Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific is home to more people than any other region. Centered on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean, this region includes the easternmost countries of continental Asia as well as the archipelagos that punctuate the coast.

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China holds simultaneous military drills in four seas

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China has begun five military exercises simultaneously along different parts of its coast, the second time in two months it will have such concurrent drills against a backdrop of...
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Taiwan reports largest ever incursion by Chinese air force

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Twenty Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Friday, in the largest incursion yet reported by the island’s defence ministry and marking a dramatic escalation of...
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WHO: Coronavirus cases exceed 100,000 globally

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The number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 100,000, World Health Organization (WHO) Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic informed TASS on Saturday. "Globally, 101,827 confirmed cases and 3,484 deaths due to...

Oil drops below $60 as China virus drives demand concern

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Crude prices extended declines on Monday, dropping below $60 for the first time in nearly three months as the death toll from China’s coronavirus rose and more businesses were...
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U.S. pushes arms sales surge to Taiwan, needling China

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The United States plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan, four people familiar with the discussions said, as...
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Xi Jinping orders the Armed Forces to be combat ready

The people's liberation army must be combat ready and must improve its military capabilities. This was the order issued yesterday by President Xi Jinping to the Armed Forces during the...
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China warns of potential naval clash over mass US buildup in Asia-Pacific region

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A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that the U.S. military is deploying an “unprecedented” number of its forces in the Asia-Pacific region, increasing the risk of an accidental...
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Russia leapfrogs Saudi Arabia as China’s top crude oil supplier in April

Russia overtook Saudi Arabia as China’s top crude oil supplier in April, customs data showed, with imports rising 18% from the same month a year earlier as refiners snapped...
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Chinese Air Force reveals J-20 combat formation

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China's most advanced J-20 stealth fighter jets assigned to an ace unit have been conducting real-combat scenario training together with powerful J-16 and agile J-10C jets, the People's Liberation...
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WHO: Coronavirus cases top half a million, protective gear lacking

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Coronavirus has infected more than half a million people and killed more than 20,000 globally, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as he appealed...
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Russia’s embassy calls on London to stop dangerous provocations about Ukraine

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Russia’s embassy in the UK has urged the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to stop dangerous rhetorical provocations about Ukraine, explaining anti-Russian propaganda...
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Ukraine receives second batch of U.S. weapons in Russian stand-off

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Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Sunday the country had received a second consignment of weapons from the United States as part of...
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German navy chief resigns over controversial comments on Putin, Crimea

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Germany's navy chief stepped down on Saturday after drawing criticism for saying Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved respect and that Kyiv would never winback...
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Baltic nations to ship Washington-endorsed arms to Ukraine

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The Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania plan to send U.S.-made anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, a move that the United States...
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Qatar and US talk gas supplies as Russia threatens Ukraine

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The talks with Qatar and some EU nations have focused on new ways to secure alternative seaborne liquefied natural gas cargoesOfficials are concerned that...