Cross-Straits exchanges continue amid rising tensions
More than 100 political advisors and experts attend the 12th Straits Forum held in the port city of Xiamen in Fujian Province on site or via video link. China's top political advisor Wang Yang addressed the forum via video link on Sunday. Photo: csnphotoThe ongoing Straits Forum held in the Chinese mainland for cross-Straits people-to-people exchanges showed that the mainland is handling the complicated situation with "two hands" - supporting exchanges and cooperation to serve the concrete benefits of Taiwan compatriots, and increasing military pressure to deter Taiwan separatism and the Trump...
US military strengthens deployment in Syria amid Russia tensions
The US Army announced Friday it was stepping up its military deployment - both troops and equipment - in northeastern Syria despite a push to limit its presence there, a move that follows tensions with Russia in the region.US Central Command (Centcom) "has deployed Sentinel radar, increased the frequency of US fighter patrols over US forces, and deployed Bradley Fighting Vehicles to augment US forces" in the area, which is controlled by the US and its Kurdish allies, spokesman Captain Bill Urban said in a statement.The number of armored vehicles sent as reinforcement did not exceed half a doze...
Erdogan says willing to meet with Greek PM over east Med tensions
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday saidTurkeywas ready to meet withGreecetoresolve its standoff over energy exploration in contested waters in the eastern Mediterranean.The search for gas and oil in the region has sparked a row that has seen the two NATO neighbours stage rival air and navy drills in strategic waters between Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete."Could there be a meeting with Greek Prime Minister (Kyriakos) Mitsotakis? What's essential is what we discuss and in what framework," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul after Friday prayers."We can meet if there is goodwill. We ca...
Merkel leads EU talks with China looking to ease tensions
BRUSSELS: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top European Union officials and Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks Monday focused on trade, trying to reinvigorate slow-moving discussions on an investment agreement and building trust to tackle the thorny political issues harming their ties.Merkel, whose country currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, was backed by Council President Charles Michel, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, at the video conference.The talks between two of the world’s three largest economies and traders wa...
Erdogan warns Macron 'not to mess with Turkey' amid Mediterranean tensions
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron "not to mess" with Turkey, as tensions between the NATO allies escalate.In a speech Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that French President Emmanuel Macron was targeting him."Don’t mess with the Turkish people. Don't mess with Turkey," Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul on the 40th anniversary of the 1980 military coup.“You will have many more problems with me,” he added.On Friday, Marcon said that Europe needed to be “clear and firm” with Erdogan’s government...
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are no longer attending family therapy
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly no longer attending family therapy.The former couple - who separated in September 2016 - were previously working towards a cordial co-parenting relationship but tensions have recently escalated between them ahead of next month's custody trial and they've now stopped attending the counselling sessions.The Hollywood duo are currently at loggerheads over how much time they each spend with their children.However, Maddox is able to make his own decisions about his schedule due to his age.An insider previously explained that Brad wants 50/50 joint physical...
Business leaders warn tensions could lead to 'new cold war'
A group of high-profile American and Chinese business experts have warned that worsening US-China relations could put the world's two largest economies on a path to a "new cold war" if no deal is struck to alleviate existing tensions.The claims were made by a group of panelists taking part in a digital event sponsored by the China General Chamber of Commerce (CGCC) on Wednesday. The nonprofit organization represents more than 1,500 Chinese and US companies that have invested approximately $120 billion in the US economy.Xu Chen, chairman of the CGCC and president and CEO of the Bank of China, s...
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FOCUS: China expects Japan's next PM to be conciliatory amid U.S. tensions
China expects Japan's possible next prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, to make conciliatory gestures to the communist-led government, with its economic and security tensions with the United States escalating further, diplomatic sources said.Suga, the front-runner in the race to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, may seize a chance to win the ruling party's presidential election with the backing of its powerful Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai, known for his close relations with China.Moreover, given that the outgoing longest-serving prime minister has made efforts to improve ties with Beijing, C...
Chinese, Indian ministers try to reduce tensions
By REN QI in Moscow | China Daily | Updated: 2020-09-07 08:02China's and India's defense ministers have met in Moscow in an effort to lower tensions along their border in the eastern Ladakh region and seek ways to enhance exchanges.In the meeting on Friday, Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, urged India to strictly abide by the series of agreements reached between the two sides, to refrain from provocations on the current Line of Actual Control, to refrain from actions that may cause the situation to heat up, and to refrain from exaggerating and disseminating negative inf...
India bans 118 Chinese apps including PUBG, Alipay as tensions rise
India on Wednesday banned another 118 Chinese-made apps, including Tencent’s popular video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as border tensions between the two nations continue to escalate.Details: The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announced it had decided to block 118 apps that it said were prejudicial to India’s sovereignty, integrity, and national security, the ministry said Wednesday in a statement.The newly banned apps include Chinese search engine giant Baidu’s two mobile search apps, smartphone maker Xiaomi’s Sharesave, Ant Group’s mobile payment apps Alipa...