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Crisis forcing Putin’s hand in China deal 
By Elena Mazneva | April 11, 2014 12:09 AM
Vladimir Putin is more likely to sign a 30-year deal to supply pipeline gas to China next month after more than a decade of false starts because the crisis in Ukraine is forcing Russia to look for markets outside Europe.
The U.S. is sole superpower in global trade 
By David Ignatius | April 07, 2014 12:18 AM
Name a foreign-policy issue on which China and most of the rest of the world’s nations are struggling to keep up with a U.S. initiative. If you guessed “free trade,” you’re correct.
‘Billions seized’ as graft scandal rocks China 
April 01, 2014 12:24 AM
Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) from family members and associates of retired security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of China’s biggest corruption scandal in over six decades, two sources said.
Ten ways the Ukraine crisis may change the world 
By Paul Taylor | April 01, 2014 01:16 AM
As Moscow and the West dig in for a prolonged stand-off over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, risking spillover to other former Soviet republics and beyond, here are 10 ways in which the Ukraine crisis could change attitudes and policy around the world.1.
China takes no sides on Ukraine crisis, Xi tells Europe 
By Stephen Brown, Annika Breidthardt | March 28, 2014 08:29 PM
President Xi Jinping said on Friday China would not take sides with the West or Russia over Ukraine, disappointing any hopes Beijing might add its weight to international pressure on Moscow for annexing Crimea.
Obama brokers Japan, S. Korea talks as Pyongyang fires missiles 
By Thomas Escritt, Linda Sieg | March 26, 2014 09:00 AM (Last Updated: 26/03/2014 01:42 PM)
U.S. President Barack Obama brings together the leaders of Japan and South Korea for their first face-to-face talks as a North Korean ballistic missile launch underscores the need for Washington's two key Asian allies to repair their strained ties.
West, Russia signal line drawn in Ukraine crisis 
By Katya Golubkova | March 25, 2014 10:35 AM
Russia and the West drew a tentative line under the Ukraine crisis after U.S. President Barack Obama and his allies agreed to hold off on more damaging economic sanctions unless Moscow goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.
Malaysia says search to shift to smaller area 
By Eileen Ng | March 25, 2014 01:56 PM
Malaysia said Tuesday that it has narrowed the search for a downed jetliner to an area the size of Alaska in the southern Indian Ocean, while Australia said improved weather would allow the hunt for possible debris from the plane to resume.
G7 warns Russia of more sanctions 
By Steve Holland, Aleksandar Vasovic | March 24, 2014 10:15 PM (Last Updated: 24/03/2014 10:59 PM)
U.S. President Barack Obama and major industrialised allies warned Russia on Monday it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilise Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.
Obama, G7 leaders meet without Russia as Ukraine exits Crimea 
By Steve Holland, Aleksandar Vasovic | March 24, 2014 07:55 PM (Last Updated: 24/03/2014 08:32 PM)
Leaders from the Group of Seven most industrialised nations went into crisis talks hosted by US President Barack Obama on Monday to decide how to respond to Russia's absorption of Crimea, an AFP correspondent said.
G-7 unite to warn Russia of further sanctions 
March 25, 2014 12:54 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama and major industrialized allies warned Monday that Russia faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilize Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.
U.S. first lady hosts education roundtable in China 
By Didi Tang | March 23, 2014 04:43 PM
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama tells Chinese professors, students and parents that she wouldn't have risen to where she is if her parents hadn't pushed for her to get a good education.
East vs. West conflict over Ukraine not a new Cold War 
By Jill Lawless | March 18, 2014 12:11 AM
NATO planes monitor Ukraine’s border. East and West fight for influence and trade angry warnings. Russian troops conduct massive war games as tensions rise.
West vows serious response over Crimea 
March 14, 2014 12:05 AM
Washington warned Russia Thursday it was preparing a “very serious” response together with Europe to a breakaway vote in Ukraine’s Crimea that has sparked the most explosive East-West standoff since the Cold War.
Russia warns Ukraine over lawlessness in east 
March 11, 2014 12:46 AM
Ukraine’s foreign minister said Monday that his country was practically in a state of war with Russia, as Moscow further ratcheted up pressure on Kiev, claiming that Russian-leaning eastern regions have plunged into lawlessness.
Merkel raps Putin as Russian forces tighten grip on Crimea 
By Alissa de Carbonnel | March 09, 2014 04:28 PM (Last Updated: 09/03/2014 07:31 PM)
Germany's Angela Merkel delivered a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin on Sunday.
Art with a punch: Liu Bolin, ‘China’s Andy Warhol’ 
By Sébastien Blanc | March 07, 2014 10:34 PM
Emerging from the acrid fumes at a steelworks, artist Liu Bolin inspects the progress of his latest work – a giant iron fist, poised to punch a hole through modern China.
Art with a punch: Liu Bolin, ‘China’s Andy Warhol’ 
By Sébastien Blanc | March 07, 2014 10:35 PM
Emerging from the acrid fumes at a steelworks, artist Liu Bolin inspects the progress of his latest work – a giant iron fist, poised to punch a hole through modern China.
China muddling through on Ukraine 
By Carol Huang | March 08, 2014 12:11 AM
As world leaders scramble to shape events in Ukraine, China has stood by unable even to articulate its stance, exposing an inconsistent approach to foreign affairs despite its fast-growing global interests and stature, analysts say.
How to turn the heat up on Russia for its actions in Ukraine 
By Charles Tannock | March 05, 2014 12:09 AM
Russia’s seizure of Crimea is the most naked example of peacetime aggression that Europe has witnessed since Nazi Germany invaded the Sudetenland in 1938.

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