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Japan, China officials hold informal talks on preventing conflict TOKYO: Chinese defence officials are meeting a Japanese delegation in Beijing this week for informal talks on preventing simmering territorial disputes from erupting into armed conflict, the talks' host said Monday.The former members of Japan's Air and Marine Self-Defense Forces will meet with the current Chinese defence officials on Wednesday, as Tokyo calls for a first official meeting between Japanese premier Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.Japan's Sasakawa Peace Foundation, which has been involved in such talks over previous years, is hosting the forum amid fears of an armed conflict near the disputed Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands, also claimed by China which calls them Diaoyus.There will be two days of talks in the Chinese capital followed by two more meetings that will be held in Japan or China in the coming months, with a report expected early next year, the Foundation said."We're hosting the meeting ahead of a resumption of ...

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Japan delegation heads to North Korea over kidnapping probe TOKYO: A Japanese delegation is to arrive in North Korea on Monday for talks centred on Pyongyang's investigation into the Cold War kidnappings of Japanese citizens, which has marred relations for years.The four-day visit -- the first official Japanese delegation to the North in a decade -- comes after Tokyo eased sanctions against the secretive state in July when it pledged to revisit the abductions in the 1970s and 1980s by North Korean agents.Junichi Ihara, ...

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China tycoon reveals foray into space: report BEIJING: A mysterious Chinese tycoon who plans to dig a $40 billion canal linking the Caribbean and the Pacific is spreading his reach into space with ambitions for a network of satellites, reports said Monday.Wang Jing, who won a 50-year concession to build and operate the canal from Nicaragua last year, announced that one of his companies launched a test orbiter last month.The move made Xinwei Telecom Enterprise Group first private firm to invest in ...

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Pan-Pacific trade pact taking shape: Australia SYDNEY: Australia's Trade Minister Andrew Robb said Monday the shape of an ambitious pan-Pacific trade agreement was "crystallising", with the 12 nations involved making further progress on market access negotiations.Robb said at the end of the three-day talks in Sydney that trade ministers had laid the groundwork for the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, which would encompass 40 percent of the global economy."Over the course of our weekend meeting, we have spent a ...

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Inter-Korean talks under threat SEOUL: The planned resumption of high-level talks between North and South Korea later this week appeared in jeopardy Monday with Pyongyang refusing to confirm its participation.The two Koreas agreed earlier this month to restart the dialogue, and South Korea had proposed meeting on October 30.However, in the latest in a series of similarly themed messages, North Korea said Sunday it was being forced to reconsider taking part in the talks due to a perceived lack ...

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Indonesian president appoints technocrats to top economic posts JAKARTA: Indonesia's new president on Sunday appointed professional technocrats to lead the top economic ministries and implement much-needed reforms to deal with costly fuel subsidies, cooling investment and the country's creaky infrastructure.Joko Widodo unveiled a cabinet of 34 ministers that was filled with political appointees and last-minute replacements, reflecting the many compromises necessary to maintain a fragile coalition and have a team seen as free of graft.Widodo, who took office last Monday, appointed former state-owned ...

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Myanmar army kills 'reporter' in custody YANGON: Myanmar's press council Saturday said the army had admitted to shooting dead a man in its custody who activists claim was a reporter detained after covering clashes near the conflict-hit eastern border.Aung Naing was gunned down as he tried to flee detention in Kyaikmaraw town in southeastern Mon state on October 4, the interim Myanmar Press Council (MPC) said citing a rare statement issued by the military.He "tried to escape by fighting with a ...