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The memorandums of understanding were signed during Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin's visit to Beijing.
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The US is seeking to deter Pacific island nations from forming security ties with China. Analysts say Pacific countries are forced into a balancing act as they try to safeguard their own interests.
The Central Asian summit is being held in China's Xian city at the same time as the rival G7 summit in Japan. The meeting in China comes as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the region.
Experts say they are skeptical about the G7's ability to come up with a coordinated response to China's expanding economic power and military might.
The Chinese president has promised to bolster economic and infrastructure projects in the region at a "milestone" meeting with leaders from former Soviet states in the region.
Russia sanctions focusing on its $5 billion diamond industry is on the agenda as the seven leading democratic economies come together in Hiroshima, Japan. China's economic influence is also up for discussion.
Since seizing power in a 2021 coup, the junta has used the imported weapons "to commit atrocities" against civilians, a United Nations expert said in a report.
A Hong Kong permanent resident who is also a US citizen has been given a life term for espionage.
Beijing's huge stimulus program helped the West to recover from the 2008 financial crisis. This time, however, China's post-COVID recovery is patchy and geopolitical issues mean it is unlikely to stop a global recession.
Beijing-Ottawa relations have come to a head after a report, last week, revealed that Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei intimidated a Canadian lawmaker and his family.
As the relationship between Washington and Manila improves, the Philippines is daring to be more robust regarding the security of its own maritime territory in the South China Sea.
A new opinion poll has found that over half of the Japanese population is of the opinion that the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) should not become involved in fighting if China invades Taiwan.