Malaysia Invites China’s Xi to Visit, Ramps up Tourism Target

[ad_1] BEIJING (Reuters) – Malaysia has invited China’s President Xi Jingping to visit, its ambassador to Beijing said on Friday, as the Southeast Asian country also seeks to boost the number of Chinese tourists to five million a year to fuel economic growth. China and Malaysia will mark the 50th anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic … Read more

As Russia’s Presidential Campaign Nears, Kremlin Says Putin to Address Nation on Dec. 14

[ad_1] By Dmitry Antonov and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin will hold his annual press conference and field questions from the public on Dec. 14, the Kremlin said on Thursday, stoking speculation he will use the event to announce he is seeking another six years in power. In office as either president … Read more

China to Review Anti-Subsidy Tariffs on Australia Wine Imports

[ad_1] BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Thursday it would review the need for anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on Australian wine imports, a highly anticipated move that is part of a push to improve the relationship between the two countries. The Commerce Ministry said in a statement that it had decided to conduct the review … Read more

New Zealand Seeks to Strengthen Engagement With US -Foreign Minister

[ad_1] WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Thursday his country would seek to strengthen engagement with the United States on strategic and security challenges while also looking to unlock potential in their economic relationship. “As a small democracy with deep relationships across the region, and focused on regional security and … Read more

US Puts Sanctions on 21 People, Entities for Aiding Iran

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday it had imposed sanctions on 21 Iranian and foreign nationals and entities for their involvement in financial networks to benefit Iran’s defense ministry and other parts of its military. In a statement, the Treasury said those sanctioned helped generate funds for Iran’s Ministry of … Read more

China’s Xi Visits Financial Hub Shanghai in First Trip in Three Years

[ad_1] SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping visited Shanghai, where he went to several venues and learned about the city’s efforts to strengthen its competitiveness as an international financial center, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. Xi made the trip on Tuesday and Wednesday and he inspected the Shanghai Futures Exchange, an exhibition on … Read more

OSCE Meeting Causes Rift Over Whether to Share Stage With Russia’s Lavrov

[ad_1] By Andrew Gray, Francois Murphy and Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) – The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s annual foreign ministers’ meeting on Thursday has split member states, with Baltic nations and Ukraine refusing to attend over the presence of Russia’s Sergei Lavrov and urging others to as well. The OSCE is the … Read more

Parthenon Sculptures Dispute Will Not Hurt Greece-UK Relations

[ad_1] ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday that the cancellation of a meeting with his British counterpart over the Parthenon Sculptures was “unfortunate” but would not hurt relations between Greece and Britain in the long term. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called off a meeting with Mitsotakis in London on … Read more

Explainer-What Turkey Gained in Delaying Sweden’s NATO Bid

[ad_1] ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has told Sweden it expects to ratify its accession to the NATO military alliance within weeks, Sweden’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, offering a potential timeframe for expanding the Western bloc after 18 months of delays. The delays, including a Turkish parliament commission putting off a vote on the issue … Read more

Draft Bill Seeks ‘Loyalty Agreement’ From Foreigners Entering Russia

[ad_1] (Reuters) – Russia’s Internal Affairs ministry is preparing a bill that would oblige foreigners entering the country to sign a “loyalty agreement” that would bar them from discrediting official policies, the TASS state news agency reported early on Wednesday. The agreement would be aimed at protecting Russia’s “national interests,” TASS reported, citing the document. … Read more