| Jul 24, 2014

China woos Latin America with deals

by Jean-herve Deiller

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a nine-day Latin American tour in Cuba on Wednesday, heading home with dozens of deals underlining Beijing’s growing interest — and influence — in the region. Xi kicked off his trip at a summit of the BRICS emerging ...

Imports of Chilean wine surge in Japan

Jul 23, 2014

Imports of Chilean wine surge in Japan

Imports of bottled wine from Chile are surging, thanks in part to a bilateral economic partnership agreement that has lowered the import tariff. Chilean wine was second in annual imports in Japan in 2013 on a country-by-country basis, beating Italian wine. This year, Chilean ...

Japan, Mongolia ink free trade agreement

Jul 22, 2014

Japan, Mongolia ink free trade agreement

Japan and Mongolia reached a basic accord on a free trade deal during a summit in Tokyo on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. The trade pact features Ulan Bator abolishing its tariffs on most Japanese automobiles in 10 years. The amount of ...

Jul 15, 2014

In Ukraine war, Putin playing a double game

As fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine, signs are emerging that Russian President Vladimir Putin has adopted a twin strategy: pledge his willingness to support a negotiated settlement, but continue funneling arms to separatist rebels. “Putin in the last several weeks has been playing a ...

Jul 15, 2014

BRICS neutrality on Ukraine a victory for Putin

A summit of the BRICS group of emerging market countries will abstain from criticizing Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine, Brazilian officials said, a diplomatic victory for President Vladimir Putin. The summit statement will make only a passing reference to Ukraine and will echo the ...

Russia officers aiding rebels, Ukraine says

Jul 15, 2014

Russia officers aiding rebels, Ukraine says

Ukraine accused Russian army officers on Monday of fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country and said Moscow was once more building up its troops on the joint border. A missile that downed a Ukrainian transport plane carrying eight people near the ...

Refugees flee Ukraine rebel bastions in fear of reprisal assault

Jul 13, 2014

Refugees flee Ukraine rebel bastions in fear of reprisal assault

Thousands of panicked refugees are flooding highways and packed trains heading out of the main remaining rebel strongholds in eastern Ukraine, fearing attacks by government forces that lost 30 soldiers in two days to defiant militants. Pro-Russian separatists killed 19 troops in a hail ...

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Jul 9, 2014

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Ukraine’s government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an “nasty surprise,” but the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion ...

Jul 8, 2014

Progress made on labor rights issues at Ottawa TPP meeting

Officials from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have made significant progress on the issue of establishing rules for labor rights protection at their ongoing meeting in the Canadian capital, a Japanese official said. Under the TPP initiative, the 12 countries are ...