept, we are ready and we react," Stoltenberg said, repe ... read more

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Chinese Communist leadership 'fundamental' to rule of law: party
Communist power is a "fundamental requirement" to ensure the rule of law in China, a party official said Thursday, days after a meeting of the organisation's top leaders in Beijing. ... more
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NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace
NATO said Wednesday it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military manoeuvres" in European airspace over the past two days. ... more
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India's Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam's defences
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam's military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighbouring nuclear-armed giant China. ... more
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NATO chief wants strong defence as basis for ties with Russia
NATO wants a constructive relationship with Russia but for that to happen it must engage Moscow from a position of strength, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday. ... more
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China Communist party to keep grip on legal system: Xinhua
China's ruling Communist Party on Tuesday reaffirmed its supremacy over the legal system, as it announced measures to centralise power and combat corruption following a highly-anticipated meeting. ... more
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Top Chinese diplomat in Hanoi to ease territorial tensions
China's top foreign policy official on Monday made his second visit to Vietnam in four months, as the communist neighbours work to repair ties strained to breaking point by a territorial dispute. ... more
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Xi's all that: State media hail Chinese chief's 'busy' work life
China's state media on Monday published an account of a "typical" day in the life of President Xi Jinping, the latest burnishing of the leader's profile. ... more
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Japan, China officials hold informal talks on preventing conflict
Chinese defence officials are meeting a Japanese delegation in Beijing this week for informal talks on preventing simmering territorial disputes from erupting into armed conflict, the talks' host said Monday. ... more
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Pro-West parties win Ukraine landslide as shells fly in east
Ukraine's pro-Western and moderately nationalist parties were on course Monday to score a crushing election win that boosted President Petro Poroshenko's bid to lead his country closer to Europe and end a pro-Russian revolt. ... more
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'Premature' to talk of US troop cuts in Asia: Kerry
Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday it was too early to discuss cutting the number of US troops stationed in Asia and South Korea, amid increased tensions on the heavily guarded peninsula. ... more
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Former Japan PM to meet with China's Xi: report
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week, a report said Friday, as Tokyo tries to set up premier-level talks amid tensions with its giant neighbour. ... more
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Kerry urges Moscow to implement Ukraine peace deal
US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Moscow to fully implement last month's ceasefire agreement on Ukraine, the State Department said in a statement Saturday. ... more
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Japan deputy PM directly urges China to hold summit
Japan's deputy prime minister on Wednesday urged China to allow a summit between the Asian rivals as he met a top Beijing official, he said. ... more
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Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace: alliance
NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace, the alliance said Wednesday in the latest of such incidents amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine. ... more
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Vietnam freed blogger to win allies in China dispute: analysts
Vietnam's sudden release of a top dissident who was shuttled from jail to the United States is part of an attempt to secure powerful allies amid a simmering maritime dispute with China, analysts said Wednesday. ... more
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China ponders action against Hong Kong stars
The powerful Youth League of China's ruling Communist party has opened a poll on possible sanctions against Hong Kong celebrities who support the city's pro-democracy demonstrators - including boycotts, bans and Internet censorship. ... more
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India says no compromise with China on territory
India wants to resolve its border row with China but will not compromise on territory, the country's new national security advisor said Tuesday, after a tense stand-off between troops on the disputed border last month. ... more
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Russia says sanctions against U.S. may be on the table
Russia's deputy foreign minister told state media Thursday the Kremlin has "every right" to counter U.S. sanctions on the energy sector with its own response. ... more
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NATO says no sign of major Russian pullback from Ukraine border
NATO said Thursday it saw no sign of any significant Russian pullback from Ukraine's border, despite President Vladimir Putin ordering thousands of troops to withdraw ahead of truce talks. ... more
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Support for NATO membership grows in Ukraine: poll
The number of Ukrainians in favour of joining the NATO alliance has risen sharply during Kiev's drawn-out conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, a poll showed Thursday. ... more
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Beijing expresses concern over India's planned road on border
India plans to build a highway along its remote, disputed border with China in the country's northeast, an official said Wednesday, prompting concern from Beijing. ... more
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China says no need 'so far' for PLA deployment in Hong Kong
China sees no need "so far" for its army to be deployed in Hong Kong to contain democracy protests, a Beijing official said Wednesday, without ruling out the prospect after violent overnight clashes. ... more
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Ball in Japan's court for Xi-Abe talks: China envoy
There is "a significant opportunity" for a first meeting between the Chinese and Japanese leaders at a regional gathering near Beijing next month, but the ball is in Tokyo's court, China's envoy to Japan said Wednesday. ... more
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Putin says will speak to Merkel about cancellation of key forum
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he would speak to German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week about the cancellation of a key forum that has served to promote ties between the two countries. ... more
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