Asia-Pacific

Israel says Iran’s warships are patrolling the Red Sea
Iran, Israel

Israel says Iran’s warships are patrolling the Red Sea

The Israeli Defense Minister explained that in recent months Israel has identified "the most significant Iranian military presence in the last decade in the area". Israel's Defense Minister said on Tuesday that several Iranian warships have been patrolling the Red Sea in recent months, highlighting that their presence is a threat to regional stability, reports Reuters. "Today, we can confirm that Iran is methodically basing itself on the Red Sea, with warships patrolling the southern region," Defense Minister Benny Gantz told a roundtable in Athens. The same source further explained that in recent months Israel has identified "the most significant Iranian military presence in the last decade in the area". The minister's office also reported that he presented satellite images of four I...
China bans Canadian diplomats from attending Xiao Jianhu trial
China, Asia-Pacific

China bans Canadian diplomats from attending Xiao Jianhu trial

Chinese authorities have refused Canadian diplomats access to the trial of Chinese-Canadian Xiao Jianhua, who disappeared from Hong Kong five years ago, the Ottawa government said today. Xiao, the founder of Tomorrow Group, disappeared from a Hong Kong hotel in January 2017, at a time when the Chinese Communist Party's disciplinary body launched several lawsuits against Party cadres and Chinese businessmen, accused of bribery and other misconduct. Chinese authorities never confirmed whether Xiao was detained or released the charges. The Government of Canada said on Monday that Xiao was on trial, but gave no indication of the location or the charges. "Canada has made several requests to appear at the trial process. Our presence was denied by the Chinese authorities," the Canadian gover...
State of natural disaster declared in flooded areas of Sydney
Asia-Pacific, Australia

State of natural disaster declared in flooded areas of Sydney

Australian authorities on Monday declared a state of natural disaster in more than 20 areas of the city of Sydney and the surrounding area after torrential rains and devastating flooding forced the displacement of tens of thousands of people. We see some of these communities being affected by floods for the third or fourth time in 18 months, which is very distressing for residents of these communities," Australian Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt wrote in a statement. The proclamation of a state of natural calamity in the areas affected by the floods, to which a hundred soldiers were deployed and from which at least 50,000 people had to be evacuated, will allow the Government to take emergency measures and allow the citizens concerned access to financial help. The severe stor...
Japan says China violated international law with ship raid
Japan, Asia-Pacific, China

Japan says China violated international law with ship raid

The Japanese government today accused China of violating international law following the incursion of Chinese coast guard vessels into its international waters. The Japanese government's position comes after three Chinese vessels were sighted near the Senkaku Islands, which China calls the Diaoyu Islands, in the last 24 hours. "The entry of these vessels is really regrettable and cannot be allowed, so we will continue to monitor the situation and take serious measures," Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said today. According to the Japanese coast guard, this is the 15th incursion recorded this year, with Japanese patrol ships ordering Chinese ships to leave their waters immediately. On Monday, a Chinese frigate sailed in the area adjacent to Japanese waters for...
China with highest temperature and precipitation levels in decades
China

China with highest temperature and precipitation levels in decades

the snowy peaks of Tibet to the tropical island of Hainan, China is facing the worst heat wave in decades, while rainfall hit record levels in June, officials said. This month, the Chinese provinces of Shandong, Jilin, and Liaoning, in the northeast of the country, recorded the highest monthly rainfall levels ever. The national average of 112.1 millimeters represented a year-on-year increase of 9.1%, according to the China Meteorological Administration. The average temperature across the country hit 21.3 degrees Celsius in June, up 0.9 degrees from the same period last year and the highest since 1961. Temperatures and precipitation levels will remain higher than normal across much of the country throughout July, officials said. In central China's Henan Province, Xuchang and Dengfeng ...
“Let’s talk about the future.” France and Australia make peace after the submarine controversy
Europe, Asia-Pacific

“Let’s talk about the future.” France and Australia make peace after the submarine controversy

France and Australia announced today that they have rebuilt trust after bilateral relations were seriously damaged by the cancellation of the purchase of 12 French submarines by the Australian Government in favor of the United States. "Let's talk about the future, not the past," French President Emmanuel Macron said as he welcomed new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to the Élysée Palace in Paris. Albanese, who came to power in May after Labor won the general election, "is not responsible for what happened," Macron added, quoted by the French news agency AFP. Macron was referring to the decision of former Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in September 2021, to cancel the contract with France, worth 56 billion euros, in exchange for American nuclear-powered submarines. ...
Xi Jinping on Hong Kong revival UK disagrees
Asia-Pacific

Xi Jinping on Hong Kong revival UK disagrees

On the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule, President Xi Jinping visited this special administrative region and, despite pro-democracy protests, which were only stopped by police repression and the Covid-19 pandemic, he spoke of a renaissance. "After being reunited with their motherland, the people of Hong Kong became masters of their own city and understood that 'the people of Hong Kong run Hong Kong'. Hong Kong's true democracy started from here." Xi Jinping President of China The head of state also presided over the swearing-in ceremony for Hong Kong's new chief executive, John Lee, the man who has overseen the crackdown on dissidents since 2019. Lee pledged allegiance to Beijing, but the former colonizing country's prime minister remember that there are promi...
Kazakhstan fears being attacked by Russia once Putin achieves objectives in Ukraine
Asia-Pacific

Kazakhstan fears being attacked by Russia once Putin achieves objectives in Ukraine

Russia has accused Kazakhstan of ignoring the "active Russophobic" activity taking place in the country. Kazakhs are worried that Putin could attack the country after the war in Ukraine. The President of Russia had already suggested that any of the countries of the former Soviet Union could be the target of an invasion like that of Ukraine. Now, fears are growing that Moscow could attack Kazakhstan after the war with Kyiv. According to the Telegraph, Russia's Chief Prosecutor Igor Krasnov said he was "regularly informed that with the support of Ukrainian non-governmental organizations", "active Russophobic" activity is taking place in Kazakhstan - a country he believes is helping develop anti-Russian sentiment. Kazakhstan and Russia share one of the longest land borders in the world. ...
Fiji says climate crisis, not conflict, is Asia’s biggest security threat
Asia-Pacific

Fiji says climate crisis, not conflict, is Asia’s biggest security threat

Inia Seruiratu, Fiji's defense minister, spoke at the end of the Shangri-La summit, Asia's main security meeting taking place in Singapore. “On our blue Pacific continent, machine guns, fighter planes, gray ships and green battalions are not our primary security concern,” she said. Fiji's defense minister said on Sunday that climate change posed the biggest security threat in the Asia-Pacific region, a shift in tone at a defense summit that was dominated by the war in Ukraine and disputes between China and the United States. . The low-lying islands of the Pacific, which include Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa, are some of the most vulnerable countries in the world to extreme weather events caused by climate change. Fiji has been hit by a series of tropical cyclones in recent years, causing deva...
China’s top lawmaker talks with president of Kazakhstan’s lower house
Asia-Pacific

China’s top lawmaker talks with president of Kazakhstan’s lower house

BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) -- China's top lawmaker Li Zhanshu on Tuesday held a video conference call with Erlan Koshanov, chairman of Mazhilis, or Kazakhstan's lower house of parliament. Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), said that under the strategic guidance and direct impetus of the two heads of state, China-Kazakhstan relations have continuously reached leaps and bounds in development and a new level in the strategic partnership the permanent comprehensive agreement between the two countries. Noting that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Kazakhstan, Li declared that China stands ready to work with Kazakhstan to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of ...