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Japan, China in security talks after 4-year break TOKYO: Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions, in a meeting expected to touch on the flashpoint issue of maritime crisis management, officials and reports said.The first such dialogue between the two Asian rivals since January 2011 was held at Japan's foreign ministry in Tokyo, a government official said, in the latest sign of a hastening thaw in once-frozen relations.The talks involved top officials from each country's foreign and defence ministries, including Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Liu Jianchao, China's assistant foreign minister.Tokyo and Beijing are at loggerheads over the sovereignty of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, which Japan administers as the Senkakus, but which China claims as the Diaoyus.Relations soured in 2012 when the Japanese government angered China by nationalising some of the islands, and Beijing had since refused most high-level talks with Tokyo, as ships ...

Aid starts flowing to Vanuatu as remote islands plead for help TANNA: Aid was due to reach some of cyclone-hit Vanuatu's worst affected islands Wednesday but others remained isolated, with flights over the Pacific nation showing desperate villagers spelling out the letter "H" for help.Relief agencies are battling tough conditions and logistical challenges in the sprawling archipelago with a lack of landing strips and deep water ports hampering their efforts to reach distant islands and get a better grip on the full scale of the disaster.Vanuatu ...
China, Japan, South Korea to hold first FM talks in three years TOKYO: China, Japan and South Korea will this week hold the first meeting of their foreign ministers for three years, Tokyo said Tuesday, the latest sign of a gradual thaw in East Asian relations.The three men will meet in Seoul on Saturday, a Japanese foreign ministry official said."Cooperation among the three countries is important for Japan and we naturally hope this foreign ministers' meeting will lead to a summit in the future," the official said.He ...
China probes top executive of state energy giant CNPC SHANGHAI: A top executive of China National Petroleum Corp, the country's biggest energy company, has been put under investigation, authorities said as the Communist Party's anti-corruption drive targets more state firms.CNPC general manager Liao Yongyuan is being investigated by the ruling party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) for "severe violations of discipline and law", the watchdog said in a statement late Monday.It gave no details, but the phrase typically refers to official corruption.Liao was ...
Aid workers struggle with scale of Vanuatu disaster PORT VILA: Aid agencies said on Monday conditions in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu were among the most challenging they have ever faced with fears of disease rife, as the Pacific nation's shocked president said climate change was partly to blame for the devastation.Relief flights continued arriving in the battered capital Port Vila after Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam tore through on Friday night packing wind gusts of up to 320 kilometres (200 miles) an hour.But workers on the ...
Vanuatu president urges world help to rebuild 'everything' SENDAI: The president of cyclone-lashed Vanuatu said on Monday his island nation needs the world's help to rebuild "everything" after it was smashed by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded."The humanitarian need is immediate, we need it right now," Baldwin Lonsdale told AFP as he readied to fly home from a disaster conference in northern Japan. "In the long term we need the financial support, assistance, to start rebuilding our infrastructure -- everything, ...
4.3 magnitude quake hit east China's Anhui ISLAMABAD: A 4.3-magnitude earthquake hit the city of Fuyang in east China's Anhui Province on Saturday, said the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).The epicenter was monitored at 33 degrees north latitude and 115.9 degrees east longitude with a depth of 10 km, according to the CENC. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...

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