BEIJING | China’s premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle

BEIJING  — China‘s No. 2 leader appealed Wednesday for support for free trade and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies following tit-for-tat U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing’s technology policy. Premier Li Keqiang’s comments add to Beijing’s effort to portray itself as a defender of global trade and multilateralism … Continue reading BEIJING | China’s premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle

TOKYO | SpaceX’s 1st traveler is moonstruck Japanese fashion tycoon

TOKYO — The Japanese billionaire who Tesla chief Elon Musk says plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial space trip aboard the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket often makes headlines in Japan. The SpaceX mission, set for takeoff in 2023, is just the latest exploit in tycoon Yusaku Maezawa‘s colorful and ambitious career: ___ … Continue reading TOKYO | SpaceX’s 1st traveler is moonstruck Japanese fashion tycoon

SEOUL, South Korea | Summit may be the grand theater Kim needs to show his people

SEOUL, South Korea  — If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he’s a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, then visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity. Moon … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Summit may be the grand theater Kim needs to show his people

PYONGYANG, North Korea | Mass games planned for Korea summit, nuke progress unclear

PYONGYANG, North Korea — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea | Mass games planned for Korea summit, nuke progress unclear

SEOUL, South Korea | Unfinished business: Moon’s summit dreams echo late mentor

SEOUL, South Korea — This week’s summit between rivals North and South Korea represents, in part, unfinished business for South Korean President Moon Jae-in. In pursuing engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to defuse a nuclear crisis, Moon is also looking to bolster the legacy of his late friend and political mentor, former … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Unfinished business: Moon’s summit dreams echo late mentor

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Cybersecurity firm: More Iran hacks as US sanctions loomed

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran, a cybersecurity firm said Tuesday, warning further attacks remain possible as America re-imposes others on Tehran. While the firm FireEye says the so-called “spear-phishing” email campaign only involves … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Cybersecurity firm: More Iran hacks as US sanctions loomed

GENEVA | Experts air new concerns about UN response to Myanmar crisis

GENEVA  — U.N.-backed investigators who examined a bloody crackdown by Myanmar security forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh issued a searing critique Tuesday of the United Nations’ own response to the human rights crisis. In a 432-page report, the members of a fact-finding mission on Myanmar fleshed … Continue reading GENEVA | Experts air new concerns about UN response to Myanmar crisis