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Hong Kong burnishes China ties as luster as global hub fades

Jun. 28, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Every few generations, Hong Kong transforms itself, evolving from a swampy fishing village to 19th century colonial port, to capitalist outpost and factory after China’s 1949 revolution, to 21st century financial center. As the former British colony marks the...

Title IX creating opportunities for international athletes

Jun. 17, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — For Maria Bulanova, it was a matter of surprise — that she could be recruited to the bowling team at Vanderbilt "all the way from Russia.” Like other international athletes playing college sports in the United States, she had little sense of Title IX when she was...

India, ASEAN seek to boost ties amid US-China rivalry

Jun. 16, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A special meeting of foreign ministers from India and Southeast Asian countries opened Thursday with co-chairs India and Singapore calling for a strengthening of ties amid Russia’s war in Ukraine and a heightened rivalry between the United States and China that threaten peace...

Japan, Australia to expand defense ties for regional order

Jun. 15, 2022 02:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Australia's defense ministers on Wednesday vowed to step up their ties to support democratic values in the Indo-Pacific region and agreed to work more closely with Southeast Asia and the Pacific island nations where China is seeking to expand its influence. ...

US Defense Secretary Austin meets Thai leader to boost ties

Jun. 13, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Thailand’s prime minister on Monday as part of an effort to strengthen what Austin says is Washington’s “unparalleled network of alliances and partnerships" in the region. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is...

China's envoy to Australia says 2 nations at 'new juncture'

Jun. 13, 2022 02:09 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China’s ambassador to Australia says relations between the two countries are at a “new juncture” with the election of a new Australian government and the first minister-to-minister talks in more than two years. Ambassador Xiao Qian gave an upbeat...

China accuses US of trying to 'hijack' support in Asia

Jun. 12, 2022 07:30 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's defense minister accused the United States on Sunday of trying to “hijack” the support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to turn them against Beijing, saying Washington is seeking to advance its own interests “under the guise of multilateralism.” ...

Procházka takes 205-pound title from Teixeira at UFC 275

Jun. 12, 2022 01:33 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Jiri Procházka stopped Glover Teixeira by submission with 28 seconds left in the fifth round to claim the UFC light heavyweight title in a grueling bout at UFC 275 on Sunday. Procházka survived nearly five rounds of consistent punishment from the 42-year-old...

US: China's military activity around Taiwan threatens region

Jun. 11, 2022 03:39 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed American support for Taiwan on Saturday, suggesting at Asia's premier defense forum that recent Chinese military activity around the self-governing island threatens to change the status quo. Speaking at the Shangri-La...

Japan vows bigger security role in region to tackle threats

Jun. 10, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced plans on Friday to boost his country's diplomatic and security role in the Asia Pacific to tackle what he described as growing threats in the region amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Kishida said Japan will...