07/29/2022, 09.39
ASIA TODAY
Send to a friend

Xi Jinping and Biden clash over Taiwan in phone call

Today's headlines: In Japan again Covid-19 emergency in hospitals; A Syrian cargo ship carrying grain Ukraine accuses Russia of stealing from warehouses docks in Lebano; Vietnamese academic who had called for Party reforms under house arrest;. Azerbaijan wants to join the D8, the group of 'big Islamic countries'.

 

CHINA-UNITED STATES

The leaders of the US and China traded warnings over Taiwan yesterday during a phone call that lasted more than two hours. Joe Biden said the US strongly opposes any unilateral move to change the status of the island. Xi Jinping said the US must stick to the one-China principle, warning that "those who play with fire get burned". During the talks - described as "direct" and "honest" - climate change and global health policies were also discussed. 

JAPAN

Japan recorded 233,100 new cases of coronavirus, setting a new record for the second consecutive day. The new wave of Covid-19 - the seventh - is causing concern because of the pressure on the healthcare system: in 19 prefectures, the occupancy of available hospital places has exceeded 50 per cent. According to the WHO, Japan is the country with the highest number of infections in the last week 

LEBANON-RUSSIA-UKRAINE

A US-sanctioned Syrian cargo ship has docked in the port of Tripoli in Lebanon with cargo that Ukraine claims consists of stolen barley and flour. According to allegations by the Ukrainian diplomatic mission in Beirut, the grain was allegedly taken by the Russians from warehouses in Ukraine. 

RUSSIA-IRAN

Russia has concluded an agreement with Iran for the supply of spare parts and equipment for Russian aircraft, and also for on-board maintenance and repairs, according to Iranian civil aviation representative Mirakbara Razawi, who said that passenger traffic between the two countries will also be intensified.

VIETNAM

The former director of the Institute for Research and Technological Development in South-East Asia and North Asia - Nguyen Son Lo, 74 - was placed under house arrest and banned from leaving Vietnam as part of an investigation into allegations of "abuse of democratic freedoms" for making a series of recommendations on improving the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam. 

PAKISTAN

Twenty-six-year-old Manisha Ropeta is the first woman from Pakistan's Hindu minority community to become deputy superintendent of police. In the male-dominated Pakistani society and culture, it is difficult for women to enter professions considered 'male' such as the police force. 

TURKEY-AZERBAIJAN

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told the Apa news agency in Istanbul that Azerbaijan has applied to join the D-8 organisation, the 8 'big Islamic countries' together with Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

Send to a friend
Printable version
CLOSE X
See also
Indian Supreme Court: even unmarried women will be able to have abortions
30/09/2022 09:47
Iranian Pasdaran bomb rebel positions in Iraqi Kurdistan
29/09/2022 09:30
Government reshuffle in Riyadh: Mohammed bin Salman as new premier
28/09/2022 09:05
World Bank: GDP drops in East Asia and South Pacific
27/09/2022 09:03
Thailand, election polls: former premier Thaksin's daughter in the lead
26/09/2022 09:46


Newsletter

Subscribe to Asia News updates or change your preferences

Subscribe now
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”