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Biden looks to nudge Asean leaders to speak out on Russia

By AP and published by US News & World Report Washington — US President Joe Biden is looking to nudge southeast Asian leaders to be more outspoken about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the issue continues to be a delicate one for many members of the region’s 10-country alliance with deep ties to Moscow. Biden

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Nato designates China a ‘systemic’ challenge as Biden rebuilds bond with Western alliance

By Reuters Staff, published by The Straits Times Brussels – US President Joe Biden today (June 14) told fellow Nato leaders that the defence of Europe, Turkey and Canada was a “sacred obligation” for the United States, a marked shift from his predecessor Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw from the military alliance. Arriving in Brussels,

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Biden demands Myanmar military ‘relinquish power’

By AFP and published by Channel NewsAsia (Yangon): US President Joe Biden called on Myanmar’s generals to “relinquish power” on Thursaday (Feb 4) and demanded they free civilian leaders detained in this week’s coup, as his administration said it was considering sanctions. Washington has led international condemnation of Monday’s putsch, which saw democratic leaders including

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Myanmar’s army chief challenges Biden, and bets big on China

(Bloomberg News) – By seizing power on Monday, Myanmar’s generals are providing US President Joe Biden with an early test of his efforts to counter the appeal of China’s authoritarian model in Asia. Army chief Min Aung Hlaing, who was bumping up against a mandatory retirement age this year, already faces sanctions from the US

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Biden stresses US commitment to defend Japan

President Joe Biden has reaffirmed that the United States’ commitment to defend Japan in his first phone call with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, striking a note of reassurance after the Trump era. During Donald Trump’s administration, America’s Asian allies often questioned whether Washington would uphold long-standing promises to defend them in the event of attack.

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China warns Biden against ‘arrogant isolation’

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the international community to put their differences to one side, warning that history has shown countries that choose to go it alone “will always fail.” Speaking via videoconference as he addressed the annual World Economic Forum, Xi discussed global challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic and the climate emergency.

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Trump mounts legal assault as Barr authorizes probes of vote irregularities

By Reuters staff, published by US News Washington/Wilmington, Del. – US President Donald Trump will push ahead on Tuesday with legal challenges to the results of last week’s election after US Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors to look into any “substantial” allegations of voting irregularities. Barr’s directive to prosecutors prompted the top lawyer

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In final pre-election push, Biden and Trump also gird for court battle

By Reuters staff and published by CGTN US President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden made a last-ditch push for votes in battleground states on Monday as their campaigns prepared for post-election disputes that could prolong a divisive presidential election. Trump, who is trailing in national opinion polls, has continued to lob unfounded attacks

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