Chinese defense minister on US-China tensions, Taiwan

An F-16V jet fighter taxis on the runway in January for an emergency takeoff as part of a Taiwanese military drill in Chiayi, Taiwan, as China increased overflights by PLA fighter jets over the self-governed island in 2022. Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images SINGAPORE – China’s defense minister accused the US of “smearing” Beijing … Read more

Fighting in Severodonetsk; Zelenskyy asks for weapons

Heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops is taking place in the strategically important Donbas city of Severodonetsk. Aris Messinis | Afp | Getty Images Intense fighting is ongoing in the streets of a critical eastern Ukrainian city now at the heart of Moscow’s invasion, as Kyiv implored the West to deliver more weapons to … Read more

Boris Johnson remains UK prime minister – but his days are ‘numbered’

Johnson will visit Northern Ireland on Monday to hold emergency talks. Daniel Leal | Afp | Getty Images LONDON – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a vote of confidence on Monday night but discontent over his leadership is expected to rumble on, with analysts stating that his days in office are numbered. Monday’s vote … Read more

Euro zone inflation hits yet another record high as food and energy prices soar

A market in the city center of Bonn, Germany on Feb 5, 2022. Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images Prices in the euro zone continued their march higher in May, hitting a record high for the seventh month in a row. Inflation came in at 8.1% for the month, according to preliminary figures from Europe’s … Read more

Europe lambasted for failing to deter Putin’s war

DAVOS, Switzerland – The European Union failed to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin and needs to now strike flexible alliances across the world and search for new friends, current and former leaders told CNBC on a panel at the World Economic Forum. “We are too Euro-centric on this crisis, in the sense we think this … Read more

What is the Indo-Pacific framework, who’s in it, why it matters

US President Joe Biden formally introduced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, or IPEF, this week during his first Asia tour, revealing Washington’s long-awaited Asia-Pacific economic strategy. It comes five years after the US unilaterally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal signed by 12 countries in Asia-Pacific, North America and South America. With the US … Read more