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Japan's Abe hosts Mugabe as Tokyo, Beijing vie for Africa influence TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday welcomed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe -- the 92-year-old former guerrilla fighter who is widely shunned in the West but frequently courted in Asia.Mugabe, whose country is subject to sanctions by the United States and European countries over its tainted human rights record, was visiting Japan for the fourth time as president and holding his third meeting with Abe.The Japanese Prime Minister said he wants to work with Mugabe, who chaired the African Union last year, to help with Japan's push to reform the UN Security Council."By closely coordinating with Mr Mugabe... we wish to help promote reform" of the global body, Abe told reporters, in remarks carried by Jiji Press, referring to Mugabe as an esteemed African elder.After their talks, Japan announced development aid worth 600 million yen ($5.3 million) for the nation to buy equipment needed to build roads.The welcome for ...

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Chinese firms hiring less, capex hits 5-year low - Beige Book private survey BEIJING: Capital expenditure by Chinese companies fell to the lowest in at least five years in the first quarter, a private survey showed, highlighting persistent weakness in the economy even as the government ratchets up policy support to head off a sharper slowdown.The quarterly survey of over 2,200 firms by China Beige Book International (CBB) also showed less hiring by companies, marking the second consecutive quarter of downward pressure on employment as executives scale back ...

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Myanmar picks Vietnam's Viettel for fourth telecom license YANGON: Myanmar is granting its fourth telecom licence to a consortium led by a Vietnamese mobile network operator and including a military-run company, as it looks to further open up its young but increasingly competitive telecoms market.Hanoi-based Viettel will be the third foreign telco to enter the country, tying up with 11 local firms and an outfit owned by Myanmar's defence ministry, according to a government statement Friday.The tender selection for the 15-year licence comes ...

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China beefs up airport security after Brussels attack BEIJING: China stepped up its airport security in response to the Brussels attacks, the aviation administration told AFP Friday.Surveillance is heavy and widespread in the People's Republic, which has long had mandatory bag screenings and ID checks at train station entrances, although airport terminals have generally not been subject to such measures.Security personnel at airports in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu swabbed some passengers' bags outside terminals Friday, AFP reporters witnessed on the scene. The measures ...

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Taiwan tycoon jailed over tainted cooking oil scandal TAIPEI: A Taiwanese tycoon was jailed for four years on Friday over a tainted cooking oil scandal that sparked widespread public outrage across the island.Wei Ying-chung was jailed for fraud by a panel of judges, months after hundreds of angry consumers took to the streets in protest when he escaped conviction on other related charges.Taiwan's government passed a tougher food safety law in 2013 in the wake of the cooking oil scandal, but the public ...

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China formally protests Japanese textbook revisions BEIJING: Beijing has protested to Tokyo over its approval of new high-school textbooks that describe disputed islands as Japanese territory, China's foreign ministry said Tuesday."We are seriously concerned about this trend in Japan and we have lodged solemn representations with Japan," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.China is embroiled in a territorial row with Japan over the disputed islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan, which controls them, and claimed by Beijing as the ...

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China says US-Philippines base deal raises questions BEIJING: China said on Monday agreements like the one reached last week by the United States and the Philippines allowing for a U.S. military presence at five Philippine bases raised questions about militarisation in the South China Sea.The United States is keen to boost the military capabilities of East Asian countries and its own regional presence in the face of China's assertive pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea, one of the world's ...