China accuses US of ‘navigation bullying’ in South China Sea

China accuses US of ‘navigation bullying’ in South China Sea

Manila: China blasted a top US Navy official Friday after he criticised Beijing’s increasingly aggressive actions in the South China Sea, saying it’s America’s military deployments in the disputed waters which it called navigation bullying that could spark confrontations. The Chinese Embassy in Manila said it strongly deplored US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del […]

No new financing to Sri Lanka until ‘adequate’ macroeconomic policy in place: World Bank

No new financing to Sri Lanka until ‘adequate’ macroeconomic policy in place: World Bank

Colombo: The World Bank does not plan to offer new financing to crisis-hit Sri Lanka until an “adequate” macroeconomic policy framework is in place, the global funding body has said. The statement by the World Bank was released on Thursday, two days after the International Monetary Fund– another financial lending body under the United Nations […]

Russian space chief: no date yet for space station pullout

Moscow: The head of Russia’s space agency said Friday that the country has not set a date for pulling out of the International Space Station and that the timing would depend on the orbiting outpost’s condition. Yuri Borisov, who was appointed this month to lead the Roscosmos state space corporation, told President Vladimir Putin this […]

US carrier strike group returns to South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions

US carrier strike group returns to South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions

Hong Kong: A US aircraft carrier and its strike group have returned to the South China Sea after a port call in Singapore, deploying in the disputed region as tensions with China rise over a possible visit to Taiwan by congressional leader Nancy Pelosi. Officials with the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet confirmed the deployment of […]

A richer, stronger China warns Pelosi not to visit Taiwan

A richer, stronger China warns Pelosi not to visit Taiwan

Beijing: Beijing grumbled but swallowed its irritation in 1997 when then-Speaker Newt Gingrich of the US House of Representatives visited Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by the mainland’s ruling Communist Party as its own territory. China had other priorities. President Jiang Zemin’s government was preparing to celebrate Hong Kong’s return and wanted to lock in […]

Russian strikes hit military base outside Kyiv: Ukraine army

Russian strikes hit military base outside Kyiv: Ukraine army

KYIV, Ukraine: Ukraine said Thursday that Moscow’s forces had struck a military base north of the capital Kyiv, in a rare admission of a successful Russian attack on Ukrainian military infrastructure. Senior Ukraine military official Oleksiy Gromov told reporters that Russian forces had fired “six Kalibr cruise missiles on a military base in Lyutizh” at […]

Sri Lanka needs to begin debt restructuring talks with creditors before bailout package can be sanctioned: IMF

Colombo: Cash-strapped Sri Lanka must begin debt restructuring talks with its creditors, including China before it can hope of getting the bailout package sanctioned from the IMF, the Washington-based lender has said. The island nation of 22 million is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis that has led to severe shortages of fuel […]

Debris from China space rocket could fall to Earth in next few days

BEIJING: Debris from a Chinese rocket is set to crash to Earth some time over the next few days, with the potential for wreckage to land across a wide swathe of the globe. Part of a Long March 5B rocket China launched on July 24 will make an uncontrolled reentry around July 31, according to […]

Indo-Pacific defence chiefs meet against backdrop of China’s campaign to expand military presence

Indo-Pacific defence chiefs meet against backdrop of China’s campaign to expand military presence

SYDNEY: Defense chiefs from across the Indo-Pacific gathered this week to bolster their connections against a backdrop of China’s ongoing campaign to expand its influence and military presence in the region. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military leaders meeting for three days in Sydney are focused on […]

China says US will ‘bear all consequences’ if Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan

China says US will ‘bear all consequences’ if Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan

BEIJING: China warned Wednesday that Washington would “bear the consequences” if US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan, with tensions soaring ahead of an expected phone call between the two countries’ leaders. Beijing has hit back hard against the United States after reports emerged last week that Pelosi, a Democrat who is second in line […]

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