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Chinese envoy tells Australia to show 'caution' over Taiwan

Aug. 10, 2022 02:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s recent change of government was a chance to “reset” its troubled relationship with China, but the new administration must “handle the Taiwan question with caution,” a Chinese envoy said on Wednesday. Chinese Ambassador to Australia...

At 75, India’s Kashmir challenge shifts foreign policy focus

Aug. 10, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For decades, India has tried to thwart Pakistan in a protracted dispute over Kashmir, the achingly beautiful Himalayan territory claimed by both countries but divided between them. That relentless competition made Pakistan always the focus of New Delhi’s...

China reaffirms threat of military force to annex Taiwan

Aug. 10, 2022 00:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday reaffirmed its threat to use military force to bring self-governing Taiwan under its control, amid threatening Chinese military exercises that have raised tensions between the sides to their highest level in years. The statement issued by the...

Top Chinese, South Korean diplomats pledge closer ties

Aug. 09, 2022 21:54 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The top South Korean and Chinese diplomats pledged Tuesday to develop closer relations and maintain stable industrial supply chains at a time of deepening rivalry between Beijing and Washington. South Korea, a longtime U.S. ally, is struggling to strike a balance...

'The Sacrifice Zone': Myanmar bears cost of green energy

Aug. 09, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

The birds no longer sing, and the herbs no longer grow. The fish no longer swim in rivers that have turned a murky brown. The animals do not roam, and the cows are sometimes found dead. The people in this northern Myanmar forest have lost a way of life that goes back generations. But...

Taiwan warns China drills show ambitions beyond island

Aug. 09, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

PINGTUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan warned Tuesday that Chinese military drills aren't just a rehearsal for an invasion of the self-governing island but also reflect ambitions to control large swaths of the western Pacific, as Taipei conducted its own exercises to underscore it's ready to defend...

Pandemic fuels sports biking boom in cycling nation China

Aug. 09, 2022 05:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Lindsay Mo couldn’t go to her gym after Beijing shut down indoor sports facilities in May because of a coronavirus outbreak. So she started cycling — and soon fell in love with the sport. “I realized a racing bicycle was quite different than a regular bike,"...

One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China

Aug. 08, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted...

China extends threatening military exercises around Taiwan

Aug. 08, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it is extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade. The announcement further increases...

Australia calls for cooling of Taiwan Strait tensions

Aug. 08, 2022 03:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Monday called for a cooling of tensions after Beijing accused her of “finger-pointing” in her criticism of China’s military exercises in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Wong...