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In this grab taken from video provided by RU-24, China's President Xi Jinping stands, during an official welcome ceremony upon his arrival at the Vnukovo-2 government airport outside Moscow, Monday, March 20, 2023. (RU- 24 via AP)

China’s Xi makes 1st Moscow visit as Putin wages Ukraine war

Associated Press

Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow on Monday on a three-day visit that shows off Beijing’s new diplomatic swagger and offers a welcome political lift for Russian President Vladimir Putin as the fighting in Ukraine slows to a grinding war of attrition.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin enter a hall for talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, June 5, 2019. The Chinese government said Xi would visit Moscow from March 20 to March 22, 2023, but gave no indication when he departed. The Russian government said Xi was due to arrive at midday and meet later with Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

China’s Xi meeting Putin in boost for isolated Russia leader

- Associated Press

Chinese leader Xi Jinping is due to meet with Vladimir Putin in a political boost for the isolated Russian president after the International Criminal Court charged him with war crimes in Ukraine.

Adm. John Aquilino, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, speaks at a news conference at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, on June 30, 2022. Adm. Aquilino said Monday, Aug. 1, that he wants to expand and strengthen its ties with New Zealand. His visit to Wellington comes as the U.S. is looking to increase its presence in the region amid deep concerns over China's growing ambitions in the Pacific. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Chinese military commanders refuse talks with U.S. admiral

- The Washington Times

Two Chinese military commanders are refusing to consult with the commander of the Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific Command amid rising tensions between the two militaries, Adm. John C. Aquilino, the U.S. Pacific commander said Thursday in Singapore.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, shake hands following a joint news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, March 16, 2023. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP)

Japanese, Korean leaders move to mend frayed ties at Tokyo summit

- The Washington Times

The leaders of South Korea and Japan took steps Thursday to boost frayed diplomatic and economic relations, but their high-profile Tokyo summit was held under a pair of shadows: the latest North Korean ballistic missile test and a new lawsuit in South Korea that could scupper hopes of resetting bilateral relations.

Poland's President Andrzej Duda, right, welcomes Czech Republic's President Petr Pavel as they meet at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland plans to grant Ukraine’s request for fighter jets

Associated Press

Poland’s president said Thursday that his country plans to give Ukraine around a dozen MiG-29 fighter jets, which would make it the first NATO member to fulfill the Ukrainian government’s increasingly urgent requests for warplanes.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, left, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida before their meeting in New York on Sept. 21, 2022. South Korea’s president wants Japan to join his efforts to improve ties frayed over Tokyo’s past colonial rule, saying there is an increasing need for greater bilateral cooperation because of North Korean nuclear threats and global supply chain challenges. (Ahn Jung-won/Yonhap via AP, File)

South Korea’s leader says Seoul-Tokyo ties key to address North Korea, supply chains

- Associated Press

South Korea’s president wants to quickly overcome decades of lingering hostility left over from Japan’s past colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula and forge a united front on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and other regional security and economic challenges facing the neighbors.

Honduras' President Xiomara Castro waves during the swearing-in ceremony for Colombia's President Gustavo Petro in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Castro announced on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, that Honduras under her administration is opening diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

Honduras will seek ties with China, spurning Taiwan

Associated Press

Honduras President Xiomara Castro announced Tuesday that her government will seek to establish diplomatic relations with China, which would imply severing relations with Taiwan. The switch would leave Taiwan recognized by only 13 countries as China spends billions to win recognition for its “One China” policy.