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China says new Silk Road not about military ambitions

BEIJING China's ambition to build a new Silk Road is not about seeking to expand its military role abroad nor about seeking to set up foreign bases, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

World, South China Sea, 4:35am EDT

ChemChina raises $20 billion for Syngenta deal via perp bonds, preferred shares

HONG KONG ChemChina has raised $20 billion in perpetual bonds and preferred shares to finance its acquisition of Swiss seeds maker Syngenta , according to a regulatory filing by the state-owned Chinese company.

Deals, 1:51am EDT

Taiwan same-sex marriage ruling brightens outlook for gay rights in China

BEIJING Taiwan's decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry has proved a shot in the arm for China's gay rights movement, but it is likely to be many years before Beijing approves similar measures, amid deep-rooted opposition in some quarters.

World, 12:46am EDT

'Only logical' for Trump to meet Dalai Lama: Tibetan leader

WASHINGTON The head of Tibet's government in exile said on Wednesday it would be "logical" for Donald Trump to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, since the U.S. president has visited homes of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions on his current international tour.

World, North Korea May 24 2017

Moody's China downgrade 'illogical', overstates debt: People's Daily

SHANGHAI The decision by Moody's Investors Service to downgrade China's credit rating is "illogical" and overstates the levels of government debt, a commerce ministry researcher said in an editorial in the official People's Daily newspaper on Thursday.

May 24 2017

Japan Inc sees better opportunities beyond China's 'Belt and Road'

TOKYO A vast majority of Japanese companies have no interest to participate in China's sweeping "Belt and Road" initiative, seeing greater business opportunities in other international economic co-operation, a Reuters poll shows.

Japan May 24 2017

Emerging economies take lead on going green, but investment needed

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Emerging economies are increasingly taking the lead in shifting the world onto a cleaner development path, a senior World Bank official said on Wednesday, pointing to the role of China and India in pushing down the cost of producing solar power.

Odebrecht expects approval of airport stake sale within 90 days: paper

BRASILIA Engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA [ODBES.UL] expects aviation regulator Anac to approve the sale of its stake in Brazil's second busiest international airport to HNA Airport Holding Group Co Ltd [HNAIDD.UL] within 90 days, newspaper Valor Econômico reported on Wednesday.

China says no one should bring chaos to Korean peninsula

BEIJING China said on Wednesday no one had the right to bring chaos to the Korean peninsula, a day after it pushed for full implementation of U.N. sanctions against neighboring North Korea for its missile and nuclear tests and called for dialogue.

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