While Chinese scholars in Singapore were repeating President Xi JIngping's commitment to turn the maritime hub into a "sea of peace, friendship and cooperation", the maritime administration of Hainan province said Monday an area southeast of the island would be closed until Thursday for military drills, but gave no details about the nature of the exercises.
The new foreign secretary was asked by U.S. journalists on Tuesday to explain his past comments about president Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton - but he refused to apologise. "I believe that Secretary Johnson brings considerable intellect and values to this initiative", he said. Well, no. These phrases and others that have resurfaced since he was promoted last week were, he said, " obiter dicta " - inconsequential remarks.
Set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency ( WADA ) in response to media reports of widespread cheating at the 2014 Winter Olympics, McLaren said more than 30 different sports, including football, had benefited from various schemes to cheat anti-doping rules directed from Mutko's ministry.
The Security Council on Sunday pressed South Sudan's neighbours to help end the renewed fighting by offering extra peacekeepers. Heavy fighting between the rival factions erupted again on Monday. The relative calm comes after the two leaders called on ceasefire and ordered all commanders to lay down arms and report to their unit bases. The opposition side blamed government forces for starting the fighting with an attack on a rebel base in the Jebel area of the capital.
Indian forces deployed in Kashmir now routinely use pellet guns to stymie roadside demonstrations. "However, they apparently didn't realise that it will widen the issue beyond India's border, giving Pakistan more ammo to invite attention on Kashmir ".
Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion worth of shipping passes annually - even waters approaching the coasts of the Philippines and other Southeast Asian nations. "I think that you can visit China this time at our invitation, that shows both sides attach great concern to maritime security", Admiral Wu told Admiral Richardson in brief comments in front of reporters.