Asia Pacific

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Even Trump may ultimately retreat from the cost of the China trade war

The presidents bullish advisers may be taking a hard line, but the chances of a deal are better than they look During Donald Trumps campaign to be president, he regularly cited Chinas export subsidies as evil, and in his after the president increased the tariff from 10% to 25% on Chinese goods worth $200bn on […]

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Kim Jong-un meets Vladimir Putin for first time at Vladivostok summit

Russian president offers North Korean leader help to break nuclear deadlock after Kims failed summit with Donald Trump Vladimir Putin has offered Russias help to break the deadlock over North Koreas nuclear weapons programme in his first meeting with the countrys leader, Kim Jong-un. Putin and Kim greeted each other warmly on Thursday, shaking hands […]

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Indonesia: 193m people, 17,000 islands, one big election. Here’s what you need to know

Vote on 17 April is worlds biggest direct presidential election with more than 800,000 polling stations set up Worlds most complex one-day elections Indonesia, a nation made up of 17,000 islands, will hold the biggest, most complex one-day elections in the world on 17 April. The elections in India are bigger in number but are […]

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The Monlam great prayer festival in Tibet a photo essay

Monlam, or the great prayer festival, is the most important prayer event for many Tibetans. It was banned during the Cultural Revolution in China but is now celebrated in many areas. Considered the most important event for Tibetan Buddhists, the Monlam great prayer festival starts three days after the lunar new year in western Chinas […]

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Moon Jae-in prepares for make or break inter-Korean summit with Kim Jong-un

South Korean president will push for North Korea to make bold moves when it comes to denuclearisation The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will seek to salvage stalled nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the US during a summit with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Tuesday that could make or break his legacy. Moon said […]

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‘This is part of the plan’: new train blurs line between China and Hong Kong

The Vibrant Express connects Hong Kong with mainland China in 20 mins and the citys residents are nervous Inside the newly built West Kowloon terminus, its hard to know where Hong Kong stops and China begins. A restaurant on one floor is technically on Hong Kong soil. Just below it, a duty-free shopping area belongs […]

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Powerful earthquake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Cameras on island showed cities going dark as quake disabled power systems, leaving 3 million households without electricity Rescuers were rushing to unearth survivors and restore power after a powerful Japan is used to dealing with disasters, but the last few months have brought a string of calamities. The quake came on the heels of […]

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‘A huge win’: New Zealand brings in paid domestic violence leave in world first

MPs cheer after legislation passes to tackle what one called horrifying rates of family violence New Zealand has passed world-first legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to allow them to leave their partners, find new homes and protect themselves and their children. MPs clapped and cheered as bill passed on Wednesday […]

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New Zealand bans all new offshore oil exploration as part of ‘carbon-neutral future’

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern says move will essentially take effect in 30 or more years time The New Zealand government will grant no new offshore oil exploration permits in a move that is being hailed by conservation and environmental groups as a historic victory in the battle against climate change. The ban will apply to […]

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Who are EXO the boyband about to thrill the Winter Olympics?

Sundays closing ceremony will feature one of K-Pops biggest acts, who fans say will deliver The worlds eyes will be on Pyeongchang on Sunday for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics and they are about to be introduced to South Koreas boyband sensation EXO. Fans say the EXO Official Instagram (@weareone.exo) on Feb 21, […]

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