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US Freedom of Navigation Ops in 2013 targeted China, Iran, M'sia, others

WASHINGTON: The US military carried out freedom of navigation operations challenging the maritime claims of China, Iran and 10 other nations, including Malaysia, last year, asserting its right to use the seas in defiance of their restrictions, a Pentagon report said Thursday.

Ahead of key court ruling, Beijing in propaganda overdrive

HONG KONG/LONDON: As an international tribunal prepares to rule on Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea, officials in Washington, Tokyo and Southeast Asia are on tenterhooks. Yet, in the words of one senior Chinese official, Beijing does not care.

China's Xi says hopes for fair Australia investment policy

HANGZHOU, China: China hopes Australia can provide a fair and transparent environment for foreign investors, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, as he met Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the first time since Canberra blocked a major deal.

Trump says 'dangerous' Huawei could be included in US-China trade deal

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: President Donald Trump said on Thursday U.S. complaints against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd might be resolved within the framework of a U.S.-China trade deal, while at the same time calling the Chinese telecommunications giant "very dangerous."

White House warns China on trade, South China Sea

Washington: The White House has warned China that the United States will defend “international interests” in the South China Sea and that trade must be a “two-way street.”

Obama pushes China on currency in meeting

UNITED NATIONS: President Barack Obama pushed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday to make changes to a currency policy the United States says hurts struggling American workers.

Obama, ASEAN to call for peaceful end to sea spats

MANILA: President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders will call for the peaceful settlement of South China Sea territorial disputes and urge claimants not to resort to force, according to a draft communique.

Iran slams EU oil embargo, warns could hit U.S

TEHRAN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Iran accused Europeans on Monday of waging "psychological warfare" after the EU banned imports of Iranian oil, and U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington would impose more sanctions to address the "serious threat presented by Iran's nuclear program."