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

French Ministers Head to Indo-Pacific, Australia in Diplomatic Push

[ad_1] PARIS (Reuters) – France’s defence and foreign ministers travel to the Indo-Pacific next week as part of a diplomatic offensive to strengthen political and military ties, and rebuild its relationship with key partner Australia. France, with overseas territories in the Pacific and Indian Ocean and 7,000 troops stationed there, considers itself an Indo-Pacific power. … Read more

Chinese Families of Missing Malaysia MH370 Plane Seek Compensation in Court

[ad_1] BEIJING (Reuters) – A Beijing court on Monday began compensation hearings for the Chinese relatives of passengers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which mysteriously disappeared over the Indian Ocean almost a decade ago, the plaintiffs said. Over 150 Chinese passengers were on the flight which vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing … Read more

China Says It Values Follow-Up to MH370 Incident

[ad_1] BEIJING (Reuters) – China values the follow-up to the incident of MH370, a Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing nearly 10 years ago, and hopes all sides maintain close communication and properly handle this issue, the foreign ministry said on Monday. Spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the comments after a media report of a Chinese … Read more

Malaysia to Allow Visa-Free Entry to China, India Citizens From Dec. 1

[ad_1] KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia will allow visa-free entry to citizens from China and India from Dec. 1, according to Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar made the announcement late on Sunday and did not say for how long the visa exemption would be applicable. (Reporting by Danial Azhar; Editing by Martin Petty) Copyright 2023 … Read more

Malaysian Opposition Leader Makes U-Turn on Stepping Down as Party President

[ad_1] KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday he aimed to contest the presidency of his party during internal elections next year, a day after vowing to step down from the post. Muhyiddin had said it was time to pass the leadership of his Bersatu party to a new … Read more

China Offers Visa-Free Entry for Citizens of France, Germany, Italy

[ad_1] BEIJING (Reuters) -China will temporarily exempt citizens of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia from needing visas to visit the world’s second-largest economy in a bid to give a boost to post-pandemic tourism. From Dec. 1 to Nov. 30 next year, citizens of those countries entering China for business, tourism, visiting relatives … Read more

Malaysia Opposition Leader to Step Down as Party President

[ad_1] KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -Malaysia’s former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Friday he would step down next year as president of his party, raising questions over who will lead the Malay-dominated opposition alliance. Muhyiddin, who led Malaysia for 17 months between 2020 and 2021, has served as the Bersatu party’s president since its formation … Read more

Nepal Riot Police Rout Protesters Seeking Restoration of Monarchy

[ad_1] KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Police in Nepal on Thursday used rattan sticks, tear gas and water cannon to scatter thousands of protesters demanding the restoration of the monarchy abolished 15 years ago. The “Citizens’ Campaign” protesters say governments in place since the monarchy was scrapped, as part of a deal ending a Maoist insurgency, have … Read more

Philippines’ Marcos Says Myanmar a Difficult Problem for ASEAN

[ad_1] MANILA (Reuters) – The conflict in military-ruled Myanmar has been a difficult issue for the Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN to address, with little progress made towards a resolution and intensifying fighting, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos said. Speaking at a forum in Hawaii streamed live in the Philippines on Monday, Marcos said there was commitment … Read more