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CENTRAL ASIA - CHINA
Shanghai group becoming new Silk Road
Afghanistan and Turkey are set to join the next meeting in June. Building a transnational transportation network and setting up a regional bank will top the agenda. The new SCO will compete with US plans for the Asia-Pacific region. Some urge greater co-operation among peoples and cultures in the region.
10/08/2007 CHINA – RUSSIA – CENTRAL ASIA
War games involving China, Russia and their allies
Joint military exercises between the six-member Shanghai Co-operation Organisation will continue till August 17; fighting terrorists and criminals is one of their objectives. The games are allowing high-ranking officials from all member states to meet. Moscow is building up its fleet and Beijing needs Russian help to contain the United States.
22/11/2004 ASIA - PACIFIC
APEC: open face-off between China and the US
Differences appear over exchange policy, Latin America, North Korea and Taiwan.
Asia-Pacific states and US announce deal on greenhouse gases
Five of the six signatories generate 40 per cent of world's greenhouse gases and are outside Kyoto Protocol. Environmentalists criticise pact because it is non-binding, lacking compulsory legal obligations.
UN body announces early tsunami warning system now in place
System is designed to provide early warning to countries that might be on killer wave's path, but still cannot avoid false alarms caused by seabed quakes.
06/10/2015 ASIA - UNITED STATES
Pacific free trade treaty signed, covering 40% of the world economy
After five years of negotiations, the United States reaches deal with 11 other nations in the region on treaty which provides for the removal of trade barriers - including tariff - and adaptation of commercial standards. Obama: "We cannot allow the rules of the world economy to be set by China." Beijing welcomes "with caution" the news but does not join group.
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