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Spat over visas for Indian Asian Games athletes sparks diplomatic row between New Delhi and Beijing

Sep. 22, 2023 06:19 AM EDT

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — A long-standing border dispute between India and China has left three Indian martial arts competitors stranded at home and unable to make it to the Asian Games in Hangzhou, while sparking a diplomatic row Friday between the two countries. The three women...

Jimmy Lai's son fears Hong Kong media mogul may die in detention while awaiting trial

Sep. 20, 2023 20:30 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The son of jailed Hong Kong media mogul and prominent pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai said Wednesday he did not want to see his father die in detention, as his lawyers raised the prospect that his long-delayed trial may be pushed back indefinitely. Sebastien Lai also...

Stock market today: Asian shares decline ahead of Fed decision on rates

Sep. 20, 2023 00:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares declined Wednesday as markets awaited a decision on interest rates by the Federal Reserve. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.1% in morning trading to 33,200.34. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.6% to 7,152.70. South Korea's Kospi edged down 0.1% to 2,556.20....

Syria's Assad will visit China as Beijing boosts its reach in the Middle East

Sep. 19, 2023 22:29 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's President Bashar Assad will head to China later this week in his first visit to Beijing since the start of his country's 12-year conflict during which China has been one of his main backers, his office said Tuesday. China has been expanding its reach...

Kremlin says Russia and China must edge closer to counter Western efforts to contain them

Sep. 19, 2023 16:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Kremlin official on Tuesday called for closer policy coordination between Moscow and Beijing to counter what he described as Western efforts to contain them as he hosted China’s top diplomat for security talks. Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia's...

China tells foreign consulates in Hong Kong to provide personal data of all local staff

Sep. 19, 2023 08:47 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s Foreign Ministry has asked all foreign consulates in Hong Kong to provide the personal details of their locally employed staff, as Beijing tightens its control over the semi-autonomous city. The Commissioner’s Office of the Foreign Ministry, in a letter...

Pope meets with new Russian ambassador as second Moscow mission planned for his Ukraine peace envoy

Sep. 18, 2023 05:55 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Russia’s new ambassador to the Vatican met Monday with Pope Francis for a protocol visit, as signs emerged that the Vatican's Ukraine peace envoy could soon be undertaking a second mission to Moscow. The Vatican said Ambassador Ivan Soltanovsky was presenting...

Russian skater Valieva to testify by video link at CAS hearing into Beijing Olympics doping case

Sep. 15, 2023 11:54 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva will give evidence by video link for a hearing this month into her doping case that rocked the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Friday that Valieva and officials from the Russian anti-doping agency...

China economic data show signs slowdown may be easing, as central bank acts to support growth

Sep. 15, 2023 01:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's factories picked up their pace and retail sales also gained momentum in August, the government reported Friday, suggesting the economy may be gradually recovering from its post-pandemic malaise. However, despite busy activity in restaurants and stores, the...

Pope's Ukraine peace envoy raises stalled Black Sea grain exports in Beijing talks

Sep. 14, 2023 13:46 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ Ukraine peace envoy discussed the need to resume Ukraine grain exports to feed the world's hungry during a meeting Thursday with a Chinese official while on a mission to Beijing, the Vatican said. Cardinal Matteo Zuppi met with Li...