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Australia at centre of Indo-Pacific alliances to counter China

By Reuters and published by Swissinfo.ch Sydney – Australia finds itself as the common link in a new mesh of global alliances centred on the Indo-Pacific that are all but in name aimed at countering China’s rising military power and economic clout. Canberra’s 70-year-old defence alliance with Washington already commits Australia to act in response

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Health Ministry receives donated medical supplies from China, India

THE Ministry of Public Health has received medical supplies donated by government agencies and private firms in China and India to help Thailand fight the Covid-19 pandemic. This equipment will be distributed to Covid-19 treatment facilities across the country, NNT said today (Sept. 10). Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Health, Dr Narong Saiwong today accompanied

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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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China’s Xi offers more help to India in message to Modi amid Covid-19 outbreak

By AP and published by Channel NewsAsia Beijing – Chinese leader Xi Jinping today (April 30) offered additional assistance to India in battling the Covid-19 outbreak ravaging the country, putting aside a simmering rivalry and tensions along their disputed border. State media reported that Xi told Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a personal message of

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US, Chinese diplomats clash in first high-level meeting of Biden administration

By Reuters Staff, published by Kitco News Anchorage, Alaska – The first high-level US-China meeting of the Biden administration got off to a fiery start on Thursday, with both sides leveling sharp rebukes of the others’ policies in a rare public display that underscored the level of bilateral tension. The run-up to the talks in

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Mekong River levels ‘slightly’ rise amid conflicting regional data

By Reuters Staff, published by Todayonline.com THE inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) said today (Feb. 22) that levels on the vital waterway have “slightly” increased and it would look into why its outflow data from Chinese dams upstream differed from data later given by Beijing. Whether or not China’s 11 dams are harming downstream nations

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How Mars became the prize for a new space race — and why China is hellbent on winning it

By Steffi Paladini, Space.com     This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Steffi Paladini, Reader in Economics & Global Security, Birmingham City University LOOKING at its achievements over the past decade, nobody would doubt China is aiming to win the new

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