Blinken says China’s strategy is around a rules-based order, not a ‘new cold war’

Blinken describes China as the most dangerous challenge to world order In response, China says both would benefit from cooperation On Thursday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in a long-awaited speech on US strategy to counter China’s rise, said the US would not prevent China from developing its economy, but wanted it to abide … Read more

China’s pig farmers are moving to high-tech in pushing for self-sufficiency

The world’s largest pork producer depends on foreign breeds Some companies are already working on improving pig performance independently High cost and inexperience make improvements difficult CHIFENG, China (Reuters) – Tiny ear tissue fragments cut from hours-old pigs provide valuable clues to the team at Best Genetics Group (BGG) as it strives to improve genetics … Read more

Russian forces advance up to a major highway from Donbass

Russia seeks to encircle Ukrainian forces Kyiv says 25 battalions were involved in the attack Shells hit Kharkiv as the Russians were forced to retreat Germany says Putin should not dictate any peace terms Kyiv/Svetlodarsk, Ukraine, May 26 (Reuters) – Advancing Russian forces approached surrounding Ukrainian forces in the east, briefly capturing positions on the … Read more

The food crisis is fueling fears of protectionism that are exacerbating shortages

DAVOS, Switzerland, May 24 (Reuters) – Business leaders and policy makers at the World Economic Forum said the global food crisis has precipitated protectionist steps by countries that are likely to exacerbate the problem and could lead to a wider trade war. Pointing to mounting pressure on food supplies and rising prices, a government source … Read more

In Tokyo, Biden says he will be willing to use force to defend Taiwan

White House official says no policy change China says the US should not defend Taiwan independence The United States wants to tighten policy without provoking a Beijing analyst Biden visits Japan for his first presidential trip to Asia TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he was ready to use force to … Read more

Ukraine rules out a ceasefire after it was bombed by the Russian attack in the east

Ukraine rules out ceasefire and concessions Russia launches attack in Luhansk, Mykolaiv The Polish president said that Ukraine must decide its future Kyiv (Reuters) – Ukraine has ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Moscow as Russia ramped up its offensive in the eastern Donbass region and halted gas deliveries to Finland in … Read more

Australia ousts the Conservatives after nine years, and Albany takes over as Prime Minister

Key climate issue with punishing conservatives in urban benches Morrison resigns as Liberal Party leader after loss Greens and independents “Teal” made a solid show Looks like Treasurer Frydenberg is ready to lose his seat SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Labor Party was set to end nearly a decade of Conservative rule after the government swept … Read more