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October 24, 2014
Japan deputy PM directly urges China to hold summit
Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2014
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. Taro Aso and China's Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli briefly chatted on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) finance ministers' gathering in Beijing, ahead of the forum's annual summit next month. Aso, who is also Tokyo's finance minister, told Japanese media in Beijing that he called for the first meeting between Japanese Prime Minister S ... read more

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NATO says no sign of major Russian pullback from Ukraine border
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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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Moscow and Beijing 'natural allies' Putin tells China
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised growing economic ties with "natural ally" Beijing as he hosted Chinese premier Li Keqiang for high-profile talks. ... more
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China, Russia seek 'international justice', agree currency swap line
Russia and China on Monday pledged to ramp up efforts to promote a just world order as they signed dozens of deals ranging from energy to finance. ... more
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Lithuania creates response force to prevent Ukraine scenario
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US force cuts too deep in uncertain world: Army chief
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Ukraine leader sacks defence minister ahead of Russia talks
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Partial lifting of U.S. arms sales to Vietnam condemned by China
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China builds military airstrip on disputed island: Xinhua
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