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Taiwan's Ma says hopes China can use peace to resolve cross-strait issues SINGAPORE: Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said on Saturday that he hoped China can use peace, and not force, to resolve cross-strait issues, and that Taiwan's people were most concerned with the island's security and dignity.Ma said in a news conference in Singapore that he told China's President Xi Jinping to give attention to the mainland's missile deployment. Xi replied that the missile deployment was an issue unrelated to Taiwan, Ma said.Leaders of political rivals China and Taiwan met on Saturday for the first time in more than 60 years for talks that come amid rising anti-Beijing sentiment on the self-ruled democratic island and weeks ahead of elections there.The talks between Xi and Ma, the first such meeting since China's civil war ended in 1949, were held in Singapore.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Bad weather caused helicopter crash in Nepal: US Marines KATHMANDU: Bad weather likely caused a US helicopter to crash in Nepal while on an aid mission to help victims of April's massive earthquake, killing 13 people, the United States Marine Corps said. The UH-1Y Huey helicopter was delivering relief supplies and evacuating injured quake victims to Kathmandu when it went missing on May 12, the same day a deadly aftershock hit the Himalayan nation.Six US Marines, two Nepalese soldiers and five villagers died in ...
No signs of new North Korea nuke test tunnel: US experts SEOUL: US experts said on Saturday that recent satellite photos showed no sign of North Korea preparing a new nuclear test, contrary to reports in the South Korean media.Satellite imagery from September 27 and October 25 of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site indicate "no signs that the North is excavating a new tunnel", the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins Univesity said on its closely-watched website, 38North.The main observable activity is the construction of a new ...
Xi stresses China sea claims, but won't 'bully' neighbours SINGAPORE: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday repeated his country's uncompromising claims to the South China Sea but pledged that it would not "bully" its weaker neighbours.The comments by Xi were in line with China's oft-stated position but come as Beijing's assertiveness in the strategic waterway has raised concerns of potential future conflict."Let me make this clear: The South China Sea islands have been China's territory since ancient times," Xi said in a speech during ...
Suu Kyi eyes historic win in Myanmar elections YANGON: Myanmar's boisterous election campaign draws to a close Friday, two days before milestone polls that could finally propel Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party to power after a decades-long struggle against the military. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) is eyeing an outright majority at Sunday's general election, the first the party has contested since 1990.Myanmar was ruled for half a century by a brutal and isolationist junta which crushed pro-democracy movements through ...
Suu Kyi says don't 'exaggerate' Rohingya plight YANGON: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi Thursday said it was important not to "exaggerate" the plight of the nation's persecuted Rohingya, hundreds of thousands of whom have been barred from Sunday's landmark polls.Suu Kyi has faced international censure for not speaking out in support of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority who have been hardest hit by deadly bouts of communal violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar at a time of surging religious nationalism.The general elections ...
Text of TPP free trade pact released: New Zealand TOKYO: The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was released on Thursday, offering the first detailed look at the world's largest free trade deal, the most ambitious effort in years to rip down barriers to commerce.New Zealand, which has signed on to the deal, put the contents of the agreement on its website, saying it would "continue to undergo legal review".Many activists blasted the fact that the 12-nation agreement was negotiated in intense secrecy, while ...

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