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Australian banking giant hits out at proposed government "bank tax"

2017-05-22

One of Australia's largest banking institutions, Westpac, has hit out at the Australian government's planned bank levy on Monday, calling it "inefficient."

APEC trade ministerial meeting gains 5 achievements: Chinese official

2017-05-22

The 23rd Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) taking place here from May 20-21 gained five major achievements, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen has said.

The ancient and modern treasures of the South China Sea

2017-05-22

Anyone lucky enough to stroll on the white sands of Nanshazhou, a tiny islet in the middle of the South China Sea, should not be surprised to come across fragments of ceramics, hundreds of years old.

APD REVIEW | India struggles with sexual violence against women

2017-05-19

NEW DELHI, May 18 (APD)— In the last few days two rape cases, reported near the capital have again questioned the security and safety of women in India.

B&R 4 Years: Great success achieved, formidable challenges lay ahead

2017-05-18

The curtain of two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation falls, with great achievements and expectations all over the world.

Are journalists safe in Mexico?

2017-05-18

In the latest wave of journalist killings in Mexico, Javier Valdez Cárdenas, an award-winning reporter who specialized in writing about drug trafficking and organized crime was killed Monday in the northern state of Sinaloa, officials said. He was among the six journalists who have reportedly been murdered in Mexico this year.

Insights Kurds' complex ties in the Middle East and beyond

2017-05-18

With Kurdish groups having emerged as a key force in the fight against ISIL militants in recent years, the ethnic group has some complex relationships with various nations in the Middle East and beyond.

APD REVIEW | Russia-U.S. relations still face obstacles

2017-05-17

On May 10, U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House. Sergei Lavrov is the highest-ranking Russian official to visit Washington since Trump came to power in January. And it is the first time that Russian Foreign Minister visits White House in four years. Russian public opinion regards this visit as a "strategic event."

From G20 Summit to B&R forum, Xi's global prominence on the rise

2017-05-16

He is known as the helmsman of the world's second-largest economy and chief of the largest political party as well as an ardent champion of globalization and an enthusiastic football fan.

News Analysis: Traditional parties in France face inevitable shake-up

2017-05-15

Following the French presidential election victory for Emmanuel Macron -- the candidate for a political party positioning itself neither on the left nor the right -- internal quarrels related to political orientation have been accentuated within the traditional parties, a sign of political upheaval and restructuring.