China to Go On Defensive at ASEAN Summit

(VOA): Southeast Asian countries are expected to push back gently against Chinese political and economic influence in their region, edging instead toward Western-allied powers, when their leaders gather this month. Heads of state from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or..

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Lodi Gyari Testifying Before Senate Foreign Relations 2008

(VOA): Lodi Gyari testifies in 2008 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee why relinquishing the notion of armed resistance and embracing non-violent dispute resolution is difficult but necessary. As an adult, he co-founded an influential Tibetan rights organization, and became the special..

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Australian Nun Who Angered Duterte Leaves Philippines

(VOA): An Australian nun who angered the Philippine president by joining anti-government protests used her final hours in the country Saturday to call on Filipinos to unite and fight human rights abuses.  Sister Patricia Anne Fox left the Philippines for Australia on Saturday night, immigration..

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Australia’s Cambodia Refugee Deal is Dead Friday, November 2nd, 2018

(VOA): Australia’s controversial refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia has expired and is “no longer an option” for the immediate future, the country’s Senate has been told. Senator Richard Di Natale, the leader of the Australian Greens, pressed the Department of Foreign Affairs and..

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China Hosts El Salvador as Nations Cut Ties With Taiwan

(VOA): Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Thursday, just months after the small Central American nation broke its diplomatic ties with Taiwan. The state visit comes one day before that of the president of the Dominican..

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Trump Discusses Trade Issues With China's Xi  

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump said he talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, especially about ongoing trade disputes between the world's two biggest economies. Trump and Xi, in several reciprocal actions, have in recent months imposed higher tariffs on tens of billions of..

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Japan Returns to Work at Disputed Site for US Base

(VOA): Japan’s central government resumed work at a disputed U.S. military base relocation site on Okinawa Thursday even though residents see the project as an undemocratic imposition on the small southern island. An early stage of landfill work at Henoko on Okinawa’s east coast began..

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China, Pakistan Seeking CPEC Extension to Afghanistan

(VOA): China and Pakistan say they are exploring the extension of their bilateral infrastructure development project to Afghanistan. During the past four years of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Beijing has provided Islamabad $19 billion in soft loans and direct foreign investments,..

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Maldives ex-President Returns From Exile

(VOA): The first democratically elected president of the Maldives returned home Thursday after more than two years in exile to escape a long prison term. The plane carrying Mohamed Nasheed from Sri Lanka landed in Maldives’ capital, Male, where he was welcomed by his party members and..

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