Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the US would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger’ after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades. Biden, at a news conference in … Read more

Ukraine says it holds off latest Russian assault in east

Ukraine says it holds off latest Russian assault in east

Russian mine clearers sweeping captured Azovstal plant Ukraine says its forces repel latest Russian assault on Sievierodonetsk Russia forces control largely unbroken swathe of east and south KYIV/MARIUPOL, May 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Monday it had held off the latest assault on an eastern city that has become the main target of Moscow’s … Read more

Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine’s 1st war crimes trial

Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine's 1st war crimes trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison Monday for killing a Ukrainian civilian, sealing the first guilty conviction for war crimes since Moscow’s invasion three months ago. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin pleaded guilty to shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the head in a village in the northeastern … Read more

IPEF: President Biden unveils his economic plan for countering China in Asia

IPEF: President Biden unveils his economic plan for countering China in Asia

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is Biden’s attempt at engaging a region coming increasingly under the influence of China. He unveiled it as he began the second leg of his debut tour of Asia. The announcement was one of the centerpieces of Biden’s visit to the continent, which began last week in South Korea and is … Read more

On Asia trip, Biden says would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan

On Asia trip, Biden says would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan

White House official says no change in policy China says US should not defend Taiwan independence US wants to toughen policy without provoking Beijing – analyst Biden in Japan for first Asia trip of presidency TOKYO, May 23 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Monday he would be willing to use force to … Read more

Anthony Albanese and Australia’s new left-leaning government: Here’s what you need to know

Anthony Albanese and Australia's new left-leaning government: Here's what you need to know

For much of its history, Australian politics has been dominated by the two major parties: the Liberals on the center-right and Labor on the center-left. But this election threw all the balls up in the air, tossing more than a few to minor parties and Independents who were fed-up with the two-party system. Here’s what … Read more

US, Japan and South Korea focus on semiconductors as Biden visits Asia

US, Japan and South Korea focus on semiconductors as Biden visits Asia

TOKYO — As US President Joe Biden visits Japan and South Korea, the three countries are looking for common ground on the world stage. One place they’re finding it is semiconductors. A first stop for Biden on his first swing through Asia as president was a Samsung factory in South Korea. “These little chips, only … Read more

Why Turkey doesn’t want Sweden, Finland to join NATO

Why Turkey doesn't want Sweden, Finland to join NATO

When Finland and Sweden announced their interest in joining NATO, the two Nordic states were expected to be swiftly accepted as members of the defense alliance. But joining NATO requires consensus approval from all existing members, and Turkey – one of the group’s most strategically important and militarily powerful members – is not happy. The … Read more