Al Qaeda leader, thought dead, appears alive in a recent video

Middle East 04/07/22, 00:05

Following rumors of Ayman Al Zawahiri's death, SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based group that monitors terrorist websites, found a video on April 5 showing the Al Qaeda leader alive and alluding to a recent event.  In the video, the terrorist is shown congratulating an Indian Muslim woman who, in February this ...

Top Brussels diplomat: EU-China summit was a ‘dialogue of the deaf’

China 04/06/22, 23:19

The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell told the European Parliament on Tuesday, April 5, that last week’s high-profile summit with China was a “dialogue of the deaf”, as China “did not want to talk about Ukraine”. The first bilateral summit in almost two years took place on ...

U.S., Australia, U.K. agree on hypersonic arms cooperation

Tech 04/06/22, 14:13

The United States, United Kingdom and Australia on Tuesday, April 5, made a cooperation pact to increase hypersonic weapons and electronic warfare capabilities as Russia and China rapidly advance cutting-edge technology, according to Reuters.  In a statement, the leaders of the newly formed AUKUS defense alliance, U.S. President Joe Biden, British ...

Europe can help Taiwan counter China: British think-tank

China 04/06/22, 01:06

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a British think tank, released a 37-page research report titled "Taiwan, Cross-strait Stability and European Security" on March 30. The report pointed out that European countries have begun to realize that the cross-strait crisis has a "direct" impact on European politics, security, and ...

Australia speeds up missile upgrade amid growing threats from China

Australia & Oceania 04/06/22, 01:03

Australia has accelerated plans to acquire long-range strike missiles ahead of schedule in response to the increasing risks posed by China. According to the Associated Press, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said on April 5 that the country would spend 3.5 billion Australian dollars ($2.6 billion) on accelerated reaming of fighter ...

Investigation hints China not complying with UN sanctions on North Korea

China 04/06/22, 01:02

According to a VOA investigation, the United Nations' reporting system on North Korea's refined oil supply has loopholes. The Chinese regime is suspected of providing oil to North Korea despite the United Nations' restrictions on supplying refined oil products to Pyongyang. The United Nations Security Council's Resolution No. 2397, which passed ...

China warns Philippines to avoid ‘disturbances’ upsetting its China policy

China 04/06/22, 00:57

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged the Philippines to avoid external "disturbances" to its China policy ahead of the upcoming talks between Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The virtual talk comes right after the Philippines finishes its military drills with the U.S. China's Foreign Minister ...

Philippine presidential candidates call for a tougher stance against China

China 04/06/22, 00:45

Many Philippine presidential candidates want the country to take a tougher stance against China on the South China Sea issue. One of those is Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo. According to Bloomberg, at the Commission on Election's debate on April 3, she said that the country must rally the Association of ...

Russia and China to face corporate default risk wave

China 04/06/22, 00:02

According to Reuters, citing JP Morgan, the combination of Russia's war in Ukraine and China's ongoing property slump could result in the greatest wave of corporate defaults since the global financial crisis. JP Morgan mentioned that the main concern for Russian corporations would be a technical default due to potential payment ...

Closer Hungary-China relations after Prime Minister re-election

China 04/05/22, 23:51

According to news.cgtn, on Monday, April 5, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi phoned his Hungarian counterpart to congratulate President Viktor Orban on his re-election. He stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries. China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, said Hungary's independence from the E.U. would be important for Europe ...

Biden demands war crimes trial for Russian president

U.S. 04/05/22, 04:54

Joe Biden's administration wants the judicial system to examine the top Russian leader for breaching international warfare rules. President Biden proposed making his Russian counterpart stand before an international war crimes trial. A judge and jury would hear evidence about the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict before passing judgment. "We have to gather the ...

Shanghai lockdown: France presents 6 special requests for European citizens

News 04/05/22, 01:48

On behalf of the European Union member states, the Consulate General of France in Shanghai recently sent a letter to the Shanghai Municipal Government on March 31, listing six requirements to draw attention to. The letter was also published on social media Weibo and Twitter. After a strict lockdown was implemented ...

China to cut tariffs on New Zealand’s wood and paper products

Economy 04/05/22, 01:23

The Ministry of Finance of China said on Sunday, April 3, that the country will reduce tariffs on 12 wood and paper products imported from New Zealand as of April 7. According to Reuters, import tariffs for toilet or facial tissue stock will be reduced from 7.5% to 6.8%, while writing ...

China declares support for military-ruled Myanmar

China 04/04/22, 01:36

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Myanmar counterpart U Wunna Maung Lwin on Friday, April 1, where both celebrated neighborly diplomacy and cooperation. According to Xinhua News Agency, Wang said, "No matter how the situation changes, China will support Myanmar in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and ...

EU expects China to help persuade Russia to end its Ukraine invasion

China 04/04/22, 01:23

In a virtual meeting on Friday, European Union leaders reminded China that they want Beijing to help end the Russia-Ukraine war, or at the very least not interfere with international sanctions imposed on Moscow. After the meeting, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters, "We expect China, if not ...