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October 20, 2017
Warning for China as US hails India 'partnership'
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The United States vowed Wednesday to work with India in preference to China over the next century to promote a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered his unexpectedly sharp message to Beijing on the same day President Xi Jinping opened the Communist Party congress. His upbeat speech was designed to set the stage for a visit next week to China's main Asian rival India, and to lay out a vision for a 100-year "strategic partners ... read more

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Xi declares 'new era' for China as party congress opens
President Xi Jinping declared China has embarked on a "new era" of challenges and opportunities on Wednesday as he opened a Communist Party congress expected to enhance his already formidable power. ... more
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Nominee for CIA inspector general grilled over retaliation claims
Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee hammered President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Office of the Inspector General at the Central Intelligence Agency amid reports of whistleblower retaliation and embarrassing intelligence handling procedures. ... more
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Xi is everywhere: China's omnipresent leader
Chinese President Xi Jinping's stiff smile greets visitors in room after room at a Beijing exhibition put up by the Communist party to tout its past five years of accomplishments. ... more
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Trump puts America first, but more and more alone
Donald Trump has gambled with US diplomatic credibility by attacking an Iran nuclear deal that his European allies cherish as a benchmark for international cooperation. ... more
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China's Xi caught between Kim nukes, Trump tweets
As Chinese leader Xi Jinping prepares to embark on a second five-year term this week, the impulsive leaders of North Korea and the United States could spoil his party. ... more
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India, Russia to hold first 'tri-service' war games
India and Russia will hold large-scale military exercises engaging their armies, navies and air forces for the first time, the defence ministry in New Delhi said Monday. ... more
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Trump and the dismantling of Obama's legacy
Brick by brick, the demolition job has begun: since taking office less than a year ago, Donald Trump has launched an all-out assault on the legacy of Barack Obama. ... more
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Ex-NATO chief urges allies to boost help for Ukraine
NATO members should step up efforts to help Ukraine in its conflict, the alliance's former chief said Wednesday, warning that a Russian proposal for a peacekeeping force was a "Trojan horse". ... more

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China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters
China said Wednesday it has lodged a protest with the United States after an American warship sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea. ... more
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Moscow accuses US of 'quietly' adding troops in Eastern Europe
Russia's defence ministry on Thursday accused the US of adding troops in Poland in violation of an agreement between Moscow and NATO, a charge the military alliance denied. ... more
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US, Turkish military relations good amid spat: Mattis
US and Turkish military forces continue to work well together, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday amid a diplomatic row between the two NATO partners. ... more
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Lithuania hikes defence budget to meet NATO target
Lithuania said Wednesday it would raise its defence spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year to meet a NATO target amid security concerns over neighbouring Russia. ... more
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Trump makes cryptic 'calm before the storm' remark
President Donald Trump made a cryptic remark Thursday about the present time possibly representing the "calm before the storm," but declined to specify what specific crisis - if any - he was referring to. ... more
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Philippines hails US as top ally, welcomes war games
The Philippines' military chief hailed the United States as his nation's "number one ally" and announced a return of regular war games, following President Rodrigo Duterte's call for warmer ties. ... more
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Trump hails 'very strong' ties with Thailand
Donald Trump welcomed Thai junta leader chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to the White House on Monday, trying to turn the page after coups rocked one of America's oldest alliances. ... more
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40,000 troops in Russian war games: US general
A senior US general said Monday that he believed controversial Russian military exercises last month involved "more than 40,000" troops, vastly more than Moscow acknowledged, but the event did not involve a simulated nuclear strike. ... more

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Trump accepts Duterte's ASEAN summit invite after all
President Donald Trump has backed away from a threat to skip a summit with South East Asian leaders in the Philippines later this year, with the White House saying it had accepted an invitation from host Rodrigo Duterte. ... more
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Hong Kong lawmaker guilty of desecrating Chinese flag
A Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker on Friday was found guilty of "desecrating" the Chinese and Hong Kong flags by turning them upside down in parliament, but escaped a prison sentence. ... more
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Seesaw US-China ties on an upswing as Trump plans trip
The often difficult relations between the world's greatest powers, China and the United States, appear to be improving again as the pair work to resolve the North Korea nuclear stand-off. ... more
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Putin heads to Turkey for talks on weapons deal, Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks on Syria and a key weapons deal, hoping to strengthen an increasingly active relationship that has troubled the West. ... more
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US defence chief in India to boost military ties
Stronger military ties between India and the United States should not affect relations with neighbours such as Pakistan, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said ahead of a visit to New Delhi. ... more
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Japan opposition unites in election bid to topple Abe
Japan's main opposition Thursday decided not to run candidates in the upcoming election, effectively joining forces with a new party formed by popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike in a bid to topple Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ... more
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Thousands flee huge 'sabotage' explosion at Ukraine arms depot
One of Ukraine's largest arms depots caught fire and exploded in what prosecutors said Wednesday was a likely act of "sabotage" that forced the evacuation of more than 30,000 people. ... more
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China conducts first military drills in Djibouti
China has staged military exercises in Djibouti after opening its first overseas military base there last month, official media said. ... more
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