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Taiwan military says China able to invade by 2020 TAIPEI: China's arms buildup over the last two decades would give it the power to invade Taiwan by 2020 even if allies came to the island's aid, a military report said on Tuesday.The mainland's annual military spending has grown on average by double-digit rates over the past 20 years or so, according to Taiwan's 2013 National Defence Report.Aside from military might, it said, China's capacity for weapons research and manufacturing had greatly increased, "which has boosted its military deterrent and posed a grave threat to Taiwan".Among the new weapons China had acquired, both locally produced and purchased from Russia, were nuclear-powered and conventional submarines, strategic bombers, stealth fighters, early warning aircraft and ballistic and air defence missiles, it said."With the continued arms buildup, the Chinese communists will be able to take Taiwan by force before the end of 2020," it said.The report also cited China's growing military capability to deter ...

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Japan out of 'crossroads': Abe NUSA DUA: Japan has emerged from the "crossroads" of economic stagnation, with deep reforms and a massive spending package expected to put it back on the growth track, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.Speaking to Asia's top corporate executives at a summit, Abe said that through his three-pronged strategy to revive the Japanese economy, he has succeeded in "breaking through the mentality of economic stagnation that had been permeating Japan".The Japanese leader singled out ...

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Australia hopes for China free trade deal in a year NUSA DUA: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday he hoped a free trade agreement with China could be concluded within a year, as he pushes for deeper ties with the Asian giant.In Bali for a gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders, Abbott told journalists that he had met President Xi Jinping late Sunday and confirmed he would travel to China in the first half of 2014."I think it was a good meeting," Abbott said. "Australia has ...

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Kerry urges new nuclear proposals from Iran NUSA DUA: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Iran to come up with new nuclear proposals, after Tehran said the onus was on foreign powers to unblock the impasse.Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the previous foreign offer, made by the "P5+1" group at two meetings in Kazakhstan before the June election of moderate President Hassan Rouhani, was no longer valid.But Kerry told reporters in Indonesia that Iran ...

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Beijing to replace coal-fired power plants before 2015 to reduce emission BEIJING: Beijing will build four power centers by the end of 2014 to replace coal with natural gas in heating and power generation, municipal authorities said Saturday.Construction of the centers is part of the city's efforts to optimize energy mix and reduce emissions, according to officials with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform.With investment of 47.7 billion yuan (7.79 billion US dollars), the four power centers and 40 other related utility projects will ...

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North Korea warns 'imbecile' Park of confrontation SEOUL: North Korea's top military body lashed out Friday at South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, warning that she was leading the Korean peninsula back into confrontation and vowing that Pyongyang would pursue its nuclear weapons policy.The highly personal criticism, attributed to a spokesman for the National Defence Commission, was unusual for referencing Park by name, rather than the usual "chief executive" moniker employed by Pyongyang.It was largely a response to Park's speech marking South Korean ...

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Japan to pay $3.1bn to relocate US Marines TOKYO: The United States and Japan said Thursday Tokyo would pay a third of the cost of Washington pulling thousands of Marines out of Japan as it reduces its heavy military presence on Okinawa.US Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel, Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera signed the protocol amending the 2009 Guam International Agreement, as part of a meeting on the two countries' alliance.Changes include "clarifying ...