U.S., Australia vow to counter China’s ‘destabilizing military activities’

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Australia and the United States are committed to “countering the destabilizing military activities of the People’s Republic of China”, their defense ministers said after a meeting at the Pentagon. at the start of the annual talks between the allies. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Australian Defense Minister Richard … Read more

Analysis: Saudi prince seeks Mideast leadership, independence with Xi’s visit

Xi’s trip comes at a delicate time in US-Saudi relations Prince seeks to navigate a polarized world order A lavish reception is expected for Xi Saudi Arabia is China’s biggest oil supplier Saudi-US relations strained over a host of issues RIYADH, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives the Chinese leader this … Read more

China’s Xi unwilling to accept vaccines despite protests, U.S. official says

WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping is unwilling to accept Western vaccines despite the challenges China is facing with COVID-19, and although recent protests pose no threat to the regime of the Communist Party, they could affect his personal position, the American Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, said on Saturday. Although … Read more

U.S. to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Thursday- U.S. official

WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The United States plans to announce new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday, a U.S. official said, as Pyongyang pushes ahead with banned missile development and signals a possible new nuclear test. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan flagged the plans earlier Thursday. “We have a new set of sanctions … Read more

China will move to protect its firms following U.S. telecoms ban

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) – China opposes the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s ban on the sale of new Chinese telecommunications equipment, the Commerce Ministry said on Thursday, pledging to adopt the measures necessary to protect the rights of its national companies. The Biden administration on Friday banned the sale or import of new telecommunications equipment … Read more

U.S. Inflation Reduction Act ‘super aggressive,’ Macron tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron addressed U.S. lawmakers from both political parties on Wednesday and pushed back against new U.S. subsidies that are annoying European leaders, according to an attendee at a closed-door meeting. Macron arrived in Washington on Tuesday for his second state visit to the United States since taking … Read more

Obituary: China’s Jiang Zemin confounded doubters, mended U.S. ties

BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Raised from obscurity to lead the ruling Chinese Communist Party after the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, former Chinese President Jiang Zemin was meant to be just another leading figure in the transition, intended to be a footnote in history. Yet Jiang, who died Wednesday at the age of 96, baffled naysayers, … Read more

Why Macron? Biden state dinner highlights France’s U.S. appeal

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s welcome to French President Emmanuel Macron during the first state visit to the White House on Thursday since the U.S. Democrat took office in early 2021 is being celebrated by the officials of the two countries as a recognition of the status of France. as America’s oldest … Read more

Right-wing Oath Keepers founder convicted of sedition in U.S. Capitol attack plot

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Stewart Rhodes, founder of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia, was found guilty by a riotous conspiracy jury on Tuesday for last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol as part of a unsuccessful attempt to overthrow then-President Donald. Trump’s 2020 election defeat – a significant victory for the Justice Department. Rhodes, … Read more

Fans gather for politically charged U.S.-Iran World Cup showdown

Fears of further fan clashes over unrest at home Increased security during a match between declared enemies Iran beat USA 2-1 in tough 1998 World Cup game DOHA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Supporters of the United States and longtime foes Iran flocked on Tuesday for a World Cup showdown in Qatar, which some fans said … Read more