China seeks greater global diplomatic role but avoids the Middle East, analysts say

“There is no desire to play a role. There’s just a desire to sit at the grown-ups’ table,” Alterman said. “China’s goal is partly to quietly enjoy the fact that the US is getting bruised here, but also to try to use the conflict in Gaza as a way to rally the Global South against … Read more

Lululemon to shutter Washington warehouse, lay off 128 employees

Lululemon is planning to shut down its Washington distribution center and lay off 128 employees after opening a massive new warehouse outside of Los Angeles, the company confirmed Friday. The athletic apparel retailer filed a WARN notice with the state’s Employment Security Department on Thursday, notifying it of its plans to close its distribution center … Read more

Gaza war: backlash over US support for Israel as China makes ‘public relations gain’

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said the humanitarian crisis in Gaza was a reminder that “the only way to end the vicious cycle of Palestinian-Israeli conflicts is to fully implement the two-state solution, establish an independent state of Palestine and redress the historical injustice long suffered by the Palestinians”. Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour (centre) … Read more

Biden says US shot down Iran-launched attack drones, pledges ‘support’ for Israel against Tehran

US forces shot down some Iran-launched attack drones flying toward Israel, according to a US defence official and two other US officials who spoke on Saturday on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter. The US and Israel had been bracing for an attack for days after Iran vowed to retaliate for a suspected … Read more

US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

By AAMER MADHANI (Associated Press) WASHINGTON — China has surged sales to Russia of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow in turn is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry for use in its war against Ukraine, according to a U.S. assessment. Two senior Biden administration officials, who discussed the sensitive … Read more

Japanese PM Kishida supports ‘indispensable’ global role of US, citing threat by China

“China’s current external stance and military actions present the unprecedented and the greatest strategic challenge, not only to the peace and security of Japan, but to the peace and stability of the international community at large.” 03:45 US, Japan hail upgraded ties, unveil raft of bilateral deals following Biden-Kishida summit US, Japan hail upgraded ties, … Read more

Seattle dance squad says they were told American flag shirts made audience members feel ‘triggered and unsafe’

Members of a regional women’s country line dance team were reportedly kicked out of a Seattle dance convention after organizers claimed their American flag-themed shirts made some attendees feel “triggered and unsafe.” Over the weekend at the Emerald City Hoedown in Seattle, the Borderline Dance team was set to perform, but were essentially told they … Read more

‘The Philippines is ours, China out’: Filipino activists slam Sino-US rivalry in country’s maritime zone

Tuesday’s rally, which took place in Metro Manila’s financial district of Makati City, was held to coincide with the Day of Valour, which commemorates the day when the provinces of Bataan and Corregidor fell to Japanese invaders 82 years ago. The protest was organised by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance), an alliance of … Read more

US-Japan defence upgrade aimed at tackling ‘more assertive China’: envoy

The United States seeks to modernise the command structure of its decades-old security alliance with Japan to deal with a “much more assertive China” including towards Taiwan, US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said on Friday as the two countries look to discuss the issue at a coming summit in Washington. Speaking ahead of Japanese … Read more

Georgia prisoner mailed bombs to D.C., Alaska court, feds charge

Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards David Dwayne Cassady, inmate in Georgia. Courtesy: Georgia Department of Corrections A man serving a life sentence for kidnapping and other crimes while in a Georgia prison built two bombs which he mailed to a District of Columbia office building and the federal courthouse and building in Anchorage, Alaska, prosecutors … Read more