• Force a ‘last resort’ for China on Taiwan reunification, former PLA official says0

    BEIJING — The central Chinese government in Beijing would only use force as the “last resort” for Taiwan reunification, said a retired officer of the People’s Liberation Army. “The Chinese PLA is getting stronger and stronger, and we have geographical proximity,” said Zhou Bo, now a senior fellow at Tsinghua University’s Center for International Strategy

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  • In Asia, economy and security can’t be separated0

    Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrive for the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on May 24. Saul Loeb | Afp | Getty Images TOKYO — Security deals are important, but in Asia, money talks. Australia, India, Japan and the United

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  • Why China will likely recover more slowly from the latest Covid shock0

    As Shanghai tries to reopen businesses, one downtown district over the weekend banned residents from leaving their apartment complexes again for mass virus testing. Pictured here, in another district on May 21, 2022, is a line outside a shopping mall. Xu Kaikia | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — China’s economy won’t be

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  • Australia’s new PM Albanese sworn in, ahead of Quad meet0

    Anthony Albanese, leader of the Labor Party, during a ceremony at the Government House in Canberra, Australia, on Monday, May 23, 2022. Albanese, was sworn in as the country’s 31st prime minister on Monday, promising to bring the country together after a fractious election campaign as he vowed to tackle climate change and inequality. Brendon

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  • New PM to tackle economy, inflation, cost of living0

    Australians will be voting for a new prime minister on Saturday. Opinion polls so far show that the race is too close to call, but whoever wins will have to grapple with hot-button issues like the rising costs of living and increased borrowing costs after the country raised rates for the first time in more

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  • Australian election polls 2022 show race tightening in final stretch0

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at a press conference during a visit to a housing site in the suburb of Armstrong Creek, on May 18, 2022 in Geelong, Australia. The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 21 May. Asanka Ratnayake | Getty Images News | Getty Images Australia’s national election has become too

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