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September 02, 2014
Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems
Taipei (AFP) Aug 30, 2014
Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday. The defence ministry aims to purchase the locally-made Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow 3) surface-to-air missile system between 2015 and 2024 to replace the ageing Hawk missile systems, said lawmaker Lin Yu-fang of the parliament's defence committee. This will be the biggest procurement of domestically-made weapon systems ... read more
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Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot: govt
Three men arrested over a foiled attempt to bomb the Philippine capital's airport were also planning to attack the Chinese embassy and one of Manila's biggest malls, authorities said Tuesday. ... more

India, Japan PMs to boost defence ties amid China tensions
Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will hold formal talks in Tokyo Monday to cement a blossoming relationship between India and Japan, on a visit that began with a bear hug and a tour of Kyoto. ... more

China calls for Britain to scrap Hong Kong inquiry: report
Chinese authorities have demanded Britain drop an inquiry into the progress of democratic reforms in Hong Kong, accusing it of "highly inappropriate" interference in its affairs, the BBC reported Monday. ... more
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China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students
Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten "ideological" control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies. ... more


China insists on right to choose candidates for HK leader
China Sunday announced rules giving it control over who can stand in Hong Kong's next leadership election, triggering tears and fury in the city where democracy activists vowed to stage a mass sit-in. ... more

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Mugabe says 'friendly' China vows to help Zimbabwe economy
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, returning from a state visit to China, said Sunday Beijing had pledged to assist his southern African country's ailing economy "to the best of its ability". ... more

China defence ministry tells US to stop 'close-in' surveillance
China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to "undesirable accidents". ... more
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'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine, say rights groups

UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Australia PM says 'extreme force' justified against IS

Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds also defends Europe

Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot: govt

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV


Taiwan says spying allegations won't hurt China ties
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday ties with Beijing will not be affected by his government's probe into a former top negotiator on China policy accused of leaking state secrets. ... more

Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists heckled a top Chinese official Monday, setting the stage for disruptive protests against the mainland's landmark decision to limit voting reforms, but Beijing insisted that there would be no turning back. ... more

Hong Kong police arrest 22 pro-democracy protesters
Hong Kong police have arrested at least 22 people during a series of protests targeting a senior Chinese official visiting the city, authorities said Tuesday. ... more
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New Zealand police investigate quake building failure
New Zealand police said Tuesday they will proceed with a criminal investigation into the catastrophic collapse of an office block in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake which claimed 115 lives. ... more

Four killed in Chinese school stabbing spree
A man stabbed three children and a teacher to death and wounded several others on Monday in a rampage at a Chinese primary school that refused to enrol his daughter, state media said. ... more
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Experts defend operational earthquake forecasting, counter critiques

Hong Kong activists in fightback after China vote decision

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay


Top Chinese official heckled by Hong Kong protesters
A senior Chinese official was heckled by angry Hong Kong protesters Monday as he defended Beijing's landmark decision to control which candidates can stand in the city's next leadership election. ... more

Russia breaks ground on new gas pipeline to China
Russia launched construction Monday of a 770 billion ruble ($20.8 bn) gas pipeline that will help bring gas from the far east of the country to China. ... more

Oil prices down after weak China, Europe data
Oil prices fell in Asia Tuesday following disappointing manufacturing data out of top energy consumer China as well as Europe and as dealers await fresh US economic figures, analysts said. ... more

Oil dips amid US holiday, China data
Global oil prices slid on Monday in subdued deals before a public holiday in the United States and as dealers digested weak Chinese manufacturing data, analysts said. ... more

Samsung denies child labour at Chinese supplier
South Korea's Samsung Electronics has refuted fresh allegations by a labour protection watchdog that one of its suppliers in China hired child workers. ... more


Sweden court accepts receivership for Saab carmaker
A Chinese-owned company set up to take over Saab's assets after the troubled Swedish carmaker's bankruptcy said on Friday it had succeeded in being placed in receivership. ... more

China Southern swings to net loss in first half
China Southern Airlines, the country's biggest airline by fleet size, said Friday it swung to a net loss of 1.02 billion yuan ($165.75 million) in the first half of the year owing to foreign exchange losses. ... more
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Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

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Vietnam jails activists for up to three years

China paper urges 'coercive measures' against HK protesters

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China executes Tiananmen Square attack leaders

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China legislature meets over Hong Kong election reforms

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