Japan and South Korea foreign ministers meet but remain apart on key issues

London – The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea held their first talks in more than a year amid soured bilateral ties, but failed to narrow gaps over issues involving wartime history and Tokyo’s decision to release treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. Meeting with his South Korean … Read more

WHO says Sinovac COVID vaccine effective but some data lacking | Coronavirus pandemic News

Expert group says ‘quality’ data needed on adverse effects of jab, as vaccine rolled out from Brazil to Indonesia. The COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech is efficacious in preventing COVID-19 in adults under 60 but some quality data on the risk of serious adverse effects is lacking, World Health Organization experts have found. … Read more

G7 ends talks with criticism of China and Russia | China News

The Group of Seven has scolded China and Russia, casting the Kremlin as malicious and Beijing as a bully, but beyond words, there were few concrete steps aside from expressing support for Taiwan and Ukraine. Founded in 1975 as a forum for the West’s richest nations to discuss crises such as the OPEC oil embargo, … Read more

Japan and South Korea foreign ministers meet in London but remain far apart on key issues

London – Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, met Wednesday in London in an attempt to improve bilateral relations strained over wartime history, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. Meeting on the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministerial session, it marked the first foreign ministerial meeting between the two … Read more

New Zealand declines to call China’s Uyghur treatment genocide

Wellington – New Zealand shied away from labeling China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority genocide on Wednesday, once again leaving Wellington out of step with its more forthright Western allies. Parliament unanimously passed a motion expressing “grave concern” at human rights abuses in Xinjiang province, but only after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s ruling Labour … Read more

Beijing’s new flashpoint: A South Korean hot spot for spying

Ever since fighting ended in the Korean War nearly seven decades ago, Baengnyeong has been a key location for Seoul to spy on North Korea. Yet now the island is on China’s radar. China spooked South Korea in December by sending a warship past a self-imposed boundary near the island to probe the limits of … Read more

The Second Life of Yi Lei’s Poetry

One night in September, 1986, Yi Lei, then a thirty-five-year-old student at Peking University, sat down at her desk to write a poem. Her subject was a solitary woman in a room of her own, with her belongings strewn about: “Socks and slips scattered on a table. / A spray of winter jasmine wilts.” She ponders … Read more

Why are Australian officials hinting at war with China?

On April 25, the symbolic date of Anzac Day, when Australia honors its war dead, newly appointed Defense Minister Peter Dutton said a conflict with China over Taiwan shouldn’t “be discounted,” adding that Australians needed to be “realistic” about tensions around the region. In another Anzac Day message, the top official at Australia’s powerful Home … Read more

Coronavirus measures in place as G7 foreign ministers meet

M inisters from the G7 group of industrialised nations have discussed how to respond to the rise of China as they held their first face-to-face meeting in more than two years. Dominic Raab welcomed his counterparts to London for a meeting held with strict coronavirus restrictions. The Foreign Secretary and the other ministers were separated … Read more