Nov 11, 2014

China flexes its Silk Road muscle

by John Kemp

Just as access to American markets and capital was once a key component of U.S. diplomacy, China is now employing its financial and trade muscle to win influence. It's "New Silk Road" maritime and land belts have become the centerpiece of its economic diplomacy.

Fears grow of return to all-out fighting in Ukraine

Nov 10, 2014

Fears grow of return to all-out fighting in Ukraine

New unidentified columns loaded with heavy weapons rumbled toward the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine on Monday as fears grew of a return to all-out fighting in the war-torn region. The Netherlands meanwhile was set to hold an emotional ceremony Monday for the ...

Nov 10, 2014

Rising China, geopolitical tensions take stage at APEC

World leaders including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin converge Monday on Beijing for an Asia-Pacific summit against the backdrop of a U.S.-Russian chill and the inexorable rise of the meeting’s increasingly assertive host. The gathering is the biggest event yet hosted by Chinese President ...

U.S. sticks to own free trade vision as China touts another

Nov 9, 2014

U.S. sticks to own free trade vision as China touts another

Washington will prioritize its own plans for an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, a top U.S. official said Sunday, even as China seeks to elevate a broader vision for the region. The rival trading powers’ ideas on opening markets have injected an element of discord ...

China pledges $40 billion for new 'Silk Road'

Nov 9, 2014

China pledges $40 billion for new 'Silk Road'

Chinese President Xi Jinping is promising $40 billion to help Asian nations improve trade links in a new effort to assert Beijing’s ambitions as a regional leader. Xi made the pledge in a meeting with leaders of Pakistan, Bangladesh and five other Asian nations ...

Xi offers vision of China-driven 'Asia-Pacific dream'

Nov 9, 2014

Xi offers vision of China-driven 'Asia-Pacific dream'

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered the world a vision of a Chinese-driven “Asia-Pacific dream” on Sunday, echoing his oft-quoted but never clearly defined “Chinese dream.” “We have the responsibility to create and realize an Asia-Pacific dream for the people of the region,” the Chinese ...