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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military believes a Russian introduction of warplanes into Libya may not tip the balance in its stalemated civil war but could further help Moscow eventually secure a geostrategic stronghold in North Africa, a U.S. general said on Friday.
TUNIS/ANKARA/CAIRO (Reuters) - As Turkish drones helped drive eastern Libyan forces back from Tripoli this month, Russia was said to be reinforcing them with warplanes, raising the stakes in a stalemated civil war that has partitioned the country.
TUNIS (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Tuesday that Russia has deployed fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian mercenaries fighting for eastern forces, adding to concerns of a new escalation in the conflict.
BEIJING: In an exclusive interview with The Straits Times, China is not making use of Covid-19 to assert its dominance in the South China Sea, said its foreign minister, Wang Yi. Instead, he said China has been working with Asean countries to beat the coronavirus.
BEIJING (Reuters): China will encourage the people of Taiwan to join it in opposing the island's independence and promoting China's "reunification", Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday (May 22), a move likely to worsen Beijing's poor relations with Taipei.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to build 2,000 new ventilators for coronavirus patients that even the government says hospitals are unlikely to need.
TAIPEI (Reuters) - The U.S government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, a move likely to further sour already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory.
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its "one country, two systems" offer of autonomy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, in a strong rejection of China's sovereignty claim, but called for talks so that both sides could coexist.
TAIPEI (Reuters): Taiwan wants dialogue with China but cannot accept its proposal for “one country, two systems”, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday (May 20), calling for both sides to find a way to co-exist.
In South-east Asia, the Covid-19 pandemic has accentuated the strategic rivalry of China and the United States. And the Singapore Straits Times correspondents look at how this rivalry is playing out, and the response of countries in the region. We also look at US-China tensions and how Indo-Pacific powers are responding.