‘We are not your enemy’, say South Korean truckers striking for minimum wage protections

‘We are not your enemy’, say South Korean truckers striking for minimum wage protections

UIWANG, South Korea, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Inside five white tents outside the Uiwang container depot near Seoul, about 200 striking truckers huddle around gas heaters, trying to fight the bitter cold and the government narrative that they are well paid “labour aristocracy .” They are all too aware of the impact their strike has … Read more

Overseas Chinese step up protests as calls mount for change

Overseas Chinese step up protests as calls mount for change

TORONTO/HONG KONG, Nov 30 (Reuters) – From Sydney to Toronto, mainland Chinese have stepped up protests this week, with demands to end the world’s most stringent COVID-19 restrictions evolving into calls to “free China” and for President Xi Jinping to step down. Overseas-based Chinese and their supporters rallied in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York … Read more

Sam Bankman-Fried says he ‘didn’t ever try to commit fraud’

Sam Bankman-Fried says he ‘didn’t ever try to commit fraud’

NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, attempted to distance himself from suggestions of fraud in his first public appearance since his company’s collapse stunned investors and left creditors facing losses totaling billions of dollars. Speaking via video link at the New York Times’ … Read more

Cuba says its allies have pledged help to end its economic crisis

Cuba says its allies have pledged help to end its economic crisis

HAVANA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – China, Russia, Algeria and Turkey have pledged to restructure Cuba’s debt, provide new trade and investment financing, and help ease an energy crisis, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel told state-run media following a rare trip abroad last week. Any help would be a blessing for crisis-racked Cuba. The Communist-run country has … Read more

China likely to have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035: Pentagon

China likely to have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035: Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – China will likely have a stockpile of 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035 if it continues with its current nuclear buildup pace, according to a report released by the Pentagon on Tuesday. The figure underscores mounting US concerns about China’s intentions for its expanding nuclear arsenal, even though the projections do … Read more

Chinese astronauts board space station in historic mission

Chinese astronauts board space station in historic mission

Shenzhou-15 marks last of 11 missions since April 2021 in building of space station Shenzhou-15 crew to take over from Shenzhou-14 astronauts on space station Chinese space station to be second permanently inhabited outpost after NASA-led ISS BEIJING, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Three Chinese astronauts arrived on Wednesday at China’s space station for the first … Read more

The yuan’s the new dollar as Russia rides to the redback

The yuan’s the new dollar as Russia rides to the redback

Russia turns to the Chinese currency amid sanctions Moscow becomes No.4 offshore trading center for yuan Yuan’s share of Russian FX market jumps from 1% to 45% Russian central bank supports trend but warns of risks This content was produced in Russia where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW/SHANGHAI, Nov … Read more

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The BBC said on Sunday that Chinese police assaulted and detained one of its journalists covering a protest in Shanghai, before later releasing him after several hours. “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in … Read more

Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy, focus on ‘disruptive’ China

Canada launches new Indo-Pacific strategy, focus on ‘disruptive’ China

OTTAWA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Canada launched its long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy on Sunday, vowing more resources to deal with a “disruptive” China while working with the world’s second-biggest economy on climate change and trade issues. The 26-page document outlined C$2.6 billion ($1.9 billion) spending, including to boost Canada’s military presence and cyber security in the … Read more

Kim Jong Un says North Korea’s goal is for world’s strongest nuclear force

Kim Jong Un says North Korea’s goal is for world’s strongest nuclear force

SEOUL, Nov 27 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country’s ultimate goal is to possess the world’s most powerful nuclear force, as he promoted dozens of military officers involved in the recent launch of North Korea’s largest ballistic missile, state media reported on Sunday. The announcement comes after Kim inspected a … Read more