China to speed up purchasing US agricultural products

China to speed up purchasing US agricultural products

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed Tuesday (October 15) that China has already begun buying US agricultural goods and will speed up purchases. (Oct 16, 2019 09:56:04)


World News in Brief: October 16

  Oct 16, 2019 09:55:56
The Thai cabinet declared November 4-5 as public holidays in Bangkok and its adjacent province of Nonthaburi as the government is scheduled to host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. 

World News in Brief: October 15

  Oct 15, 2019 14:04:32
Emergency crews in Japan are continuing to search for more than a dozen people still missing on Tuesday (October 15) after Typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan over the weekend causing widespread damage and killing at least 64 people. 

World News in Brief: October 14

  Oct 14, 2019 15:06:23
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Monday (October 14) that it would slightly reduce the rate of appreciation of the Singapore dollar's nominal effective exchange rate (S$NEER) policy band, leaving the width of the policy band and the level at which it is centred unchanged. This is the first time in over three years for Singapore's central bank to ease monetary policy, according to local media. 

26 killed, 18 missing as Typhoon Hagibis wreaks havoc in Japan

  Oct 13, 2019 21:41:38
Japanese authorities have launched a huge operation to provide humanitarian assistance and assess the damage wrought by Typhoon Hagibis after its hurricane-force winds and torrential rain killed over 20 people and sparked major flooding. 

Putin urges US to support extending nuclear arms reduction treaty

  Oct 13, 2019 21:41:22
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States that refusing to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) would bring more danger and uncertainties to world security, the Kremlin said Sunday (October 13). 

World News in Brief: October 13

  Oct 13, 2019 21:41:05
Turkey's incursion into Syria will stretch from Kobani in the west to Hasaka in the east, going some 30 km (19 miles) into Syrian territory, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday (October 13), and the town of Ras al Ain was already under Turkish control. 

APEC 2019 opportunity to show commitment to multilatelarism: Chilean officials

  Oct 12, 2019 13:51:06
The 2019 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, to be hosted by Chile, is "an excellent opportunity" for members to show their commitment to multilateralism, said Chilean officials on October 11. 

Roundup: Humanitarian situation worsens in northern Syria amid Turkish operation against Kurdish forces

  Oct 12, 2019 13:50:56
The Turkish military campaign against the Kurdish forces in northern Syria has so far displaced 75,000 civilians, as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) urged all conflicting parties to preserve the safety of civilians. 

World News in Brief: October 12

  Oct 12, 2019 13:50:47
As a major typhoon approaching the east coast of Japan is expected to ravage through Tokyo and other eastern areas, the country is at its highest alert level on Saturday (October 12) with most stores closed and public transportation shut down. 

ASEAN, Japan deputy defence chiefs gather in Tokyo

  Oct 11, 2019 13:32:49
NDO/VNA – Deputy defence chiefs of ASEAN countries and Japan met in Tokyo, Japan from October 8-10 to discuss regional security, the future of the Indo-Pacific region and ASEAN’s initiatives for regional cooperation. 

Typhoon Hagibis likely to disrupt major transport networks in Japan over weekend

  Oct 11, 2019 11:14:48
A powerful typhoon expected to hit Japan this weekend is likely to cause major disruption to transportation networks in eastern and western Japan, with a number of flights and trains services likely to be cancelled or suspended, their operators said on October 10. 

Trade tensions tie down Asian Pacific economies: World Bank

  Oct 11, 2019 11:14:40
Growth in developing Asian Pacific economies is expected to slow this year due to weakening demand and hightened uncertainty amid ongoing trade tensions, a World Bank report said on October 10. 

World News in Brief: October 11

  Oct 11, 2019 11:14:31
Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected on Thursday (October 10) to serve in the newly-created post of president of the Republic of Cuba. The election took place at an extraordinary legislative session of the National Assembly of People's Power, the single-chamber parliament. 

EU removes UAE, Switzerland from tax haven lists

  Oct 10, 2019 14:28:38
European Union finance ministers agreed to remove the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Switzerland from the bloc's lists of countries deemed to be acting as tax havens, according to a statement on October 10.