Asia

Tillerson Offers to Meet With North Korea Without Preconditions

STATE DEPARTMENT —  U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday offered to begin talks with North Korea without preconditions, while pointing to China to ramp up pressures against Pyongyang, including a complete oil embargo amid heightened tensions in the Korea peninsula. “We’re ready to talk anytime North Korea would …

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US, EU, Japan slam market distortion in swipe at China

BUENOS AIRES —  The United States, European Union and Japan vowed Tuesday to work together to fight market-distorting trade practices and policies that have fueled excess production capacity, naming several key features of China’s economic system. In a joint statement that did not single out China or any other country, …

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UN Human Rights Chief Cautions Sanctions Could Hurt Struggling N. Koreans

UNITED NATIONS —  The United Nations human rights commissioner has called on the Security Council to assess the impact of economic sanctions on North Korea to minimize their impact on millions of already struggling North Koreans. “The humanitarian assistance provided by U.N. agencies and others are literally a lifeline for …

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China Touts Anti-Corruption Drive to Promote ‘Clean Corridor’ With Pakistan

ISLAMABAD —  China has stressed the need for Pakistan to guard against “external interferences” and prevent domestic “disturbances” for promoting the construction of massive infrastructure and energy projects under a multi-billion dollar bilateral economic corridor. Visiting Chinese Assistant Minister of International Department Wang Yajun made the remarks Monday while briefing …

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Aboriginal Masterpiece in Australia to Raise Money For Kidney Patients

SYDNEY —  A rare painting by Albert Namatjira, one of Australia’s most iconic Aboriginal artists, is to be sold to raise money for kidney patients in remote parts of central Australia. Indigenous people suffer kidney disease at 15 times the national average. Albert Namatjira was a trailblazer. Born in 1902 …

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