Japan PM vows no more war; ministers visit shrine to war dead

TOKYO, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Prime Minster Fumio Kishida vowed on the anniversary of Japan’s World War Two surrender on Monday that his country would never again wage war, as members of his cabinet visited a shrine that honors war dead, angering South Korea and China. Japan’s ties with China were already strained after China … Read more

Taiwan says Chinese planes, ships carry out attack simulation exercise

Chinese ships aircraft conduct simulated attack Blinken calls China’s cessation of dialogue ‘irresponsible’ China calls for US to ‘rectify mistakes’ TAIPEI, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Taiwan officials said Chinese aircraft and warships rehearsed an attack on the island on Saturday, part of Beijing’s retaliation for a visit there by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that … Read more

Sterling falls as BoE expects recession, US futures up

Bank of England hikes rates by 50 basis points BoE expects recession throughout 2023 Fed official: 50bp hike in Sept “reasonable” Oil stabilizes after hitting six-month low Lufthansa returns to operating profit LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Sterling fell on Thursday after the Bank of England followed its counterparts in the United States and euro … Read more

China fires missiles in largest ever drills in waters off Taiwan

Chinese military exercises include firing of missiles Suspected drones fly over outlying Taiwanese islands Taiwan says several government websites hacked China says it’s an internal affair TAIPEI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – China fired multiple missiles around Taiwan on Thursday as it launched unprecedented military drills a day after a visit by US House of Representatives … Read more

Pelosi pledges solidarity with Taiwan as China holds military drills, vents anger

TAIPEI, Aug 3 (Reuters) – China furiously condemned the highest-level US visit to Taiwan in 25 years as House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed the self-ruled island as “one of the freest societies in the world” and pledged American solidarity . Beijing demonstrated its anger with Pelosi’s presence on an island that it says … Read more

Chinese warplanes buzz line dividing Taiwan Strait before expected Pelosi visit – source

A newspaper front page reporting about US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pictured in Taipei, Taiwan, August 2, 2022. REUTERS/Ann Wang Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TAIPEI, Aug 2 (Reuters) – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to arrive in Taipei later on Tuesday, people briefed … Read more

Biden begins fifth call with China’s Xi, looking to tamp down Taiwan tension

WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping began their fifth call as leaders on Thursday, as concerns mounted over a possible visit to Chinese-claimed Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The White House said the call began at 8:33 am (1233 GMT) and US officials said it would … Read more

Russia’s Gazprom gas cut crushes hopes after grain deal

Gazprom says turbine halt will further cut gas to Germany Ukraine hopes to ship grain this week Moscow dismisses concerns deal could be derailed KYIV, July 25 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom is set to cut supplies further through its single biggest gas link to Germany, crushing hopes a deal over grain supplies would lessen the … Read more

Outraged by strike on Odesa, Ukraine still prepares to resume grain exports

Moscow, Kyiv had signed a grain export deal on Friday Accord had sought to avert major global food crisis Zelenskiy: attack shows Moscow can’t be trusted on deal KYIV, July 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine pressed ahead on Sunday with efforts to restart grain exports from Odesa and other Black Sea ports after a missile attack … Read more