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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The level of violence in Afghanistan is unacceptably high and the United States expects further setbacks during talks, the Special Representative for Afghanistan said on Tuesday, as the Afghan government and Taliban remained far apart on even basic issues 10 days into talks meant to end two decades of war.
HONG KONG, Sept 21 (SCMP): Beijing and Washington know the value of Manila’s and its mercurial leader Rodrigo Duterte’s support, and they are willing to pay handsomely to get it. Despite the Philippines pivoting closer to China in recent years, its ties with long-standing ally America on security issues remain ‘resilient’, says analyst Richard Heydarian
In a US-China war, whose side is South-East Asia on? Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia ponder the unthinkable
HONG KONG, Sept 19 (SCMP): Caught between superpowers clashing in their own backyard, South-East Asian nations might find staying neutral is not an option.
TAIPEI, Sept 19 (Reuters): Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen pledged deeper ties with the United States at a dinner for a visiting senior State Department official, on the same day China sent 18 fighter jets to harry the island to express its anger at the trip.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is preparing to meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Tokyo early next month, the first high-level meeting between the two allies since Suga became leader this week, public broadcaster NHK said on Saturday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Japan's new prime minister, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the president looked forward to working with Yoshihide Suga and continuing to pursue "the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific."
TOKYO (Reuters) - Yoshihide Suga became Japan's first new prime minister in nearly eight years on Wednesday, pledging to contain COVID-19 and push reforms after retaining about half of predecessor Shinzo Abe's lineup in his cabinet.
HONG KONG: The number of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins seen around Hong Kong has jumped as the pause in high-speed ferry traffic due to the coronavirus allows the threatened species to make something of a comeback, scientists said.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept 12 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The newly appointed Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Tiffany Anne McDonald underscored the Australian government’s support to the Sultanate for a successful Asean Chairmanship next year, further boosting the long established bilateral relationship between the countries.
WASHINGTON (Vietnam News/ANN): The US on Wednesday (Sept 9) introduced specific cooperation and support programmes for Asean member states, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the US-Asean Strategic Partnership.